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PBS Airing – Stella & Co: A Romantic Musical Comedy Documentary About Aging
July 22 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Stella & Co: A Romantic Musical Comedy Documentary About Aging
Filmmaker Robin Baker Leacock’s new documentary Stella & Co. is a celebration of the extraordinary life of her 104-year old mother, Stella, and a group of vibrant seniors — ages 75 to 105 — living their best lives. The film delivers a thought-provoking and positive look at what it means to age in modern times, through humor, music and storytelling. The 50-minute film, Baker Leacock’s fifth, is produced and directed by Baker Leacock.
Unlike other cultures that venerate their elders, Americans tend to place older people aside. Upon spending time with Stella and her friends, it’s quite clear that seniors have much to offer and have earned a central role in our society — one of the seniors, Estelle Craig, or ‘Stella,’ has written five books since the age of 100. Through conversation and an inside look at a dynamic senior residence and through the joyful life experiences of some of its residents, we gain a new perspective on growing old.
“Stella & Co is about looking at our elders through a different lens,” comments Baker Leacock. “My hope is that this film will encourage people to remember the great treasure we have in our older generation. They have accomplished extraordinary things and have much to teach us, far past their retirement years. We are living in extraordinary times, where our aged population is vulnerable as never before. The goal is to offer viewers a much-needed forward-thinking shift in perspective. Aging is a subject that affects all of us. There is so much to do in terms of our older population.” For more information on the film and Robin Leacock, visit: stelladocumentary.com