Appropriate for: College/University
American Odysseyby Christina G. Monnier
A film about age, adventure and the open road
As Americans, there's little we cherish more than our freedom. Our mobility is our lifeblood. We take to the road like babies to the nipple. What better example of this trait than the Wally Byam Caravan Club, a tight-knit band of older Americans who pack up their Airstream trailers and retire on the road. AMERICAN ODYSSEY looks at this groups' unconventional lifestyle and comes to the conclusion that in these parts we don't vilify the rootless; we envy them. The Wally Byam Caravan Club manages to find unity, closeness and support from the very thing that tore us all apart in the first place: the road. AMERICAN ODYSSEY is a humorous and inspiring tribute to the creation of community in America.
full review Jay Schwartz
Excellent for use in college and university classes on aging and American Culture...timely, well constructed and unique in its study of American nomads.
David and Dorothy Counts,
Anthropologists and Authors
Viewers (who may be inspired to get on the road themselves) will surely enjoy this casual glimpse of Americana.
A fine example of creativity in retirement.
Kathyrn L. Braun, Professor and Director
Center on Aging, John A. Burns School of Medicine
University of Hawaii
AWARDS & SCREENINGS:
- American Sociological Association
- Festival Internacional de Cinema, Portugal
- Northampton Film and Video Festival
- Athens International Film and Video Festival
- Louisville Film and Video Festival
- Cucalorus Film Festival
- Ohio Independent Film Festival
Subject: Aging & Gerontology