Photo credit: The Acropolis in Athens, Greece by Jerry Price

Eleusis Films makes documentary films and videos for educational, cultural, and heritage institutions.

 

 

educational videos

We strongly believe in the opportunities created by education and the power of film to spark learning.

documentary Films

Some stories compel us to make a documentary about them. In the process, we question our assumptions, explore different worlds, and participate in the cultural conversation at large. 

Current work-in-progress: an educational video series created for Portland State University's Institute on Aging

 

Portland State University’s Institute on Aging has a contract from the Oregon Health Authority to help improve mental health services for older people through training and education. One of the things we have learned is that many people (including those who provide social, health, and mental health services), lack understanding about how most people experience aging.

To address this issue, we are preparing training and education materials on age-related changes that will feature videos of older adults describing and going about their daily lives, what is important to them, and their reflections about growing older. 

 

 
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A collaborative documentary on Portland State University's Global Health and Aging Program in Nicaragua

 

In 2009, a group of Portland State University students and professors participated in an ongoing service learning project in Nicaragua, created in partnership with the Jessie F. Richardson Foundation. We created a short documentary in collaboration with students in the program that is used as an introduction to the project and an orientation to the experience of service learning. A version of this film won the Gerontology Society of America award for best short video on global aging.

https://vimeo.com/144290023

 

 
Medical worker in the hogar (home for older adults) in Boaco, Nicaragua.

Medical worker in the hogar (home for older adults) in Boaco, Nicaragua.

Resident at the hogar in Boaco receiving medical care from nurse Larry.

Resident at the hogar in Boaco receiving medical care from nurse Larry.

Students riding in truck to rural clinic.

Students riding in truck to rural clinic.

Members of the Social Security club in Managua, Nicaragua participate in a workshop on making musical instruments from household objects.

Members of the Social Security club in Managua, Nicaragua participate in a workshop on making musical instruments from household objects.

Pat Courtney Gold, Wasco/Tligit master basket weaver and historian talking with a teacher.

Pat Courtney Gold, Wasco/Tligit master basket weaver and historian talking with a teacher.

Terry Courtney, Wasco fisherman, shares fishing traditions used by people along the Columbia River.

Terry Courtney, Wasco fisherman, shares fishing traditions used by people along the Columbia River.

The Confluence Project hosted a "Day of Sharing" for teachers and later a "Gifts from Our Ancestors" program for middle school students with traditional artists and culture bearers at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. We created a series of short video modules for each event to allow the experiences to be shared more widely.

Brigette Whipple-Scott, Warm Springs tribal member and traditional artist and culture bearer, shares with teachers.

Brigette Whipple-Scott, Warm Springs tribal member and traditional artist and culture bearer, shares with teachers.


Short comedies about experiences of life after brain injury, created with brainreels films.

 

Brainreels comedies have been shown at disability film festivals, corporate diversity trainings, professional conferences, brain injury support groups and residential facilities, and to family members, clinicians, and students in allied health and rehabilitation. 

 

 
"Cooking with Brain Injury" is a short comedy film with an insider look into realistic everyday difficulties after brain injury. It shows emotional outbursts, confusion and disorganization. And it relies on humor because after laughter comes more acceptance, hope and creative problem-solving. Follow Bill and Cheryl as they show how the truth really is stranger than fiction. Created in collaboration with brainreels films http://storyminders.com/film/

"Cooking with Brain Injury" is a short comedy film with an insider look into realistic everyday difficulties after brain injury. It shows emotional outbursts, confusion and disorganization. And it relies on humor because after laughter comes more acceptance, hope and creative problem-solving. Follow Bill and Cheryl as they show how the truth really is stranger than fiction.

Created in collaboration with brainreels films http://storyminders.com/film/

Like many people with a brain injury, Bill and Cheryl lost their social connections. They attempt to win a friendship with Jacqui on a surreal daytime TV show. Things go awry when the host tries to run things her way. The contestants have all had traumatic brain injuries in real life. They bring their experiences with social isolation, stigma, and communication difficulties to this short comedy film. "Friending with Brain Injury!" created in collaboration with brainreels films http://storyminders.com/film/

Like many people with a brain injury, Bill and Cheryl lost their social connections. They attempt to win a friendship with Jacqui on a surreal daytime TV show. Things go awry when the host tries to run things her way. The contestants have all had traumatic brain injuries in real life. They bring their experiences with social isolation, stigma, and communication difficulties to this short comedy film.

"Friending with Brain Injury!" created in collaboration with brainreels films http://storyminders.com/film/