FESTIVAL ARCHIVES > 2017 PROGRAM
Friday, September 15, 2:00 PMOPENING DAY | LEGACY SHORTS: FRESH VIEWS OF LATER LIFE
On the Bright Side
THI DOAN, DIR, USA, 2017. (11 min.)
A Vietnamese woman, age 83, who suffered much in her life in Vietnam after her husband was imprisoned, uses her past experiences to move forward positively and adapt to her new life in this country.
In Vietnamese, with English subtitles.
KAHANE COOPERMAN, DIR, USA, 2016. (24 min.)
In this award-winning documentary, a donated violin forges an improbable friendship between a Holocaust survivor, age 91, and a 12-year-old Bronx school girl.
BRETT MARTY, DIR., USA, 2016. (18 min.)
Temptations of a science fiction future that offers the promise of perpetual youth.
KATHERINE ROSELLI, DIR, USA, 2016. (10 min.)
Renowned Ashland artist Betty La Duke honors farmworkers in her paintings, as they harvest our food. Set in Southern Oregon, it provides a glimpse into the artist’s creative process and the people she so colorfully captures.
Edith + Eddie
LAURA CHECKOWAY, DIR., USA, 2017. (29 min.)
Edith and Eddie, ages 96 and 95, are America’s oldest interracial newlyweds, whose love story is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to tear the couple apart.
Total screening time: 93 minutes. Q&A follows screening.
Filmmaker Thi Doan, & Elder Mediator Katharina Dress, M.A. will be present.
Program ends at 4:15 PM
Friday, September 15, 5:30 PMOPENING NIGHT | DISCOVERING THE SELF
CAT GOULD, DIR, USA, 2016. (4 min.)
A lyrical moment of a woman’s experience...
GABRIEL FLORES, DIR., USA, 2017. (6 min.)
Two senior women learn the power and pleasures of modern technology.
I Remember You
MICHAEL CATLIN, DIR., USA, 2016. (10 min.)
Bruce Davidson gives a moving performance as a widower with loving hallucinations about his wife, as he flees harsh inevitable truths about his future.
My Little Friends
MEGAN MYLAN, DIR., USA, 2014. (10 min.)
In a custom-designed facility in Mt. Kisco, New York, a special program brings together elders with dementia and young children. The kids look past the dementia, connecting instead with the people who have gotten lost underneath.
A Place Called Pluto
STEVE JAMES, DIR., USA, 2014. (10 min.)
Greg O’Brien, long-time Cape Cod newspaperman, has been diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s.
Monster in the Mind
JEAN CARPER, DIR., USA, 2016. (60 min.)
Is your destiny determined by your genes or the kind of life you live? Filmmaker Jean Carper undergoes high-tech testing after learning that she carries the number one gene linked to risk for Alzheimer’s. With experts advising her, she examines the fears, drug failures, misconceptions and facts about Alzheimer’s.
Total screening time: 100 minutes. Q&A follows screening.
Moderated by Edith Kaplan, LCSW, and Jeff Newman, MD, UCSF’s Institute for Health & Aging.
Program ends at 7:40 PM
Saturday, September 16, 11:30 AMLIFE'S CHOICES
Bacon & God’s Wrath
SOL FRIEDMAN, DIR., CANADA, 2015. (9 min.)
After undergoing a crisis of faith, a Jewish woman of 90 prepares to cook and eat bacon for the first time in her life. A delightful mix of animation with live action interview.
Tobi & Matt: a dawn awakening
JOE GRUBERMAN, DIR., USA, 2016. (10 min.)
A woman wakes up next to a man she only vaguely recognizes.
Lives Well Lived
SKY BERGMAN, DIR. USA, 2017. (72 min.)
Inspired by her 103-year-old Italian grandmother, filmmaker Sky Bergman celebrates the incredible lives, wit, and wisdom of 40 people, ages 75-100 years, who share their secrets and insights to living a meaningful life. Encompasses over 3,000 years of experience!
Total screening time: 92 minutes. Q&A follows screening.
Filmmaker Sky Bergman will be present.
Program ends at 1:30 PM
Saturday, September 16, 2:00 PMMAKING A DIFFERENCE
PETER HEGEDUS, JAINA KALIFA, DIRS., CANADA 2016. (7 min.)
Two elderly sisters share the delicate art of making traditional Hungarian strudel and reveal a deeply personal family story about their mother, who taught them everything they know.
Secret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers During WW II
AVIVA SLESIN, DIR., USA, 2002. (72 min.)
During the Holocaust, thousands of Jewish children were saved from almost certain death by non-Jewish neighbors, friends or strangers. These rescuers risked their lives and sometimes the lives of their families to foster Jewish children while hiding them from Nazi persecution. Through interviews with the survivors and their rescuers, the film explores the complex situations and relationships.
Total screening time: 79 minutes. Q&A follows screening.
Morgan Blum Schneider, Director of the JFCS Holocaust Center, in conversation with a Bay Area Holocaust survivor, and Hidden Child.
