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About the Filmmaker

Maggie Brennan is an animator, cartoonist, and musician living in Brooklyn, NY. She grew up on Long Island, NY and graduated from Oberlin College. Her animations have screened at a number of festivals including Maryland Film Festival, NoBudge Live, and GIPHY Film Fest. Her comics have been published by The New Yorker, The Fader, Inverse, and more. She is currently working toward an M.F.A. in Digital Animation at Pratt Institute and is expected to graduate in 2019. You can keep up with her work on Instagram (@millieminou) and at maggie-brennan.com.

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Try the following to connect further with the film’s story…

Imagine and then draw yourself in retirement

  • Using a pencil or pen, start in the middle of the page with a drawing of what you expect yourself to look like as an older person. What will your posture be? Where will you have your wrinkles? What will your expression be?
  • Now start to fill in the area behind you. Where do you expect to be in terms of geography? What does your home look like? What will occupy most of your time and what items/tools will be used for this? And are there others who live near or with you? Fill in the rest of the page with as many details of your imagined future as you can. Hang the portrait of your future-self up for reflection. What are the steps that you need to take in order to make this vision a reality?

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  1. Anonymous

    Fabulous voice and sad tale

  2. Anonymous

    it was well done i enjoy it

    • JoAnn Anglin

      At age 78, I’m subject to this kind of scam every week or so, but recognize and delete. Most women I know in their 70s and 80s are widows or long-term divorcées, but not sadly lonely, having found other kinds of love in life, and friends of both sexes and a range of ages. This film is very one-dimensional.

      • Julia

        I support your thoughts! This film does portray senior vulnerabilities, but there are so many “seniors” who are embracing wisdom over youth and living the best time of their lives. At 56, I feel more empowered than ever. I agree and am inspired by people with your perception.

  3. Anonymous

    Sometimes we just want a companion, to be held tight and to be loved. Nice film. Short and right to the point.

    • Judy

      Yes we jut want to be held, appreciated and to give to others which always is a blessing to the giver too

  4. anonymous

    No one wants to be alone.

  5. Anonymous

    Watching these films to try to understand how my Mom is feeling in the last stages of her life. She has been divorced from my Dad for 20 years and feels very lonely. The film is helpful.

  6. Richard T Sahara

    Hmmm. This was a bit sadder than I expected. I’m glad for the friends I have.

  7. Del

    AS humans we don’t want to be alone – In fact we require a degree of contact all the time. Nice perspective depicted in this short film of what loneliness and desire may look like from an older persons perspective.

  8. Anonymous

    This is a very good film and it really makes you realize how lonely people are in this world.

  9. Anonymous

    sad story that says they young are only worthy of love.

  10. Julia Mair

    Why do we have to be so negative about older people? Yes it’s good she shows the teenage fantasy won’t work but isn’t there anything else possible? Extremely depressing.

  11. Vicki

    Everybody wants to feel needed and loved. Even if it’s for companionship or true love. It was a very powerful short film.

  12. Roxanne Pleasant

    Depressing. Why would anyone who is experiencing loneliness want to see something as hopeless as this?


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