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The Patron Saints

Producers Brian M. Cassidy, Melanie Shatzky


An unfiltered look at the physical and emotional realities facing our aging population, The Patron Saints is an atmospheric and at times surrealistic exploration of assisted living. Bound by first hand accounts of a nursing home’s youngest resident (a recently disabled 50 year-old named James), the film weaves together startling images, scenes, portraits and stories from the residents and those who care for them. Eschewing conventional documentary methods for a heightened visual approach to its storytelling, fundamental questions are raised about the process of aging, the challenge of coping with fading bodies and minds, as well as how we might deal with an increasingly isolated existence. The Patron Saints is both intimate and unflinching in its portrayal of aging citizens making the most of their remaining years.

The Patron Saints is a Cinereach grantee.