Samantha Macher 

Following her son Kevin’s epilepsy-related death in 2001, Patricia Barnes thought her life was over. Then one day, she awoke with the urge to create a series of stained glass pyramids never having made one before. Thirteen years and twenty pyramids later, Trish has decided to complete the final piece and move forward from her loss. A story of healing through creation, Last Pyramid will chronicle Trish’s journey from tragedy to triumph as she finishes her final tribute to the life of her child.

Director: David Schacter
Director of Photography: Ben Powell
Writer: Samantha Macher

Company Credits:
Production Company: The Epilepsy Foundation and UCB
Executive Producers: Greg Grunberg and Brad Savage
Producers: Samantha Macher and David Schacter

Runtime: 23 Minutes


‘Last Pyramid’ Documentary Wins Film of the Year at Northern Virginia International Film Festival: Epilepsy Foundation-Produced Film Took Highest Honors at Inaugural Awards Ceremony

LANDOVER, MD – April 22, 2015 – “Last Pyramid,” a documentary produced by the Epilepsy Foundation and Greg Grunberg (the film’s executive producer and actor in projects including “Heroes” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), won Film of the Year at the inaugural Northern Virginia International Film Festival (NOVA) on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

“The gravity in choosing NOVA’s first Film of the Year weighed heavily upon us,” said Fernando A. Mico, executive director of the Northern Virginia Film Festival. “This grand champion of the festival would set the precedent and the standard for all films we accept for the life of our event. In a very crowded field of exemplary films, ‘Last Pyramid’ made an incredibly difficult decision feel like a calming wind. After experiencing this film, we knew we had found our ambassador. ‘Last Pyramid’ ascends beyond fantastic film and humbly crosses the threshold of pure art.”

“I am so proud of the creative team that made this film possible,” said Grunberg. “Kevin was such an incredible kid. His mom, Trish, was brave to open up and share her loss so deeply and movingly with our audience. Kevin’s story will now touch so many lives. Being honored by the Northern Virginia Film Festival opens many more doors, widens our audience, and allows us to share the message of the immediate need for new therapies for people living with epilepsy, like my son.”

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Other Festival Selections Include:

Granite State Film Festival

Florida Movie Festival

New Haven Film Festival

Film52 Festival