by Jordan Thomas and Kenzie Wade, Digital Ethnography Class of 2014
Seven of the eleven students in my Digital Ethnography class moved into a continuing care retirement community full-time, while the other four visited often. After four months and 100+ hours of interviews, the students found themselves fully immersed in the lives and stories of the residents. This short compresses many lifetimes into a brief exploration of meaning and significance throughout the life cycle. Official Selection for the Ethnografilm Festival in Paris.
For more background on how and why we started living in a retirement community, check out our full-length documentary from 2013, Smile Because it Happened.