Linda Brown is a filmmaker and a faculty member in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. When she learned her father Stanley had suffered a stroke she decided to make a film. The documentary You See Me takes a different and hard look at the impact of stroke on families. The world premiere was at Los Angeles at Dances With Films in June and the movie will travel the festival circuit for about a year. Linda had previously explored her complex father-daughter relationship in a film titled Your Favorite.
Her latest work is featured in the current issue of our Stroke Connection magazine. She explains her father embodied 1960s masculinity. But when a devastating stroke left him vulnerable and dependent, she decided to confront the silence surrounding his troubled and violent past. Drawing on home movies, family photos and interviews, she reveals secrets, uncovers lies and discovers a redeeming treasure in a lost family video.
The result is an engrossing journey about the danger of carrying unresolved grief to our graves. You See Me is a brave, inspiring and empowering film that documents the essence of the human condition and seeks to face the past with courage in order to change the future.
Linda is planning community screenings and events with partnering organizations around issues of stroke, caregiver support domestic abuse and medical education. The film will be used as an educational tool in various psychoanalytic training institutes, outpatient mental health clinics, graduate programs of psychology, social work and psychiatry as well as men’s groups and parent education programs. Eventually the film will be available for streaming or sale through the You See Me website. If you want to stay up to date on the film, you can sign up for a newsletter on the website.
In sharing her family’s journey, this dedicated filmmaker has a message for anyone dealing with a loved one who has suffered a stroke. “Be patient with yourself and your parents. Don’t try to do it alone. Get support from family, professionals, peers and organizations like the American Stroke Association. They offer an abundance of resources. Take time for yourself, nurture and replenish your spirit and body. Try to see and accept it as another phase of your life filled with lessons from which you can grow.”
Thank you, Linda, for sharing your family’s story.