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Still Doing It: The Intimate Lives of Women Over 65by Deirdre Fishel
Challenging ageist notionsWatch Trailer
Flying in the face of this culture's extreme ageism, STILL DOING IT explores the lives of older women. Partnered, single, straight, gay, black and white; nine extraordinary women, age 67-87, express with startling honesty and humor how they feel about themselves, sex and love in later life and the poignant realities of aging. Outspoken for their generation, these women mark a sea change. Women over 65 are the fastest-growing segment of the population and in 2011, when the baby boomers begin to turn 65, their numbers will swell. STILL DOING IT looks at this society's complex relationship to women and aging with surprising and revelatory results.
STILL DOING IT shatters stereotypes while celebrating old age. It's touching, humorous and gives an aging nation hope for fun in the future.
John McMurtrie, S.F. Chronicle
The cult of youth may govern ads and billboards, but if women can find partners at 80 (as the charming Frances does in this film) age is no bar to sexual expression. Eavesdropping on these thoughtful, vivid women-some from traditional backgrounds, some sex radicals, one a lesbian activist is fascinating. This documentary will start a million conversations.
Margaret Morganroth Gullette, Women's Studies
These nine amazing women challenge ageist notions revealing lives filled with romance and revelations. This is a truly important film.
Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D.
Author, AGEWAVE and AGE POWER
My male and female students were totally engaged and inspired by these groundbreaking older women.
Annette Danto, Professor
"The heroines of Deirdre Fishel's documentary have broken a taboo almost as strong as the one that prohibits incest. They pursue a sexually active life when they are in their sixties, seventies, and eighties. They are pioneers in resisting the restrictions of an ageist culture and role models to women of the baby boom generation. In the U.S., where women over 65 is the fastest-growing demographic, plastic surgery and youth enhancing beauty products are big business. But rather than trying to turn back the clock, these women insist on celebrating their age and experience. STILL DOING IT is a hoot, a blast of energy, and an irreverent challenge to the ageism harbored by just about everyone in our youth obsessed culture".
AWARDS & SCREENINGS:
- Margaret E. Condon Award
- SAGE's 4th National Conference on LGBT Aging
- American Society on Aging Conference
- Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival
- High Falls Film Festival
- Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival
- New Fest: New York's Gay, Lesbian and Transgendered film festival
- Museum of Television and Radio Documentary Film Festival
- SilverDocs/AFI Diccovery Channel Film Festival
- Seattle International Film Festival
- Full Frame Documentary Festival
- South by Southwest International Film Festival
- Silver Images Honorable Mention
- Public Event honoring older women's sexuality at Babeland in NYC
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