Keynote Speaker: Tod Lending
Mr. Lending is an Academy Award® nominated and national Emmy winning producer, director, writer and cinematographer whose work has aired nationally on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, HBO; has been screened theatrically and awarded at national and international festivals; and has been televised internationally in Europe and Asia. He is the president and founder of Nomadic Pictures, a documentary film production company based in Chicago, and the executive director of Ethno Pictures, a nonprofit film company that produces and distributes educational films.
Mr. Lending’s feature length documentary, Legacy, which he produced, directed, wrote, and photographed, was nominated for an Academy Award® in 2001. Legacy tells the inspiring story of how members of one African-American family, filmed over a five year period, recovered from the loss of their child, broke free from welfare, overcame addiction, and escaped the specter of violence in their community. Legacy inspired the creation and passing of federal housing legislation on behalf of grandparents rearing their grandchildren. The Transportation, Treasury, and Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill signed into law on November 30, 2005 included $4 million for LEGACY Housing Demonstrations.
Plenary: Anne Basting
Anne Basting, a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, author, and TimeSlips founder will present at the Friday plenary on June 16, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency in Milwaukee. Basting is a theater artist and educator who developed an alternative concept of aging, one that focuses on its possibilities as well as its challenges and views sustained emotional connections as critical to our well-being. Her projects have used art and creative expression as a platform to encourage community engagement and promote intergenerational interactions and raised awareness around elder safety. Basting’s artistic advocacy and the success of her models are ensuring that all citizens age with vital human connection spanning all generations.
Her breakthrough project, TimeSlips, uses the art of improvisation to engage older adults with cognitive impairment in imaging stories, poems, and other forms of creative expression in response to inspiring cues. Generations United recognized it as an intergenerational Program of Distinction in 2016. Anne Basting received a B.A. from Colorado College (1987), an M.A. (1990) from the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. (1995) from the University of Minnesota. She is currently a professor of theater in the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
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