Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Jan 22, 2010, 7:30pm
The Way We Get By
Director Aron Gaudet
See a trailer from The Way We Get By.
"The Way We Get By" is a deeply moving film about life and how to live it. Beginning as a seemingly idiosyncratic story about troop greeters - a group of senior citizens who gather daily at a small airport to thank American soldiers departing and returning from Iraq, the film quickly turns into a moving, unsettling and compassionate story about aging, loneliness, war and mortality.
When its three subjects aren't at the airport, they wrestle with their own problems: failing health, depression, mounting debt. Joan, a grandmother of eight, has a deep connection to the soldiers she meets. The sanguine Jerry keeps his spirits up even as his personal problems mount. And the veteran Bill, who clearly has trouble taking care of himself, finds himself contemplating his own death. Seeking out the telling detail rather than offering sweeping generalizations, the film carefully builds stories of heartbreak and redemption, reminding us how our culture casts our elders, and too often our soldiers, aside. More important, regardless of your politics, "The Way We Get By" celebrates three unsung heroes who share their love with strangers who need and deserve it.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
The wonderful Philippe Petit surprised us all (except Steve, you rascal) when he appeared last March after our screening of the great documentary about him, Man on Wire, which had just won the Oscar for best Documentary. Steve Ives, the documentary filmmaker and creator of Depot Docs is our host, and Maureen Ryan, a producer of the film, was also present for the Q&A.
Thanks to Toby Shiimin who put together this lovely clip from the generous QandA Petit granted us.
We welcome your comments below, just click on "comment" and let us know what you think!
Depot Docs' next offering is Food, Inc. on November 20th at 7:30 pm. Check out what other films are upcoming in Season IV of Depot Docs at the Philipstown Depot Theater website.
Our special guest for this screening is the Director of the film, Robert Kenner.
"You'll Never Look at Dinner the Same Way" may be the film's tagline, but not to worry, the reception is adhering to a strict code of food sourcing in the spirit of the lessons of the film.
We look forward to your thoughts about the film after you've viewed it (or if you've seen it already) right here on this blog. Simply click on "comment" below and leave us your thoughts. Thanks!