The 90s Club Documentary Spotlights Vibrancy of Those Age 90+; Special May 15 Event at The Lindsay Includes Screening, Discussion
The 90s club is growing in America. People age 90 and older now make up nearly 5 percent of the 65-plus population, and the Census Bureau expects this to increase to 10 percent by 2050.
With more people living longer, families, health care and other businesses providing services will be impacted. The Lindsay Theater and Cultural Center is honored to present The 90s Club + Coffee & Conversation on Monday, May 15, a free opportunity for all to consider the issues and benefits of aging.
After screening The 90s Club, filmgoers will join a discussion about the issues facing today’s 90-somethings. The screening of the award-winning documentary (Best Feature Film at the Manhattan Film Festival) will begin at 1 p.m. and will be followed by a 2:30 p.m. discussion in The Lindsay’s Community Room. Film producer and Gibsonia resident Sheri Ward will attend and participate in the discussion. While admission is free, registration is requested online.
The 90s Club hands the microphone to 12 charming people in their 90s and turns aside any easy preconceptions about people of their age. They’re enjoying a great sense of well-being while gracefully accepting life’s ups and downs.
The documentary features a dozen diverse individuals including actor Dick Van Dyke, a Cleveland man who survived three concentration camps during the Holocaust, a still-practicing attorney who represented Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, a 99-year-old woman who taught in a one-room schoolhouse and the world’s oldest performing drag queen.
They candidly talk about death and loss, but also about love and connection, about accomplishment and meaning. Through their touching, sometimes humorous and reflective stories, they offer insight on how one can become so wise through life experience.
“Part of the reason of this documentary was to show that there is not only plenty of life, but intelligence, wisdom and reflection in your 90s,” director Robert Darwell told the Los Angeles Business Journal. Additionally, Darwell intended to highlight how the elderly and their interests are often sidelined alongside other issues.
“Over the last decade, among a lot of attention on social justice for different groups—while well needed—one group I felt like wasn’t getting a lot of attention still was the very elderly,” he said. “And yet the one common denominator for all of us, if we’re lucky to get there, is that we’ll all be old. All of us at some point get to be an older person and there is an immediate prejudice of sorts when you think of someone in their 80s or 90s and people prejudge that they’re not going to be as ‘with it.’”
“A young frame of mind is very important, especially when you get older,” says one interviewee.
The Lindsay Theater and Cultural Center, formerly The Tull Family Theater, is an independent, film-driven arts nonprofit with two screening rooms and flexible event/performance space. Holding accessibility as its hallmark, the Theater made Pennsylvania history as the first cinema in the state offering weekly Open Captioning screenings. Cinema Maker Sessions (CiMS), the Theater’s career readiness program at the intersection of STEM and the arts, offers project-based learning to middle schoolers from low- and moderate-wealth communities. Intentionally diverse programming is brimming with new releases and independent, classic, documentary, educational and cultural films, festivals, sensory friendly screenings, film-speaker series, free events and live performances.
These and other activities are funded through box office revenues and generous donations from the Theater’s Sustaining Circle, more than 1,000 individual donors and: The Corry Family Foundation, Huntington Bank, The Pittsburgh Foundation, W.P. Snyder III Charitable Fund, Thomas Marshall Foundation, A.J. and Sigismunda Palumbo Charitable Trust, Jack Buncher Foundation, Child Health Association of Sewickley, Sewickley Valley Community Fund, The Grable Foundation, Allegheny County Airport Charitable Foundation and Dollar Bank.
Date and Time
Monday May 15, 2023
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
Monday, May 15, 1 -3:30 p.m.
The Lindsay Theater and Cultural Center, 418 Walnut St., Sewickley
Parking available in municipal lot next to the Theater and on the street. Drop-off access from ramp up Walnut Street and easily from adjacent municipal Green Street parking lot.
Free to all ages
The Lindsay Theater and Cultural Center, 412.259.8542