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Speed Dating In Your 70s: What a Documentary About Dating Teaches Us About Love
At 78, he had never married or, as far as anyone in the family knew, even dated. In his resulting documentary, The Age of Love , Loring follows a real-life group of seniors in upstate NY who embark on a journey to find companionship through a local speed dating event exclusively for to year-olds. Viewers watch, listen and hear the stories of these people, from their past histories to present-day lives to their hopes for the future, as they put their hearts on the line to see if new love is possible later in life. ONC spoke with Loring about his filmmaking process, his intention in making The Age of Love , what he learned in the making of the film and his biggest take-aways from what turned out to be a true labor of love. I learned how to shoot, record sound, edit, all the technical skills, and earned a degree in Social Documentary Filmmaking. The Age of Love was my thesis project. I wanted to address meaningful issues in the world, and, at the time, I was thinking a lot about age and love, so I started looking for a story to tell. I was able to help my mom with external needs — bills, managing the house, that sort of stuff — but who was going to help her with the emotional loss, the loneliness? Because I could see she was struggling.
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The Movie. From anxious anticipation through the dates that follow, it's an unexpected tale of intrepid seniors who lay their hearts on the line, and discover how emotional needs and desires change — or don't change — from first love to the far reaches of life. But now, as posters go up, local media buzzes and anticipation grows, these typically-overlooked seniors are spurred to confront the realities of physical appearance, intimacy and loneliness, loss and new beginnings. An year-old bodybuilding champ, divorced since his fifties, imagines someone new by his side; a skydiving widow dulls her loss by pursuing younger men; a grandmother and online-dating addict searches the web for Mr. Playful and revealing, wise and inspiring, our senior daters entertain and enlighten with a candor that puts media stereotypes to shame. The film takes viewers where no documentary has gone before — into the hearts and lives of older singles who still yearn to be seen and understood, who know the power of another's hug and touch, and who may still be open to a new chance at love.
Seniors try their hand at speed dating at UW-La Crosse
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