About Filmmaker Chris Wynn

After receiving a diploma in Photography at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Chris Wynn began his film career working as a Production Assistant on commercials and music videos in Toronto. He quickly discovered his preference for post-production, and made the successful transition to Assistant Editor.

After moving to Montreal in 2002, Chris began working as an Assistant Editor on BE THE CREATURE, an animal documentary show for the National Geographic channel. Currently, Chris works as a freelance editor on short documentaries, public service announcements, and music videos. Forgetful Not Forgotten is his first feature documentary, challenging him as a writer, director, editor, and producer – as well as a son, sibling, and partner.

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Dianne Jamieson
26-Jan-2013
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Dear Chris, I want to thank you for the documentary. My mother is currently going through what your father did, and I am extremely thankful for the insite you have given us. It has made things easier to cope with and understand how to deal with certain situations. I have recently ordered a copy of the DVD so I may share it with the rest of the family. Please let me know as to how long it will take to arrive.
Thank you again

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Aliyah
09-Jul-2012
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Dear Chris,

Thank-you so much for doing this amazing documentary. I watched it on TVO yesterday and it had me in tears by the end of it. You did an outstanding job. I don't have any experience with Alzheimer's disease and I learned so much. I related to your family and your emotional experiences as I dealt with similar emotions when my mom had cancer and when she passed. Thanks so much again for sharing your story and keep up the amazing work.

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Greg
09-Jul-2012
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Hi Chris,

I was flipping around the tv tonight and something on TVO looked interesting and I ended up watching it to the end; your documentary. It must have been difficult to stick with the idea of continuing to film your father in that condition. I learned a lot about Alzheimer's and have a new respect for the disease after watching this and what family goes through when someone is diagnosed with this.

It was one of the more interesting things I've watched on television in a long time. Very captivating.

Thanks for sharing this.

-Greg
Niagara Falls, Ontario

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Stephanie
04-Jul-2012
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I just saw your documentary on TVO. It was very emotional for me to watch - although my parents do not have alzheimers, it still challenged me to think about larger questions about life in general: What role does memory play in making a person who they are? How will I deal with serious illness of my parents, partner, or even myself in the future? What is my relationship to death and dying? I was confronted with many of these questions after watching the film "Black Daisies for the Bride" a number of years ago, and your film brought them to the surface again. Thank you for asking such provocative and necessary questions, and for being brave enough to use your own family story to ask them.

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Eleanor
04-Jul-2012
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I salute Chris. What a beautiful story you have shared with all. How proud your father would be and how proud he must have been to have a son with such a big heart. Your story has moved me deeply. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Eleanor

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Ed Menaker
11-Apr-2012
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Development Director

Hi Chris:

Your film was througtful and moving, and, we feel, filled with important information for family caregivers. We would like to use a portion of it on our new website at www.videocaregiving.org. This is a website that streams short videos aimed at helping family members who may be caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's in the home. It's use would be for strictly educational purposes. Terra Nova is a non-profit in Chicago, IL and the country's leading producer and distributor of films on aging and healthcare. Please let us know how best to secure the permission for use of a portion of the film on on our website.

Thanks so much and I look forward to hearing from you soon. My phone number at Terra Nova is 773-881-6940.

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Shana
10-Apr-2012
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Thank you. Thank you so much for making this documentary. Clearly, your father was precious like my own father. There is healing in sharing these experiences. I needed this. Thank you. Shana in Glendale, CA

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Karin Andersen
22-Nov-2010
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Hi Chris
I just wached the film of your dad on Swedish television today.

I was very mod of your film.

Thank you for sharing your family's story.


Your song for your daddy, so good

Hi from Karin Andersen
Copenhagen, Denmark

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Anna
18-Nov-2010
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Thank you

Chris,
I just watched your film about your dad on swedish television. It hit very close to home as my mom is suffering from Alzheimers and she to got it very young, in her mid fifties. She is now 66 and in a nursing home.
I don't know anyone else but my sisters that has lost a parent to Alzheimers. I really recognized everything in your wonderful documentary. Thank you for sharing your story, and make me feel not so alone.
With Love,
Anna

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mike Northcott
05-Feb-2010
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I also work in the film industry and care for my father for 8 years after my mom died. I video taped
the good and the not so good times, I wrote a diary
of events when he entered into long term care in bc. I became the father.. he became my helpless
son.....

