Erich Hover is making a film about his family’s experience dealing with dementia.
By Bob Fischbach
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER
Omaha film actor Erich Hover plans to team with a couple of Hollywood friends to make a highly personal movie about his father’s battle with dementia.
If things go as planned, the as-yet untitled movie will shoot in the Omaha area next spring or summer.
Hover, a Benson High School graduate who had a small role in last year’s best-picture nominee “Moneyball,” said producer Eric Watson will direct and co-write the screenplay.
Watson was a producer for several of Darren Aronofsky’s movies, including “Pi,” an Independent Spirit and Sundance award winner, and “Requiem for a Dream,” for which Ellen Burstyn received an Oscar nomination in 2001.
Actor Jay Giannone, who appeared in “The Departed” and “Gone Baby Gone,” is co-writing and acting in Hover’s movie. Giannone was in “Safe” with Jason Statham earlier this year and will be in “The Iceman” with Michael Shannon in 2013.
Hover said his father, Ed, former manager of the biolab storeroom at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, similar to Alzheimer’s disease, four years ago at age 58. Erich will incorporate personal anecdotes into the script.
“The movie will be about a family sticking together through difficult obstacles,” he said. “I want to make an uplifting movie that can create awareness for a disease that is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.”
Watson said his grandfather is suffering from hydrocephalus, another condition that affects brain function.
“His stories about his father sounded so familiar, like what my family was dealing with,” Watson said. “I felt compelled to get involved.”
Giannone, who met Hover in church in Los Angeles and became friends, has met Hover’s parents. “It’s an amazing human-interest story,” he said. Giannone, Watson and Hover have worked together on other film projects.
Hover said the new movie has a budget of under $1 million and will involve area crew members and actors.
“We have the support of the local Alzheimer’s Association,” Hover said. “Even my family’s doctor has invested in the movie.”
Hover said anyone interested in helping to support the film financially can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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