Grey Glory is a heartwarming and inspirational documentary produced, written and directed by Edmonton’s Brandy Yanchyk. The documentary tells the stories of Canadian seniors who are pushing their bodies to the limit and redefining perceptions of aging. The film aired in English and also Ukrainian on Rogers’ OMNI TV on July 5th and 6th, 2014.
These remarkable seniors take us through their workouts, tell us about the secrets to their success and prove that it is never too late to start exercising.
Grey Glory was filmed in 2013 and tells the story of five extraordinary athletes; Olga Kotelko, a ninety-four year old Masters Track and Field star who didn’t start the sport until she was seventy-seven; Christa Bortignon, who was so inspired by Olga that she took up the sport in her seventies; Milos Kostic, a seventy-two year old runner and triathlete who has competed in over twenty IRONMAN® triathlons; Ed Vincent, a seventy-six year old gymnast who continues to work out despite painful physical challenges; and sixty-eight year old Tom Heffner, who trains and competes in international bodybuilding competitions.
Grey Glory was produced, written and directed by Brandy Yanchyk. Gary Moore is the Director of Photography, Sarah Taylor is the Editor and Mark Zagorsky is the Composer.
Yanchyk’s previous documentaries include Oil Calling (2013), about new immigrants in the oil patch, Nature’s Invitation (2012), which interviewed new immigrants getting in in touch with nature, and Brooks – The City of 100 Hellos (2011), about how immigration changes a cowboy town.
She is currently in post production on another documentary currently titled Grey Ambition, a documentary about Canadian seniors over 65 who are taking their mind power to new levels and still working in the business world. It also includes seniors who are involved in community activism, the arts and volunteerism.
In addition to producing and directing documentaries, Yanchyk is a regular reporter on CBC Edmonton’s TV and Radio News and has worked for the CBC for over a decade in London, England, Toronto and Edmonton. In 2009 she hosted 55 episodes of the CTV/ACCESS program Alberta Primetime.
See more about Grey Glory and bios on the principal subjects at: www.brandyyproductions.com.