Above: Film still from My Mother Dreams the Satan's Disciples in New York, 1998.

Dear Film Lovers,

Please enjoy this third installment of our Older Americans Month Friday film recommendations—featuring selections from our past festival programs. This week we explore the Power of Connection from a different point of view. Let's consider the possibility that even misanthropes, tough biker guys (or tough-looking bikers who read self-help books), and no-goodniks need human connection—at least some of the time...

The Miserabilist

Narrative Short, Comedy, Dir. Corey Sherman, 2018, 17 mins. 

A dark comedy about a narcissistic grandmother whose beloved brother comes back from the dead only to disappoint and antagonize her. Watch the full film at the link below.

My Mother Dreams the Satan's Disciples in New York

Narrative Short, Comedy, Dir. Barbara Schock, 1998, 33 mins.

A widowed Midwestern housewife travels to Manhattan for the first time to visit her daughter. Once there, she loses her fears of New York City life, even becoming obsessed with the Hell's Angels-ish bikers' club across the street from her daughter's East Village apartment. In 2000, it won an Oscar at the 72nd Academy Awards for Best Live Action Short Film. Watch the trailer HERE. Watch the full film at the link below.

Abe and Phil's Last Poker Game

Narrative Feature, Comedy, Dir., Howard L. Weiner, 2017, Starring Martin Landau and Paul Sorvino, 85 mins.  It’s never too late to make new friends. Dr. Abe Mandelbaum moves into a nursing home and strikes up a friendship with Phil Nicoletti, a notorious gambler and womanizer. Their bond soon gets put to the test when they meet a nurse who thinks that her biological father lives in the home.The film screened at the Tribeca Film Festival under the title The Last Poker Game, the only directorial and writing debut of a septuagenarian at Tribeca that year. Watch the trailer HERE. Watch the full film at the link below (via the streaming platform Tubi which offers free content with ads—no need to register an account to watch).

President Biden recently delivered a proclamation on Older Americans Month. "This month and beyond, I call upon all Americans to celebrate older adults for their contributions, support their independence, and recognize their unparalleled value to our Nation." To read more click HERE.

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