Spring 2019

Past Events

February 12, 2019


The Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room
Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W. 129 St.
New York, NY 10027


Blythe Danner (left) stars as “Ruth” and Hilary Swank (right) stars as “Bridget” in Elizabeth Chomko’s What They Had, a Bleecker Street release. Credit: Bleecker Street

Blythe Danner, Robert Forster, Michael Shannon, and Hilary Swank star in a “new landmark Alzheimer's film [that] is heartbreaking, inspiring, funny and true,” according to AARPWhat They Had “pulls back the lens from the patient—the subject of most Alzheimer’s films—to focus on caregivers.” Screening followed by a conversation with Writer and Director Elizabeth Chomko, Producer Albert Berger ’83, and Hilary Brougher, Film.


After her ailing mother wanders off during a blizzard, Bridget returns to her childhood home in Chicago, accompanied by her rebellious college-age daughter. Forced to referee between her father’s stubborn insistence that his wife remain at home and her equally determined brother’s efforts to place her in a sought-after “memory care” facility, Bridget struggles to make sense of a lifetime of family conflict. With her mother’s decline becoming increasingly obvious, long-simmering resentments make an already difficult decision close to impossible. What They Had is an intimate and tender story of a challenge faced by many families.


Co-presented by Columbia Narrative Medicine, Columbia School of Social Work, and Mailman School of Public Health.


“Blythe Danner and Hilary Swank Soar in Caregiving Movie ‘What They Had,’” AARP, October/November 2018.


Check-in will begin one hour prior to start time. Seating is limited and first come, first served. Advance registration does not guarantee seating; early arrival is suggested.