Sonoma native Sarah Barbulesco, Sonoma Valley High class of ’99, has been working for the past several years to produce “Remember Isobel,” a movie about Alzheimer’s disease, that will begin filming this summer.
Barbulesco’s goal is both educational and medical – to spotlight the fact that, in an aging America, Alzheimer’s is reaching epidemic proportions and also to contribute monetarily to finding a cure. She plans to donate the proceeds from “Remember Isobel,” to Alzheimer’s disease research.
Barbulesco’s screenplay centers around a family confronted with the hardships of losing a loved one to Alzheimer’s disease. In 2012, she brought “Remember Isobel,” to the stage in Sacramento, where she now lives, as a live theater production which was well received.
In 2013, the screenplay attracted attention in Hollywood. Producer Chadwick Struck joined the project last spring and, shortly after, executive producers Alfred Molina (“Spiderman 2”), Michael Badalucco (“The Practice”), Don Most (“Happy Days”) and Ronnie Marmo (“General Hospital”) came on board. Since then, a number of notable actors have shown interest in the lead roles of “Remember Isobel.” Official casting will occur later this spring.
Barbulesco has launched an Indiegogo campaign that will run through April 1 at igg.me/at/rememberisobel to help finance the film. All donations are 100 percent tax-deductible.