On Oct 21, “Lives Well Lived” movie shares secrets, wit, and wisdom

On Oct 21, “Lives Well Lived” movie shares secrets, wit, and wisdom
Ana Maria KingBy ana-maria

Forty people aged 75 to 100, with a collective life experience of 3000 years, share their secrets, wit, and wisdom on how to live a meaningful life.

We’re excited to present a special screening of Lives Well Lived, a new film by Sky Bergman, on Sunday, October 21, 2 pm, at the Greenwood Senior Center. 

Lives Well Lived celebrates the incredible wit, wisdom and experiences of adults aged 75 to 100 years old.

Through their intimate memories and inspiring personal histories encompassing over 3000 years of experience, forty people share their secrets and insights to living a meaningful life.

These men and women open the vault on their journey into old age through family histories, personal triumph and tragedies, loves and losses – seeing the best and worst of humanity along the way. Their stories will make you laugh, perhaps cry, but mostly inspire you.

There will be a discussion following the film. It’s free to attend; to reserve your spot, call 206.297.0875.

 Facebook event – invite others!

 

Watch the trailer

 

Director’s Statement

My inspiration for the Lives Well Lived project was my 103 year old Italian grandmother who enjoyed exercise, making the best lasagna you’ve ever tasted and being with family. She showed me by example, that age is truly just a number.

I started filming my grandmother cooking about five years ago, when she was 99 years old. I filmed her at the gym because I thought, no one will believe that my grandmother is still working out. I asked her if she could give me a few words of wisdom, and that was the beginning of this adventure.

The “graying of America” is no longer a futuristic prediction: The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show over 50 years ago and Baby Boomers are turning 70. As I was approaching my 50th year, I began to reflect on my own life in a very different way. My grandmother was my guide for how to gracefully move through life and how to age with dignity, strength, and humor. I began a quest to search out other people, who like my grandmother were living life to the limits.

In our society, the elderly are often overlooked. I want to bring that generation to the forefront. Our greatest role models are those living full and meaningful lives in their later years. Lives Well Lived celebrates the incredible wit, wisdom and life experiences of seniors who are living life to the fullest.

Although they may have seen the worst of humanity, their outlook is still optimistic. Their stories are about perseverance, the human spirit, and staying positive in the midst of the great challenges. Their thoughtful perspectives reveal a treasure of life lessons and a reminder of the greatest role models in our own families.

Four years and forty interviews later, I listened; capturing the images, ideas and ideals of those who are proving that aging is something to cherish. Through the film, I hope to inspire people of every age to think about what they can do in their own lives to achieve the longevity of both health and spirit that these people have achieved, and to realize that growing older can be a journey to be celebrated.

About the Filmmaker

Sky Bergman is an accomplished, award-winning photographer. Lives Well Lived is Sky’s directorial debut.

Her fine art work is included in permanent collections at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (National Library of France) in Paris. Her book, The Naked & The Nude: Images from the Sculpture Series, includes an introduction by Hèléne Pinet, curator of photography at the Rodin Museum in Paris. She has shot book covers for Random House and Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Inc., and magazine spreads that appeared in Smithsonian, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, Reader’s Digest, and Archaeology Odyssey.

Sky Bergman currently is a Professor of Photography and Video at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, CA.