Encore Presentation: The Way We Get By
Back by popular demand, the Emmy-nominated The Way We Get By is airing on select PBS stations tonight, and then streaming in its entirety on our website beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, August 4. (Check your local listings.)
On call for or the past six years, a group of senior citizens have made history by greeting nearly one million U.S. troops at a tiny airport in Maine. The Way We Get By is an intimate look at three of these greeters as they confront the universal losses that come with aging and rediscover their reason for living. Bill Knight, Jerry Mundy and Joan Gaudet find the strength to overcome their personal battles and transform their lives through service. This inspirational and surprising story shatters the stereotypes of today’s senior citizens as the greeters redefine the meaning of community at a time when America needs it most. A co-production of Dungby Productions and ITVS in association with WGBH and Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN) with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).
We caught up with filmmaker Aron Gaudet for an update since the broadcast last year. Check out the POV Blog to find out how Bill, Jerry and Joan are doing. And don’t forget to check out the POV website, where you can browse a photo gallery of the Maine Troop Greeters, watch additional video and share your comments. We also invite you to explore Regarding War, a gathering place for sharing personal stories and perspectives about war, current and past, as well as the filmmakers’ Returning Home Project. And don’t forget: the film will be available online from August 4 through September 27, 2010.