EXCLUSIVE: Director Saffron Cassaday’s debut feature docu Cyber-Seniors has teamed up with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Foundation to help get seniors plugged into the world wide web via a U.S. promo tour to begin May 8. It’s a rare film promo campaign for AARP, which runs the Mentor Up reverse-mentoring program in which younger tech-savvy volunteers help teach people 50 and older the ways of the internet. Cyber-Seniors is set for a limited release via Area 23a and Best Part, Inc. with screenings set to take place at AARP’s Life @ 50 Boston event on May 8 and L.A. and NYC engagements to follow. AARP’s partnering on awareness campaigns for the film as it rolls out to additional cities nationwide. Pic takes a candid and humorous look at the victories and challenges seniors face as they work with teenagers to brave the digital world, including one elderly grandmother who discovers her competitive edge when she launches a Youtube cooking show and another who creates her own rap video. Check out an exclusive clip:
The Oscar luncheon has become a lynchpin for other events and award-related activities since so many nominees are in town for the occasion. It’s a last-gasp attempt to get them out to as many events as possible before final ballots go out Friday. The Dallas Buyers Club group, the Wolf Of Wall Street and several others had AMPAS Q&As lined up Monday evening. But perhaps the biggest event — judging by the Oscar-nominated star power it drew – was AARP‘s 2014 Awards Gala on Monday night saluting Movies For Grownups. Their mission as they say is to “honor outstanding writing, acting and filmmaking with distinct relevance to the 50-plus audience”. Considering the average age of Oscar voters, this is a good place to be seen. Among the winners were 12 Years A Slave as Best Movie For Grownups, Gravity’s Alfonso Cuaron as Best Director, Nebraska’s Bruce Dern and Philomena’s Judi Dench as Best Actor and Actress, 20 Feet From Stardom for Best Documentary, and Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke for their Before Midnight screenplay. Susan Sarandon received the life achievement award from presenter Melissa McCarthy. Best Buddy Picture was CBS Films’ Lost Vegas with star Morgan Freeman and director Jon Turtletaub on hand. Best Grownup Love Story appropriately went to Nicole Holofcener for the terrific and sadly Oscar-overlooked Enough Said.
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