Graying Receives Invaluable Boost from Two Amazing Independent Documentary Film Organizations

It’s an exciting time for The Graying of AIDS, with two wonderful new developments in the evolution of our project involving two exemplary independent documentary film organizations:
Working Films and Chicken & Egg Pictures.

We are honored to have been selected as one of eleven groundbreaking aging-focused documentary films and transmedia projects coming together for the “Reel Aging: Real Change” initiative. Launched by Working Films and grounded in their commitment to bridging the worlds of documentary film making, community organizing, and activism, Reel Aging joins previous Reel Engagement outreach initiatives, which so far have included “Reel Power,” “Reel Food,” “Reel Education,” and “Reel Equality.”

During the four-day residency, the documentary teams will work together to develop their creative audience and community engagement approaches, while also beginning to shape a collaborative campaign strategy that will maximize the individual projects’ potential to promote real and lasting change. We will then have the opportunity to present our projects to an array of organizations and advocates committed to supporting “elder rights, respect and health” – including regional, national, and global NGOs, funders, government agencies, activists, and policy makers – with the goal of sparking new partnerships and embedding the films and media projects into their ongoing advocacy campaigns and policy work. We are tremendously grateful for this extraordinary opportunity to share ideas, experiences, and energy with a group of remarkably talented and committed individuals applying their diverse perspectives and skills to challenging our culture’s often problematic take on aging, and advocate for positive change around the most pressing issues facing older adults today.

We are equally honored to announce that Graying has been awarded a Chicken & Egg Pictures 2012 MOTHER WIT Human Rights Film Fund: I BELIEVE IN YOU Grant, allowing us to begin production on a short documentary film about older women living with AIDS, an often overlooked segment of the population living with the virus.

Chicken & Egg Pictures (“CE”) is “a hybrid film fund and non-profit production company dedicated to supporting women filmmakers who are as passionate about the craft of storytelling as they are about the social justice, environmental and human rights issues they’re embracing, translating and exploring on film.” While financial support is extraordinarily important to any nonprofit arts and social justice endeavor, CE goes even further, combining financial support with mentorship and community-building that fosters creative collaboration “to nurture women filmmakers whose diverse voices represent a range of lived experience and realities that have the power to change the world as we know it.”

We look forward to bringing you more news about Reel Aging, progress updates on our documentary short on women aging with HIV, and a number of other exciting developments in the works very soon. To insure that you hear about all of our latest news, please join our mailing list and “like” us on Facebook.