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The Revera/Reel Youth Age is More Film Project

The Revera and Reel Youth Age is More Film Project is a new, intergenerational partnership between Revera, a Canadian leader in seniors' accommodation, care and services, and Reel Youth, a not-for-profit that empowers youth to create engaging films about important social issues.
 

Behind the Scenes…

This engaging video explores the relationships developed between the youth and senior participants during the filming of the Revera and Reel Youth Age is More Film Project in Surrey, B.C. Clearly, age is just a number as far as these individuals are concerned!

 

Videos

How do you make love last for a lifetime? Meet Ann and Bill, married for almost 70 years. Learn how they met and how they live together now in a film created by Canadian youth. For other older Canadians’ stories visit <a href="http://www.ageismore.com">Ageismore.com</a>.

Ann Breaks

How do you make love last for a lifetime? Meet Ann and Bill, married for almost 70 years.
Alice Rowe, 87, was born in North Ireland and is an award-winning Canadian poet. She’s penned 240 poems in her lifetime and one of her poems won a World of Poetry Prize.  Learn about other older Canadians’ experiences as filmed by Canadian youth at Ageismore.com

Alice Rowe

Alice Rowe, 87, was born in North Ireland and is an award-winning Canadian poet.
Bernard Beaudoin, 88, loves to dance and sing. His good memories are a catalyst to live positively in the future. Learn about other older Canadians’ experiences as filmed by Canadian youth at <a href="http://www.ageismore.com">Ageismore.com</a>.

Bernard Beaudoin

Bernard Beaudoin, 88, loves to dance and sing.
Audrey Huff, 90, meets people with a smile. She believes that to be happy is to have good friends. Learn about other older Canadians’ experiences as filmed by Canadian youth at Ageismore.com.

Audrey Huff

Audrey Huff, 90, meets people with a smile.
Dilys Mary Shotton, 91, was born in England and lives in Canada. She’s an arts enthusiast who sings, reads and enjoys poetry. Learn about other older Canadians’ experiences as filmed by Canadian youth at Ageismore.com

Dilys Mary Shotton

Dilys Mary Shotton, 91, was born in England and lives in Canada.
Bernie Custis, 83, has led a fascinating life: he was the first black quarterback in professional football in North America and a school principal. Learn about other older Canadians’ experiences as filmed by Canadian youth at Ageismore.com.

Bernie Custis

Bernie Custis, 83, was the first black quarterback in professional football in North America.
Doreen Reid was the first female to become a probation officer in Saskatchewan. Learn about other older Canadians’ experiences as filmed by Canadian youth at <a href="http://www.ageismore.com">Ageismore.com</a>.

Doreen Reid

Doreen Reid was the first female to become a probation officer in Saskatchewan.
Derek Edwards has done something most people will not do in their lifetime; he’s flown around the world three times. Born in Winnipeg, Derek lived in Hamilton, Ontario, for 25 years and has been married for 65 years.

Derek Edwards

Derek Edwards has done something most people will not do in their lifetime.
Enid Chunick, 84, says coming to Canada was the best thing she ever did. She got off to a good start, meeting the man she would eventually marry while touring her first apartment. For other older Canadians’ stories visit <a href="http://www.ageismore.com">Ageismore.com</a>.

Enid Chunick

Enid Chunick, 84, says coming to Canada was the best thing she ever did.
George and Mamie met at their friend’s 21st birthday, where George realized Mamie was “the one.” They believe the meaning of life is being as happy as you can. Learn about other older Canadians’ experiences as filmed by Canadian youth at Ageismore.com.

George and Mamie Gibson

George and Mamie met at their friend’s 21st birthday, where George realized Mamie was “the one.”
Jim McFayden, 90, says his prime moment in life was when he got married and graduated from engineering. Learn about other older Canadians’ experiences as filmed by Canadian youth at Ageismore.com.

Jim McFadyen

Jim McFayden, 90, says his prime moment in life was when he got married and graduated from engineering.
Mickey Radmore’s father once told him, “it’s a short life…so enjoy it.” In his 94th year, with a wealth of stories, smiles and laughs, Mickey Radmore is living this philosophy well. Learn about other older Canadians’ experiences as filmed by Canadian youth at Ageismore.com.

Mickey Radmore

Mickey Radmore’s father once told him, “it’s a short life…so enjoy it.”
Vancouver resident John Coll served in the Royal Canadian Navy and shares his story about 90 years of life and love with youth filmmakers. Learn about the ageless spirit of other older Canadians at <a href="http://www.ageismore.com">Ageismore.com</a>.

John Coll

Vancouver resident John Coll served in the Royal Canadian Navy...
Peter and Cecile have been married for 56 years. Peter says he always wants to do something that makes people happy. Learn about other older Canadians’ experiences as filmed by Canadian youth at Ageismore.com.

