THE FIT GENERATION
An inspiring documentary about the lives of active seniors on Canada's West Coast
On this journey, you will learn about the daily lives of amazing people in their 70s and 80s in British Columbia who choose to live a healthy, active life despite all the challenges that come with aging.
They're facing cancer, arthritis, heart attacks, bone fractures, knee replacements, fatigue and the loss of loved ones, but they won't give up and stop having fun. On the contrary, they've taken leading roles in their communities and help other seniors stay fit every day.
The Fit Generation is a 43-minute documentary produced by Elton Hubner, the founder of Eyes Multimedia. The project was filmed in Whistler, Vancouver, West Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, Coquitlam and Port Moody.
With an increasing number of grandfathers and grandmothers enrolled in gyms and community centres, our province is not only pushing our local population to stay fit, but is also attracting people like 82-year-old George, who moved from Montreal to Whistler because he wants to "keep active and feel normal."
In this 43-minute observational documentary, we'll follow the daily lives of individuals like himself, who is busy all year long giving ski lessons at Whistler Blackcomb, biking, swimming, paddle boarding or kite surfing.
Besides hanging out with George, we’ll meet his best friend Marcel, the 73-year-old “crazy dancer” who also teaches skiing in Whistler. In Richmond, we’ll get to know 81-year-old retired school teacher Gwen and cheer for her recovery from an ankle injury so she can continue to pursue her dream to become the ultimate world champion marathon record holder.
We’ll also have the chance to meet 72-year-old Ava, who teaches a popular yoga class in Port Moody, and Barrie, the 76-year-old fitness instructor from The Fit Fellas, a group only for older men in West Vancouver.
Finally, we’ll learn more about 79-year-old Larry, an eccentric retired engineer who built his own 3-storey house and who plays hockey at the Burnaby Winter Club with other men around his age.
This film challenges our concepts of aging and it inspires people to stay active as they age. The Fit Generation has received a few awards from international film festivals and is expected to be released by the summer 2019.