Rockstars are Ageless
Generation Appreciation Philadelphia (GenPhilly) presented a screening of the award-winning documentary Young @ Heart, a film about an elder vocal group from Northampton, Massachusetts that has earned an international reputation for their unique interpretations of songs by Sonic Youth, the Ramones, and the Clash.
The screening was followed by a discussion led by a representative from Creative Arts and Aging Network, on the importance of engaging older adults in intergenerational arts programming throughout the city. Audience members were encouraged to capitalize on the energy and enthusiasm of older Philadelphians, an essential part of forging an Age-friendly Philadelphia. For more information about Young at Heart, check out the Young at Heart trailer on YouTube.
The Chorus. “This isn’t some teenage garage band attacking the classic punk rock songbook — the Young@Heart Chorus is comprised of 22 senior citizens whose average age is 80, and under director Bob Cilman they’ve gained a degree of fame for their enthusiastic a cappella renditions of well-known rock & roll tunes. Filmmaker Stephen Walker spent several weeks with the members of the Young@Heart Chorus as they rehearsed for their annual concert in Northampton, and the documentary offers a look at their rigorous rehearsal process, the background of several members, and their efforts to stay active and think positive, even as their friends succumb to old age. Produced for British television, Young @ Heart was screened in competition at the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival.” – AMC Movie Guide