In a ritual acted out for decades, retirees from the Northeast have fled the cold in favor of a life in Florida, searching for inclement weather and a less stressful lifestyle. In the 1970s, with an affordable down payment they could become condominium owners at Kings Point in Delray Beach, FL. Today, most of the seniors at Kings Point are well into their 70s and 80s, and many have been living here for decades.
With her documentary, KING'S POINT director Sari Gilman tells the stories of five seniors living in a typical American retirement resort-men and women who came to Florida decades ago with their spouses by their sides and their health intact, and now find themselves grappling with love, loss and the universal desire for human connection. A bittersweet look at our national obsession with self-reliance, Kings Point explores the dynamic tension between living and aging-between our desire for independence and our need for community-and underscores our powerful ambivalence toward growing old.
Gilman's grandmother was a resident there and ten years ago Sari began filming. The stories she gathered evolved into a documentary film and for Gilman "it is their lives and their voices that, for me, have come to represent the universal longing for human connection, and the complexities of aging in a society that extols the virtue of self-reliance."
Read more about this special film in a statement from director Sari Gilman.
The film was nominated for Best Short Award at the International Documentary Association (IDA) Awards 2012, Kings Point won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film at Silverdocs Documentary Festival 2012, and was chosen as Best Documentary Short at the Cincinnati Film Festival. It was also an official selection at the Florida Film Festival, the Woodstock Film Festival, the Hamptons International Film Festival, and many others.
Produced and directed by Sari Gilman; produced by Jedd Wider and Todd Wider; edited by Jeffrey Friedman; coproduced by Susannah Ludwig; cinematography by Daniel B. Gold, Gabriel Miller and Toby Oppenheimer; original music by Miriam Cutler.
Monday, March 11 at 9pm