The “Aging Gratefully in Cohousing” documentary series Video on Demand is now available. The three movies can be rented or purchased.
You can also book a screening for your community or general audience by obtaining a screening license for a nominal donation.
To purchase or rent, click on the Video On Demand (VOD) links below:
“Aging Gratefully: The Power of Good Health and Good Neighbors” (Run Time: 50min – 2017) Filmmaker and Silver Sage Village senior cohousing resident Alan O’Hashi is mostly recovered from his death bed illness in 2013. As a result of that experience he’s become much more aware of his health. One of his neighbors circulated information about a research study at the University of Colorado about the effects of exercise on brain health. Curious, he was selected to be a research subject. To measure success, one of the criteria is emotional health and strength of relationship building.
Does living in a cohousing community be an added benefit to physical exercise? He interviewed six residents of newly-formed Germantown Commons to find out their motivations to living in cohousing and whether living intentionally with neighbors was a positive experience and what physical activities happen in a group setting.
Germantown Commons Residents:
- Essie Sappenfield (retired)
- Doug Luckes (still working)
- Suzanne Glasgow (still working)
- Sarah Carroll (single mom)
- Chris Corby (still working)
- Ginger Lange (retired)
- Vicki Metzgar (retired)
- Bryan Bowen, AIA (Caddis Architects)
- Angela Bryan PhD,( Principal Investigator CU FORCE study)
“Aging Gratefully: The Power of Culture and Traditions” (Run Time: 30 min – 2017) My latest trek took me to South Africa where I’m investigating a third documentary in the Aging Gratefully series. This pilot is mostly based on a little research and my initial observations spanning Tolstoy to Gandhi to Mandela to the present time.
There’s an intentional community being formed in the Town of Memel and the Township of Zamani in the South African Free State Province by a friend and colleague, Steven Ablondi and his wife Cindy Burns. Steve and I serve on the National Cohousing Association board of directors.
I tagged along with the Memel Global Community architect and my across the street neighbor Bryan Bowen and a couple of his crew, Jamison and Molly. Bryan lives in the Wild Sage Cohousing community in Boulder.
I embedded myself with a local buy named Shakes in the Black African community and even though it was only for a couple days, I gained quite a bit of insight into the cultural dynamics, which are not unlike those I encounter among my Northern Arapaho tribal member friends.
As this story develops, how Native American tribes could incorporate cohousing concepts into its growing housing demand will also be investigated. There are generations-long traditional tribal cultures that have a norm about multi-generational care for elders. Does it it makes any sense to form intentional communities around these customs?
This is a 30 minutes pilot of my visit shot mainly on an iPhone 6s and I’m not sure if anything will come of this story. I’m collaborating with a fellow filmmaker Pieter Lombaard, who appears in the short. We’re trying to figure out a good story with a great arc. What do you think?
Memel Global Community featured denizens:
- Steven Ablondi (cofounder)
- Bryan Bowen (Caddis Architects)
- Shakes Mafanela (SheWins sports coordinator)
- Marley Hauser (SheWins volunteer)
- Pieter Lombaard (Binary Film Works)
“Aging Gratefully: The Power of Community” (Run Time: 51min – 2015) In the first of the series, what if 25 senior citizens decided to grow old together in a cohousing community? Learn about their illness, angst, and fun times while owning and maintaining 16 condos, a common house and community gardens.
Cohousing is a collaborative living arrangement. Residents own their own homes, live private lives but share in the ownership and upkeep of common spaces such the garden and common house.
It’s a challenging way to live, but living together more intentionally is a hedge against being alone and isolated through the twilight years of life.
Filmmaker and Silver Sage Village resident Alan O’Hashi was on his death bed in December 2013. Following a 6 week hospital and rehab stay and a month of home confinement, he joined a yoga community to regain his strength, but learned more about himself than just getting healthier.
