Friday, August 22nd, 2014 • Leave a comment
WE’RE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT both the Danish Broadcasting Corporation and Swedish Educational Broadcasting have licensed THE AGE OF LOVE for television airing in their respective countries.
It’s interesting to note that Sweden recently took the #1 spot as ‘the best country in the world to grow old’ in the 2013 Global AgeWatch rankings of world support for older populations. Sweden took top honors in all four categories, including the creation of an Enabling Environment allowing older adults “to live independent and self-reliant lives.” Overall, Nordic countries did best, with Norway and Iceland also in the top 10. Denmark was #17, the USA was at #8. At the bottom was Afghanistan, with an overall score of 3.3 out of 100. Check out this fascinating report.
And, if you’d like to raise your country’s ranking by broadcasting THE AGE OF LOVE, please contact our worldwide sales agent, Films Transit. Festivals and educational groups may contact us directly.
And, if you live in Scandinavia, watch your local listings!
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 • 2 Comments
by Linda Abbit, SENIOR PLANET
FILMMAKER STEVEN LORING WANTED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED to love as we age. For answers, he followed a group of speed daters in their 70s and 80s. The result is a powerful film about resilience and universality.
“I’m trying to get the stories that aren’t told and the feelings that aren’t exposed. Would you be open to being interviewed?”
The “I” is Steven Loring, a 40-something-year-old fledgling filmmaker who is making his first full-length documentary film. The “You” is a succession of seniors in the Rochester area whom Loring is contacting in the hope they will become subjects in his film. They’ve all signed up for a senior speed dating event that Loring has picked as the locus for his exploration of love and how it changes – or doesn’t – as we age. Read more…
Monday, May 12th, 2014 • Leave a comment
WHAT A CONCEPT:
Speed dating for 70- to 90-year-old singles! “The Age of Love” held its Southern California premiere at the 2014 Newport Beach Film Festival, and is a fun, entertaining and sensitive social documentary of our times.
The film allows a peek inside the journey of a small group of adventurous seniors in Rochester, NY who enroll in a first-of-its-kind speed dating event.
“The great secret old people share is that your body changes, but you don’t change at all” – this quote by Doris Lessing, the oldest writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, is an ideal backdrop message for this insightful documentary story.
(Listen to GRAND Magazine’s interview with the director:)
Thursday, May 8th, 2014 • Leave a comment
A special screening of THE AGE OF LOVE was an audience favorite at Documentary Day of AARP’s Life@50+ National Expo at the Boston Convention Center.
Love and relationship guru Pepper Schwartz was on hand to introduce the film to guests in the 1700-seat theater, as well as to participate in a lively Q&A. We asked the audience whether “American media portray older adults’ emotions accurately” – the results:
Strongly Disagree: 20%
Strongly Agree: 15%
So three-quarters felt the older heart is misrepresented by our popular media. We’ll sort results by age and see if opinions change as we get older. Stay tuned…
Thursday, May 1st, 2014 • Leave a comment
With three amazing screenings followed by three gala parties, THE AGE OF LOVE celebrated its official festival premiere at the 2014 Newport Beach Film Festival. From the moment we arrived on the red carpet, the hospitality couldn’t have been warmer (or the Pacific surf more refreshing!). Most rewarding, reps from over a dozen organizations from Laguna Woods down south all the way north past LA approached us to plan screenings and dating events over the coming year. So we’re on our way…
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
Thursday, February 13th, 2014 • Leave a comment
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.
Saturday, November 16th, 2013 • Leave a comment
Very proud that THE AGE OF LOVE has won the 2013 Paley Center 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 doc 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 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. And see the Paley Center's official event photos.
Moving toward a 2014 premiere, we're starting to feel enthusiasm build!
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.....
Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 • Leave a comment
THE AGE OF LOVE is incredibly proud to have received a 2013 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 kit to be provided, along with a copy of the film, to community centers and healthy aging programs nationwide. The goal is to foster both a new conversation between generations about emotional needs, as well as to provide seniors with a useful, 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 (feature to launch later in 2014).
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!