wasn't convinced I was the right person to make a film capturing
elderly, artistic women. However, I had just completed a documentary
on an aging female storyteller, and I was captivated by her
spirit in becoming old. Age tends to strip away the facade
we develop through a lifetime, leaving an honesty and wisdom
worth recording and passing on.
am intrigued by aging and how one copes with it mentally and
physically. Are there formulas or secrets that will lead to
fuller lives for the very old? Fortunately, Amy Gorman and
Frances Kandl were searching for similar answers, so my appropriateness
to document this subject became clear.
after the interviews began, I realized I would need several
additional visits by myself to capture their activity and
round out their stories, and besides, I enjoyed being with
them. I was personally enriched by this one on one time with
these ordinary, extraordinary women. Each one unique, yet
I am convinced, all revealing common threads of wisdom that
only come at the end of life's spectrum. I hope still kicking
is a catalyst, prompting us to the possibilities demonstrated
by these women, that growing old surely is an opportunity
we all can enter with anticipation.
about the war?
got involved in Project Arts & Longevity after several women
had been interviewed and a couple of recitals performed. The
concert at the end of Still Kicking was actually the first
sequence I filmed. It took place on March 31, 2003, eleven
days after the U.S. invaded Iraq.
was much discussion of the decision to go to war throughout
the following months of filming. 578 combined years on earth
amounts to a lot of wisdom concerning war and the current
state of our country. Not one individual approved of the decision
to invade, and many expressed concern that at no other time
in their long lives had events seemed so bleak. Some of these
feelings are expressed in the film, particularly from Grace,
Ann, and Lily. Overwhelmingly however, they choose not to
focus on the negative, but direct their attention to the positive
aspects in their lives and events they had some control of.
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