Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Library Film Series

On Tuesday evenings in August the library will be showing a series of films about older adults. This series is being offered as part of the Equal Access Libraries grant program, funded through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners with funds from LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act), a Federal source of library funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. All screenings begin at 7pm.

On Tuesday, August 11th the library will be screening a 1994 comedy-drama starring Paul Newman, Jessica Tandy, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. In this affectionate story of small town life in upstate New York, Sully (Newman) is a cheerful curmudgeon who has made a lifetime of bad decisions. He unexpectedly has a chance to make some of them right when his estranged son and grandson drop back into his life. Often considered one of Paul Newman's best films, this was Jessica Tandy's last film.

On Tuesday, August 18th join us for director David Lynch’s lyrical portrait of one man's real journey across America's heartland. The film is based on the true story of 73-year-old Alvin Straight, who embarks on a dangerous and emotional journey to make amends with his 75-year-old brother. Filmed along the 260-mile route that the actual Alvin Straight traversed on a 1966 John Deere lawnmower, the film chronicles Alvin's patient odyssey and those he meets along the way. The film stars Sissy Spacek, Harry Dean Stanton, and Richard Farnsworth, who was nominated for a best-actor Oscar for his role.

On Tuesday, August 25th the library will show a 1990 film by Academy Award winner Cynthia Scott. Seven older women become stranded at a deserted farmhouse, miles from civilization. They don't have much food, or a decent place to sleep. Or much in common. But these surprising, remarkable women turn a crisis into a magical time of humor and spirit. New York Newsday called the film "One of the most exhilarating movies ever made about people who've grown old but remain ageless inside."

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