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DESCRIPTION OF LOVE LOSS LIFE: The Beauty of a Slow Death
LOVE LOSS LIFE: The Beauty of a Slow Death is the first (short film) of a trilogy of films. The trilogy intends to explore the subject of end-of-life through intimate portraits of individuals, their family members and medical professionals in America who face this experience.
In the first of three personal films we will meet Michele DeMeo, a woman who is not preoccupied with her terminal illness, or her autism, or her end-of-life circumstances. Even as she is actively dying. Even as she is in respiratory failure and dealing with a secondary terminal illness cancer. Michele takes the approach that meeting her challenges head on and not allowing the inevitable to darken her day, is better for her and those around her.
Michele honors the gift of life that she is given every single day and finds unique ways to celebrate life for herself, with her wife, with friends and family, as well as with others who are important to her, but not without questions she raises about her own life for others to ponder.
In this film we spend time with Michele learning about the challenges she faces through her wife, friends and medical professionals. Yet most of the time through self-reflection we are experiencing Michele and her enjoyment of life as she makes the very best of what little time she has been told she has - with an outlook that seems to defy inevitability itself. Michele is living vigouously two years beyond her terminal diagnosis.
Michele confronts and acknowledges her diagnosis Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in “The Beauty of a Slow Death”. A poignant memoire. One of many books she has written following her diagnosis. She also experiences the loss of her home and her ability to function like the body builder she once was, then knowing no physical boundaries.
Chapter after chapter in her beautifully written memoir her position is clear - that any challenge we face has a peaceful side if only we choose to recognize it and live each and every day to its fullest. The film celebrates and honors her humble story.
The film is also philosophical and poetic more than it is medically descriptive. With voices from the medical community that represent opinions sometimes absent from our consciousness, the film becomes a framework for those voices, in celebration of Michele and offers hope and inspiration to all individuals who may be challenged in one way or another.
Moving forward this website will serve as an extended platform for the voices of individuals, family members and medical professionals, while considering the importance of end of life care and how to celebrate the inevitability each one of us uniquely faces.
Joseph F. Nardelli
CAST & CREW
Production & Post Production Team
Yep, this is everyone…
Joseph F. Nardelli
Joseph F. Nardelli
BAD MAN YELLS
Solo Acoustic Compositions David Cutler/Acoustic Bass, Domenica Fossati/Flute, Earl Maneein/Violin, Wayne Smith/Cello
West African Balaphone & Solo Composition Arrangements JFN
Social Media Advisors
Love Website Facilitators
(in order of appearance)
As Herself/Michele's Wife
As Herself/Wellness and Health Coach
As Herself/Michele's Mother
As Himself/ Busy Bee Chef and Friend
Mary Anne Mundis
Dominic Glorioso, D.O.
As Himself/Michele's Hospice Care Team Member
As Herself/Energy Healer
Michael McCarry, R.N.
As Himself/Colleague and Friend
Cyndi Newman, R.N.
As Herself/Health Care Professional
As Herself/Colleague and Friend
Ellen Metzger, R.N., C.H.P.N.
As Herself/Nurse Practitioner
Cyndi Newman, R.N., C.H.P.N.
As Herself/Nurse Practitioner
Valentino D. Nardelli
Director’s Father and Widow
JFN MPP, Ltd. is a film production entity that I established after graduating from New York University Tisch School of the Arts in 1983. It was created to host foreign and out of state production companies who were in need of production support in New York City.
My company was established at a time when music video production was taking over the production community worldwide. As a producer I worked with every major record label as well as many celebrated musicians, actors, producers and directors. I was heavily relied on to support the creative and production needs of projects with various demands.
In 1990 I parted from JFN MPP, Ltd. and started a new production company. As a producer I represented a small group of directors. While I supervised all production I brought in additional production support to accommodate the growth I was experiencing and also so I could take on special projects of my own.
During this period of time I produced and directed "My Hair's Falling Out... Am I Still Pretty?" A Childhood Cancer Education Video, which won a Parents' Choice Silver Honor Group Film Award and was used in schools internationally as well as by many major childhood cancer organizations.
I also wrote and directed “No Plugs to Pull”, a one-act play about a woman suffering with a terminal illness, who - after electing to end her own life using medical assistance, is given an unusual opportunity to reverse her decision and tell her daughter the many important things she withheld from her during her lifetime.
Death and dying is a topic I am all too familiar with. I participated in the hospice care of my own mother who was maintained in an incontinent state for over three-years primarily by my sister. My twenty-seven year old nephew died unexpectedly and tragicly leaving two young children behind. Also, a very dear friend in high school committed suicide. Death and dying has always been a topic in the forefront of my consciousness.
I also served as an administrator in a public high school in New York City for almost ten-years. There, our community experienced several untimely deaths. Loss and grief are unsettling. Especially, when it impacts an entire community unexpectedly.
My combined interests and experience lead me to this film. Itself, my return to the film community. An industry that is challenging, often driven toward commercial rather than artistic outcomes. It is an industry that requires an enormous amount of determination and passion to survive because of the ever changing landscape.
When I decided to explore the topic of end-of-life care I reached out to my dear friend and past film collaborator from La Salle College, Dominic Glorioso, who is a Palliative Care Physician in Pennsylvania. He agreed there was a need to take a closer look at the individual, family and medical professional's experience and that more educational material could be produced on the subject. It turns out, that he was on a parallel path. It was Dr. Glorioso who introduced me to Michele DeMeo who was and remains a patient under his care.
In this film I have been able to merge all of my interests – education, filmmaking, the medical profession as an institution, health and wellness, death and dying, philosophical ideas, but most importantly the advancement of the arts as an individual impassioned by a subject that matters to me.
I have been personally honored to explore death in this first of a trilogy of films by looking at the challenges of end of life through the eyes of Michele DeMeo. Michele DeMeo is a remarkable individual who has been an enormous inspiration to me every step of the process. I hope to continue to be inspired by other topics as I was working with Michele.
The satisfactions I have experienced during the making of this film have been many. And it remains my hope that viewers of this film will be left to consider that dying - as unique as it is inevitable to every individual who walks the earth, is no more or less a process than the dying individual and those who participate in that process, are willing to make of it together.
Joseph F. Nardelli
Cultural Alliance of York County, Pennsylvania
WellSpan York Hospital