Screenwriters:Chris Furbee, Herbert Bennett
In 1995, 28-year-old Chris Furbee suddenly found himself the primary caregiver for his mother, who was dying of Huntington's disease. She was in denial of her condition, disdainful of his help, and mourning the loss of her independence. Chris turned to his video camera for solace, chronicling his own anger, love, and frustration with this emaciated stranger who used to be his vibrant mother. Huntington's Disease is a brutal and unforgiving hereditary disease that slowly destroys the nervous system and mind of its victims. The diagnosis is always fatal. If one parent has the disease, their children have a 50% chance of also having it. For 18 years, Chris continued to document his own journey from overwhelmed son, to angry victim, to energized activist. "Huntington's Dance" provides an intimate, raw, unsettling, and touching look at his family's struggle to come to terms with a debilitating disease that threatens to ravage them all and how he, ultimately, chooses to move forward with hope for the future.