Healthy Aging Film Festival is Fun for All!

Reel of Film --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

The Healthy Aging Partnership Film Short Festival that took place on May 6, during Older Americans Month, at the Naked City Brewery in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood, was educational, heartwarming and—most of all—fun!

In honor of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act, the Healthy Aging Partnership—a coalition of local organizations dedicated to promoting and highlighting positive aging—invited local filmmakers (both amateurs and professionals) to enter short films that would broaden the ways we think about aging. On Tuesday, May 6, festival-goers enjoyed watching five films—four of which are linked below.

Sit back and enjoy the films! The numbers in parentheses indicate the total minutes and seconds.

The Bayview Movie Musical was written and acted by Seattle's Bayview Retirement Community residents in their 70s, 80s and 90s, with direction from Scott Jackman and assistant director Karen Tanzy (9:53).

The Hat Project, a film by Bobby Liu of Wenatchee, showed how a simple pastime can make an enormous difference to a community (5:11).

Save My Place, written and performed by Dori Gillam and produced by Pavot Bleu Productions LLC, is a touching story of family life, love, and end-of-life (15:10).

Shout on Every Corner, a film by Annette Frahm, tells the story of Myriam Marquez and her fight for a cure for Alzheimer's (11:28). Won second place at the festival.

The fifth film, entitled The Lord's Table, by filmmaker Susan LaSalle, told the story of 86-year-old Kay Abe, who has provided meals to Seattle's homeless for more than two decades. Although the film won first place at the festival, it is not available online at this time.

For more information about the Healthy Aging Partnership or the festival, e-mail HAP-events@4elders.org.