Program ends at 3:50 PM
Saturday, September 16, 4:30 PMFINAL EXIT
Truman (the Dog)
CESC GAY, DIR., SPAIN, 2015. (110 min.)
Of this widely acclaimed Spanish film, LA Times critic Kenneth Turan wrote, “It sounds paradoxical but, if done right, films about a life ending can be the most life-affirming films you'll see.”
This poignant, often humorous feature depicts the abiding relationships of Julián (Ricardo Darin) — newly diagnosed with terminal cancer — to a lifelong pal, Tomás (Javier Cámara), his family, past loves, and to Truman, his best friend.
In Spanish with English subtitles.
Q&A follows screening.
Sherilyn Connelly, Film Critic, SF Weekly, & Suzette Sherman, SevenPonds blog, will facilitate the discussion.
Program ends at 7:00 PM
Saturday, September 16, 7:15 PMA MUSICAL ROMP
JESSICA EDWARDS, DIR., USA, 2015. (80 min.)
A documentary on gospel/sound music legend and civic rights icon Mavis Staples and the Staples Singers, with powerful performances, rare archival footage and conversations, including Bob Dylan (who once proposed to Mavis!), Prince and Bonnie Raitt.
Q&A follows screening.
Emmit Powell, KPFA & KPOO Gospel DJ, and Dorothy Cook, Producer, Gospel from the Roots Up, Channel 29, will facilitate the discussion.
Program ends at 8:30 PM
Sunday, September 17, 11:30 AMSTAY, OR MOVE
Staying Put or Moving On
KRISTI DENTON COHEN, DIR., USA, 2015 & 2016. (22 min.)
As we age, should we stay in our own homes or move on? What are our alternatives? A series of short films.
GEORGE COWIE, TOM HUNTINGFORD, DIRS., ENGLAND, 2017. (17 min.)
Journeying through rural South Wales on a community bus for seniors, a caring driver provides passengers, who live alone without aid, the opportunity to participate in the everyday activities we take for granted.
Green House Project
DALE BELL, DIR., USA, 2004. (25 min.)
The genesis of an alternative residential approach to institutional nursing home care called Green Houses. Created by renowned physician Dr. Bill Thomas, these homes bring community back into the lives of elders.
TIN PANG, DIR, AUSTRALIA, 2017. (22 min.)
A mother and thirty-something son face physical and psychological challenges after her stroke forces them to live together. Based on the true story of writer/director Tin Pang’s experience as a caretaker for his mother.
Total screening time: 87 minutes. Q&A follows screening.
Filmmakers Kristi Denton Cohen and Tin Pang will be present.
Program ends at 1:30 PM
Sunday, September 17, 2:00 PMCARING
Taller Than the Trees
MEGAN MYLAN, DIR., USA, 2016. (17 min.)
Japanese men haven’t traditionally been caregivers. But this lyrical film shows that for Masami Hayata, it’s a crucial part of raising his family. A NYT Op-docs.
In Japanese, with English subtitles.
MEGAN EBOR, DIR., USA, 2017. (23 min.)
The filmmaker confronts the overwhelming crisis of HIV/AIDS among older adults 50+. This documentary depicts the devastating impact of this epidemic on the heterosexual, older adult population and communities of color. Frank conversation.
JUNE CROSS, DIR., USA, 2014. (55 min.)
Most Americans think of AIDS as long-conquered, but the South is now the epicenter of the epidemic. This documentary shows Wilhemina, her daughter, Toni, and her granddaughter, Dayshal in 2015, as they struggle to live HIV-positive lives.
Total screening time: 95 minutes. Q&A follows screening.
Joey Terrill, Director of Community Partnerships, Aids Healthcare Foundation, will facilitate the discussion.
Program ends at 4:00 PM
Sunday, September 17, 4:30 PMMOVING FORWARD
The Honeys and Bears
VEENA RAO, DIR., USA, 2015. (4 min.)
Delightful look at the members of the Honeys and Bears, a synchronized swim team for seniors, as they describe the freedom of the water.
In My Father's House
RICKI STERN, ANNE SUNDBERG, DIRS., USA, 2015. (93 min.)
Set against the landscape of Chicago's battered south side, a yearlong journey from homelessness and alcoholism to self-discovery and redemption, as Grammy-winning rapper Che "Rhymefest" Smith reunites with his homeless father.
Total screening time: 97 minutes. Q&A follows screening.
Wendell James, producer at SF Commons’ Channel 29, will faciliate the discussion. Wendell, who was formerly incarcerated for almost 27 years, prepares ex-offenders for community life.
Program ends at 6:45 PM
Sunday, September 17, 6:50 PMFREE! EXTRA ADDED ATTRACTION | FINAL EXIT - OR NOT
A Lotta Life
MARK DESSAUER, DIR., USA, 2017. (15 min.)
When the Angel of Death arrives to bestow a special honor on a sweet elderly couple, they mistake him for a pushy salesman.
Program ends at 7:05 PM