Acclaimed film coming to county

15 years ago

    HOULTON – The national award-winning film, “The Way We Get By,” is coming to the Temple Theatre in Houlton for three days only – Aug. 2 at 4 p.m., and Aug. 3-4 at 7 p.m. These are the only screenings in The County. 

    “The Way We Get By” is a deeply personal story about growing old in America. Following the lives of three senior citizens in Bangor, the film takes the viewer on an intimate journey through Bill, Joan and Jerry’s battles with mounting debt, failing health, the loss of loved ones, and their own impending mortality. Through it all, these three unsung heroes find the strength to continue by dedicating their lives to greeting nearly 1 million American soldiers at the Bangor International Airport. The story of these exemplary Mainers has been praised by the National Council on Aging as a film that “shows how passion, a mission, and a sense of purpose can transform the life of an older person,” and proof that volunteerism can significantly impact an entire community.
    “It really has been an overwhelming experience to see audiences connect with our film on such a deep and personal level,” said Director Aron Gaudet. “Being from Maine myself, I could not be more satisfied to see how this story has inspired people of all ages across the country.”
    Since its completion, “The Way We Get By” has touched the lives of thousands across the country. From war veterans to elderly volunteers, the film has provided hope and inspiration to everyday citizens during this time of economic turmoil.
    Variety calls the film “an unabashedly patriotic, sentimental and somewhat unsettling look at aging in America.”
    “The Way We Get By” has been honored with the Special Jury Award at the South by Southwest Film Festival, the Golden Rock award for Best Documentary at the third Little Rock Film Festival and the Audience Award at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, N.C. At the Cleveland Film Festival, it beat out 28 films to win the Greg Gund Memorial Film Competition, which recognizes films for their social conscience.
    To see the trailer and learn more about the film, log onto http://www.thewaywegetbymovie.com/.