Awards & Reviews

“This heartfelt and thoughtful exploration explodes expectations and illustrates the commonality of people despite distinctions of age, gender, and race. A multiaward winner, Stages would be excellent viewing for those studying social and women’s issues, immigration, drama, or art.”

Charli Osborne, Oxford P.L., MI, Library Journal (full review)

“A beautifully filmed, intricately edited story of the power of friendship, creativity, and courage at every age.”

Anne Basting. Director, Center on Age and Community. University of Wisconsin, Milwuakee

Stages is a wonderful resource for anyone interested in initiating dialogue about the way we think about older adults and growing older — which is relevant to us all! It is also a beautiful and truly moving film.”

Dr. Mark Bilkey. Adler School of Professional Psychology

“This film will be a wonderful addition to the social work curriculum.  An intergenerational  project brings youth and elders together to develop a theater presentation.  Community centers provide the venue.  Excellent group work is used to facilitate personal and group development.  Ethnic diversity among both the elders and the youth adds richness to the film. The final performance is moving and inspiring.   This film models the empowerment process. [Stages] is great for many teaching different purposes, community organization, group work, using theater for development, development among elders, intergenerational interaction. The diversity in the film adds to its value as an educational tool.  I think this film would be useful for many social work courses and no doubt for many other academic programs. Because gerontology is now an especially important focus in the social work curriculum, this film meets a current need. Congratulations on an excellent film!

Susan A. Murty, Ph.D. School of Social Work, University of Iowa

“A powerful, evocative, story of cross-generational connection and
meaning-making in life. A must-see and a perfect choice for classes in the
social sciences and the humanities.”

Carl Barenboim, Ph.D. Sarah Lawrence College

“At times humorous and at others heartbreaking, Stages’ greatest strength lies in its eclectic and fascinating characters as they struggle with self expression and the emancipating power of art. What ensues is a careful look at the silent division between young and old which can only be illuminated through the perspective of other and makes for mesmerizing film.”

IndiePix Films (full review)


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