Gotta Dance The Movie Director's Statement

 

Ageism is rampant.


You hit the big ‘6’ – ‘0’ and you’ve ‘aged out’ of so many things.


People perceive you differently…assume you can’t or shouldn’t do things….activities you’ve done and enjoyed your whole life.


Landing that corporate job or that writing gig is that much more unlikely.


I’ve witnessed ageism and it stinks.


I’ve also seen the opposite.


I come from theatre where age is deeply revered. Professionals, on stage and behind-the-curtain, are sought out for their wisdom, their experience, their example.


This is how it should be.


I wanted to make this film to celebrate age and to inspire and challenge present and future AARP members to embrace life…to go out there and take on something they always dreamed of doing.


I wanted to make this film to spread the gospel of theatre legend Florenz Ziegfeld who observed:


Age doesn’t matter…unless you are a cheese.

 

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Gotta Dance - Audience Award Finalist at the Tribeca Film Festival, Official Selection of the Seattle International Film Festival, Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Palm Beach Film Festival, Official Selection of the Sarasota Film Festival, Winner of the Best Documentary Award at the Floating Film Festival, Official Selection of the Cinequest Film Festival, Official Selection of the Phoenix Film Festival, Official Selection of the Williamstown Film Festival, Official Selection of the International Film Festival of Aging

  

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Gotta Dance The Movie captures the adventures of the first-ever senior citizen hip hop dance team for the New Jersey Nets Basketball Team, from auditions through to center court stardom.

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