Are you getting any younger? If you aren’t, then the seventh Legacy Film Festival on Aging offers a mix of shorts and feature films that celebrate the process of getting older as “profound and meaningful, often challenging, although sometimes sad,” which is putting it mildly. Shorts of interest include two about the digital divide: Gabriel Flores’ Google It!, about a pair of senior women learning how to use modern technology such as YouTube and virtual reality, and Sol Friedman’s Bacon & God’s Wrath, about a 90-year-old Jewish woman whose discovery of “the Google” leads her to risk divine retribution and finally give salted pork bellies a try.
Saturday night’s big feature is Jessica Edwards’ documentary Mavis!, about the legendary soul singer and civil-rights activist Mavis Staples, from her days with the Staples Singers through her Grammy-winning 2011 comeback album and beyond. Preceding that on Saturday afternoon is Cesc Gay’s narrative feature Truman, about a pair of lifelong friends who reunite when one of them reveals that he’s dying of cancer — not only is he not going to fight it, he’s most concerned with finding a good home for his dog, Truman. For some reason, the screening will be followed by a Q&A facilitated by a local film critic who shall remain nameless.
Legacy Film Festival on Aging 2017
Opens Friday at the New People Cinema.