(2006) 32 min. DVD: $25. Golden Bear Casting, PPR
always felt the arts were very close to religion...I felt
I was doing more than just teaching an art...but was also
helping the souls of people," says dance instructor Ann
Davlin, aged 93 when filmed in 2003. Six women, aged 90 and
above, are featured in Greg Young's Still Kicking,
a delightful profile of San Francisco Bay area artist, musicians,
and dancers. "Do they keep going because they relate
to their art...or are they just lucky people that have these
wonderful constitutions and are able to keep going?"
ask Frances Kandl, a composer and music director of Project
Arts and Longevity. The answer seems to be a combination of
the two, as some of the interviewees have been involved in
the arts all their lives, while others became interested later
in life. Here we meet African American, Asian American, and
Euro-American women who favor a variety of media, including
an ikebana artist, a sculptor/dollmaker, a painter, a dancer/piano
teacher, a rugweaver, and pianist Lily Hearst, who at age
106 was still playing Chopin's "Fantasie Impromptu"
from memory (Hearst died in 2005). A companion book, Aging
Artfully by Amy Gorman, is also available, priced at $20.
A wonderful resource for public libraries, schools, and nursing
homes, this is highly recommended. Aud: H, C, P. (R. Reagan)
review appears in the March/April 2007 print version of Video
Librarian. To see the Video
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