Aug 16

The Silver Screen Series #productiveaging #artnstlou #standup4age #alzheimers

“By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.”
–   Helen Hunt Jackson, September, 1830-1885

Had Helen Hunt Jackson known about The Silver Screen Series, when she wrote the above, I have no doubt whatsoever that she would have made mention of it as one of the best events of autumn’s cheer.

Since she didn’t, I, so proudly, will!

It is a great pleasure to tell you all about the upcoming Silver Screen Series. Jointly presented by the Creve Coeur Arts Committee and my organization, Maturity and Its Muse, the Series is in its third September season. Thanks to the continued generosity of AMC Creve Coeur 12 and the City of Creve Coeur, we are happy to be able to offer the Series FREE of charge to ALL who want to attend. And, when you hear the lineup that follows with the fabulous discussants (all who volunteer their expertise), I feel certain YOU will want to attend. (Please note, the Series will be held on Thursdays this year and all films begin at 1:00 pm at the AMC Creve Coeur 12, 10465 Olive Blvd (at Old Olive).

Now, if you will…please imagine a drum roll here


Our post screening discussions this year will inaugurate conversations

between two well-known academics, artists, and critics.

We know you will want to join in!

September 3: Away From Her starring Julie Christie. Based on the short story, “The Bear Came Over the Mountain,” Away from Her tells the story of couple whose marriage of over 40 years is tested when the wife begins to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and moves into a nursing home.

Discussion Leaders: Volunteers from the Alzheimer’s Association will share their personal experiences as a spouse caregivers.


September 10: The Best Exotic Marigold HotelStarring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, and Dev Patel. Lured by the promise of a life of leisure in lush surroundings, seven British retirees decide to outsource their retirement to exotic India. Though their new home is not what they expected, they find that life can begin again when they let go of their pasts.

Discussion Leaders: Colin Campbell, PhD is Professor of English and American Literature Emeritus from Principia College in Elsah, IL. He received a Ph.D. in American Lit. from University of Pennsylvania.  He has taught theatre and Shakespeare and has developed his interest in film as an art form. Currently he lectures around the country on the subject of Mary Baker Eddy’s Book “Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures” as a work of literature as well as of religious genius.

Sun Smith-Foret, MSW, MFA: As an artist and as a practicing psychotherapist Sun “examines relationships on the lived and symbolic levels;  seeing, feeling, finding, making. Cinema reflects aspects of the shared unconscious, allows us to build collective memory, and exposes us to experiences we might otherwise avoid. Film is an art form of vast emotional landscapes and ever-vanishing horizons guaranteeing the life of the quest, the exploration.” Sun is represented by the Duane Reed Gallery. She has received 1992 Master of Social Work, Mental Health and Family Therapy, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, St. Louis MO 1986 Master of Fine Arts, Printmaking & Painting, School of Fine Art, Washington University 1983 Bachelor of Arts, History of Art & Architecture, School of Arts and Sciences, Washington University.


September 17: Something’s Gotta Give – Starring Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton.  A sixty-three year old perennial playboy is having the time of his life wining and dining women half his age. But after a heart attack leaves him in the care of his much younger girlfriend’s mother, he finds himself falling for the first time for someone who may be out of his predetermined league.

Discussion Leaders: Ellen Futterman, a graduate of Washington University, has enjoyed a long career in the field of journalism. She worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for twenty-five years, as a reporter, columnist, critic, and Arts and Entertainment Editor. For the past 6- 1/2 years has served as Editor of the St. Louis Jewish Light. Ellen is also the Communications Content Editor for the Arts and Education Council.

Eric Mink, a freelance writer and editor, teaches film studies at Webster University in St. Louis. He is the former Op-ed Editor/Columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and a former television critic for the Post-Dispatch and the New York Daily News. Eric’s column appears in the St. Louis Jewish Light on the first Wednesday of every month.


September 24: Driving Miss DaisyStarring Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy and Dan Aykroyd. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Alfred Uhry, Driving Miss Daisy chronicles the 25-year relationship between a wealthy, strong-willed Southern matron and her equally resolute African-American driver. Driving Miss Daisy is a fun, true to life film about one of the most challenging transitions that comes with advancing age, namely retirement from driving. Discussion Leaders: Dr. Tom Meuser and Dr. James Stowe will discuss how Miss Daisy’s experiences can inform those facing the prospect of driving retirement today. The presentation will include helpful advice, personal rules of thumb, and discussion of resources to make this important transition easier.

Thomas M. Meuser, PhD., Clinical Psychologist, is Associate Professor of Social Work & Gerontology, Director, Gerontology Program, Coordinator, UMSL Life Review Project, University of Missouri – St. Louis. Dr Meuser is back for his third year to lead a discussion!


James Stowe, PhD Clinical Research Specialist Washington University School of Medicine St. Louis, Missouri Dr. Stowe is dedicated to helping older adults maintain safe mobility throughout the life course. Currently, he leads translational intervention trials in the School of Medicine’s neuroscience driving simulation laboratory at Washington University in St. Louis. The purpose of the lab is to prolong safe driving life expectancy. He co-chairs the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety’s Subcommittee on Elder Mobility and Safety — a statewide group focused on the older driver portion of Missouri’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan.


So the words we are hearing: “This is gonna be the best year yet.” “Wow. Stars on the screen and stars for our conversations. Count us in.” Let us count you in, too.

Remember: If it’s September, then it has to be The Silver Screen Series: Films celebrating creative aging through the arts. Please mark your calendars.

I look forward to welcoming you!

Lynn Hamilton

Executive Director

Maturity and Its Muse



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