Through his reflections, he recounts his continuing recovery and weaves those experiences with the perspectives of neighbors with Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease and those who find themselves in supportive neighborly care giving roles.
Cohousing pioneers Katie McCamant and Chuck Durrett and gerontologist Anne Glass phD offer their perspectives about senior cohousing living.
Silver Sage Village featured residents:
- Lindy Cook (nurse)
- John Huyler (facilitator)
- Henry and Jean Kroll (retired from San Francisco)
- Dan Knifong (retired professor)
- Jim Leach (Silver Sage Village developer)
- Margaret Porter (retired federal government)
- Anne Glass phD (University of North Carolina Wilmington Gerontology Program Coordinator)
- Chuck Durrett AIA (McCamant and Durrett Architects)
- Katie McCamant (The Cohousing Company)
- Larissa Ortiz (teacher The Little Yoga Studio)
If you have questions about purchase, rental or booking a screening, email Boulder Community Media
“Aging Gratefully: The Power of Good Health and Good Neighbors” has a first cut test screening at the Dairy Arts Center – Boedecker Theater. Doors 630pm – cash bar and snacks in the Polk Cafe – movie at 7pm. Tickets are free, but sign up so we can keep track of seats.
Filmmaker and Silver Sage Village senior cohousing resident Alan O’Hashi is mostly recovered from his 2013 death bed illness. As a result of that experience he’s become much more aware of his health, almost to the point of hypochondria.
One of his neighbors circulated information about a research study at the University of Colorado about the effects of exercise on brain health.
Curious, he applied and was selected to be a research subject. To measure success, the criteria emotional health and strength of relationship building.
Is living in an intentional community, such as cohousing, an added benefit to physical exercise? He interviewed CU researcher Angel Bryan about her research to gain an empirical perspective and six residents of newly-formed Germantown Commons to find out their anecdotal motivations to living in cohousing and whether living intentionally with neighbors was a positive experience and what physical activities happen in a group setting.
Germantown Commons Residents:
– Essie Sappenfield (retired)
– Doug Luckes (still working)
– Suzanne Glasgow (still working)
– Sarah Carroll (single mom)
– Chris Corby (still working)
– Ginger Lange (retired)
– Vicki Metzgar (retired)
– Bryan Bowen, AIA (Caddis Architects)
– Angela Bryan PhD,( Principal Investigator CU FORCE study)
Boulder Arts Week is a happening time in the creative community and we’re jumping in with our monthly schmoozer and featuring the work of women. The April 1st event is free of charge, but buy some music!
We don’t have a lot of wall space for flat art. Instead, we’ll be entertaining with some music and a short movie in the Silver Sage Village cohousing TV room.
The Whistle Stop F.I.L.M. Festival screens “Cordially, Georgia O’Keeffe” about the artist and her sister’s visit to Ward Colorado in 1917 will screen in the media room between music sets.
During the music change a couple short movies (TBD)
We’ll have some snacks and drinks. Invite 100 of your closest friends!
Boulder Community Media (BCM) is providing production services again. BCM is putting together volunteer production crews to cover a variety of events in the various Downtown Boulder screening venues and at local businesses hosting special events during the Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) March 2 – 5. Download the BCM volunteer agreement and email it back to BCM.
We’re also seeking a producer to coordinate cast and NewsTeam crews throughout the weekend. This requires a three and a half day commitment with some wiggle room.
Photographers must download and become familiar with the 2017 PHOTO GUIDELINES and WORKFLOW.
If you’d like to be a part of the BIFF that is largely unseen and very interesting, behind the scenes experience inquire within! For the most part, you do need to have particular expertise and experience with news, but we can always use more Production Assistants willing to learn by observation and diving into a project.
The schedule won’t be released until later in February, but we’re getting the word out so you can make plans around classes, work, and other commitments. Check out the BIFF News Team Production Call facebook page to keep up with the latest information.
