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Staying Put or Moving On: a web series about where and how we will live as we grow older
Producer/Director/Writer: Kristi Denton Cohen

Staying Put or Moving OnWithin 20 years in California and 30 for the nation, the senior (65+) population will double. The U.S. Census Bureau predicts those older than 85 will grow from 5.5 million in 2010 to more than 19 million by 2050, with nearly 70% female. (Stanford Center on Longevity report)

By 2020, 13 countries will be "super-aged", with more than 20% of the population over 65. By 2030, that number nearly triples. (Moody's Investor Service Report®)

Where and how are we going to live as we get older? From the poorest areas in the country to the richest, from staying in the family home to sharing a house with strangers, Staying Put or Moving On explores the choices, alternatives, makeshift solutions and new models for housing and community designed for the oldest and largest population bulge in human history.

This documentary-style web series invites participation and encourages audience conversation through social media, community screenings and broadcast. The multi- and social media platform offers resources and further discussion for the audience.


From the outside, a living space is just a physical structure: a couple of rooms and a garage, an apartment in a high rise, a trailer in a dusty field. It's what goes on inside that makes it a home, a place that offers more than shelter from the elements. Finding a home or continuing to live in one is one of the biggest challenges our aging population and their loved ones face. Housing costs alone suck up 35% of our annual spending.

Staying Put or Moving OnWhat is going to happen to those of us who don't have solid retirement accounts or have lost those savings to bad investments, devastating illnesses or simply bad luck? While most of us want to live in our own homes, what if we don't have kids or can't afford caregivers? Who will check in on us to make sure we haven't slipped on a loose rug or aren't sunk too deep in the quicksand of loneliness? Are there alternatives to the dreaded nursing home? Will new technologies aimed at "aging in place" alleviate the financial and social costs of an older society or alienate and isolate us further?

In a personal but traditional-with-an-edge style (most of the filmmaking team is over 60, but still think we're pretty cool), Staying Put or Moving On meets people from all walks of life who share their concerns about where they will live as they age. Some want to maintain independence for as long as possible in well-loved homes. Others may be confused about what direction to go. Others find themselves adjusting to life in a retirement community. Fears of abandonment, like the older woman left alone in the hallway of a soulless nursing home paralyze others.

Through candid, poignant, funny and enlightening short films, Staying Put or Moving On looks at what works and what doesn't through the eyes of seniors, their families and friends. They include: "Golden Girls" where several women find themselves living together as roommates - without the laugh track; niche retirement communities which cater to LGBT people, people in the arts and even former postal workers (no dogs allowed); and intentional, collaborative co-housing, a relative of the communes of the 60's. We meet the largely volunteer Village Movement, which takes one form in a large city and a much different one in a rural area.

These films coupled with interaction on a multi-media platform offering resources and further discussion amongst the viewers will encourage the audience to come away with new ideas for themselves and their loved ones -- and a little more hope for the future.


Audience & Goals

The audience for Staying Put or Moving On is not only seniors and their children, but for anyone who is considering housing options for themselves, their friends and families in their later years.

A recent Nielson statistic notes people 50 to 64 years old watched an average of 19 minutes a day of digital video during the second quarter of 2014, up from 11 minutes a day during the same period last year.

The jump in online video viewing comes as adults in that age group have cut back the time they spend in front of television screens by six minutes, to 6 hours and 12 minutes a day.

Many in this audience are not only primed for a program like Staying Put or Moving On, they will help it grow and their feedback eventually will lead to more stories. Housing options, such as NORCs, the Greenhouse Project, Co-Housing, Shared Housing, etc., will offer additional links to more information. The film's Facebook and other social media pages page will encourage dialogue between those with questions and those with ideas or experience with solutions. Along with encouraging conversations, there will be a proactive outreach to members of Facebook to broaden the movie's support and find others with similar stories and situations.

Twitter will also play a role and offer a great search option. Other social media platforms will include Instagram and Google Plus and probably some we don't know about yet. While Google Plus doesn't offer much in the way of social, it does bring with it a huge SEO (search engine optimization) component and represents an excellent platform for generating searchable images from the series and movie. This will translate into opportunities to be found in a Google search.

