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Acclaimed activist-filmmaker Martin Duckworth has devoted his life to peace and justice. But now he’s put down his camera to fight for the most important cause he’s ever faced—caring for his wife, Audrey Schirmer, through the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Martin tirelessly embraces each new chapter with grace and resilience, demonstrating his unconditional loyalty as he finds new reasons to love her each day. Dear Audrey weaves an intricate portrait of the couple’s gritty yet tender reality and takes us back to their adventures, from the front lines of the anti-Vietnam War protests to the hippie counterculture movement, using excerpts from Martin’s films and Audrey’s stunning photography. The film is a powerful testament to Martin’s love and devotion, which deepens over the decades. While Audrey gradually fades away—and their autistic daughter, Jacqueline, struggles with her mother’s illness—Martin commits everything he’s got to making their lives creative and meaningful.
2021 | Canada | 90 mins
Jeremiah Hayes, Director, Editor, Writer
For more than 30 years, Jeremiah Hayes has used his keen sense of storytelling to find hidden layers of meaning in over 55 film projects, including mid- to feature-length high-end dramas and documentaries, as well as 18 different television series. Featured three times at the Toronto Film Festival and once awarded at the Sundance Film Festival, Hayes’ work is known for having a compassionate eye and a style that pushes the boundaries of conventional filmmaking.