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THIRD ACTion Film Festival - live broadcasting across Alberta for Alberta Seniors’ Week June 10-12, 2022

Check out Alberta's age-positive film fest to round out Seniors Week.
Dozens of films, telling age-positive stories, are on offer at the annual THIRD ACTion Film Festival, during Seniors Week across Alberta and beyond. Photo submitted.
Getting back to “normal” means THIRD ACTion Film Festival is taking its festival live – in person and online – across Alberta and for several of its screenings – Canada and the World. Live broadcasting will take place from the Patricia A. Whalen Performance Theatre in Calgary's Central Library.   Showcasing its largest number of films (36 films over 10 screenings) to date, THIRD ACTion has added an additional screening the Friday of the festival to celebrate its 5th birthday.  
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Among the amazing line up are 5 Canadian films with 1 of them being homegrown in Calgary, the home of the festival. The Secondary Highway is a journey of history, memories and self-discovery.  Robert Scott tracks down the descendants of these dying places and speaks with the elders who share their stories of hardship, joy and words of wisdom. Braedon Riehl, the Director will be in attendance at the film   70 is Just a Number is a warm-hearted comedy about a superstar singer Seija Kuula who is trying to cope with her career, age and love. Combining dreams of starting a family, friendships, and a parent-child relationship with an atypical intimate relationship yields a story that explores the many dimensions of love. 70 is Just a Number is a touching and humorous coming-of-age-story - at 70. 

As usual, the festival will highlight all the possibility, joy and vibrancy of the third act of life with many age-positive films including Eddy’s WorldMiss Alma Thomas: A Life in Color, Don vs. Lightning and Bloom.   The festival also devotes a short film screening on the subject of social isolation – a hot point sparked by the pandemic. This screening includes Henry Daeman and Dr. Verena Menec. Daeman, from Toronto, is the Director and Writer of Solitude, a student film. This film follows Gordon, who is opposed to this being confronted with the idea of being truly alone. Ultimately, he is able to find new inspiration, and learns to adapt to overcome the situation. Menec is the Manitoba site lead of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging. Her research interests lie in the areas of social determinants of healthy aging, social inclusion and age-friendly communities.

The festival has a line-up of 15 speakers including Dr. David Hogan, a preeminent dementia researcher and the Head of the Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging, will be addressing ageism.  Ruby Lecot, Executive Director of Link-ages Society, will talk about the power of intergenerational relations. Lorraine Price is a Montreal-based writer/director who makes character driven films like La Coiffeuse/The Hairdresser (playing at the festival) about people living unconventional lives. Scott Harper is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and one of his latest docs has taken on the subject of ageism (Golden: The End of Ageism). THIRD ACTion Film Festival runs June 10-12, 2022 with in person screenings in Calgary and online screenings available across Alberta and the world. Check out the Schedule and Films.