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A Year at Sherbrooke

2009 53 min
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This feature documentary follows 2 artists, Thelma Pepper and Jeff Nachtigall, as they work with the residents of Sherbrooke Community Centre, a long-term care facility in Saskatoon. As Thelma documents the residents of Sherbrooke through her own portrait photography, Jeff spends close to a year as artist-in-residence, helping them make art. The film explores how creativity can transform people's lives, from the abled to the differently abled—all the while vividly demonstrating the healing power of art and community.

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A Year at Sherbrooke

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This feature documentary follows 2 artists, Thelma Pepper and Jeff Nachtigall, as they work with the residents of Sherbrooke Community Centre, a long-term care facility in Saskatoon. As Thelma documents the residents of Sherbrooke through her own portrait photography, Jeff spends close to a year as artist-in-residence, helping them make art. The film explores how creativity can transform people's lives, from the abled to the differently abled—all the while vividly demonstrating the healing power of art and community.
  • director
    Thomas Hale
  • producer
    Joe MacDonald
  • executive producer
    Derek Mazur

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Ages 12 to 17
Challenge the statement “we are all born artists and… creativity is an essential expression of being fully alive.” Compare this “new” style of nursing home with the “old” model, showing benefits and challenges of both. Comment on the title of Thelma Pepper’s book, Untie the Spirit, as both appropriate and representative of her philosophy. Research the photography of Thelma Pepper and the artwork of Jeff Nachtigall, focusing on the reasons for their involvement at Sherbrooke.
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