Caregivers is a hybrid documentary about eldercare in the hills of rural Vermont. Told over the course of four seasons and featuring live accompaniment by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the film is a powerful meditation on acts of compassion, companionship, and the quest for closure. In partnership with the VSO, Kreitzer intends to tour the finished film with live orchestration to rural and medically-underserved communities using a pay-what-you-can ticketing model. Support the ongoing production by making a tax-deductible donation here.
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Caregivers arrived without invitation over a decade ago and has stomped, howled and whispered for attention ever since. A story about compassion, grief, and the quest for closure, this film extends well beyond my own personal experience. Today, nearly ten million adult children care for an aging parent--a figure that has tripled over the past decade and will continue to grow. In the next fifteen years, a projected sixty million baby boomers will succumb to the forces of mortality. Another sixty million by 2060. Known in eldercare circles as the “the silver tsunami”, a generational decline of this scale is unprecedented, underway and accelerating--yet end-of-life issues remain a cultural taboo. We avoid, we keep private, we don’t “do death well”. But as our nation grows older, and institutional care models risk implosion, it’s time we ask questions about how we care for our aging parents, how we grieve, and how we accept. Admittedly, this is challenging material, but cinema is the perfect medium to deal with difficult subject matter. Using dramatic storytelling to engage a wide audience and live orchestration to create one-of-a-kind cinematic experiences, my goal is to honor the caregivers tending to aging parents, neighbors and strangers alike, and prepare a new generation to do the same.
Lanterna Newsletter, In Pictures: A First-Look at "Caregivers"
Lanterna Newsletter, Kreitzer Presents First-Look with Live Orchestration at 3rd Annual MNFF
Take Magazine, Jesse Kreitzer: Truth in Filmmaking I PDF
Seven Days, Vermont Filmmaker to Create Film on Elder Care I PDF
Lanterna Newsletter, Project Announcement #1
Lanterna Newsletter, Project Announcement #2
Lanterna Newsletter, Vermont Symphony Orchestra Partners on Next Project