Turning Pages presents a vibrant mosaic of 25 candidly intimate portraits of a generation of individuals who struggled with Vietnam, redefined identity and gender roles, entered or left relationships, went to work, raised families and are still seeking to live authentically with optimism as they face their seventh decade.
Photographer Bob Van Degna, artist Anna VA Polesny and journalist Don Wilcock filmed and interviewed 1962 Niskayuna High School graduates from California to Massachusetts, Florida to Oregon. The interviewees’ unblinking admissions, observations and advice will surprise you. The lives they have lived and their plans for the future will astonish.
This engaging documentary takes you from World War II to world terrorism and thrums not with hard rock or strident voices of protest, but with the compassion of folks who emerged from the world of “Father Knows Best” to live, 50 years later, with eyes and hearts wide open.
“… THE AUDIENCE GREW SILENT, WATCHING DISCUSSIONS OF FIRST JOBS; COLLEGE; SOCIAL CHANGES AROUND SEX, DRUGS AND ROCK ‘N’ ROLL; VIETNAM; MARRIAGE; PARENTHOOD; DIVORCE … AGING, ILLNESS AND THE LOSS OF LOVED ONES. THIS WAS REAL, AND IT WAS DEEP… IN ITS THOUGHTFUL INSIGHTS AND HONESTY. THE 25 INTERVIEW SUBJECTS …ALWAYS SEEMED CANDID. THE INTERVIEWERS CONNECTED IMPRESSIVELY….NEARING 70, THEY SEEMED MORE UPBEAT THAN STOICAL, MORE HOPEFUL THAN RESIGNED. “ - Michael Hochanadel, Schenectady Gazette
“… WELL DONE AND …INSIGHTFUL…. THE AUDIENCE WAS CLEARLY TOUCHED. “ - Bob Goepfert, The Troy Record and Saratogian
“POWERFULLY POIGNANT WITH DEEP HONESTY” - Donald Schermerhorn, NHS ’62 Class President
I WAS IN COMPLETE AWE…. AN AMAZING PRODUCTION THAT BLEW ME AWAY. IT'S CRAZY TO THINK OF HOW INTENSE, INTERESTING, AND WILD LIFE CAN BE. IF I COULD SUM UP THE FILM IN ONE WORD IT WOULD BE WISDOM. I LEARNED SO MUCH…FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A WHILE I ACTUALLY SHED A FEW TEARS.…YOUR FILM WAS ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING AND MEANINGFUL PRODUCTIONS THAT I'VE EVER SEEN….IT GAVE ME A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON HOW GOOD I HAVE THINGS NOW. - Juliano Caprara, 21 years old