FARMINGTON – A documentary film whose executive producer is Warren Cook of Kingfield is making audiences laugh, cry and renew their faith in the human spirit.

“The Way We Get By” will be shown at Narrow Gauge Theater at 7 p.m. today and Wednesday and Thursday, April 22-23. Tickets are $5.

“This film touches on the themes that I think are most important in life: service to community, service to country and honoring our elders,” said Cook.

The documentary, directed by Old Town native and award-winning filmmaker Aron Gaudet and produced by award-winning TV journalist and film producer Gita Pullapilly, showcases three senior citizens who belong to the Maine Troop Greeters. These dedicated volunteers welcome every returning soldier from his/her tour of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan upon arrival at the Bangor International Airport.

“The Way We Get By” had its Maine debut April 9 at The Collins Center for the Arts in Orono.

The film was awarded the Special Jury Award at the South by Southwest Film Festival and the Audience Award at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, N.C. At the Cleveland Film Festival, it beat out 28 films to win the Greg Gund Memorial Film Competition, which recognizes films for their social conscience.

David Cornelius, a nationally acclaimed critic who covered the South by Southwest Film Festival, summed it up in his five-star review of “The Way We Get By” this way: “How many films are this effective, that with so few words, the viewer can become heartbroken? Gaudet’s film is a marvel of humanity, celebrating life (and lamenting the end of it) through its little moments. I adored every frame of this movie and every person in it.”

“The Way We Get By” is slated for national broadcast on PBS later this year on the program POV. The film was made in association with American Documentary, Inc./POV, ITVS, MPBN and WGBH.

To view the trailer or obtain more information, visit www.thewaywegetbymovie.com.


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