Experience Lehman’s inspirational cinematography with screenings of three films, including the documentary “Forever Young” — which Lehman says “changed my life”
Rochester, N.Y., November 17, 2010—The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House will host Rochester-based filmmaker and two-time Oscar® winner Robin Lehman at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10. Screening that evening will be three of Lehman’s thought-provoking films, featuring the pure, wordless cinema of his celebrated short films, his signature cinematography, and his moving and humor-filled documentary Forever Young. Lehman will introduce the films and talk with the audience following the screenings.
The evening will begin with the screening of two shorts – Hotspot (US 1974, 8 min.), which plunges the audience into the fiery center of an African volcano, and See (US 1975, 12 min.), a dazzling look at underwater life. The centerpiece of the program will be Forever Young (US 1981, 60 min.), a film that takes a close look at a group of ageless senior citizens whose personal philosophies and activities keep them feeling “forever young.” Although created almost three decades ago, the Dryden screening will be the film’s cinematic debut.
“This film changed my life,” said Lehman, who was 40-years-old when he made the documentary. “Our culture is self-centered around the young and beautiful. Because all young folks will age, it's essential to be able to mature in every way possible in order to live a rich and fulfilling life till the end.
“The ‘experts’ in Forever Young have all sorts of diverse opinions on how to cope and succeed and laugh in later life,” Lehman noted. “Having discovered, filmed, edited and conducted the interviews for Forever Young, I became very familiar with what these wonderful people had to say, and have used this indispensable knowledge ever since. I live with and use this knowledge every day. There are not many things you can view for an hour and go away with something that is going to change your life.”
In addition to the Academy Awards® earned in the category of Documentary Short Subject — for the films Don’t (1974) and End of the Game (1975) — Lehman’s films have been recognized internationally and have acquired more than 100 awards from film festivals worldwide. Lehman has generously donated prints of all his films to the motion-picture collection at George Eastman House.
Admission to the Dec. 10 event is $7 general admission/$5 students. For more information, please visit dryden.eastmanhouse.org or call (585) 271-3361.