LIGHTS, CAMERA,
ACTION: FILM PROJECT
BRINGS GENERATIONS
TOGETHER
Audrey got to share hers, along
with 22 other residents, as part
of the Age is More Film Project,
a unique partnership between
Revera and Reel Youth.
Reel Youth is a not-for-profit
organization that empowers young
people to create films about social
issues. Young filmmakers were
paired with residents from two
Revera retirement communities:
Appleby Place in Burlington, ON
and Whitecliff in South Surrey, BC.
The result was a series of three-
minute films that celebrate the
ageless spirit of people. Like the
couple who talk about what makes
a marriage last almost 70 years. Or
the chemical engineer who flew
around the world three times for
work, and now runs a lunch club
called ROMEO – Retired Old Men
Eating Out.
Reel Youth director Mark Vonesch
hopes the films leave audiences
re-thinking the image of older
people, and appreciating those in
their lives. Beyond telling engaging
stories, the project aims to foster
intergenerational relationships.
No matter how old you are,
people have the same needs.
They need connection, they need
someone to listen to them, they
want to feel important. This
project does that,” he says.
Audrey, who treasures friends,
found one in her filmmaker,
Carleigh Reynolds, 17. “I came
home every day smiling, telling
my parents about my new friends,”
says Carleigh. “You forgot about
age differences. We were just one
group.”
Audrey Huff has always enjoyed art. Portraits more than
landscapes, she says, as she sketches a face in a notebook.
Her own face beams. “I find it easier to meet people with a
smile,” says Audrey, 90, who lives at Revera’s Appleby Place
in Burlington, ON. “I enjoy talking to different people. That’s
what makes life interesting. Everybody has a story.”
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FILMS
200
PEOPLE ATTENDED
THE EVENTS
22
YOUTH TOOK ON THE
DIRECTOR’S CHAIR
22
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NEW REEL
FRIENDSHIPS
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