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Iain
20-Jul-2009
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Watched your program about your Dad on TVO last night.

Impressive work - on a sad by common tale

was also surprised at the location

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kim beesley
16-May-2009
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I WOULD OF LOVED TO OF SEEN YOUR DOCUMENTARY, UNFORTUNATELY IM ON DISABILITY N CANT AFORD TO BUY YOUR DVD., MY MOTHER HAS COPD, EMPHAZEMA N RECENTLY DIAGNOSED WITH ALZHEIMERS.

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Chris Wynn
20-Apr-2009
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The DVD is now available on this website!

Chris

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Yves Dubeau
11-Feb-2009
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Chris
In my previous post I wrote "forgiven care givers" it should read " forgotten care givers.
I would like to add to my comments that seeing the film was a very emotional experience. Over and above knowing John one morning 4 years ago quite suddenly without any transition my spouse woke up at the age of 51 years old with serious sign of this dreadful disease. She was later diagnose with cancer having numerous tumors on the brain which were inoperable. These tumors were exercising pressure on her brain that gave her the symptoms of AD.

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ian johnson
10-Feb-2009
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Chris,

I saw the write-up on your documentary in The Star yesterday and viewed the trailer on myspace last night. I cried.

I first met John in about 1991 when he was a supplier representative to the company I worked for. Always a super guy and, also, a great golfer! I lost track of him after his retirement and never did get to go the cottage to which he'd invited me (and many others) on numerous occasions. The last time I saw John was when I'd driven him to a trade show at UWO which we'd both attended. He had tried to put his house key into his neighbours door and I suggested that it might work better in the door to his house: he chuckled and said "you could be right"! Always a great sense of humour and, certainly at that time, very optimistic of some kind of cure for such a devastating disease.

Would love to see the whole doc. since I missed the screening. Give my best to Marylin and "thank you" to you.

Ian Johnson

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Yves Dubeau
09-Feb-2009
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Chris
You have left a wonderful legacy to your generation and the next about your father. Often forgiven are the care givers that are left behind such as your mother.. It is a life lesson in dedication and love that is worthy of documenting in today's age of disposable relationship. I knew your Dad when he was at Brinkman. John was a competitor as well as as a business partner through my own company. I always respected your Dad. I remembered his frustration when a business deal went sour to no fault of his own, what mattered to him was his word.

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The FNF Team
28-Jan-2009
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We've noticed that many who have posted here have shared personal experiences about caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's Disease and related dementia.

Just a reminder that by going to the Sharing Section and becoming a member you can share your story with the entire FNF community, you can create your own blog and post in the discussion groups. As a member you'll also be able to use the new "private message " feature coming later this week to communicate directly with Chris Wynn and other community members.

Thanks for your comments from the FNF team!

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Dennis Mulroney
25-Jan-2009
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I watched your film about your dad the other night on TVO. My father was diagnosed with dementia a couple of years ago, and my mother like yours is the care giver, which puts a awful strain on their health and well being. Your film was very informative and beautifully touching...your father would be very proud of you, as I'm sure your mother is....she is also a very strong and loving woman. Thank you Chris and God bless

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Bonnie
23-Jan-2009
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Wow, what a documentary, it brings back so many memories of my dad. He was diagnosed at the tender age of 48. Looking at videos that you have of your dad, reminds me sooo much of the similarities that they had. My dad was a kind gentle loving man and passionate about sports, especially golf. I have to admit , I couldnt watch all of your show, not that I didnt want to(I really did) It just hit home and brought back so many memories. I am also afraid of what my future holds for me, and have a hard time talking about it, cause it just causes me to worry more, and worring isnt going to solve anything. I hope they find a cure for this terrible disease that has affected your family and mine and many more to come

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Krista Stelatos (nee Brown)
22-Jan-2009
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After watching your film with my husband, I felt compelled to write to you and thank you for sharing your family's journey with us. My husband's family has been plagued with Alzheimer's (both sides of his family!), some early onset and others later in life. He is obviously quite concerned about his own future, healthwise. We rarely speak of the topic at home, so, while channel surfing last night, we came across your film and immediately he said, let's change the channel, he couldn't deal with it. I pressed that we should watch it, and by the end, we were both in tears from being so moved and open dialogue about the subject became almost effortless - thank you for that!

