I may seem like an odd question at first. What happens when you house a preschool in a retirement community? The answer is… MAGIC! Present Perfect is a magical documentary that brings together each end of the aging spectrum. Interestingly, at each end of the spectrum, there is a greater need for nurturing, and to be nurtured. The fit makes perfect sense, but now (finally) someone has filmed the scene for us, and set the stage for further development.
Stepping into most any nursing home, it’s hard to ignore the sense of isolation one feels on behalf of the residents living there, and even harder to reconcile that with the fact that old age will inevitably come for us all. In our fast-paced, youth-obsessed culture, we don’t want to be reminded of our own mortality. It’s easier to look away. – Evan Briggs
Picture Perfect Trailer
Film maker Evan Briggs on why the Present Perfect project is important:
Present Perfect explores the very real experience of aging in America- both growing up, and growing old. It was filmed in a preschool housed completely within a retirement home, powerfully capturing the subtleties and complexities of the young children’s interactions with the elderly residents, while challenging us to consider what we’re doing- and what we’re not- to prepare future generations for what’s to come.
What value does a person have to others throughout their life? Are we asking for the right contributions from each other? How do we measure and define a successful life? While this film doesn’t shy away from confronting some difficult realities, it is ultimately a life-affirming story of hope that, we believe, just might lead to serious positive change.
The folks at Present Perfect are in the midst of a KickStarter campaign in order to raise the funds to finish the project in its entirety. You can support them by jumping to the link provided.