Dear Moviegoers:

Films are such a powerful way to tell good stories and foster a deeper understanding of the aging experience. For many people, 'aging' or 'old' connotes frailty, and loss, but having worked in the field of aging for 50 years, I see people facing these challenges with creativity, courage, humor, and grace.

The Legacy Film Festival on Aging — the only 3-day festival uniquely devoted to films on aging — emphasizes that aging can be a great adventure.

Now in our 7th year, our mission has remained unchanged: to educate, entertain, and inspire intergenerational audiences about the issues surrounding aging. Our attendance has more than doubled since the first year of the festival — many have attended two or three, and even all of the festivals.

In 2016, we showcased documentaries and narrative films from the U.S., Japan, Holland, France, Spain, Belgium, and New Zealand. The 15 films included lively post-screening audience discussions led by filmmakers and other key people on the themes of The Art of Living ; Who Cares ; Deep Learning ; Generations ; Memory ; Life, Death and Love ; and our closing program, Gotta Dance!

We were pleased to present several films with Bay Area filmmakers and subjects: There is a Place (Tania Ku), A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone (Mo Morris; Edyth Boone), Remember Me (Nanou Matteson & Heather Haggarty, producers; Rita Moreno), Snow Day: Life, Death, and Skiing (Erica Milsom), Wayne (Mario Galaretta).

    In post-film written evaluations, our audience said:
  • Very important and powerful
  • Love it
  • Beautifully organized
  • Great discussions after the films
  • So many directors and film subjects present!
  • Wonderful offerings: loved all the programs.
  • At age 84, they inspire me to enjoy myself and to be active and positive.

We are preparing for this year's festival and look forward to having you join us!

Sheila Malkind, Executive Director

APPLAUSE TO:

LFFOA Board of Directors: Zel Anders, Maxine Berzok, Howard Bloomberg,
Amy Hittner, Koko Kawasaki, Alan Klaum, Arlene Reiff

Advisory Board: Judy Goddess, Obo Help, Jane Logan, Rufus Browning, Marsha Jagai

Outreach: Marcy Gruenhut

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