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Elliot Greenebaum, filmmaker


Elliot Greenebaum Assisted Living, the debut film for Louisville native Elliot Greenebaum, had already won several film festival awards before making its debut in theaters in February 2005. The movie follows 21-year-old Todd through his final days of work as a janitor at a nursing home. Todd frequently smokes pot on the job, which allows him to enjoy the surreal environment of the assisted living facility, and breaks the monotony of his days by entertaining the residents. One of them, Mrs. Pearlman, has Alzheimer’s and longs to see her son. Todd assumes the role, and the friendship the two develop eventually puts his job in jeopardy—but also allows him to rediscover his own humanity and instigates a transformation for them both.

scene from Assisted Living Elliot was only 22 years old when he began shooting Assisted Living. Initially conceived of as an effort to explore the realm between documentary and fiction in an uncommon setting, the film grew into a fully fleshed-out fictional story of compassion and redemption. But the original concept remained essential to the filmmaking process. Many of the actors and all of the extras in the film are residents of a real facility going about their normal lives or reacting to the action in a scene, and the other actors were directed to blend in as seamlessly as they could.

“Filming in a working assisted living facility afforded me the unique opportunity to create scenes that were literally neither fact nor fiction,” Elliot says. “I hope that the film shows the audience something they’ve never seen before.”


Program 716

Kentucky filmmaker Elliot Greenebaum, producer and director of Assisted Living; master sand sculptor Damon Farmer from Woodford County; and music by PrimeForm, a jazz fusion quartet from Lexington. (#716)

Program 731

Kentucky filmmaker Elliot Greenebaum, producer and director of Assisted Living; master sand sculptor Damon Farmer from Woodford County; and music by PrimeForm, a jazz fusion quartet from Lexington. (#731)





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