As a side, Chris, while watching your documentary, your face and name became familiar to me. I believe that we went to highschool together at Mayfield. You may have been a year or two older? I was in the music program and have some recollection of you in a concert band with me, but not sure. Regardless, it is a small world. I wish you and your family all the best.

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Bethany
21-Jan-2009
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A very touching and honorable tribute to a dad.
My childhood was spent with my grandparents living with us. My nana was diagnosed with dementia when I was fifteen and passed away when I was seventeen.
A difficult road to go down, but always appreciative for the time you have.
I am curious as to what Chris has been up to lately? A larger family possibly?
Take care.

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Chris Wynn
21-Jan-2009
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Hello

I just want to thank everyone for there comments and kind words, please check back on the site for new forums and videos I will be posting over the next few months and in February we will be selling a DVD of the film online.

Thanks again
and take care!

Chris

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Casey S.
21-Jan-2009
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I saw your film this week on TVO and wanted to thank you and your family for sharing your story with us.

I appreciate the challenges that you might have faced as a filmmaker and a son while documenting and completing the film. It was beautifully crafted, full of grace and dignity - a fitting tribute to your father's memory and life. He appeared to be a wonderful man. I am truly sorry for your loss.

Take care and thank you.

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Craig Lescombe
21-Jan-2009
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My father passed away in August of 2007, at the age of 83 years old, having Alzheimers for approximately the last two years of his life. Since then I have occaisionally thought of volunteering with the Alzheimer Society but never took action until this evening, upon watching your powerfull and touching documentary. I have just now e-mailed my volunteer application form to our local society, with my thanks to yourself for your film and thus my application.
I am quite sure I am not the only individual to take similar actions, whether through the donation of time or money, based on your heartfely endeavour.
Thank You

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Mike Kopot
21-Jan-2009
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I just watched the film that you shared with the rest of the world documenting your Father's battle with Alzheimer Disease. As one who works with care providers of those with A.D. I have to commend you on your strength to be able to see this project through. Congratulations on a beautifully crafted remembrance of your Father. You have honoured your Father's memory by sharing his story with the rest of us.
Thank you.

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Bonnie Hodge Camus
14-Jan-2009
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What a beautiful tribute to your dad, and a candid informative chronicle of this devastating disease. I knew your father for a short time while he lived at The Residence as my father is also a patient there. Dad presently lives in your father's former room. I treasure each moment that I share with my dad, especially those moments when he recognizes me. I view my role with him now as a present, one that I can give back to him for all the wonderful years that he gave so freely of his love to me.
Thank you for sharing your family's story.

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Brenda Ealing
12-Jan-2009
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I was very moved by your documentary about your dad and early onset Alzheimer's. My own sister was diagnosed 2 years ago with early onset Alzheimer's at the age of 52. I found your film informative and also very compassionate.

Your dad seemed like such a wonderful person. I am so sorry for your family's loss. I live far away from my sister, so I don't see her on a daily basis. Lately, she has not been communicating by email as much as before and that concerns me.

Thank you for sharing your family's story.

Brenda

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Pam Ransom
11-Jan-2009
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Chris, Congratulations on your wonderful documentary. A true labour of love. Very real, informative and moving. I know your dad would be very proud of you.
My condolences in the death of your dad.
I am an old friend of your mom & dads. I used to work with your mom Marilyn & Uncle John Brydon @ Monsanto, but lost contact with them. Is there a way I could get in touch with your mom or she can contact me ph#416-247-0289 or by return email Thx Pam Ransom

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Interview with Chris Wynn

Where did you get the idea for Forgetful Not Forgotten?