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Together for Mind, Sight & Music’s Virtual Movie Night

BrightFocus Foundation announced the release of their at-home-experience movie night presenting the award-winning documentary, LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE.

The unrestricted event will take place June 4th through June 10th, allowing full access to embrace the devotion to research developing to fight brain and eye diseases. Their goal is to maintain promotion of the current research that scientists are conducting. With an introduction by producer, James Keach, the six days of movie access will include numerous interviews focusing their direction on their nonprofit funding. 

Keach’s contribution to the arrangement will consist of highlighting the specific BrightFocus-funded scientist and their skilled involvement. The scientists will include: Sarah Doyle, PhD, Assistant Professor in Immunology, Clinical Medicine, Trinity College Dublin; Makoto Ishii, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Neurology, Weill Medical College of Cornell University;  Amir H. Kashani, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Southern California and Roski Eye Institute; and Yvonne Ou, MD, Associate Professor, Ophthalmology, University of California, San Francisco. Although they are they are among the few chosen to represent their dedicated work, they are backed by over 200 other scientists working with BrightFocus.

“I believe in the power and promise of science to end disease and save lives, and this is why I am glad to showcase both the transcendent beauty of Linda’s voice in this film as well as the bold, groundbreaking research of BrightFocus,” Keach said. He remarked that the groundbreaking moment that ended Ronstadt’s success was halted by a neurodegenerative disease.

Included in the all-star lineup, Stacy Haller, BrightFocus Foundation President and CEO, further explained that the ambitious team of scientists combined with the BrightFocus team are persistent to find an end to the numerous diseases that infect our lives. Their specific goal is to target those diseases that attack both our memory and our sight. Haller believes that this film is a perfect example providing the immanent truth behind the need for pioneering scientific discoveries.  

The original release of the film was premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2019. Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Freidman, LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE quickly became an award-winning documentary boasting multiple awards in its honor. Epstein and Friedman created the film as a window into the childhood of the classic singer, Linda Ronstadt. The window peers into her childhood life and the roles she took to find her success until she was forced to end her career due to Parkinson’s disease. 

The at-home virtual premiere will be available at brightfocus.org/movie, or on BFF Facebook.

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Danielle Zois

Danielle Zois is a student at California State University, Fullerton and a Santa Barbara native. She is majoring in Communications with an emphasis in Journalism and aspires to work as an entertainment reporter and host. Since working at OC News, her campus news station, she has learned that she is passionate about entertainment, pop culture and fashion. Her guilty pleasure is watching reality television and The Bachelor on Monday nights with her roommates.

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