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Oct. 3-5, 2013

Georgia World
Congress Center

285 A Young Internat'l Blvd.

Atlanta, GA 30313  Map


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Life@50+ Movies for Grownups
Film Festival

Life@50+ rolled out the red carpet for attendees in Hotlanta! AARP Movies for Grownups® presented a stellar lineup at the Atlanta film festival including a special appearance by the star of At Middleton, Andy Garcia, and the film's writer/director Adam Rogers along with a postscreening audience Q&A session with the director of My Father and the Man in Black, Jonathan Holiff. Closing out the festival was a prerelease screening of Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight followed by an audience Q&A with one of the stars of the film, Ed Begley Jr.

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After opening the Life@50+ National Event and Expo in Atlanta, Whoopi Goldberg sat down with AARP to share her thoughts on a variety of topics. Here is what she had to say about the difference between movies for grownups and those made for kids.

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The Life@50+ Atlanta Movies for Grownups Film Festival was sponsored by Roku®. The following films were showcased at the film festival.

Oct. 4

Prerelease Screening

At Middleton

1:00 p.m.

Directed by Adam Rodgers

Starring Vera Farmiga, Taissa Farmiga and Andy Garcia

Rated R for drug use and brief sexuality

At Middleton being showcased at the Life@50+ Atlanta Movies for Grownups Film Festival.

Andy Garcia (left) and Vera Farmiga (center) star in At Middleton.


Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga star in this film about a man and a woman who fall in love while taking their kids on a college admissions tour. The film’s star, Andy Garcia, along with director Adam Rodgers and writer/producer Glenn German answered audience questions.


At Middleton will be in theaters January 2014.

Prerelease Screening


4:00 p.m.

Directed by Alexander Payne

Starring Bruce Dern, Will Forte and June Squibb

Rated R for some language

Nebraska being showcased at the Life@50+ Atlanta Movies for Grownups Film Festival.

(Left to right) Will Forte is David Grant, Bruce Dern is Woody Grant and Stacy Keach is Ed Pegram in Nebraska, from Paramount Vantage. — Photo by Merie Wallace, courtesy of Paramount


After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father (Bruce Dern) thinks he’s struck it rich and wrangles his son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Directed by Oscar-winner Alexander Payne and shot in black and white across four states, Nebraska tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America.


Nebraska will be in theaters Nov. 22.

Oct. 5

My Father and the Man in Black

11:00 a.m.

Written and directed by Jonathan Holiff

Starring Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash and Saul Holiff

This film is not rated

My Father and the Man in Black being showcased at the Life@50+ Atlanta Movies for Grownups Film Festival.

Johnny Cash (left) and Saul Holiff in My Father and the Man in Black. — Photo by Ron Joy © New Chapter Productions Inc.


An intense personal adventure that happens to feature one of the 20th century’s greatest music icons, this documentary tells the inside story of “bad boy” Johnny Cash, his talented but troubled manager, Saul Holiff, and a son searching for his father in the shadow of a legend. Saul’s son, director Jonathan Holiff, participated in a post-screening Q&A with the audience.


Playing in select theaters and available on video-on-demand, iTunes and DVD.

Prerelease Screening

Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight

2:00 p.m.

Directed by Stephen Frears

Starring Frank Langella, Christopher Plummer, Pablo Schreiber and Benjamin Walker

Rated TV14 for adult content and adult language

Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight being showcased at the Life@50+ Atlanta Movies for Grownups Film Festival.

Frank Langella (left) and Christopher Plummer star as Chief Justice Warren Burger and John Marshall Harlan in Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight. — Photo by Jojo Whilden, courtesy of HBO


When Muhammad Ali was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War at the height of his boxing career, his claim to conscientious objector status on religious grounds led to a legal battle that landed in the U.S. Supreme Court. This film explores the story behind the court’s decision at a time of social and cultural transformation in America. Starring Christopher Plummer, Frank Langella, Ed Begley Jr., Fritz Weaver, Harris Yulin, Peter Gerety, Barry Levinson, John Bedford Lloyd and Danny Glover. Ed Begley Jr. participated in a Q&A with the audience following the screening.


Debuts on HBO on Oct. 5.

AARP Movies for Grownups

Throughout the year, AARP celebrates winning movies through our multimedia channels: AARP The Magazine, online, radio, events, and more. Movies for Grownups® is a high-impact multimedia franchise started in 2002 by AARP The Magazine editors to spotlight and celebrate movies with storylines, performances and filmmaking that have distinct relevance to the 50-plus audience.

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