Documentary Film "Kings Point" About Long Lives to Premiere at Silverdocs in Silver Spring June 23-24

DC-Maryland Suburbs
Saturday, June 23 2012 - 12:30 PM to Sunday, June 24 2012 - 12:30 PM

AFI Silver Theater, Colesville Road, Silver Spring
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD, 20910

A new documentary film about long lives – which is evoking a wave of emotions – is screening in the documentary competition (Sterling Short Film Competition) at Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival in downtown Silver Spring later this month.

In this documentary film about long lives, Director Sari Gilman tells the stories of five seniors living in a typical American retirement resort––men and women who came to Florida decades ago with their spouses by their sides and their health intact, and now find themselves grappling with love, loss, and the prospect of dying alone. A bittersweet look at our national obsession with self-reliance, Kings Point explores the dynamic tension between living and aging––between our desire for independence and our need for community––and underscores our powerful ambivalence toward growing old.

• Saturday, June 23, 12:30 PM
• Sunday, June 24, 11:00 AM
Part of the Shorts Program 6: In the Company of Strangers




Sari Gilman has been a documentary film editor for 15 years. She received a Primetime Emmy nomination for her work on Ghosts of Abu Ghraib, which aired on HBO and was directed by Rory Kennedy. She has worked on such award-winning films as Regret to Inform (Barbara Sonneborn, Janet Cole), which won Best Director at Sundance in 1999 and aired nationally on PBS, and Paragraph 175 (Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman), which won Best Director at Sundance in 2000, and aired on HBO. The first feature film she edited was Judith Helfand's "Blue Vinyl," which aired on HBO’s America Undercover series in May, 2002.

Other programs she has edited have appeared on HBO, AMC, A&E and PBS, including a history of Las Vegas and a history of New Orleans, both for PBS’ American Experience. Ms. Gilman also produced and directed two radio documentaries, which aired on NPR’s All Things Considered.

She is currently editing an ITVS-funded film about the campaign against Proposition 8 in California, directed by Christie Herring. Gilman edited Christy Turlington Burns' documentary "No Woman No Cry," which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and aired on OWN.

Kings Point is Gilman's directorial debut. She has received funding from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Pacific Pioneer Fund, and Chicken & Egg, among others. She assembled an accomplished team of collaborators, including editor Jeffrey Friedman (whose directorial credits include the recent "Howl," starring James Franco, the Oscar-winning "Common Threads," and "The Celluloid Closet". Richard Beggs, whose credits include "Apocalypse Now" and "Lost in Translation" did the sound design and mix.

She recently attended Working Films' prestigious "REEL AGING: REEL CHANGE" residency, where she met leaders in the community of aging and discussed forming partnerships with them to distribute the film.