Experts In Their Own Aging is a video series created for Portland State University's Institute on Aging
Portland State University’s Institute on Aging worked the Oregon Health Authority on a project to help improve mental health services for older adults through training and education. One of the things that emerged was that many people (including those who provide social, health, and mental health services), lack understanding about how most people experience aging.
As a way to address this issue, Eleusis Films worked with the Institute on Aging to create videos of older adults engaging in their daily lives and sharing their experiences and reflections around nine key topics: Activities, Age-Friendly City, Difficulties of Aging, Life Course Perspective, Messages to Providers, Pleasures of Aging, Rural Aging, Selectivity, Optimization & Compensation, and Surprises of Aging.
View sample videos here:
A collaborative documentary on Portland State University's Global Health and Aging Program in Nicaragua
In 2009, a group of Portland State University students and professors participated in an ongoing service learning project in Nicaragua, created in partnership with the Jessie F. Richardson Foundation. We created a short documentary in collaboration with students in the program that is used as an introduction to the project and an orientation to the experience of service learning. A version of this film won the Gerontology Society of America award for best short video on global aging.
The Confluence Project hosted a "Day of Sharing" for teachers and later a "Gifts from Our Ancestors" program for middle school students with traditional artists and culture bearers at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. We created a series of short video modules for each event to allow the experiences to be shared more widely.
Short comedies about experiences of life after brain injury, created with brainreels films.
Brainreels comedies have been shown at disability film festivals, corporate diversity trainings, professional conferences, brain injury support groups and residential facilities, and to family members, clinicians, and students in allied health and rehabilitation.