50+ Filmmakers Capture Their Stories

Older students learn the art of filmmaking in this video memoir class

Part of the Vitality Arts Special Report


Behind the Lens: 50+ Filmmakers goes behind the scenes of the 55+Video Memoir Class at Film North in St. Paul, Minn. and tells the story of Joe Moses, a University of Minnesota professor, who produced a short film, from conception to completion, called Mother of Five about his mother’s death by suicide in 1978.

As the result of his participation in the class, Moses said he discovered “a capability I didn’t know I had before” and called the process of making his film “so rewarding.”

According to Film North teacher Pam Colby, the experience of working with older students is gratifying because of the different perspectives they bring to the class.

“It’s really a supportive atmosphere,” said Colby.

This film was produced by MNOriginal at Twin Cities PBS in collaboration with Next Avenue.

By Julie Pfitzinger
Julie has worked as a writer and editor for more than 20 years; most recently she was a managing editor for the community lifestyle magazine group at Tiger Oak Media in Minneapolis, where she also served as editor of Saint Paul Magazine. Julie can be reached via email at jpfitzinger@nextavenue.org    Follow her on Twitter @juliepfitzinger.

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