2.26.10 Amy Gorman will be presenting the following presentations:
Wednesday March 10, 1:15 pm
El Cerrito Senior Center
El Cerrito CA 94530
"Aging Well, Even After 85"
The DVD, "Still Kicking," will be shown
Monday March 15 4pm
Grand Lake Gardens
401 Santa Clara Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610
Work (510) 893-8897
An ABHOW Retirement Community
March 18 3:30-5pm
Still Kicking will be shown, with discussion of Aging Creatively at:
AgeSong, Lake Merritt
1800 Madison Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Contact: Victoria Stone
Thursday April 22
Contact: Tobey Klein
Saturday May 22, 2010
Elders in Action and the Geezer gallery presents:
Grand Works Northwest Art Festival
~celebrating creativity in aging~
Amy Gorman offers:
Workshop in Creative Aging with the film, "Still Kicking"
The Mark Building, 1119 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR
Contact: Brenda Morgan
Direct Line: 503-595-7531
June 17, 2010
Lafayette Senior Services
Lafayette Community Center
500 Saint Marys Rd.
Lafayette, CA 94549
Contact: Mei Sun Li
11.19.09 Amy Gorman will be presenting the following presentations in the San Francisco Bay Area:
December 3, 12noon
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
The Work-Life Center/Employee Services
7000 East Avenue, Livermore, CA 94550
Contact: Susane Head
January 7, 2010, 1pm
CALTRA, California Retired Teachers Assn
5050 El Portal Dr. (Masonic Building)
Contact: Ray Dennen
Feb. 10, 2010, 1pm
This program is for: The Get Up & Go transportation and socialization program for no-longer driving older adults at the Peninsula Jewish Community Center in Foster City 94404.
Contact: Betty Burr
9.1.09 On Friday, September 11th, Amy Gorman speaks on Creativity and Aging/the film "Still Kicking" will be shown in Portland, OR. Call (503) 412-3650 for details or for Pre-Registration:
lifebydesignnw.org/Events/Aging-Artfully-with-Amy-Gorman. Suggested Donation: $5.00+. For More Information Call: (503) 731-6650
5.21.08 Frances Catlett, who will turn 100 in July, is featured in a superb article in the San Francisco Chronicle’s Datebook section on 5.20.08. Building on a recent retrospective of her paintings at the San Francisco Arts and Culture Complex, attended by more than 100 family and friends, the article lists Frances’s many accomplishments. From painting to poetry, bowling to scrabble, Frances continues to inspire as she did five years ago when filmed for Still Kicking.
2.18.08 Still kicking in New England. Amy Gorman will present Still Kicking at the Brattleboro Women’s Film Festival Tues. March 18 6:30 pm, and again on Sunday March 23 1:00 pm.
Making the most of her East Coast swing, Amy will also be presenting the film during her “Learning from Women Over 85” presentations on:
Wednesday, March 19, 1:00 pm, Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester St. Brookline, MA 02446, Info: Charlotte Millman 617-730-2770.
Thursday, March 20, 2:00 pm, Boston Public Library, "Never Too Late" program, 700 Boyleston St., Boston, MA. Info: Steve Dunhouse 617-536-5400 x2339.
Thursday, March 20, 7:00 pm, NewArt Center, 61 Washington Park, Newtonville, MA 02460 Info: Kate Wisnioski (617) 964-3424.
But before heading east, Amy will participate on a panel on Modern Aging on:
Thursday, March 6, 4-5:30 pm, 2333 Buchanan, Enright Room, Community Health Resource Center, 2100 Webster St., San Francisco, Info: 415-923-4155. Theme: The definition of “old” just isn’t the same as it used to be. Medical advancements, improved nutrition, and the ability to create lives based on our passions and talents have changed how we age, what being older means, and how it looks. Join us for an interactive workshop about these themes and more. Co-sponsored by Kiehl’s.
12.13.07 The Brattleboro Women’s Film Festival, Vermont has invited Still Kicking to screen at its 16th festival in March 2008. Amy is trying to work her schedule so she can attend.
The Santa Fe Film Festival was lots of fun, even with the temperature dipping into the 20s at night. The opening night reception introduced us to friendly, outgoing Santa Fe residents and volunteers, and other filmmakers. We were paired with the feature, Off the Rocker by director Matthew Bardocz (photo: Matthew, wife Christine, baby Alabama, Roberta and Greg). The second screening provided good Q and A for both films.
