Emagine brings dementia doc Little Empty Boxes to select theaters

Emagine Entertainment announces they will screen the film Little Empty Boxes at select theaters in Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin for a limited time beginning on Friday, May 17, 2024.

The film presents a raw perspective of Kathy Lugavere’s journey with dementia and the hardships her son, best-selling author, and director, Max Lugavere takes to save his mother.

Little Empty Boxes will be shown at each of the Emagine Theatre locations that currently offer a Dementia Friendly Screening program. The participating theatres for the Dementia Friendly Screenings provide those with dementia and their caregivers a safe and enjoyable cinematic experience where exclusively selected classic movies and musicals are shown with softer sounds and ambient lighting once a month. They are encouraged to come out on the third Wednesday of every month and take part in this wonderful experience.

“My world stopped in 2011 when, on what was supposed to be a relaxing summer vacation, my mother couldn’t recall what year it was. Pressing her, in disbelief, she struggled to find the answer and began to cry. That was the moment I knew our lives would never be the same. Little Empty Boxes wasn’t a film I planned to make. It crept in, claws out. Watching dementia cripple her life was excruciating, but within that pain bloomed a purpose. I had to do my best to understand this condition not just for her, but for everyone facing the abyss of cognitive decline. My film isn’t about medical pronouncements or miracle cures. It’s raw, messy, and deeply personal. It’s a plea for empathy, a tribute to my mom, and a love letter to the science of dementia prevention. It is my hope that by sharing my mom’s story, we can illuminate the path not just to delaying, slowing, or even possibly, preventing this condition, but to cherishing every fragile memory, every laugh, every “I love you” before the boxes become truly empty.” – Max Lugavere

“We are moved by this story and wanted to share it with our guests, especially ones who are currently impacted by the disease. We feel this story will resonate with them on so many levels,” stated Anthony LaVerde CEO of Emagine Entertainment.

Little Empty Boxes will be showing exclusively at Emagine Canton (Michigan), Emagine Rochester Hills (Michigan), Emagine Saline (Michigan), Emagine Batavia (Illinois), and Emagine Geneva Lakes (Wisconsin) beginning on Friday, May 17. Tickets are on sale now. To purchase tickets or to learn more about the Dementia Friendly Screening Program at Emagine VISIT HERE

Film Synopsis: Once a strong and independent woman, Kathy Lugavere finds herself struggling with her memory. In a quest to find his mother the best care, Max Lugavere moves home to New York City and begins to consult with top health experts to investigate the origins of Dementia, a disease which now affects a staggering 55 million people globally. The deeply personal film chronicles Kathy’s experience with Dementia as Max explores methods outside of prescription medication to slow her illness down. Little Empty Boxes presents a raw perspective of Kathy’s journey and the hardships of being a caretaker as her son is willing to do anything to shave his mother.