Maine Premiere of “The Way We Get By” 

A new documentary directed by an Old Town native will have its Maine premiere tomorrow night in Orono.”The Way We Get By” documents the work of the Maine Troop Greeters.It also looks at their personal struggles as they strive to keep the promise they made to the soldiers.Amy Erickson has the story.***Video Clips Courtesy of The Way We Get By Productions, Inc.***< "welcome home, heroes! Welcome home."When director Aron Gaudet and producer Gita Pulapilly set out to make a documentary about the Maine Troop Greeters, they had no idea what they'd end up with.Gaudet, who grew up in Old Town, became interested in the greeters after his mother, Joan, became involved.In 2004, he took a trip to the airport to see what it was all about...and he was hooked. But the story grew from there. "once we went home with all of them and saw all the struggles in their lives, we were like, hey, this could be something that's more than just about the troop greeters...but about growing old in America, all the struggles you go through."More than four years later, the end result is the 80 minute film "the Way we Get by." "my life don't mean a hell of a lot to me, but if I can make it mean something to someone else...that's my endeavor." "in the end, I think it's pretty inspiring, because they have this purpose they've found in their life and it gets them through everything."The movie's winning critical acclaim and film festival prizes across the country. "it's been amazing, the response because we didn't know what we had...even when we finished. You're so close to it, you know, you kind of forget the emotion that's there. So to see an audience watching it and they're laughing and crying. It's just been overwhelming." "it's the largest project we've ever committed to in the history of the company."Yellow Light Breen is a senior vice president at Bangor Savings Bank.He saw the movie trailer and convinced his boss to get involved...The company ended up as a corporate sponsor, donating more than 100-thousand dollars towards production and distribution of the film.Breen says it's worth every penny. "this movie had to be made and it has to be seen. The trailer, it just spoke to what Bangor is about, what Maine is about, and I guess what being a human being is about."Amy Erickson, WABI TV5 News, Bangor.>The film premieres this week at the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono.Thursday night’s showing is invitation-only.The Friday and Saturday showings are open to the public.To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at 581-1755.Tickets are $7 apiece.All service personnel and veterans will be admitted free.For information on future Maine screenings of the film, log on to