When in Santa Fe, go to the Plaza Cafe and look for waitress Karen Webb. Karen is the subject of the documentary, American Waitress, New Mexico. Besides good food, Karen will keep a smile on your face, and also fill you in on life, moviemaking, and Santa Fe highlights (photo: Karen Webb and me).
Amy Gorman just got back from the Positive Aging Conference, Eckerd College, Tampa, Florida where she presented Still Kicking along with her book, Aging Artfully. Screening with Melissa Godoy’s film, Do Not Go Gently, Amy had these comments and reactions to the conference: “Terrific response from the audience of about 60 for the screening of Still Kicking. One fellow commented afterward , "I don't know what to say. I never expected to be so moved." The room was abuzz afterwards, people said they were crying, said it was such a personal film, so intimate. The question and answer session could have gone on for a much longer time.”
Amy has been part of several national conferences on aging and has become involved in the Northern Californian Personal Historians Association, writing bios and the stories of our elders. Also, check out Life Planning Network (LPN), a strong force behind planning for retirement through national networks.
11.8.07 Just a few weeks away before heading out to the Santa Fe Film Festival. Still Kicking is paired with a feature Off the Rocker. This double bill will be shown twice, Thurs., Nov. 29, 9:15 am and Sat., Dec. 1, 4 pm, both at the Indian Arts Museum (look for Off the Rocker to find Still Kicking). Over 200 films will be screened at the four day event.
10.23.07 The Oakland Film Festival screened Still Kicking in the large Grand Lake Theater Sunday, Oct. 21. The image and sound quality were first rate on the “big screen.” Amy Gorman and I answered questions afterward with David Roach, festival director moderating. Afterward, we meet Madeline Mason’s daughter Clara Sims and her daughter in the lobby (see photo).
We are excited about participating in the Santa Fe Film Festival, Nov. 28 to Dec. 3. Over 200 films will be shown at this eight annual event. Santa Fe represents the 11th festival that Still Kicking has appeared in, a nearly 60% acceptance rate. The films festival run is about over and we will now look into some broadcast possibilities.
Amy Gorman will be program moderator and discussion leader while presenting Still Kicking and discussing her book Aging Artfully Dec 7-8 at Eckerd College, Florida at the first-ever Third-age Life Planning Conference. The conference is designed to stimulate cross-fertilization, communication, and collaboration among aging professionals from around the country.
Still Kicking has been accepted into the 6th
Annual Oakland International Film Festival. The film screens
with other short films on Sunday, October 21 at 5:30 pm, Grand
Lake Theater, Oakland.
Also, Amy Gorman was recently featured on a KQED radio program
discussing the Fine
Art of Aging and her book, Aging Artfully.
Portions of Lily Hearst playing the piano from Still Kicking
were also featured. Check out the archive broadcast.
finally, Amy Gorman, Rosa Maria Morales Escobar, and Faith
Petric appeared on ABC's "The
View from the Bay" in August. View the program (including
scenes from the documentary and hear Faith sing) on the archive.
Aging Artfully was awarded a
bronze medal in the Women's Issues category of the 11th
Annual Independent Publisher National and Regional Book Awards
on June 1, 2007. Entries for this award come from independently
published books with 2006 copyrights or that were released
in 2006. A total of 2,690 entries came from all 50 US states,
8 Canadian provinces, and 17 additional countries. Amy Gorman,
the author was in New York to personally receive the award.
She is a member of the San Francisco chapter of the Women's
National Book Association.
was unable to attend the screening at the Mendocino
Film Festival, but Amy Gorman attended and had this to
report, "Still Kicking" received outstanding feedback.
The town was a-buzz; the attendees were far more than anticipated.
The number of films screened were double those of 2006, the
first year of the Festival. The quality was so outstanding
that it made choosing which film to see at a given hour, very
difficult. The welcoming staff were always a pleasure to work
Still Kicking is one of 11 films selected for the 2007
& Minds Film Festival's Family Fare Showcase presented
Saturday, May 5th. Hearts & Minds Film Family Fare Showcase
Selections are especially suited for the whole family to watch
together. This event will be held at the Schwartz Center for
the Arts, Dover, Delaware.
