"Cyber-Seniors" re-airs December 2018

About the Show

Directed by Saffron Cassaday, "Cyber-Seniors" is a humorous and heartwarming documentary that adds to the important international conversation about the growing generation gap. The film expertly renders a thought-provoking look at a spirited group of men and women who are enriched by digitally connecting with their families and each other. 

Finding their footing rather quickly, their exploration of cyberspace is catapulted to a whole new level when 89-year-old Shura decides to create a YouTube cooking tutorial. This sets the ball in motion for a spirited YouTube competition where hidden talents and competitive spirits are revealed. "Cyber-Seniors" is an inspiring example of the wonderful things that can happen when generation gaps are bridged and new ways of connecting are explored. Follow this extraordinary journey as a group of senior citizens take their first steps into cyberspace under the tutelage of teenage mentors. 

Read more about the show below.

A Closer Look at "Cyber-Seniors"

More About "Cyber-Seniors"

Premiere Date: November 2017

The Inspiration

The idea for the "Cyber-Seniors" documentary came from a high school project that was launched by the director’s two sisters, Macaulee and Kascha Cassaday. The sisters had witnessed firsthand how learning to use the Internet had transformed their grandparents’ lives. After learning some basic skills, their grandparents were in touch several times a week by email, Facebook and Skype. The Internet was instrumental in keeping their family connected despite busy schedules and living in different cities. Inspired by this realization, the sisters started the Cyber-Seniors program to help other seniors get online. After filming some of the early lessons, their older sister Saffron began to see a story emerge and joined forces with her mother, Producer Brenda Rusnak, to create a documentary film.

Cyber-Seniors: Connection Generations Campaign

More than 1,000 nonprofits, businesses and educational institutions across the country are using the film to inspire young people to act as digital mentors to bridge the digital divide, and to encourage older adults to get connected through technology. "Cyber-Seniors" screening and resource kits have been developed to give organizations a turn-key solution for sharing the film and starting a Cyber-Seniors program in their community. These resources are powerful tools for organizations who wish to inspire their members, reach out to the community, and generate local media coverage. Learn more about sharing the film and starting a Cyber-Seniors program in your community.

About the Director

Saffron Cassaday has worked both in front and behind the camera for several years. Her most recent projects include a starring role in the award-winning web series "Pete Winning and the Pirate," and an editor and lead female role in the Global TV series "In the Key of Z," which she co-produced. She is currently director of a documentary film with working title "A Return to Chocolate City" scheduled for release in January 2017. 

"Cyber-Seniors" was produced by The Best Part Inc.

The Best Part Inc.

Major funding provided by ergoCentric and the AARP Foundation.

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