A Non-Profit Senior Project
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Hi, my name is Deyung Chou. I am the creator of the “Poetry in Memory” project. Thank you for your time and sponsorship.
PROJECT TITLE: Poetry in Memory
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
To create an accessible resource that:
· helps our senior citizens tell their stories
· connects the young and the old
· increases our understanding of those before us who help us be who we are
· honors the generations before us and show our appreciation by preserving their memories
WHY AND HOW WE DO THIS
Why do we want to do this?
Celebrities publish biographies to tell their stories. What about ordinary people? They should have memoirs too. This is because everyone has a story and because our sense of history is enriched by hearing about the life experiences of everyday people. The senior population is growing rapidly, but is often neglected and regarded as having nothing more to contribute to society. In fact, many of them have untold and fascinating stories, and this project aims to encourage them to share so that the generations after them can benefit from this priceless and vast reservoir of knowledge.
I have long been interested in working with the elderly, especially those who are disadvantaged and have very few resources. Although I have a long history in film-making, I regret not taking enough time to record my own parents’ stories because I was too busy and kept putting it off. Like my parents, many of our elders do not feel their stories are worth telling and do not feel comfortable displaying their emotions in front of a camera. However, I have found this population to be very eager to share and pass on their life experiences, if only we are willing to ask and listen. Since the passing of my mother four years ago, my desire to collect life stories from our elders has intensified, and I am now dedicating my time, energy and skills to help preserve memories and family histories for our seniors, their families, and our communities.
Our senior population is growing rapidly and becoming increasingly diverse. We strive to serve anyone, including minority and immigrant groups, regardless of their socio-economic status. Everyone has a story worth documenting, whether it is for the purpose of making a personal memoir, leaving a family legacy, or for educational purposes. We hope this project will also help strengthen generational relationships, because interactions between the old and the young are mutually beneficial.
Chinese people have a saying: every senior is a treasure. Only when the memory is old and wise can we see the poetry in it. Let’s treasure memories of our seniors!
How we will do this:
We will make and collect short films and multimedia presentations, and share them on a website open to the general public.
Film-making (2 formats to choose from)
- A short film documentary, approximately 5 minutes long (actual length may vary depending on quality and quantity of materials), consisting of interviews and glimpses into the everyday lives of the participants. The films will focus on elderly people retelling stories of impact moments in their lives, such as winning an award, losing a beloved family member or pet, learning an influential lesson, or serving an honorable mission.
- Combine stills, voice-over, and musical scores to create a slideshow-like viewing experience in cases of individuals who choose not to be filmed.
- User friendly. Easy to navigate for seniors, and aiming for emphasizing accessibility for vision/hearing impaired populations.
- Site content will be open and available to all.
- Showcase professional film produced through this project.
- Supplementing the professional production of this project, the website will also solicit amateur videos, true to the theme and focus of the project. Submitted content will be screened for quality and content, and may be edited or deleted.
· Senior citizens
· Baby boomers
· Any person or group that starts the memory making and has other members join and add on to form a collective memoir (horizontal connections) such as class, colleagues, or family reunions or an e-family tree (vertical connections).
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- (60 days)