Gorman will be speaking at the Summer
Series on Aging, June 25-27 presented by the University
of Kentucky College of Public Health & Sanders-Brown Center
on Aging. Presentation and book signing which follows, is
on Wed. June 27. 11:15 at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort,
IS OLDER AMERICANS MONTH, see the new screenings below honoring
Film Festival has paired Still Kicking with Do
Not Go Gently in the Films
on Art category. Do Not Go Gently follows three
seniors struggling to come to terms with change and the power
of imagination in aging, directed by Melissa Godoy. The pair
will screen Friday, May 18 at 10:00 am.
Maysles is the festival's guest of honor. Along with his
brother David, they are credited with being pioneers of "direct
cinema," an offshoot of the French cinema verite,
and have collaborated on some of the most respected and controversial
documentaries made in the U.S., including Gimme
Shelter, about the notorious Rolling Stones concert
at Altamont, and Grey
Gardens, a strangely loving and sometimes disturbing
portrait of an elderly mother and her 50 year old daughter.
Kicking is now available on Amazon
Baby, in addition to Midwest
Tape and Golden
MAY IS OLDER AMERICANS MONTH Mother's Day Events: MAY 10,
11, 12 Three events celebrating our mothers feature author
Amy Gorman's book, Aging Artfully: 12 Profiles of Visual and
Performing Women Artists 85-105 (which includes Frances Kandl's
CD, "7 Songs of Women's Lives"), and Greg Young's
DVD, Still Kicking (32 minutes).
Thursday, May 10, 7pm -- Great
Good Place for Books, 6120 LaSalle, Montclair Village, Oakland.
Info: (510) 339-8210 FREE
Friday, May 11 11:30am, San Leandro
Main Library, 300 Estudillo, San Leandro; Info: (510) 577-3965
May 12 1:30pm Richmond
Art Center, 2540 Barrett St., Several of the women from
the book will be present;Info:(510) 620-6772 $5 benefit for
students For more information: http://www.agingartfully.com
Thursday, May 31-- Millbrae Library,
Millbrae, CA 1pm
Thursday, June 7 -- San Carlos
Library, San Carlos, CA, 10am
Frances Catlett is the featured artist at the Prescott-Joseph
Center artist reception March 16, 920 Peralta, Oakland
94607. The show runs from March 1-May 3. Frances is one of
the women also featured in Still Kicking, and in the
book Aging Artfully.
has been reviewed in the March/April
issue of Video Librarian
(on news stands everywhere) and received a three and a half
star, highly recommended rating.
Gorman attended the joint conference of National Center for
Creative Aging and American Society on Aging and reported
the conference is 4000 people with 1500 presentations, all
about senior centers, policy, Alzheimer's, Lifelong Learning,
brain research, arts and creativity, etc.
writes, "wonderful new research points to the advantages
of arts engagement in later life as being healthy and increasing
longevity. New organizational and artistic partnerships are
being made nationally with more and more people knowledgeable
about the positive effects of artistic activity. Still
Kicking was shown during the conference to great response.
also noted the National Center for Creative Aging is moving
to Washington DC from New York to partner with Gene Cohen
and his research team at George Washington University."
We just returned from the Show
Me Missouri Film Festival. The festival was wonderful,
enthusiastic volunteers, historic venues (see photo below
of the Gilloiz
Theater), and strong film selections. The downtown art
district is a perfect location for the festival, which should
grow into one of the select midwest festivals in a few years.
there, I received notice Still Kicking was accepted
to the Mendocino
Film Festival, May 17-20. Their web site says Albert
Maysles and Danny Glover will be guests.
had a great screening at the Pacific Grove Rotary's annual
Valentine lunch on the 13th.
Catlett, 98 is part of the Art of Being Black exhibition that
is being shown throughout the Bay Area. Her painting can be
seen at the Richmond Art Center.
day before, I met with Calixto Flores, Max
Pictures, and Michelle Frey-Schutters of UC Berkeley for
a tour of Pixar in beautiful
Emeryville, thanks to Daniel Annereau. Exciting!
The date for the Show
Me Missouri Film Festival is Feb. 24, 5 pm at the historic
1100 seat Gillioz
Theater, Springfield, Mo.
Santa Barbara Festival was great fun. Amy Gorman and I got
to walk the red carpet before the Will Smith event. OK, so
did about 1500 other folks, but with fans four deep lining
both sides with their cameras ready for Will, Tom Cruse, and
Katy Holmes, we got a rush anyway.
