Reel IC: The Way We Get By

The Way We Get By
Bijou Theatre
Saturday, April 24, 7pm

Why did buying DVDs become all the rage in the 2000s? Director commentaries. Just as interesting as watching the film (or, often more so) was listening to the people who made the movie talk about the work, the thought process and the people on the other side of the camera.

Commentaries succeeded because they took the concept of a filmmaker Q&A and delivered it to your living room.

Saturday we get to experience the real thing again. A bona fide Q&A, with real filmmakers, in the flesh. It’s the kind of event that turn moviegoers into a film community.

The Way We Get By is an acclaimed documentary about the aging volunteers who welcome troops back from overseas deployment. Director Aron Gaudet and producer Gita Pullapilly will show the film at 7pm and answer questions after the screening. And if 7pm is past your bedtime, there’s a 2pm showing too.

The film won a Special Jury Prize at the SXSW Film Festival and showed on PBS in November.

Here are the details from the Bijou website:


In conjunction with the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center, the Bijou Theater is hosting a full day of events surrounding the documentary film THE WAY WE GET BY, about a group of senior citizens who gather daily at a Maine airport to greet American soldiers who are departing to or returning from tours of duty overseas. The documentary tells a personal story, not a political one, that demonstrates how community involvement can significantly improve the life of seniors in America. The filmmakers, Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly, will be in attendance for two screenings of the film, as well as a panel discussion and filmmaker Q + A (see schedule of events below). Visit for more details. All events are free to the general public:

Watch the trailer!

2:00 – Film screening-THE WAY WE GET BY
3:45-5:00: Post-screening panel discussion-“Aging and the Importance of Community Involvement and Active Lifestyles”
7:00: Film screening-THE WAY WE GET BY
8:30-9:00: Post-screening filmmaker Q+A

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