The Age of Love
TYPE: Documentary Feature
STATUS: In Distribution
A first-of-its-kind Speed Dating event for 70- to 90-year-olds compels a diverse group of seniors to take stock of life-worn bodies and still-hopeful hearts and confront the reality of seeking relationships at the far reaches of life.
THE AGE OF LOVE tells the story of 30 seniors in Rochester, NY who sign up for a first-of-its-kind Speed Dating event exclusively for 70- to 90-year-olds. Over one summer, we follow participants from anxious anticipation through the event and out onto dates that result—peering intimately into emotional lives of seniors who must take stock of life-worn bodies and still-hopeful hearts. Comic, poignant and bittersweet moments reveal how worries over physical appearance, romance and loneliness, loss and new beginnings change—or don’t change—from first love to the far reaches of life.
THE AGE OF LOVE is a humorous and provocative entertainment that addresses our society’s most insidious preconception of aging—that the emotional needs of anyone over 65 are similar and self-evident, limited to health and financial concerns and unrelated to those of younger generations. But, as we watch these seniors navigate the comedy and drama of dating, their actions and emotions reveal something much deeper—that the desire to love and be loved not only connects hearts of young and old, but that it remains just as confounding, nerve-wracking and rewarding at any stage in life.
Steven Loring - Director/Producer
Steven Loring received an MFA in Social Documentary Filmmaking from School of Visual Arts in 2012. His focus is on films that examine the cultural and interior lives of unfamiliar, overlooked populations. His first film, SHACHARIT–A MORNING PRAYER, won Best Student Film at the American Anthropological Association’s 2012 Film Festival. Recently, he was Archival Researcher for Marshall Curry’s Oscar-nominated doc, IF A TREE FALLS. As a screenwriter, Loring wrote eight movies for NBC, CBS and Lifetime, and is a member of WGAeast, SAG and Actors Equity. THE AGE OF LOVE is his first feature.
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UPDATE - November 28, 2013
Very proud that THE AGE OF LOVE has taken top honors at the Paley Center for Media's 2013 DocPitch Competition in NYC on November 16, up against some amazing filmmakers from across the country. The $5K prize will go immediately to our sound and music editing and mix, for which we're currently in search of funding.
Read more about the event, the judges (from POV, A&E, History Channel and others) and the competing films at http://www.paleycenter.org/2013-fall-pitch-competition.
And see the Paley Center's official event photos at http://media.paleycenter.org/doc-pitch-2013-photos/.
Moving toward a 2014 premiere, we're continuing to feel the enthusiasm build!
UPDATE - September 08, 2013
THE AGE OF LOVE is incredibly proud to have received a 2013 Fledgling Fund grant, awarded to documentary films 'that have the potential to change hearts and minds and ignite social change through innovative distribution, strategic outreach and audience engagement.' As our post-production soon wraps, we'll be launching online resources and joining forces with 'healthy aging' educators and activists nationwide to bring people a brand new perspective on the emotional lives of seniors.
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