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.


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.


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.


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.


AND WE KNEW HOW TO DANCE: WOMEN AND WWI will be presented by Heritage York Sunday, August 8 at 2PM, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas, York, ON M6S 2R3

It’s been 100 years since the start of the Great War. So it’s timely that the WWI commemoration and Chris award-winning NFB doc,’And We Knew How To Dance: Women and WWI’, is playing at various locations throughout Canada over the next few months. The film features heartwarming stories and interviews with some brave and feisty women who were there, while reflecting on the war and the effect it had on their lives. When they entered the labour force, they were all young and among the first group of women to work outside the home. And they were all between 86 and 100 years old when they were filmed! If you are interested in attending, admission is free: August 10 at 2 PM. Lambton House 4066 Old Dundas, York, ON M6S 2R6