Over 90 and Loving It

This documentary features people in their 90s and 100s who are living extraordinary and passionate lives. Filmmaker Susan Polis Schutz has interviewed some of the most incredible people you can imagine - people who aren't aware of chronological age at all, but live as though the future and youth spring eternal.

We meet and fall in love with a wide range of engaging characters. For starters: Nola Ochs receives her masterís degree just three months shy of her 99th birthday. Folk singer Pete Seeger, 90, uses his music to change the world. Fan Benno-Caris runs for City Council in Addison, Texas, at the age of 91. Katie Brown, 91, bakes and serves cinnamon rolls five days a week. Marlow Cowan, 91, and his wife Frances have over 7 million views on youtube.com playing the piano in the lobby of Mayo Clinic. Annell and Dr. Ernest Rogers, both nonagenarians, recently got married in a formal church wedding.

Thereís lovely-hearted Leola Dillard, 97, a Charity Organizer in Yazoo City, Mississippi. John Finn, nearly 100, is the recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroism during Pearl Harbor. Laura Simon, 103, is an artist/author, working on her second book about her life. Granny D (Doris Haddock), age 100, is a feisty political activist who marches across the country. Les Lieber, age 96, plays his saxophone at Jazz at Noon every Friday in New York City. Don Pellmann, 94, is a Senior Olympics Gold Medal winner, and we see him easily doing the pole vault. Harry Rakoff, 94, saunters along the Coney Island Boardwalk, taking a break from his high-paced job driving a taxi in the heart of New York City.

We sit at their feet for words of advice, witnessing how they forgot to grow old and are always curious to see whatís going to happen next. Putting it succinctly, "You can drive yourself nuts worrying about things you can't do anything about. Instead you should be exhilarated about living every day passionately." Over 90 and Loving It will inspire people across the age spectrum. We all need heroes and heroines to emulate and this film will reach the hearts and minds of all of us who want to have a full life.

"A charming and uplifting film that inspires us
to live life to the fullest."
      
- John M Decker, Director of Programming, KPBS

Over 90 and Loving It
  Executive Producer & Director:
SUSAN POLIS SCHUTZ
Editor:
BRET GRANATO
 
American Public Television

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Over 90 and Loving It
CREDITS

Susan Polis Schutz - Director, Executive Producer
Bret Granato - Film Editor
Karen Bidgood - Associate Producer


Featuring:
Don Pellmann
Marlow Cowan
Katie Brown
Annell Rogers
Ernest Rogers
Pete Seeger
Harry Rakoff
Nola Ochs
Les Lieber
Leola Dillard
John Finn
Laura Simon
Fan Benno-Caris
Doris "Granny D" Haddock

Camera:
Rob Amato
Charlie Beyer
Benjamin Bloodwell
Paul Hickey
Manny Miranda
Antonio Rossi
Steve Skinner
Andy Wood

Location sound mixers:
Stacy Brownrigg
Gabriel Cyr
Ron Dicianni
Al Feurebach
Michael Jones
CJ Larsen
David Mendez
Tony Raymond
Chad Robertson
Odus Trober

  Creative and technical consultant:
Stephen Schutz
Sound Editor:
Matthew Polis
Online post-production services:
Final Frame Post
Online editor:
Joseph Lee
Colorist:
Joseph Lee

Marlow Cowan piano footage:
Mayo Clinic
Sharon Turner
Jody Turner Hume

NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams:
Courtesy NBC News Archives

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Granny D walking footage:
Judy Woodruff Courtesy CNN
Courtesy KTVT-TV
Courtesy WJLA -TV

Les Lieber concert footage:
National Arts Club
Production Assistant - Chris Chandler

Nola Ochs graduation footage:
Courtesy of Kurt Beyers
Fort Hays University
Andy Tincknell

  Rogers wedding footage:
Courtesy of Oakwood
University Church Media Department

Pete Seeger concert footage:
Class of Teri Udell
Howland Cultural Center
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
Devon Micone
Tao-Rodriguez-Seeger

Laura Simon Interview:
Kim Mazyck, Montezuma Publishing

Special thanks: :
KPBS
Kurt Beyers
Fran Cowan
Different by Design
Swayze Dillard
Edith Lieber
Ruth Meyer
Tao Rodriguez-Seeger
Marlo Poras
Raymond Wilson, Ph.D
Peter Yarrow


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