My Millennial Life is a TVO-commissioned documentary that follows a group of 20-somethings who want to achieve their dreams but are met with the reality of finding a job, paying their bills and becoming financially independent.
Whether it’s returning to school, building a company, or working odd jobs to make ends meet, they can’t seem to grasp the dream of their parents’ generation: having a job, owning a house, and finding love. Watch the film:
Meron Gaudet, 20, is working as a maid in a trendy hotel while trying to make it as a music journalist; Tim Saulnier, 24, is hoping his rock band catches a break while paying his bills transcribing court testimony; 24-year-old Emily Smillie’s father pays her rent, while her desire to find work is conflicted and sometimes half-hearted; freelance writer Hope Kumor, 25, is back at home in Philadelphia after a series of non-paying internships in New York City can’t help her land a job; and James Slifierz, 25, is a driven achiever who quit school to develop his own tech startup, won NASA’s Space Apps Challenge, and still remains cash-poor.
The documentary project also includes an interactive website that allows you to experience the subjects and their stories as webisodes focusing on their individual narratives and as larger themes.
My Millennial Life had its world premiere May 26 at the Hot Docs Bloor Cinema in Toronto. After the screening, Nam Kiwanuka, host of TVO’s The Agenda in the Summer, moderated a question-and-answer panel discussion with filmmaker Maureen Judge and some of the subjects of the film.
The film had its world broadcast premiere on TVO on May 28 and is streaming on tvo.org.
Learn more on the My Millennial Life interactive website
Related: Watch "Measuring Generation Millennial" on The Agenda with Steve Paikin:
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