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Brookdale Seniors Honored at Second Annual “Celebrate Aging Film Festival”

BRENTWOOD, TN–Residents and associates at nine Brookdale Senior Living communities located throughout the country were honored with awards at the company’s second annual “Celebrate Aging Film Festival.”

Held yesterday at the historic Franklin Theatre in Franklin, TN, the event was established to help change the perception of aging and to communicate a positive, uplifting or touching message about aging. Movie shorts were created by residents and associates at Brookdale communities and narrowed down to nine finalists.

“The most rewarding moments at Brookdale are when we come together as one big Brookdale family. When we support and encourage one another. When we celebrate good times. We are part of something special today. The opportunity to come together and live out our mission and change each other’s lives,” said Brookdale Senior Living CEO Cindy Baier.

The film festival offered the opportunity for residents and associates to work together on a creative project using their senior living community’s iPad technology. The groups handled all aspects of production including conception, scriptwriting, casting, acting, directing, filming and editing.

Brookdale Greenville won the Best Picture and Best Technical Design awards for their film, “Reflections.” During his acceptance speech, resident John Robb said, “I’m honored to have participated. Thank you for creating an organization that allows us to participate for the rest of our lives.”

Freedom Pointe at The Villages resident Jack Adams serenaded the group after the community won in the Best Acting category for their film, “Old or Older?” To the tune of Bob Hope’s song, he sang these words, “Thanks for the memories. Red carpet at the Franklin…a dream come true, for me and you. So thanks for the memories, we all had a ball, celebrating aging—a chance for one and all. We thank you.”

Brookdale communities nationwide had until July 1 to submit their film. Awards were presented in the following categories: Best Picture, Best Writing, Best Acting, Best Technical Design and the Courage Award, all chosen by judges.

The films were also eligible for the Ecolab People’s Choice Award, with the winner chosen by public voting. Votes for the Ecolab People’s Choice Award totaled over 8,347 with the winning film accumulating approximately 1,678 votes. Below, is a list of categories, winning communities and titles of the movies:

  • Best Writing – Cat’s Outta the Bag by Brookdale Colonial Heights, Kingsport, TN
  • Best Technical Design – Reflections by Brookdale Greenville, Greenville, SC
  • Best Acting – Old or Older? by Freedom Pointe at The Villages, The Villages, FL
  • Best Picture – Reflections by Brookdale Greenville, Greenville, SC
  • Courage Award – Determination Becoming Inspiration by Oklahoma City Southwest, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Ecolab People’s Choice Award – All These Moments by The Solana Vintage Park, Houston, TX

View all nine nominated movies here.