SUNDAY, MAY 1st
GODDARD RIVERSIDE at the
BERNIE WOHL COMMUNITY CENTER THEATER
647 COLUMBUS AVENUE, NY, NY
Between Two Worlds and Light Years 10:00am
Followed by Q/A with writer/director Claire Panke
BETWEEN TWO WORLDS
Directed by Jax Weiner
Amateur dancers from NYC's South Asian diaspora team up to form Junoon Performing Arts. Their mission is to build community by merging their love of Bollywood with their passion for Contemporary dance to both celebrate their heritage and address social issues that have personal resonance for them including terrorism, homophobia and domestic violence.
Directed by Claire Panke
Light Years shares the stories of three people who have infused their lives with creativity, service, and reinvention. And they all happen to be over 75. The film highlights the power of inter-generational connections, and reveals how meaning & purpose can be mined from the most unlikely of circumstances. The film acknowledges the challenges that can come with aging, but also shows how life's ebbs and flows carve us into deeper versions of ourselves along the way, and that we never stop growing. Light Years reaches beyond our limiting stereotypes and ageist attitudes, inviting viewers to remember that we are ALWAYS writing our story.
Inspiring Seniors 12:00pm
Art Enhances Life
Directed by Paige Morrow Kimball
A budding artist in her 60s hangs joyful sculptures on telephone poles in her urban community. Afraid to get caught, she disguises herself as a man and through her random acts of kindness, she comes into her own, and makes peace with her troubled past.
This heart-warming story reminds us that it’s never too late to discover one's true passion. The film was shot during the Pandemic with an all-female crew of one, on an iPhone 11pro.
Directed by Kahane Cooperman
A 91-year-old Holocaust survivor donates his violin to an instrument drive, changing the life of a 12-year-old schoolgirl from the Bronx and unexpectedly, his own.
SHU BOX FEATURING THE HUMAN LISTENING AND TALKING MACHINE
Directed by ; Nicky Draven
Henrietta, an artist in her 90s, takes to the street to listen: As the Human Talking & Listening Machine on 14th Street, I engaged passersby to speak their minds about segregation, discrimination, relatives in jail, and daily life experiences. People had a lot to say, sometime as simple as “I’ve lost my keys” or “We got a new puppy.”
Festival Favorites 4:00pm
Gold Standard Classics
Followed by Q/A with Tracy Semmler & director Neil Leifer
Directed by Sarah Polley, Adriana Maggs & Will Bowes
Don’t ever tell a 75 year old to go quietly into the night. Hey Lady! is a 8x5min digital comedy series about a wiry old gal with a whiskey voice and a bourbon appetite, who refuses to let herself be put out to pasture. In an age when age is often the problem, Lady is a testament to the life force. Episode after episode, Lady finds herself at the centre of some absurd and very public embarrassment, requiring the assistance – and sometimes the bail bond – of one of her tired and over-worked middle-aged children. With the assistance of her friend Rosie, Lady goes on an off-the-charts, rampage of urban vengeance, upturning everything in her path – social norms, rules of etiquette, even the series itself.
PLAYING WITH MATCHES
Directed by Neil Leifer
Set in a nursing home, a story about last-chance romance, and the unexpected connections that can occur at any age if you're willing to risk opening your heart.