Great Night in Athens
April 1, 2014
Feeling the Love in Athens
“Such a great experience, and one that I’ll never forget. Thank you for this film!” – Jon M.
“[They] did a wonderful job with the film! Glad I was able to see it!”
– Bekah W.
Last night’s screening at Athens Ciné marked not only the Georgia premiere of WALTER but also the first time viewing for Sidney Cooper, son of former World’s Oldest Person, Besse Cooper.
The event was part of the Alfred P. Sloan Science on Screen Series, with gerontologists Dr. Leonard Poon and Robert Young on hand to speak about the well-being of seniors and super-seniors. Director Hunter Weeks was there to join the discussion and Q&A session about the film and the relationships we have with our elders.
“I have so much respect and appreciation for the warmth and support I received in Athens for last night’s screening.” said Weeks.
Though there’s a lot of interest in the science behind longevity, WALTER sparked a different understanding of growing old for the audience. Rather than simple fascination of age, viewers were touched that the film honors its subjects by sharing their stories and giving value to their lives. WALTER strives to remind its viewers to stay connected to elders who are often forgotten in our fast paced society.
WALTER next screens at the Victoria Texas Independent Film Festival on April 3rd.