WE DID IT AGAIN! The 5th Annual Legacy Film Festival on Aging offered thought-provoking, entertaining films to enthusiastic audiences.
We showcased independent short films, documentaries and feature-length narrative stories made in the USA, as well as Australia, Iceland, Ireland, and Israel.
The 2015 themes were about Love, Sexuality, Generations, Memory, Friendships, End of Life Choices. As always, there were lively post-screening audience reactions led by a key facilitator.
Some of the many highlights:
- The Opening Night program, Friday, September 18, at 5:30 PM, featured one touching and funny documentary film, The Age of Love, about 70- to 90-year-olds taking part in a speed-dating event. Just shows that we all want the same things, no matter the age: love, warmth, caring, togetherness.
- Robert E. Cartwright, Jr, Honorary Consul General of Iceland, discussed the Opening Night droll Icelandic short, Chum/Hjonabandssaela, with Executive Director Sheila Malkind and the delighted audience.
- Three films on Caring: (1) Hibernation, by Dir. Tomer Werechson (Israel), a grandson who lovingly filmed his grandfather’s secluded life; (2) Director Sophie Sartain’s wrenching film, Mimi and Dona, about her 94-year-old grandmother who cared for her (Mimi’s) 60-year-old cognitively challenged daughter since she was born; NYTimes: “The film is as unflinching as it is beautiful, chronicling difficult decision-making that comes to involve the whole extended family.” (3) Protect Family Caregivers, by Toni Miles, a short PSA. Directors Miles and Sartain were present to discuss the issues with the attentive audience. Read Koko Kawasaki's reflections on Mimi and Dona in the blog GeroInspired, 9/28/15.
- LFFOA board member Maxine Berzok led a Q&A following the screening of The Farewell Party, an Israeli fictional film about end of life choices. Two weeks later, in ‘real life’, California governor Jerry Brown signed ABX2 15, "End of Life Option Act."
Sheila Malkind, Executive Director
Esteemed, hard-working LFFOA Board members:
Zel Anders, Maxine Berzok, Howard Bloomberg, Amy Hittner
Alan Klaum, Koko Kawasaki, Arlene Reiff
Our mission is to present an annual film festival in the San Francisco Bay Area with films that educate, entertain, and inspire intergenerational audiences about the issues of aging.
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Film by DC Spensley