THE 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!
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.
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: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/20/you-are-going-to-die/).
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.
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