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
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.
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.”
Moving toward a 2014 premiere, we're starting to feel enthusiasm build!
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!
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