The original voice of Siri, the Madam CJ Walker biographer and the sculptor of Lady Gaga’s Fame perfume carriage are among the inspirational stories revealed in this compelling documentary. From a very early age women are made to believe that our relevance has an expiration date. Showing us the power of resilience, defiance and the wisdom of experience the Beyond Sixty Project will challenge the way we think about aging and the value of our own stories.
In our modern society, women are broadly judged and valued by their age and appearance. Despite their contributions to our history and prolific influence on our culture, a tragic phenomenon often occurs in women over the age of sixty. They become invisible. These later years are a time when women are at the height of their experiences and accomplishments, yet this demographic’s significance is rarely acknowledged in media or literature. The Beyond Sixty Project challenges these convention and reveals a window into the inspirational lives and ongoing stories of every day women who have moved into senior citizen status.
Driven by a series of interviews with women ranging in age from their early sixties to mid-eighties, the documentary highlights their resilience and challenges society’s definition of continued relevance. Rich in experiences and accomplishments, these women continue to grow and challenge themselves as they move through the next chapters in their lives. Through this film we celebrate the impact of these women, seek to inspire younger generations and finally bring attention to the importance and significance of their stories.
Screened at New Hope Film Festival, Catalina Film Festival
Director Q&A to follow the screening
Community Partners for this screening are Lifespan and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly (GRAPE).
Elizabeth Lyons, Founder of More Fire Glass Studio talks about the philosophy and craft behind her luminous, hand blown sculptures and decorative objects. The film follows her into the “hot room” where she shapes the molten glass and then into her gallery to look through and into some of her exquisite creations.