The 90s Club Documentary Spotlights Vibrancy of Those Age 90+; Special May 15 Event at The Lindsay Includes Screening, Discussion

The 90s club is growing in America. People age 90 and older now make up nearly 5 percent of the 65-plus population, and the Census Bureau expects this to increase to 10 percent by 2050.

With more people living longer, The Lindsay Theater and Cultural Center is honored to present The 90s Club + Coffee & Conversation on Monday, May 15, a free opportunity for all to consider the issues and benefits of aging.

After screening The 90s Club, filmgoers will join a discussion about the issues facing today’s 90- somethings. The screening of the award-winning documentary (Best Feature Film at the Manhattan Film Festival) will begin at 1 p.m. and will be followed by a 2:30 p.m. discussion in The Lindsay’s Community Room. Film producer and Gibsonia resident Sheri Ward will attend and participate in the discussion. While admission is free, registration is requested online.

The 90s Club hands the microphone to 12 charming people in their 90s and turns aside any easy preconceptions about people of their age. They’re enjoying a great sense of well-being while gracefully accepting life’s ups and downs.

The documentary features a dozen diverse individuals including actor Dick Van Dyke, a Cleveland man who survived three concentration camps during the Holocaust, a still-practicing attorney who represented Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, a 99-year-old woman who taught in a one-room schoolhouse and the world’s oldest performing drag queen.

They candidly talk about death and loss, but also about love and connection, about accomplishment and meaning. Through their touching, sometimes humorous and reflective stories, they offer insight on how one can become so wise through life experience.

“Part of the reason of this documentary was to show that there is not only plenty of life, but intelligence, wisdom and reflection in your 90s,” director Robert Darwell told the Los Angeles Business Journal. Additionally, Darwell intended to highlight how the elderly and their interests are often sidelined alongside other issues.

“Over the last decade, among a lot of attention on social justice for different groups—while well needed—one group I felt like wasn’t getting a lot of attention still was the very elderly,” he said. “And yet the one common denominator for all of us, if we’re lucky to get there, is that we’ll all be old. All of us at some point get to be an older person and there is an immediate prejudice of sorts when you think of someone in their 80s or 90s and people prejudge that they’re not going to be as ‘with it.’”

“A young frame of mind is very important, especially when you get older,” says one interviewee.