The Silver Screens Arts Festival unveils highlights of the 2009 line-up

    The second annual festival will showcase the creative side of aging
    through film, workshops, guest speakers, theatre and creative works.

    TORONTO, April 14 /CNW/ - The Silver Screens Arts Festival announces its
2009 line-up showcasing international thought leaders, Canadian experts and
local seniors, and bringing to life the theme of 'Creativity in Aging'. The
week-long event is designed to demonstrate the positive, contributing and
creative 'seniors' voice' in the arts. Presented by Ryerson University's G.
Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education in partnership with the LIFE
Institute, the festival will take place on June 1-7, 2009 at Ryerson
    "The theme of 'Creativity in Aging' to me suggests a desire to experience
life to its fullest," says Margaret Edgar, member of the advisory board for
the festival. "As we age, we need to continue to expand our minds and engage
in our community. The Silver Screens Arts Festival presents an opportunity for
older adults to do just that."
    In addition to music, photography, and art exhibits, highlights of the
festival include:

    Keynote from Dr. Gene Cohen - First Director of the Center on Aging,
    Health & Humanities at George Washington University and author of The
    Creative Age: Awakening Human Potential in the Second Half of Life.

      -  As a lifelong advocate for the potential of older adults, Dr. Cohen
         will take us through his recent ground-breaking research that proves
         engagement in social and arts programming has significant positive
         effects on overall health for older adults.

    Theatre performances by ACT II studios - Social research dramas performed
    by Toronto seniors have received rave reviews from the healthcare

      -  I'm Still Here challenges attitudes and creates understanding about
         the complexities of day-to-day living for people touched by

      -  No Big Deal raises the curtain on prostate cancer and focuses on the
         challenges men face as they deal with the illness.

    Silver Screens Film Fest - using film to illuminate the challenges and
    stereotypes of aging, each screening is followed by thought provoking
    discussion led by renowned film experts. Highlights include:

      -  Award-winning writer and film critic David Gilmour and his son Jesse
         will discuss David's published memoir The Film Club, an account of
         what happened when he let Jesse drop out of high school - on the
         condition that he watch three movies a week with his father.
         Discussion will be held after the screening of the film Venus,
         starring Peter O'Toole

      -  Annie Leibovitz: Life Through the Lens - A documentary about
         photographer Annie Leibovitz who through her work for Rolling Stone
         and Vanity Fair has produced some of the most iconic images of the
         last 30 years. Discussion after the film will be lead by local
         photographer, Irene Borins Ash.

      -  Twilight - Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon, Gene Hackman, Stockard
         Channing, and James Garner star in this murder mystery film twined
         with themes of aging and of class. After, CBC film critic Kevin
         Courrier will present a tribute to the great Paul Newman.

    For a full listing of programming and ticket information visit
    "This festival is borne out of The Chang School's continued commitment to
providing engaging educational opportunities for people 50+," says Julia E.
Hanigsberg, Interim Dean, The Chang School. "We hope the festival will
challenge the stereotypes about aging and demonstrate that people do not stop
contributing to society when they retire or turn a certain age."

    About Ryerson University's G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing

    With more than 67,000 enrollments annually, The G. Raymond Chang School
of Continuing Education ( is Canada's leading provider of
university-based adult education.
    Through Programs for 50+, The Chang School offers a variety of programs
that expands opportunities for older adults who are interested in continuing
to learn with their peers.
    The LIFE Institute, an affiliate of The Chang School, is dedicated to
providing lifelong learning programs for adults 50+ who are retired or
preparing for retirement.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Leah Gaucher, BlueSky
Communications,, (416) 929-2052; or Sarah Hall,
BlueSky Communications,, (416) 929-7740

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