The AARP Movies for Grownups first began as an annual feature story in their magazine; picking storylines that related to film enthusiasts who were 50 and over back in 2002. Each year, a red-carpet gala was held to give the stars of these films awards for their contributions. The next film gala will be held on February 10, 2014 in
The film screening began Thursday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m. with the film “Philomena.” It is based on the investigative book, “The Lost Child of Philomena Lee” written by Martin Sixsmith, a BBC correspondent. The book is based on a true story which follows the life of Philomena Lee, played by Judi Dench, who gave up her child ”“ conceived out of wedlock ”“ to appease her Irish-Catholic community. After years of leading a normal life in
On Friday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m. the film “
On Saturday, the film “12 Years A Slave” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams and Michael Fassbender was screened at 11:00 a.m. The Q&A session included director Steve McQueen and actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o and Alfre Woodard. At 2:30 p.m. the film, “Enough Said,” was shown, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener and Toni Collette. The Q&A session included attendance by Julia Louis-Dreyfus and director/writer Nicole Holofcener. At 5:00 p.m., “Labor Day” starring Clark Gregg, Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin was screened. The Q&A session included director Jason Reitman and writer Joyce Maynard. Saturday’s final film, “20 Feet from Stardom,” starring Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, and Lisa Fischer was shown at 8:00 p.m. At the end of this film, there were live performances by Merry Clayton and Maxine, Oren and Julia Waters. The first 100 ticket holders received a free DVD of the film’s soundtrack.
The final day of films for the festival starts with “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” starring Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig and Adam Scott. After the film, director, producer and actor Ben Stiller will be available for a Q&A session with the audience. At 3:00 p.m., “August:
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