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AARP's Life@50+ to Offer Attendees Preview of Five Unreleased Films

Aurora Borealis - Saturday, September 8th - 1:00 pm–3:00 pm
Ever since the premature death of his father, 25-year-old Minneapolis slacker Duncan Shorter (Joshua Jackson) is content with shuffling aimlessly through life, hanging out with his lifelong friends, and ditching one dead-end job after another. Duncan takes a job as a handyman in a high-rise that allows him to be near his gravely ill grandfather Ronald (Donald Sutherland), who’s more than a handful for his grandmother Ruth (Louise Fletcher). That newfound sense of purpose leads to a budding romance with Kate (Juliette Lewis) that gives Duncan the motivation to take charge of his life.

This funny and touching family drama from director James Burke, with a soundtrack featuring music by Minnesota natives Bob Dylan and Paul Westerberg, has something to say to audiences of all ages.

Away From Her - Saturday, September 8th - 3:30 pm–5:30 pm
Away From Her is the lyrical screenplay adaptation of celebrated author Alice Munro's short story, “The Bear Came Over The Mountain,” a beautiful yet unconventional story of a couple coming to grips with the onset of memory loss. Beloved by critics and audiences alike when it premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, the film marks the arrival of an exciting new filmmaker and Canadian actress Sarah Polley, who makes her feature screenwriting and directorial debut.

Married for almost 50 years, Grant’s (Gordon Pinsent) and Fiona’s (Julie Christie) commitment to each other appears unwavering. Their daily life is filled with tenderness and humor; yet this serenity is broken by Fiona’s increasingly evident memory loss – and her restrained references to a past betrayal. For a while, the couple is able to casually dismiss these unwelcome changes. But when neither Fiona nor her husband can deny any longer that she is being consumed by Alzheimer’s disease, the couple is forced to wrenchingly redefine the limits of their love and loyalty – and face the complex, inevitable transition from lovers to strangers.

Away From Her also stars Olympia Dukakis, Kristen Thomson, with Michael Murphy and Alberta Watson. The Film Farm and Foundry Films production in association with Capri Releasing, HanWay Films and Echo Lake Productions. Executive producer, Atom Egoyan, Doug Mankoff. Co-Producer, Victoria Hirst. Produced by Daniel Iron, Simone Urdl, Jennifer Weiss.

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With more than 30 million readers nationwide, AARP The Magazine is the world’s largest-circulation magazine and the definitive lifestyle publication for Americans 50+. Reaching more than 22.5 million households, AARP The Magazine delivers comprehensive content through in-depth celebrity interviews, health and fitness features, consumer interest information and tips, book and movie reviews, and financial guidance. Published bimonthly in print and continually online, AARP The Magazine was founded in 1958 and is the flagship title of AARP Publications.

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AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our bimonthly magazine in Spanish and English; NRTA Live & Learn, our quarterly newsletter for 50+ educators; and our website, AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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