09 August 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug., 8, 2018 – Brookdale Senior Living announces nine nominations for the Second Annual Celebrate Aging Film Festival. Determined to change the perception of aging, Brookdale uses the film festival as a platform to celebrate the creativity and wisdom of our elders.

The nine nominated films will be honored during the Second Annual Celebrate Aging Film Festival, which will be held Oct. 3, 2018 at the historic Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tennessee. Residents from the nine communities with nominated films, accompanied by a Brookdale associate, will travel across the country to attend the festival. These “movie stars” will receive the celebrity treatment; including a red carpet walk with photographs and a special screening and awards show.

Brookdale communities had until July 1 to submit their film. From there, the 62 submitted films were narrowed to nine in the Best Writing, Best Technical Design, Best Acting, and Best Picture categories. The nine finalists are all eligible for the Ecolab’s People Choice Award, with voting soon to be open to the public. In addition to these awards, one film will claim the Courage Award. This category highlights the true stories of courageous older adults who are living life to the fullest.

Brookdale’s Celebrate Aging Film Festival was created to help change the perception of aging and gives residents and associates the opportunity to work together to develop a compelling story. Using only iPads provided by Brookdale, residents and associates shot, directed and edited a five-minute movie that celebrates aging.

“It’s simply amazing to see the creativity, thought and passion our communities put into these films,” said Carol Cummings, senior director of Optimum Life Engagement. “Last year’s films were so inspiring, and this year’s nominated films really capture the spirit of our festival. There are some really great stories and touching moments that will make the audience think. That’s the whole point of the film festival. We want to change how people think about aging.”

Brookdale associates in Chicago, Milwaukee and Nashville will view all nominated films by August 23 and cast votes as part of the voting “academy.”

Ecolab, Brookdale’s trusted partner in providing clean, safe and healthy environments for its residents, generously sponsors the Celebrate Aging Film Festival.

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