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'The Way We Get By,' to be screened at Fryeburg Academy, Nov. 19

Maine filmmaker's tribute to Veterans and the many who care about them

Skiers in the 1930s took to the slope at Jockey Cap in Fryeburg, Maine, for some wintertime excitement (Photo Courtesy Maine Ski Museum). (click for larger version)

Skiers in the 1930s took to the slopes of Jockey Cap in Fryeburg, Maine, for some wintertime excitement. (Courtesy Maine Ski Museum). (click for larger version)
November 19, 2009
The film tells the story of a group of senior citizens who have been on call 24 hours a day for the past five years and have made history by greeting over 900,000 American troops at a tiny airport in Bangor, Maine. "The Way We Get By" is an intimate look at three of these greeters as they confront the universal losses that come with aging and rediscover their reason for living. The Washington Post says that the film "strikes a deep, rich vein of emotion that flows through America's elderly, and it should be required viewing for those who think they know exactly what America is about."

A Maine native and film maker, Aron Gaudet knew there were special people in Maine. He knew there were stories to tell, and he has chosen a wonderful one that is sure to touch your heart.

"It's really a personal story, not a political one. That goes for the greeters themselves, as well. They have different views on the war, but their main goal is to support the troops," states Gaudet. He shares with viewers a deeply moving film about life and how to live it, a film that has touched many lives.

One of PBS's viewers had this to share on their blog, "Just watched 'The Way We Get By' and recommend that everyone, eight to 80, make it a must see on their viewing list. There is much to be proud of in this film: our wonderful young men and women who serve our country, the dedication of our volunteer citizens, Bill, Joan and Jerry, and their team, and the wonderful way the film personalized each individual, family and community." Tegan, a solider from California says, "I met these wonderful people when I returned from deployment in Iraq. I just went to see the film at a local theater here in Oceanside, Calif., and I cried all the way home. I can't say enough about this film except that it should be mandatory for all to watch."

Join us on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m., at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center on the campus of Fryeburg Academy. Tickets for this special evening are $7 for adults and $5 for students. Group rates and discounts for Veterans are available.

For more information, contact the Box Office at (207) 935-9232.

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