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The Making Of 'Cyber Seniors' Spurs Competitive Videos
Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 7:46 am
DAVID GREENE, HOST:
Let's use some of these terms and try to get them right. A couple years ago, a team filming a documentary called "Cyber-Seniors" followed a program in Toronto where teenagers teach older people how to use computers.
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: So, here, I'll get you to hold the mouse, put your hand like this...
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: I know how to turn it on. That's all.
GREENE: Now, during the course of the filming, director Saffron Cassaday says the story took an unexpected twist.
SAFFRON CASSADAY: One of the characters in the film, Shora(ph), gets really into watching YouTube videos, and specifically YouTube cooking tutorials, and she decided to make her own.
SHORA: Oh, hi, everybody, on YouTube. I'm here to show you how I have my lunch quite often.
RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:
Shora demonstrates how to make a grilled cheese sandwich using an iron.
SHORA: Which is the hottest polyester, nylon cotton. Come on, cheese, start melting.
MONTAGNE: Well, before you know it, Shora's video was getting thousands of hits on YouTube. Soon, other seniors in the program started making their own videos with their teen tutors, and a friendly competition emerged.
GREENE: One woman recorded a rap video about being 93 and still having all her teeth.
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #3: (Singing) So, even though I had a filling or two, you'll never be fresher than me.
MONTAGNE: Another man made a video on how he fixed a broken dock after a storm.
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: We are now going to add weights to stop the dock lifting with the waves.
GREENE: Other seniors made videos on golf, exercise and how to pick out a fresh fish.
MONTAGNE: Now, we're not going to spoil the ending - that is, who wins the competition. "Cyber-Seniors" is currently on tour throughout North America. You can see it. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.