|Art by Grandma Moses as photographed by Bosc D'Anjou.|
What follows is a list of films that celebrate the creative work of mature artists. Last Update 5/11/14
I recently saw a segment from 60 Minutes, aired in January of 2015 about a singing group in Harlem called "Alive and Kickin'" The performers are 55 plus. Here's the link.
Iris (2015). Born in 1921 and still going strong into her 90s, Iris Apfel commands a lot of attention for her collection of costume jewelry and internationally acquired clothing. Trailer.
Advanced Style (2014). This 72-minute documentary features seven mature fashionistas from New York as photographed by Ari Seth Cohen. Full film review.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011) featuring sushi chef Jiro Ono (b. 1925) who was 85 years old during filming and still putting in full days at his sushi restaurant, which has earned 3 Michelin stars. He is the oldest recipient of the award.
A Man Named Pearl (2006) featuring topiary artist Pearl Fryar (b. 1939) who sculpts trees and shrubs in his Bishopville, SC yard into amazing works of art. He found his talent in late life and inspire others with his work.
Young @ Heart (2005) featuring a choral group of mature singers. Some of the group members face health challenges, but they push themselves in order to participate, showing a triumph of will.
Callas Forever (2002). Zeffirelli directs a highly fictional account of Maria Callas filming a performance of Carmen using a recording of her own voice from years prior. This project sparks questions about identity, age, youth, art, and artistic integrity.
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