The screenings of Still Kicking went well, about 70
to 80 folks at each, not bad considering the downpour during
the first screening. It was a good Q&A afterwards. Congratulations
to all the volunteers who made the festival a great success
for our film.
1.16.07 The dates are set
for the two screenings at the Santa
Barbara Film Festival. They are
Sat. Jan. 27, 1:30 pm at Marjorie Luke Theater and Wed. Jan.
31, 1:00 pm at Center Stage Theater. Amy Gorman and I will
both be there for the Q&A after the show on Saturday,
I'll be doing that solo on Wednesday, as Amy has local screenings
back in the Bay Area (see below).
to the internet radio interview of myself and Amy Gorman on
Power Living hosted by Ilene Dillon.
The following dates have been arranged for additional screenings
for the San Francisco Bay Area. Author Amy Gorman will be
present at all these events to answer questions and sign her
book, Aging Artfully. Both Still Kicking and
Aging Artfully will be offered for sale. Call (510)
527-4977 for additional information. All events are free unless
Greg Young and Amy Gorman will be appearing on Full
Power Living, the only internationally-broadcast radio
show dedicated to "awakening the world to the power and
importance of human emotions," at 9 am, Thrusday, January
18, 2007. During their appearance, they'll be talking about
Still Kicking and the book, Aging Artfully,
and what they discovered and learned for themselves in relationship
to their interviews of the 12 elderly artists.
Kicking will be shown at the
22nd Santa Barbara International Film Festival January
25 to February 4. It will be shown with Glimpses
of Heaven, a film which explores three distinguished
Canadian artists: George Littlehcilld, Peter Gary, and Wayne
Ngan. Will Smith, Al Gore, Forest Whitaker, and Helen Mirren
will be receiving special awards at the festival so it should
be an exciting week.
book Aging Artfully by Amy Gorman
now has its own web site, agingartfully.com,
featuring excerpts, resources, events, reviews, photos, and
more. Amy says, "It's very exciting to finally have a
site that will offer conversation to viewers about art and
aging issues, as well as expand on some of the stories in
the book (and documentary). I plan to give updates of the
women profiled, and hope to bring readers sloser to them in
Still Kicking will be screened at the Media
Festival of the 2007 Joint Conference of the American
Society on Aging (ASA) and National
Council on the Aging (NCOA), to be held in Chicago, 7-10
March. The film was also accepted to screen at the Show-Me
Missouri International Film Festival
Feb. 21-25, 2007.
La Pena screening was a great success. Amy Gorman invited
several women from the film and book to attend and perform
their particular art. The event was a benefit for the Lifelong/Over
View photos of recent screenings
and festivals. A Pacific Grove writing class by Illia Thompson
viewed Still Kicking then were asked to write on their
thoughts provoked by the film. We have posted
some of the pieces, they are excellent. An article about
Amy Gorman's book, Aging Artfully appears in several Bay Area
the online version.
The Monterey Herald did a nice feature article on Still
Kicking to announce its Monterey Peninsula debut. The
text portion of the article can be read online
We had a great reception of the screening of Still Kicking
at the Port Townsend Film Festival. The small Rosebud Cinema
was nearly full, and the Q & A highlighted how many film enthusiast
enjoy the festival. Several viewers expressed how much they
enjoyed and were moved by Still Kicking. We think the
PTFF is one of the most fun small festivals in the country.
The weather was mostly clear, 300 volunteers allowed everyone
to be treated royally, and the director's reception and awards
breakfast were lots of fun.
Port Townsend in rain, we headed for Berkeley and one of several
screenings there organized by Amy Gorman and Frances Kandl.
The audience of 90 plus included several of the women from
the film and featured in Amy's book, Aging Artfully.
It was great seeing these women after several years, especially
Madeline Mason, now 104 and "still kicking."
We're going to show the film and have book presentation
Wed. Dec. 6 at La Pena
in Berkeley, 7:30pm. This is a benefit for Lifelong Medical
We are happy to announce that Still Kicking
has been chosen as an official selection of the 7th annual
Port Townsend Film Festival,
September 15-17. It will be screened Saturday at the Rosebud
Cinema with a film called Emma, about at 14-year-old
bright, but troubled girl who begins to see her way into adulthood.
has also been selected for the 2006
Independents' Film Festival (IFF) showcase! Over 300 films
were entered this year and 174 were accepted. The showcase
will be televised on The Education Channel, Bright House Channel
18 and Verizon Channel 32, in Hillsborough County, Florida,
during the month of September. It's a stellar compilation
of films, animations and documentaries!
