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DO NOT GO GENTLY celebrates the lives, work and wisdom of three remarkable artists who have maintained their creative productivity well into their golden years. Their stories illustrate the role of creativity and art in contributing to a long, happy, healthy and vibrant life. Narrated by famed newsman (and nonagenarian) Walter Cronkite, Do Not Go Gently follows 82-year-old quilter Arlonzia Pettway, 90-year-old ballet dancer Frederic Franklin and 109-year-old composer Leo Ornstein through a typical day to illuminate their experiences as part of America’s fastest-growing age group — men and women 85 and older. DO NOT GO GENTLY uncovers the science of lifelong creativity through interviews with gerontologist Dr. Gene Cohen, whose groundbreaking work provides a deeper understanding of the aging brain. The program also documents the importance of creative outlets to elders with Alzheimer’s Disease and other age-related disabilities. "This documentary challenges the outdated notion that people who reach a certain age have nothing left to contribute. America's seniors, like those highlighted in Do Not Go Gently, have had decades to master skills and garner accomplishments, often rendering them our best leaders and innovators. The film also emphasizes how mutually beneficial it is for seniors to continue exercising their creative force — both to the society that reaps the benefits of their creations, and to the elderly whose quality of life is maintained." - U.S. Senator Herb Kohl (WI), Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging

DISTRIBUTOR: American Public Television
APT PROGRAM SERVICE: Exchange
PRODUCER: NEWIST/CESA 7
PRESENTER: APT

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Contract period: 05/01/2007-04/30/2015
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This program is available on VHS and DVD for $19.95 each, plus $10.00 shipping and handling. To order, please call 1-800-633-7445 or visit http://www.donotgogently.net.