Potential Interview List (in progress)

Just Folks telling us about living where they do, why they do and how they got there.
Laura Cartenson, founding Director of the Stanford Center on Longevity
Henry Cisneros, Former Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development; Editor of Independent for Life
Jennie Chin Hanson, CEO of American Geriatrics Society; President of AARP for the 2008-2010 biennium; former Executive Director of On Lok, Inc.
Dr. Jared Diamond, Author of Guns, Germs and Steel and The World Until Yesterday; Professor of Geology at UCLA
Eric Dishman, Director of Health Innovation and Policy for Intel's Digital Health Group; Co-founder of the Technology Research for Independent Living Center and the Oregon Center for Aging and Technology
Chris Kennedy, Executive Director, Age2Age and founder of Institute for Age Friendly Housing
Charles Durrett and Kathryn McCamant, Architects; founders of the Cohousing Company; introduced Danish concept of co-housing to the US
Dr. Andrew Scharlach, Associate Dean and the Eugene and Rose Kleiner Professor of Aging at UC-Berkeley; director of Advanced Study of Aging Services
Paula Span, Author of When the Time Comes
Fredda Vladeck, Founding designer of the NORC program
Velma Wallis, Author of Two Old Women; Member of the Athabascan tribe in Fort Yukon, Alaska
Leslie Wells, Program Coordinator, Community Connections, Plumas (County) Rural Services
Judy Willet, Executive Director of Village to Village Network; Founding Member of Beacon Hill Village
Atul Gawande, Author and Surgeon

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Key Personnel (in progress)

Producer / Director / Writer : Kristi Denton Cohen

Kristi is an award-winning filmmaker with more than 25 years experience in documentary and narrative filmmaking. She most recently produced the narrative feature film, The River Why, based on the acclaimed novel of the same name. Starring Zach Gilford, Amber Heard, Kathleen Quinlan, Dallas Roberts, William Devane and William Hurt, it won "Jury Award for Best Feature Film", TriMedia Film Festival, 2011; "Best Narrative Feature Film" and "Best Actor - Zach Gilford", Alaska International Film Awards, 2010; "Best Cinematography", Ashland Independent Film Festival, 2010; and the "Audience Award", Naples International Film Festival, 2010. Following film festival screenings and benefit screenings for river and fish conservation groups around the country, it can be seen on cable, television and internet venues around the world, including Netflix, Showtime and Starz premium cable as well as on demand on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and Blockbuster.

Kristi produced, directed and co-wrote the documentary, Vertical Frontier about the history of rock climbing in Yosemite. Narrated by Tom Brokaw, it won "Best Film on Climbing" at the prestigious Banff Mountain Film Festival in 2002 and at the Kendall Mountain Film Festival in 2003. It won "First Prize" in the Mountaineering Category at the International Mountaineering Film Festival at Teplice and Metuji, Czech Republic in 2004. It also won the "Viewer’s Choice" prize at the International Festival of Outdoor Films 2004 (Czech Republic) and "Best Cameramen" at the Tbilisi International Mountain Films Festival 2006 (Georgia). It continues a long run on the NBC Universal Sports Channel. It screened to sold-out audiences at numerous international film festivals including Mill Valley, Denver, Seattle, St. Louis, Annapolis, Trento (where it was the only American film accepted), and Telluride Mountainfilm among others.

She also produced and directed Funding Peace (about the Ploughshares Fund) which screened at the Slamdunk Film Festival and featured Michael Douglas and Nancy Pelosi; and Climb for Life (about ovarian cancer), narrated by Vicki Mabrey.

The winner of numerous awards for her corporate and non-profit films, her clients include McKinsey & Company, Citibank, Wells Fargo, and Levi Strauss.

Kristi has served on the boards of directors of Rebuilding Together and Bread & Roses. She has also served on the Steering Committee of Mill Valley Village, a branch of Marin Villages, which helps seniors remain in their homes for as long as they chose. She has a B.A. from Denver University and an M.A. in Broadcast Arts from San Francisco State University. She lives with her husband in Mill Valley, CA.

Co-Writer : Alison Owings

Alison co-wrote the award-winning documentary Vertical Frontier with Kristi Denton Cohen. Her work with ABC, CBS and NBC includes television news writing for Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw, Ed Bradley, Bob Schieffer and Morton Dean. She was also a writer on "Sunday Morning" with Charles Kuralt.

Alison Owings is the author of three stereotype-challenging oral-history based books, her latest being Indian Voices: Listening to Native Americans, a survey of what a wide variety of Native people have to say about contemporary life, and say with passion and humor. A starred review in Publishers Weekly says her interviews "achieve a remarkable level of intimacy," and that "this engrossing, affecting book should be mandatory reading in American History classes."

The work for which Alison is best known, a New York Times "Notable Book of the Year," is Frauen: German Women Recall the Third Reich. Her book Hey, Waitress! The USA from the Other Side of the Tray, is comprised of profiles of American waitresses across the country, from high ends to low ends, from Chez Panisse to the Great American Waffle House. Her op-ed pieces and book reviews have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Newsday, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune. Alison is listed in Who’s Who in America 2000+.

