PREVIEW: Film explores quest for love among senior speed-daters

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 • Leave a comment

DO DECADES OF LIVE AND LOSS constrict our hearts, or might time develop them in unexpected ways? That’s the question filmmaker Steven Loring seeks to answer in “The Age of Love,” a documentary that follows the adventures of 30 seniors in Rochester, New York, who sign up for a speed dating event for 70 to 90 year olds.

The 90-minute film chronicles both the speed dating event and the nerve-wracking date drama that follows. It will premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival April 27, April 29 and May 1.

Speed dating is a matchmaking process that allows participants to meet a number of potential dating partners for a set time period, usually about five minutes.    Read more

Valentine’s Day on WXXI-FM

Thursday, February 13th, 2014 • Leave a comment
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ON THE DAY BEFORE VALENTINE’S DAY, THE AGE OF LOVE was invited back to Rochester, NY – the city where it all began – for an interview on WXXI, the local NPR affiliate.

Director Steven Loring and speed dater Janice Ledtke sat down with host Evan Dawson for a chat on how the film came about – and how it illuminates the struggles of American seniors to redefine their emotional lives in a radically changing world.

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NYC Paley Center DocFest / Documentary Pitch Competition

Saturday, November 16th, 2013 • Leave a comment


Very proud that THE AGE OF LOVE has won the 9th Annual Paley Center DocFest/DocPitch Competition in NYC, up against some amazing filmmakers from across the country. And it was great to have a whole crew of supporters from SVA's SocDoc Film Program, where this project began.

What the competition is: “At this signature event of the Paley Center’s annual documentary festival, five up-and-coming, nonfiction filmmakers pitch their films before a live audience and a group of eminent documentary filmmakers and producers. The panel evaluates the proposals for uniqueness and viability, and the winner will be awarded a $5,000 grant from A&E IndieFilms to be used toward the completion of their project.”

Read more about the event, the judges (from POV, A&E, History Channel and others) and the competing films.

Moving toward our world premiere, we're feeling the enthusiasm build!


Steven Loring : The Age of Love

Sunday, September 15th, 2013 • Leave a comment
THE AGE OF LOVE AND THREE OTHER SOCIAL DOCS - which all "explore isolated subcultures and illuminate the profound wonder hidden in the everyday" - are featured in the Fall 2013 issue of Visual Arts Journal. Click the image to read more.....

Fledgling Fund – Documentary Social Impact Grant

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 • Leave a comment

fledgling-fund-logoTHE AGE OF LOVE is incredibly proud to have received a $20k Fledgling Fund grant, awarded to documentary films ‘that have the potential to change hearts and minds and ignite social change through innovative distribution, strategic outreach and audience engagement.’

Our plan is to design and distribute a complete, do-it-yourself Senior Speed Dating/Speed Friendship event kit to be provided to all community centers and healthy aging programs that screen the film. Our goal is to foster both a new conversation between generations about emotional needs, as well as to provide seniors with an empowering, fun and much-needed social outlet.

Communities who organize an event will report local reaction, results and media attention back to this website, where anyone can then follow the progress of and response to the movement across the country.

If you’d like to lend support to our project in your community, please let us know.

And, if you’re single and over 70, get ready to date!

Jazz legend Sarah McLawler records THE AGE OF LOVE soundtrack

Thursday, March 28th, 2013 • Leave a comment

We’re thrilled to announce that the hit 1940s ballad, ‘Taking a Chance on Love’, will be performed for THE AGE OF LOVE soundtrack by legendary composer/jazz singer Sarah McLawler and her all-women’s ensemble, ‘Sarah McLawler and Les Femmes Jazz’.

Since she first took the stage 65 years ago in Atlantic City. Sarah has worked with Dinah Washington, Pearl Bailey, Nat King Cole, Dionne Warwick, Art Tatum, Quincy Jones, Abbey Lincoln, Wynton Marsalis and many, many others.

Enjoy this clip from our recording session last week at Dubway Studios, NYC. Sarah plays piano standing up and without her shoes, but, at 87, she sure knows how to swing. Featuring Melissa Slocum on bass and Bernice Brooks on drums.

Speed Dating for Senior Citizens – a Big Hit!

Monday, January 28th, 2013 • Leave a comment
On the scene where 'The Age of Love' was filmed! At Rochester's very first Senior Speed Dating event, held in the ballroom of Mario's Via Abruzzi, 15 men and 15 women went searching for love as a reporter from YNN looked on. Watch the clip below...

The Way We Think of Aging

Sunday, January 20th, 2013 • Leave a comment
We don’t see old or infirm people much in movies or on TV. We love explosive gory death onscreen, but we’re not so enamored of the creeping, gray, incontinent kind. — Tim Kreider

That’s from an amazing article in today’s New York Times about the way we think of age and aging in our society (see:

It was a few years ago that my uncle—a lifelong, solitary bachelor—moved into an independent living community. Within a month, he had met and fallen head-over-heels in love with a widow several years older.

Two speed daters on a date in THE AGE OF LOVE

They were inseparable—holding hands as they wandered in the garden, sharing every meal in the dining room, and doing who-knows-what behind his locked bedroom door. Read more

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