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Little Empty Boxes (2024)

Opens on May 10

Director: Chris Newhard, Max Lugavere Run Time: 100 min. Release Year: 2024

Starring: Kathy Lugavere, Max Lugavere

Country: United States
Language: English

About the film:

Little Empty Boxes (2024) is a feature length documentary from Max Lugavere, a filmmaker who chronicles his mother’s life as she battles a mysterious form of Dementia. As Kathy’s world begins to deteriorate around her, Max consults with health experts in medicine to learn how he can help her.

His journey takes us from coast to coast as he searches for answers behind this tragic illness, and how our lifestyle and diet choices 10, 20, and even 30 years prior can play a role. The film presents a raw and threadbare perspective of Kathy’s journey, and a son willing to do anything to save his mother.

About the filmmakers:

Max Lugavere is a health and science journalist, filmmaker, and bestselling author. He is the author of the “Genius” book trilogy, including the New York Times bestseller “Genius Foods” and the Wall Street Journal bestseller “Genius Kitchen.” He hosts The “Genius Life” podcast, one of the top health and wellness podcasts in the U.S, and has an audience of over 1.5 million followers across social media. His contributions to programs like The Rachael Ray Show, The Today Show, PBS’s Brief but Spectacular, and The Doctors, along with features in VICE, Fast Company, The New York Times, People Magazine, and CNN, and appearances on “The Joe Rogan Experience” and “The Diary of a CEO,” have made him a respected and well-known voice in the field. An engaging speaker on relevant health and wellness topics, Lugavere regularly leads keynote talks and corporate seminars around the world.

Chris Newhard is an indie filmmaker and native of Pennsylvania who has worked across the continental USA, Central America, Africa, and Europe for the last 16 years. Grounded in fine arts, design, and drama club as a teen, his work tends to delve into the shadows of life and the conflicts of being human.  As his career became more fluid, his work had to expand and contract, allowing him to work in the music industry as a music video director, working with artists like Sia, Maroon 5, Sirah, Chevelle, Grayscale, Jessie J, American Authors, and many more. His first documentary film, Are You Lonely (2012), follows American Folk band The End of America to the Adirondack mountains as they travel by canoe to a small island to write their album. Over the course of his career he has shot many documentaries, short films, and commercials. 2023 saw the release of his latest short, Self Tape, which explores the intricacies and anxiety-inducing choices of an aspiring actress in the modern film industry.

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