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Friday, July 6

Opening Night • Doors open at 5:30pm

5:30 - 7:30pm • Session 1

5:30 - 6:00pm Greetings and Celebration
6:00pm Opening Night Film

Age of Champions (72 min)

Christopher Rufo, Director

Age of Champions

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Age of Champions is the uplifting story of five competitors who sprint, leap, and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics. You’ll meet a 100 year-old tennis champion, 86 year-old pole vaulter, and rough-and-tumble basketball grandmothers as they discover the power of the human spirit and triumph over the limitations of age. Mr. Rufo, the filmmaker, will be present.

Saturday, July 7

Doors open at 9:45am

10:15am - 12:15pm • Session 2

Empties (100 min)

Jan Sverak, Director (Czech Republic)


A comic love story about the antics of a cantankerous man who refuses to accept that retiring from a career as a teacher means retiring gracefully from an active and meaningful life. Note: The film is directed by Jan Svěrák and written by his father Zdeněk Svěrák, who also stars in the film — the same team that made Kolya, about the friendship between a 5-year-old boy and a disgruntled Czech musician. English subtitles.

1:00 - 3:00pm • Session 3

Love At First Sight (12 min)

Michael Davies, Director (UK)

Love At First Sight

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Do you believe in love at first sight? When Arthur (John Hurt) first spots Ruth (Phyllida Law), he knows in his heart that it's true.

Innocence (91 min)

Paul Cox, Director/Writer (Australia)


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After more than forty years apart, Andreas and Claire embark on an affair as reckless and intense as when they were young lovers. However, this time around, there are more complications.
Director/Writer Paul Cox, on this fictional story: "Two old people falling in love, making love. Everybody goes through these longings, these desires."

3:30 - 6:30pm • Session 4

ART CART: Saving the Legacy (10 min)

Josh Haskell, Director

Art Cart — Saving the Legacy

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An intergenerational arts project connecting aging professional artists with teams of graduate students, to document the artists' creative work, thus offering both groups an educational and emotional experience of working together and creating a legacy.

Mrs. Brown's Beauty: A Story of Art and Inspiration (12 min)

Nancy Thompson, Director

Mrs. Brown's Beauty: A Story of Art and Inspiration

The artwork of 83-year-old Inez Brown, who discovered her artistic talent at the age of 74 after participating in the Art With Elders program. Inez has lived at Alameda Hospital in Alameda, CA for the past ten years. Her art has been exhibited in the SF Bay Area, including the M.H. de Young Museum. Ms. Thompson, the filmmaker will be present.

Life Model (10 min)

Lori Petchers, Director

Life Model

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A poetic look into the world of an aging nude figure model and the beautiful artwork she inspires.

An Ordinary Life (27 min)

Patricia Somers, Director

An Ordinary Life

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An intimate portrait of an extraordinary woman: artist, activist, jailbird, great-grandmother. Her life is a message about how to live: with love and outrageous action. Ms. Somers, the filmmaker, will be present.

Live to Fly (3 min)

Daniel Williams, Director

Live to Fly

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Documentary about Harold Wolfe, the director's grandfather, an 85-year-old man who built and flies his own airplane today.

Dance Generators (8 min)

Amie Dowling, Director

Dance Generators is an intergenerational performance company at the University of San Francisco. USF students dance together with adults of all ages from the Bay Area.

Session 4 Films end at 4:40pm, followed by Q&A with filmmakers.
Program ends approximately 5:15pm

∗∗Following the program, Professor Amie Dowling, Director of USF's Performing Arts Department, and members of her company will present an interactive movement program. 2nd floor, one above the Coppola Theatre. Elevator available. All invited to participate. Dress comfortably.

Sunday, July 8

Doors open at 12:30pm

1:00 - 2:45pm • Session 5

Glassy-Eyed (26 min)

Frederic Compain, Director


Bill Utermohlen (1933-2007) was an American artist living in England, creating his figurative art despite the era of abstract art. In 1995 he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, a diagnosis that changed both his life and his art. His final body of work is both an artistic achievement and a pictorial narrative of the illness.

I Remember Better when I Paint (45 min)

Eric Ellena and Berna Huebner, Directors (France & U.S.)

I Remember Better when I Paint

Narrated by actress Olivia de Havilland, the film presents the positive impact of creative therapy on people with Alzheimer's disease, engaging areas of the brain that are not damaged by the disease. Noted clinicians are featured, as well as an interview with Yasmin Aga Khan, president of Alzheimer's Disease International whose mother, actress Rita Hayworth, suffered from early onset Alzheimer's. Director Huebner highlights her mother's transformation.

A Sunday at 105 (13 min)

Daniel Léger, Director (Canada)

A Sunday at 105

A centenarian Acadian (Canadian) agrees to be filmed one Sunday as she goes about her daily routine and ruminates on life. Filmed by her great-grandson. In French, with English subtitles.

3:30 - 5:30pm • Session 6

Tears of Men (8 min)

Anna Moot-Levin & Sara Mott, Directors

Tears of Men

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A group of men come together to confront the stigma of men crying.

Old Goats (94 min)

Taylor Guterson, Director

Old Goats

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A "bromance" comedy that features three "old" guys in the Pacific Northwest who show us that post-retirement life can be lived with gusto, humor, and the occasional wink at the truth. Described as playing themselves, but within a fictional framework, the story blends fiction and reality.

Legacy Film Festival on Aging, July 6-8 2012
Legacy Film Festival on Aging, July 6-8 2012
Legacy Film Festival on Aging, July 6-8 2012
Legacy Film Festival on Aging, July 6-8 2012

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