"Middle Age is when your age starts to show around your middle." -Bob Hope #quote
The first Cyber-Seniors video competition is officially over, BUT it’s reincarnation is already in the works!
We heard from so many people who were disappointed that they missed the deadline to submit to the first competition, and several others have expressed a desire, competition or no competition, to post a video. So, if you know an inspiring, talented, wise, funny or entertaining senior who has something to share with the world, make a video and send it to us! All videos will be eligible for future competitions as long as they are under 3 minutes in length and star someone over the age of 70.
To submit a video for consideration to the Cyber-Seniors Corner channel on Youtube, upload your video to www.mediafire.com and email the link to firstname.lastname@example.org. (file sizes should not exceed 100MB and must be submitted in one of the following video formats: AVI, MOV, WMV, MP4, MPEG, FLV, 3GP, and 3G2)
The Cyber-Seniors Corner “Story”:
As you know, for the past 10 months we have been documenting the journey of several senior citizens as they uncover the magic of the Internet.
The idea of creating a YouTube channel called the “Cyber-Seniors Corner” came from 89 year old Shura, who, with the encouragement of her young mentor, 20 year old Max, created a YouTube video demonstrating how to make a grilled cheese sandwich and corn-on-the-cob with nothing more than a kettle and an iron. We were so impressed, as were Shura’s 80 and 90-something year old friends, that we decided to create a special YouTube channel starring seniors citizens.
To kick-start the channel, the documentary film team decided to create a video competition, which was also open to the public. We had some fantastic entries, and in the end 20 finalists battled it out for cash prizes!
For a wrap up of the contest, click on our “The Winners of the Cyber-Seniors Corner Competition” blog entry.
We again want to thank the staff at Christie Gardens Retirement Residence for hosting the contest awards ceremony, and also our 5 fabulous judges who offered great feedback after scoring the videos based on content, creativity, and social media success.
Cyber-Seniors Corner Contest JUDGES:
Libby Znaimer is a prominent Canadian journalist specializing in health, the arts, and lifestyle issues. After working in television broadcasting covering business and politics for two decades, she joined MZ Media in 2006. She serves as Vice-President of News and Information for both Classical 96.3FM and AM740. She is also producing and hosting The Zoomer Report, a special feature on all topics of interest to the baby boom generation – It covers everything from health and wealth, to leisure and volunteerism, from the special vantage point of the generation that has changed society in its wake. Libby also writes a regular column for Zoomer Magazine. (http://libbyznaimer.com/)
Erin has been a fixture on the Canadian radio landscape for over 25 years. Her celebrated return to 98.1 CHFI in September of 2005 is the latest stop on a fascinating journey, which has seen her at or near the top of the radio ratings for her entire career. In 2003, she also hosted her own television show “W Live with Erin Davis”, a daily live hour-long national talk show, which featured guests and viewers discussing women’s lifestyle, health and wellness issues, hit the air that fall and lasted one year. Erin appears regularly at various public events as both M.C. and Keynote Speaker, and she is a regular co-host on the Easter Seals Telethon on CBC television and is a supporter of North York General Hospital as well as Markham Stouffville Hospital. (www.erindavis.com)
Kathy Barthel is the online and print editor for Comfort Life and Dialogue Plus magazines including their blogs, websites, e-newsletters and e-books. She is a regular blogger and very active on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Kathy was the video editor at MSN.ca and has been working in online media since 1997. She has created or edited online content for major media outlets including CBC.ca, CTV.ca and YTV.ca.
Jean-Marc LaFlamme: Web Director for NICE (National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly) (www.nicenet.ca)
Web Business Executive with 13 yrs of strategic web management experience.
Since 2005, NICE and its international network of Aging researchers & practitioners have created user friendly, interdisciplinary, issue and evidence based tools. An aging population is pushing a new psychology of value required in society by staying healthy, balanced, productive and purpose driven. NICE is at the forefront of dispelling Ageism with strong international forward thinking partners.
Gail Singer – Filmmaker
Best known for her 1991 feature documentary on female comics, Wisecracks, Singer has written and directed in film for over 20 years. She has done everything from co-directing a giant screen IMAX, Destiny in Space, Blue Planet, with the Smithsonian Institute to making her own fiction movie, True Confections (1991) as well as writing and directing dozens of documentaries.
Her subject matter ranges from comedy to challenging social and political documentaries such as Loved, Honoured and Bruised, 1980, which explores one woman’s story of leaving a marriage of physical and mental abuse. The body of her work traces turbulent social movements of the twentieth century, displaying the events with compassion, irony and wit.
Before leaving you with the winning videos and the 2 special mentions, we want to thank everyone who made a submission. There was a lot of variety, and we can’t wait to see what else people have to share!
Cyber-Seniors Corner contest results:
1st place: “Cooking With Shura”
2nd place: “Kate and Annette’s 6 Tips for Picking Up”
3rd place: “O.G. Teeth”
Cyber-Seniors Corner contest special mentions:
“Ellard Looks Cool While Keeping Fit”
“The Wrath of Lake Simcoe: Disaster of a Dock”
Again, for more information on how to submit a video to the Cyber-Seniors Corner channel on Youtube, contact email@example.com.