May 31

A New Twist on Aging – Embrace It & Make It Your Own

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“Getting old sucks”….so says much of the media and pop culture. Well, THIRD ACTion Film Festival is here to tell you different!

Canadians are living longer, working later into life and are healthier than ever. The time has come to instead rejoice in the vibrancy, promise and joy of our third act because let’s face it, we don’t have a choice about getting older!

The last of the Baby Boomers are set to hit 65 by 2031.  At this point, they will represent almost 25% of our country. They have been drivers of change since they came of age and now they are “coming of age” as older adults and they have started a movement to redefine what it means to be a senior.

THIRD ACTion Film Festival was created to enhance this movement and celebrates ageing and older adults in order to help make an age-positive culture shift and empower everyone to envision their best third act possible.

What do you think your best third act would look like? Well, Greta Pontarelli became a World Champion Pole Dancer at 65, Tatsuo Horiuchi at 77 is creating amazing art using just Microsoft Excel and Charlie Warner at 81 decided to go to the Burning Man Festival – the world’s most challenging festival both mentally and physically.

You can’t dream and plan if you have a narrow definition of what aging can be. Come see the possibilities, dream your dream and cultivate the resiliency to age well.

31 films will be shown over 9 screenings. They range from uplifting to soul-crushing – you will laugh, cry, sigh and walk away inspired to take action.

We are proud to be showing a home-grown, award winning documentary, All the World’s a Stage, filmed right here in Calgary.  It is an homage to Joyce Doolittle, Grant Reddick and John Murrell, icons in Alberta’s theatre scene.  Meditation Park, a Canadian film starring Sandra Oh, sees Maria Wang’s life altered when she discovers an orange thong in her husband’s pants pocket, forcing her to confront how powerless she truly is. Her efforts to find out the truth send her on an unexpected journey of liberation. Edith & Eddie tells the tale of America’s oldest interracial newlyweds and was nominated for an Oscar this past year.

Our speakers will move you as well! Sharon Butala is a local author who gave a Walrus talk in 2017 on ageism and has been receiving much media attention on this topic. Joining her will be Steen Starr, a writer, playwright, performer and filmmaker based in Toronto. Her latest film Older Than What? will be playing at the festival. We also have Sarah Kerr, a Calgary Death Doula, and David Hogan, a preeminent dementia researcher and Academic Head of the Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging.

WP Puppet Theatre will be exhibiting creations by senior participants from its View from the Inside: Courage Journey, a puppetry-based workshop that encourages discussion about mental wellness.

THIRD ACTion Film Festival runs from June 8-10, 2018 at the Glenbow Museum theatre.  More information is available online.

This post was written by:
Mitzi Murray
Executive Director
THIRD ACTion Film Festival

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