BCM uses a “transmedia” approach where we produce news in a variety of forms:
- Editors – copy editors and video editors
- Writers – news gathers to go along to events
- Still Photographers – for all activities
- Video Photographers – for all activities
- Producers – if you want to produce, you should also have at least one other skill, have at a minimum a still camera and a strong back to schlepp gear.
- Social media – update facebook pages, tweet pix and experiences
- Website updates and maintenance
BCM generally runs at least two crews at any given moment, which means each crew has a producer, a video camera operator, a still camera operator a reporter on camera and a reporter off camera. In most cases, our news crews will be the only ones covering these events, many are newsworthy and your stories, images and video will be pushed out to the wire.
BCM will provide video cameras and tape for field work. BCM will have a MacBook Pro with Final Cut 7 available. We are inventorying assets and also let me know what kind of equipment you may be able to provide:
* video cameras etc. (they can be solid state and consumer grade, tripods, lights)
* still cameras (pocket cameras to DSLR cameras – do they have video capabilities)
* lap top computers (pc or mac and editing systems – Premiere, iMovie, FCP, movie maker)
Send an email to BCM if you’d like to be a part of the action. You can also join the BIFF News Team Production Call facebook page to keep up with the latest.
Boulder Community Media (BCM) is hosting the RealD 3D Salon at the Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) and seeking up to 6 teams of four or more cast and crew members. More teams may be added depending on demand. There is no entry fee, but teams must have a valid credit card and drivers’ license to secure the equipment that will checkout out to you for the week.
A 3D filmmaking workshop will be held on Saturday February 9 (Place TBD) from 10am to 2pm.
Participants will learn how to operate the GoPro 3D camera rigs and how to use the Cineform 3D editing software and how it interfaces with 2D editing programs.After the class, teams will have a week to finish their 7-minute 3D movies which will be screened at the BIFF on Saturday night 7pm February 16th through a RealD projection system onto the silver screen.
The filmmakers will participate in a panel along with representatives from RealD and each filmmaking team who will be on hand to discuss their technologies and projects.
The Hitching Post Theater happens tonight November 13th at the Nomad Theater in North Boulder.
Five writers have three hours to write a short stage play around two actors selected at random.
The plays are handed to a director and the actors who have until 5:30pm to rehearse before the first performance at 6:30pm and the second at 8:00pm. Click on the Hitching Post logo to find out more from the facebook page.
Alan O’Hashi was one of the writers for this month. You can check out his work by opening the link to The Last Waltz. He had the challenge of writing for an actor with laryngitis which is reflected in the no-dialogue play.
The Shoot Out BoulderTh asks filmmakers to trust their courage, imagination and determination by making a 7-minute film in just 24 hours. The challenge and skill involved becomes evident with the list of required technical, material, and timing ‘rules.’
Each film can be no longer than 7 minutes in length (including credits) and must be edited in-camera and returned to the event organizers no later than 24 hours after the start of the event.
All films must include 5 of the eleven items announced at the start of the event in “The Brief.” All films are judged to come up with the Top 10 Films for the Gala Screening Event at the Nomad Theater in North Boulder on Sunday afternoon.
Click on the image to check out The Shoot Out webpage!
The event begins at 630pm with music and he plays begin at 7pm. Five writers are challenged with writing a story from 830am to 1230pm. The plays are handed off to five directors and two actors per play for five hours of rehearsal before the plays are presented at 7pm.
Alan O’Hashi was one of the March playwrights. Check out his work entitled “PRT Woman” which was inspired by Michael Conti by clicking on the Hitching Post Theater snapshots.
Boulder Community Media (BCM) provided curtain-to-curtain coverage of the 7th Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF).
Click on the image of BCM reporter Brooke Cummings with Oliver Stone to view the BIFF videos.
A crew of 26 covered 16 events at the Boulder Theater, Boulder Public Library and the United Methodist Church Feb. 17 – 20.
BCM collaborated with the film classes at Fairview High School and the University of Colorado – Boulder Broadcast Journalism classes.