Penelope: The Documentary

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What happens when a nursing home decides to throw out the bingo boards and take on the Odyssey instead? Penelope: The Documentary tells the story of how residents, some with severe dementia, collaborate with playwright Anne Basting and Sojourn Theater to create “Finding Penelope”, a play reinterpreting Homer’s Odyssey to tell it from Penelope’s point of view. The film is a beautiful exploration of how the residents, actors and students collaborated, from reading the Odyssey together to learning Greek and eventually putting on a professional play featuring scenes all over the nursing home and an audience of hundreds.

Role: Editor
Status: Released (2014)
Director: Brad Lichtenstein
Production Company: 371 Productions

Premiere – Milwaukee Film Festival 2014
Broadcast – Wisconsin Public Television, June 6, 2014



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