14 October 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 14, 2019 – The red carpet is rolling out for Brookdale’s biggest night! Eleven films are nominated for Brookdale’s third annual Celebrate Aging Film Festival, and it’s the public’s chance to vote for the Ecolab People’s Choice Award. Visit the Ecolab People’s Choice Award webpage to view each of the nominated films and to vote on your favorite. Voting is open now and closes on Sunday, Oct. 27.

Brookdale Senior Living launched the Celebrate Aging Film Festival in 2017, and its popularity continues to grow. Each year, the senior living company invites residents and associates from its nearly 800 communities to create a short film that changes the perception of aging. Residents and associates must drive the production and films must be shot and edited on company-provided iPads.

This year, the festival received 64 film submissions. A panel narrowed the list down to eleven films that are nominated in five categories: Best Picture, Best Writing, Best Acting, Best Technical Design, and the Courage Award, which highlights the true stories of courageous older adults who are living life to the fullest. “The Academy,” comprised of Brookdale community and corporate associates, viewed the films and voted on winners in each category. All eleven films are eligible to win the Ecolab People’s Choice Award, which was selected last year by votes from more than 8,000 people.

“This year’s films have complex themes, memorable characters and laugh-out-loud moments,” said Carol Cummings, Brookdale’s expert on aging well and co-executive producer of the Celebrate Aging Film Festival. “There are several films that I just can’t get out of my head; I can’t wait for everyone else to see what our communities created.”

Residents and associates from the eleven nominated communities will travel to Franklin, Tennessee, to attend the festival. These “movie stars” will receive the celebrity treatment, including a red carpet moment with photographs and a special screening and awards show.

“Honoring our resident and associate film celebrities is an amazing privilege each year,” said Charles Richardson, Brookdale’s senior director of resident programs and co-executive producer of the Celebrate Aging Film Festival. “The excitement and glamour of the red carpet experience is truly transformative. There’s something magical about the Celebrate Aging Film Festival and you walk away knowing that you were a part of something really special. It’s electric!”

The Celebrate Aging Film Festival will be held at the historic Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tennessee, and live-streamed to Brookdale communities on Tuesday, October 29. The ceremony includes a screening of each film, award presentations and entertainment by special guests. Ecolab, Brookdale’s trusted partner in providing clean, safe and healthy environments for its residents, generously sponsors the event.

Nominated Films:

Title: But I Can: The Musical
Community: Freedom Pointe at the Villages
Location: The Villages, Florida
Description: A strange phenomenon helps a woman start looking on the bright side to see what she CAN do and not focus on what she CAN’T do.


Title: Dr. Norman’s Funny Bones
Community: Brookdale Trillium Crossing
Location: Columbus, Ohio

Description: Humor and laughter are the best medicine and we should pass them along to help others. Fun and light with a good message.


Title: Pearl
Community: Regency Oaks Clearwater
Location: Clearwater, Florida

Description: A tender story about family and legacy-pearls that tie the generations together.


Title: The Heist
Community: Brookdale Galleria
Location: Houston, Texas

Description: Written and directed entirely by residents, this film tells an unlikely story of a dog who is a thief. A spoof.


Title: The Invitation
Community: Brookdale Greenville
Location: Greenville, South Carolina

Description: What if we didn't age? Life as we know it would cease to exist. Imagine being seven years old the rest of your life. We would stop experiencing all of what life has to offer - a message for all generations.


Title: A Life Defined by Love
Community: Freedom Village at Bradenton
Location: Bradenton, Florida

Description: Inspirational story of one man's life mission to live a life of love and giving.


Title: #Girls

Community: Brookdale Colonial Heights
Location: Kingsport, Tennessee

Description: When family fails, friends fill in for a "girls only" trip.  Cocktails, flirting, dancing and fun. Who says older adults don't have a love life?


Title: How Dan the Banjo Man Got His Groove Back
Community: Foxwood Springs
Location: Raymore, Missouri

Description: A man thinks his banjo-playing days are over, but his last shot at playing brings unexpected connections. He draws some fellow musicians and an appreciative crowd.



Title: Forgiveness
Community: Brookdale Canyon Lakes
Location: Kennewick, Washington

Description: A true friend keeps trying to help in spite of her friend's negative response. A dream helps her friend look at her situation differently and she asks for forgiveness-which is granted.



Title: Love Always Stays
Community: Brookdale Oklahoma City Southwest
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Description: Touching and poignant story of one family's journey with dementia. Told in song.



Title: You Only Live Once
Community: Brookdale Robinwood
Location: Gastonia, North Carolina

Description: Seize the day and give back, not only to the ones we love but to our fellow humans. A lighthearted look at how to live each day to the fullest, with joy, compassion and love.



About Brookdale
Brookdale Senior Living Inc. is the leading operator of senior living communities throughout the United States. The Company is committed to providing senior living solutions primarily within properties that are designed, purpose-built, and operated to provide the highest-quality service, care, and living accommodations for residents. Brookdale operates and manages independent living, assisted living, memory care, and continuing care retirement communities, with 794 communities in 45 states and the ability to serve approximately 75,000 residents as of September 30, 2019. The Company also offers a range of home health, hospice, and outpatient therapy services to over 20,000 patients as of that date. For more Brookdale news, go to brookdalenews.com


About Ecolab

A trusted partner at nearly three million customer locations, Ecolab (ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. With annual sales of $15 billion and 49,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions, data-driven insights and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use, and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world. For more Ecolab news and information, visit www.ecolab.com. Follow us on Twitter @ecolab, Facebook at facebook.com/ecolab, LinkedIn at Ecolab or Instagram at Ecolab Inc.



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