‘Age of Champions’ in amphitheater

Jul 01, 2014
Camden International Film Festival and Camden Public Library will screen an inspiring documentary Thursday evening, July 10, in Camden Amphitheatre.

Camden — The Camden International Film Festival will complete its Aging in Maine screening tour by returning home Thursday, July 10, for a free screening of Christopher Rufo’s “Age of Champions” at 8:30 p.m. in the Camden Amphitheatre, adjacent to Camden Public Library.

This award-winning PBS documentary follows five competitors who sprint, leap and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics with 100-year-old tennis champion, 86-year-old pole vaulter and rough-and-tumble basketball grandmothers triumphing over the limitations of age. Theater audiences across the country have fallen in love with its light-hearted take on growing older. “Age of Champions” is a powerful story to share with the whole family, running 75 minutes. The film will be projected on the library’s inflatable screen; attendees should bring lawn seating.

Aging in Maine is CIFF’s new statewide program that has brought award-winning documentary films and discussions to almost 20 Maine communities between March and July. The tour is the second part of CIFF’s inaugural Engagement Summit: Aging in Maine, a program that connected Maine-based nonprofit leaders with documentary films and filmmakers to develop community-based social action campaigns designed to engage audiences in thoughtful, inter-generational dialogue around the issues of aging and dementia-related illness.

CIFF’s second annual Engagement Summit will bring another year focused on the issue of aging. More details will be announced closer to the festival, scheduled for Sept. 25 to 28; visit camdenfilmfest.org for more information.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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