Co-Producer : Kelley Busby
Kelley is a long-time film and television producer, with more than 20 years writing, reporting and producing experience. She has produced for all the major networks, plus PBS, HBO and ESPN. Most recently, she helped produce the award winning documentary  "Leave Them Laughing," directed by Academy Award winner John Zaritsky. Kelley also helped produce "The Power of Intuition," hosted by Roy Scheider, and "The 25th Anniversary of the Battle of the Sexes," hosted by Billie Jean King., airing on PBS and ESPN respectively.
Director of Photography : Tim Metzger

Tim has been a cinematographer, editor and filmmaker, for over 30 years. He has spent the last ten years shooting high definition television projects that have aired on PBS-TV, History Channel, National Geographic, and BBC-television.

As a cinematographer and editor he has work on over a 100 films. His clients include: PBS Frontline, POV and Bill Moyers and Company and German ZDF-TV. He has also shot segments for CBS 60 Minutes, Fox, ABC-Oprah, Discovery Channel and Animal Planet.

His corporate clients include, Chevron, Apple Computers, CalRecycle, BART, Kaiser Hospitals, UCSF Medical Center, and Charles Schwab. He has work for many winery videos including: Lambert Bridge, Emeritus, Robert Mondavi, Sonoma Cutrer, and Clos du Bois. Tim owns HD television cameras, as well as lenses, lighting equipment and a state of art high definition editing studio. He lives in Glen Ellen, CA.

Editor : Susan Utell

Susan’s work encompasses documentaries, commercials, broadcast and corporate films. She is fluent in both Avid and Final Cut Pro. Susan is primarily a storyteller, and is equally at ease cutting a thirty-second spot or a feature length documentary.

Susan began her career at One Pass Film & Video in San Francisco. There she worked with agencies including J. Water Thompson, McCann-Erickson, Foot Cone & Belding, Hal Riney & Associates, Goodby Silverstein, and Goldberg Moser O'Neill.

In documentaries, Susan has edited projects for National Geographic, Smithsonian, PBS, Disney, Travel, Discovery and the History Channel, as well as several independent documentaries on subjects ranging from health issues to the environment. For the Merce Cunningham Foundation, she edited dance performances that are part of the permanent archives at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

Susan has edited commercials and marketing films for many Fortune 500 companies including Apple, Adobe, Visa and Sony. She edited the award-winning infomercial "Personal Power II" starring Tony Robbins. More recently, Susan has edited projects for Lucasfilm, Organic, and Young & Rubicam.

Story Development : Toni Weingarten

Toni has worked as Senior Story Editor for the PBS-TV affiliate in Seattle (KCTS) where she oversaw the development of many projects to be presented for production funding with not only PBS, but also with HBO, Lifetime, The History Channel, Discovery, and other venues.  She developed, wrote and co-produced The Rhona Disaster, a one-hour documentary chronicling a long-forgotten incident in WWII.  This program aired on PBS and on The History Channel.

Advisory Board The following have expressed their support of this film by agreeing to be Advisors on it:

Jenny Chin Hansen : CEO, American Geriatrics Society
Jennie Chin Hansen was the president of AARP (American Association of Retired People) for the 2008-2010 biennium and currently is CEO of the American Geriatrics Society. She also teaches nursing at San Francisco State University, where she is a Senior Fellow at the university’s Center for the Health Professions. Previously, she was Executive Director of On Lok, Inc., San Francisco, Calif., which became the model for PACE. Hansen serves as a commissioner of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and is also a board member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Boston College and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of California, San Francisco.
Project Advisor: Interview, Content Advisor
Judy Willet: National Director, Village to Village Network
Judith G. Willett is the founding Director of Beacon Hill Village, a pioneering and nationally renowned "aging in community" option that helps elders stay in their homes. She is currently the National Director of the "Village to Village Network" that services communities that are creating their own Villages all over the country. She has an MA from Boston University’s School of Social Work in Administration and Planning, and a BS from the University of Michigan. 
Project Advisor: Content advisor, Interview, Rough cut advisor
Larry Meredith, Ph.D. : Director of Health and Human Services, Marin County, California
Larry Meredith is Director of Marin’s Department of Health and Human Services the County’s largest Department with 650 employees and a budget of $150 million. Prior to joining Marin County in 2001, he was Deputy Director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, where he worked for 30 years. Dr. Meredith has a special commitment to and passion for population-based, upstream prevention approaches to minimize downstream harms and health care costs. He completed his MS and PhD. in clinical psychology at Pennsylvania State University and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Brocton VA Hospital.
Project Advisor: Interview, Content advisor
Clara Berridge : Doctoral Candidate, University of California, Berkeley School of Social Welfare
Clara Berridge is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of California, Berkeley School of Social Welfare who has been studying social gerontology for the past ten years. She received her MSW from the University of Washington where she created independent studies in order to get hands-on experience in cooperative housing development for older adults. Berridge’s current research examines the decision making and ethical aspects of the use of passive sensor-based monitoring technology installed in older adults’ apartments to support independent living.
Project Advisor – Content advisor, Interview, Rough cut review
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