Peter and Cecile Mielzynski

Peter and Cecile have been married for 56 years.
Lisa McCue is an artist with a passion for colour; her medium of expression has evolved from painting to knitting over the past 92 years. Learn about the ageless spirit of other older Canadians at <a href="http://www.ageismore.com">Ageismore.com</a>.

Lisa McCue

Lisa McCue is an artist with a passion for colour; her medium of expression has evolved
Roy and Norma Clark met in 1952 and they’ve been together since. They still fondly recall how on their first date they saw a play at Massey Hall in Toronto. Learn about other older Canadians’ experiences as filmed by Canadian youth at Ageismore.com.

Roy and Norma Clark

Roy and Norma Clark met in 1952 and they’ve been together since.
Vi Carson has lived her life believing the more kind you are to others, the more you will receive in return. Learn about the ageless spirit of other older Canadians at <a href="http://www.ageismore.com">Ageismore.com</a>.

Vi Carson

She has lived her life believing the more kind you are to others, the more you will receive in return.
Vera Birett, 83, grew up in Burlington, Ontario. She says the most amazing thing in her life is her cat, who saved her life when she had a stroke. Learn about other older Canadians’ experiences as filmed by Canadian youth at Ageismore.com.

Vera Birett

Vera Birett, 83, grew up in Burlington, Ontario.
Bill Blackman, 95, is a former WWII pilot in the Canadian military. Learn about other older Canadians’ stories as filmed by Canadian youth at <a href="http://www.ageismore.com">Ageismore.com</a>.

William Blackman

Bill Blackman, 95, is a former WWII pilot in the Canadian military.
Walter Jamieson, 89, and his wife Irene have been married for almost 70 years. They shared letters every day when Walter served in the air force, which they still read until this day. Learn about other older Canadians’ experiences as filmed by Canadian youth at Ageismore.com

Walter Jamieson

Walter Jamieson, 89, and his wife Irene have been married for almost 70 years.

Photo Galleries

Photos from the November 22, 2013 Red Carpet Gala at Whitecliff Retirement Residence in Surrey, British Columbia

Gala Premiere at Whitecliff

Photos from the November 22, 2013 Red Carpet Gala at Whitecliff Retirement Residence in Surrey, British Columbia
Photos from the December 1, 2013 Red Carpet Gala at Appleby Place Retirement Residence in Burlington, Ontario

Red Carpet Gala at Appleby

Photos from the December 1, 2013 Red Carpet Gala at Appleby Place Retirement Residence in Burlington, Ontario
Photos from Reel Youth’s first weekend of filming at Whitecliff Retirement Residence in Surrey, British Columbia. Here are some great images showing the youth and residents, together to make films celebrating the lives of 'older youth'.

Whitecliff Retirement Residence, Surrey, British Columbia

Photos from Reel Youth’s first weekend of filming at Whitecliff Retirement Residence in Surrey, British Columbia.
Reel Youth started filming at Appleby Place Retirement Residence in Burlington, Ontario this month. Here are some photos showing the first weekend the youth and residents started working together. A great time was had by all, with the seniors sharing their life stories while the youth filmed.

Filming has started in Burlington!

Reel Youth started filming at Appleby Place Retirement Residence in Burlington, Ontario this month.
The project brings together youth and older adults in a creative collaboration to produce short films that celebrate ageless spirit. In 2013, twenty seniors will be featured; ten from Whitecliff Retirement Residence in White Rock, British Columbia and ten from Appleby Place Retirement Residence in Burlington, Ontario.

The goal of the program is to celebrate older Canadians through story-telling and film, with the added benefit of fostering new intergenerational relationships. It’s part of Revera’s ongoing effort to combat ageism – Canada’s most widely tolerated form of social discrimination - through its social initiative, Age Is More. In collaboration with partners like Reel Youth, Revera through Age is More aims to shed light on ageism, challenge the assumptions of aging and recognize the valuable contributions of older adults to society.

How it works

  • Local youth applicants are selected based on their interest in celebrating the lives of seniors and in learning how to use filmmaking as a tool for social change. They are paired with 10 individuals from the local Revera retirement residence, who are interested in being featured in a film that celebrates their life.
  • Guided by professional film makers from Reel Youth over six days, each of the pairs create a three-minute film that spotlights the resident. The youth plan and shoot the films; the seniors are not only the subject of the films, they’re also involved in the editing process.
  • The final films are screened at a film festival at the Revera retirement residences where youth and seniors share the films, their views of the experience, and what they learned.
  • All films will also be submitted to the touring Reel Youth Film Festival, distributed on YouTube and Reelyouth.ca and showcased on Revera’s AgeIsMore.com.


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