Production Company Works To Preserve Life Stories Before It’s Too Late


“As elders we have a lot to produce. We’re not dead yet, you don’t have to corner us and feel like we’re left out. We have something to contribute to the society. We have our talent whatever it is, whether it’s poetry, singing or painting. We have a talent. Why don’t we have the opportunity to express ourselves?” Frank Adamson

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A group of seniors band together to form a production company with a seemingly simple but crucial mission: to document the life stories of their fellow seniors before their words are lost forever.

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“Sometimes people think their story is worthless and it’s up to the families to convince them of the importance of the legacy left to their family,” said Frank Adamson, actor and director of film, television and Winnipeg Theatre, Founder and CEO of Winnipeg. based on My Story Productions. “It’s important to know.

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“Can you imagine sitting down three or four years after the death of your living being and being able to see them talking to you, telling their story. That’s also a value, the good it does for families.

Along with fellow seniors, executive producer Monique Graboski and director of sales and marketing Tom Semeniuk and graphic designer and former RRC Polytech commercial art instructor John Toyne and photographer and videographer Edwin Montoya, My Story Productions was formed. to document the life stories of seniors, whether they are parents or grandparents. It is, as Adamson said, a company that works for seniors with seniors by seniors.

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“When an elder dies, it’s like a library burning down,” Semeniuk said. “All this information is totally lost. It’s a way to document it and preserve it for future generations.

“A lot of it stems from what’s happened during the pandemic,” said Adamson, who turns 82 in December and has more than 50 years of acting credits on his resume dating back to the early ’70s. Seniors have suffered tremendously from the impact of COVID and they ended up dying but dying alone.That was part of the push to get things done.

“As seniors, we have a lot to produce. We’re not dead yet, you don’t have to corner us and feel like we’re left out. We have a contribution to make to society. We have our talent whatever it is, be it poetry, singing or painting. We have talent. Why don’t we have the opportunity to express ourselves?

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Over a long career playing mostly police officers and judges, Adamson has appeared in just about every high-profile Canadian television series ranging from The Beachcombers in the 70s, street legal in the 80s and 90s and corner gas in the 2000s (he played an Emma-loving bingo visitor in a 2004 episode). Fun Fact: Adamson auditioned and was shortlisted to play two of Canadian TV’s classic curmudgeons, Relic on The Beachcombers (played by the late Robert Clothier), and Oscar Leroy on corner gas (played by Eric Peterson).

As part of the process, My Story Productions will prepare seniors and their family members with a professional interviewer and pre-approved scheduled questionnaire. The finished product is intended as a living testament to family history and what could become a lifelong visual heirloom for present and future generations, incorporating important photos and historical memories from the life of the elder backed by a background music.

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The subjects don’t have to be particularly famous, they just have a story to tell and the will to tell it.

“It’s about documenting who that person was and often people don’t even share their memories with their family,” said Semeniuk, who turns 75 next month. “It’s a way of knowing things about someone that maybe haven’t been exposed before. We’re looking for the magic moments in making these videos.

In its literature, the company uses the example of the death of a loved one, but only then do family and friends learn what a truly rich life they have lived.

“A lot of people want to tell their story,” Adamson said. “I’ve done documentaries and interviewed a lot of people about the Commonwealth Air Training Plan in WWII and things like that. They didn’t hesitate to tell their story about what they went through…once they gave themselves permission to do so.

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The company is also working on a documentary about immigrants and the trials and tribulations they went through to succeed in society, and another about Aboriginal people who went through their own hardships to become recognized Canadian citizens.

The production company also offers seniors the opportunity to earn extra money working for MSP in positions such as sales ambassadors, administration and fundraising, as well as the opportunity to work in their video productions. .

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