Two screenings on the Monterey Peninsula have been scheduled.
September 27, 6:30 pm at the Sally
Griffin Active Living Center, Pacific Grove, CA. This
special event is part of the "Art Knows No Age"
series. Local guest artists will also present "Creating
in the second half of life." The
second screening is Wednesday, October 18 at the Carmel
Foundation, Carmel, CA 2:30 pm.
screening is scheduled for Friday, September 29 at 7:30 at
The Berkeley Art
Center. The film will be shown and the Crones' Kwartet
musicians will be playing three songs honoring the women.
the release of Amy Gorman's Aging
Artfully book this summer, we are encouraged
to make Still Kicking and the book available for purchase.
Sales of Still Kicking will help fund future micro-budget
documentaries by Golden Bear Casting.
Kicking has been selected for the
Annual Real to Reel Film Festival, Kings Mountain, NC,
A "Creative Aging" screening is set for September 17 at the
Berkeley-Richmond Jewish Community
Center. In addition to recently released "Still Kicking,"
two other films will be shown. "Let's
Face It," a funny and poignant discussion among a group
of friends, ages 45 to 60, about aging, and "A
Specially Wonderful Affair," a wonderful film by Nathan
Friedkin about old people in a nursing home writing songs
with musician Judith-Kate Friedman. Both have screened at
numerous film festivals the last couple of years.
Library and North
Berkeley Senior Center screenings may also include other
films dealing with "creative aging." More on that
Amy Gorman recently went to Santa Rosa to visit Ann Davlin
and watch Still Kicking together in one of the living rooms,
along with other residents and staff. The staff got all excited
about it, and so did Ann, who couldn't thank Project Arts
& Longevity enough. She's doing fine.
4.17.06 Early viewer comments,
some from the children of the women
3.27.06 Amy Gorman, director, Project Arts and
Longevity, and Greg Young, film maker, visited several of
the women to show them the film in late March. They visited
Frances Catlett, now 97, Elsie Ogata, 93, and Grace Gildersleeve,
94 to show them the completed film. Elsie didn't have a chance
to view it while they were there, she had two flower arrangements
to do before closing, she certainly is "still kicking."
and Grace both enjoyed seeing the completed film. Frances
laughed at the "very old" phrase, until she saw
Lily's age, "OK, that's very old," she laughed.
Frances said the film gave a positive view. Grace had tea
and cookies ready for their arrival along with hugs and kisses.
She was silent during the viewing, but afterward said she
was honored and a little embarrassed by so much attention
given to her. The two minute trailer can be viewed
recent developments from the women
Ogata, now 93, Ikebana artist. She still tries
to get to the flower shop two times a week where she helps
out with arrangements and expert advice. She wants to go to
San Jose to see the Master ikebana artist this spring, evidence
she is still growing and learning in her art.
Catlett, 97, painter. Frances has had several recent
shows of her paintings, one in Oakland, Ca of about 20 paintings
and another in Richmond, Ca with 15 paintings. She is looking
for an organization who will take on many of her pieces as
a permanent collection. In the last year or so, she has completed
another four paintings. She still bowls and plays Scrabble
Gildersleeve, 94, rug weaver. Grace still works
on her rugs daily, now about 54 rugs since she began in her
late 70s. All her friends and relatives have one so she questions
if she needs to continue.
Davlin, 95, dancer/teacher. Ann has moved to an
independent living facility in Santa Rosa. We are looking
forward to talking to her.
Mason, 103, doll maker. Madeline is holding her
own, according to daughter Clara. Since filming ended, they
have been on an Alaskan cruise and cross country train trip
back east. Granddaughter Nkenge, who appears in the film,
is getting married this spring.
Hearst, 1897-2005, pianist. During filming, Lily
mentioned one of her goals was to reach 107 and didn't seem
too interested in anything beyond that. Lily made her goal
before passing away in 2005.
Amy Gorman's book, Aging Artfully, Profiles of Bay Area
Women Artists Over 85, with photos of their lives, will
be published this summer, 2006.The book includes a CD of songs
about seven of the women, by Frances Kandl. For information
click here, 510-527-4977
Bear Casting has a new web site that includes trailers
of our first documentary, Do you know this is a storytelling
museum? and several internet shorts.
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