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17 And Life Doesn’t Wait Festival and Screening News

After its premiere screening and TVO broadcast in 2019, 17 And Life Doesn’t Wait continues to entertain and engage audiences at festivals and events:

Yorkton Film Festival 2020 Awards Announcement: Nominated for Gold Sheaf Best Documentary – Mental Health

Columbus International Film & Animation Festival: Official screening, panel discussion with filmmaker, and nomination for Best Feature Documentary

Sheridan College Women In Film: Feature screening and filmmaker interview (March 2020)

Belleville 2020 DocFest: Official screening and special guest panelist

Stay tuned for more news.

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On heels of the CSA Award, My Millennial Life wins a Gold Medal at New York Festivals for Documentary

My Millennial Life is a Gold Medal winner in Documentary at the 2017 New York Festivals, Film & Television Awards.

Big thanks go out to the millennials — Hope, Meron, James, Emily, Kirsty, Tim and Mark — who gave their time and shared their stories, my producing partner Charlotte Engel (Rock Yenta Productions), and to production team who participated in the making of the film.

The film could not have been made without the generous support of our broadcaster TVO, Bell Fund, Rogers Documentary Fund, CMF, iChannel, and the Canadian Federal and Provincial Tax Credits.

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My Millennial Life wins Canadian Screen Award (CSA) for Best Doc Program

On March 8th, My Millennial Life was announced as the 2017 CSA winner for Best Documentary Program! Producing partner, Charlotte Engel and I were thrilled to accept the award, and honoured that MML had been chosen by the Canadian Academy.

It was a fantastic evening. We sat with our friends from TVO, John Ferri and Linda Fong, and together had the opportunity to applaud many talented and deserving creators as they came on stage and accepted their awards.

We’d like to thank the millennials who appear in the documentary, the entire MML team, TVO, and everyone who contributed to making the project such a success.

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My Millennial Life Screens at Toronto Reference Library Dec. 1, 6:30 pm

As part of the Toronto Reference Library’s  “Thought Exchange Series”  My Millennial Life is being presented on Thursday, December 1, 6:30 pm

My Millennial Life is a provocative documentary about millennials and tackles the plight of the overqualified and the underemployed. See if your experience as a millennial, the parent or the employer of a millennial, matches the experience of the twenty-somethings and boomers in the documentary.

Maureen will be there with one of the millennials featured in the project to share stories about making the film, talk about the struggles of finding meaningful work, falling in love and building relationships and a life after graduation.

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Universal Acclaim for My Millennial Life

My Millennial Life screened to an enthusiastic full house and the critical acclaim for the Broadcast premiere was resounding

John Doyle, TV critic of the Globe and Mail, called the film: ‘A major work about the current twentysomething generation…As this lovely textured documentary unfolds and we learn more about the subjects, going beneath the surface, all we can feel is sympathy.’

Emma Teitel, columnist for The Toronto Star and also a millennial, noted that the film ‘succeeds at capturing the little things that render millennial, big city life lonely: For one, trying to upsell your achievements and downplay your failures to mom over Skype…’

Teitel, ‘can’t ditch the feeling that while millennial despair and disillusionment is exacerbated by a crappy, changing economy, it is also probably universal to youth in any modern era.’

Reading her column, I couldn’t help thinking back to my twenties when I was first working, renting an apartment and falling in love.  Clearly, gaining independence was easier and the future a lot clearer, but many of the universal travails of growing up that are captured in the film are relatable to multiple generations.