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Kings Point
A film by Sari Gilman
2013, 30 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W141123

During the 1970s and 80s, thousands of New York’s primarily Jewish senior citizens migrated to Kings Point, a retirement community in Florida. Lured by blue skies, sunshine and the promise of richer social lives, they bought paradise for a mere $1,500 down payment. 2013 Academy Award® nominee for Best Documentary (Short Subject), KINGS POINT tracks the stories of five residents of this typical retirement complex who arrived decades ago with their health intact and spouses by their sides. Now that they and their community, comprised primarily of widowed women, face advanced age and mortality, paradise demands a higher price. Through candid interviews the film exposes the dynamic interplay of their desire for independence, need for community, and ambivalence toward growing old. Filmmaker and Emmy® nominee Sari Gilman deftly balances seriousness with humor, providing a bittersweet look at love, loss and self-preservation as well as a deeply empathetic portrait of aging in America and the American Dream’s last act.



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2013 Academy Award® nominee for Best Documentary

  • Hamptons International Film Festival
  • Woodstock Film Festival
  • Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
  • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
  • Florida Film Festival
  • Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
  • Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
  • Docaviv International Film Festival
  • Irvine International Film Festival
  • Myrtle Beach Intl Film Festival
  • United Nations Association Film Festival

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QUOTES

    "It’s a magnificent film…. the wake-up call we all need to understand the mindsets of our parents and grandparents as they contemplate the final stages of their lives."
    Los Angeles Times The Huffington Post

    4 stars! "This heartbreaking documentary astonishes with its language—some of the lines are so expertly crafted that you almost have to pinch yourself to remember they're not scripted speech."
    Chicago Tribune

    "Poignant, funny and dark, KINGS POINT is an empathetic portrait of the last act of the American dream."
    Irvine Film Festival

    "This heartbreaking documentary astonishes…'
    Los Angeles Times

    'She intends Kings Point... to prompt discussions about people’s futures as they age. That’s a tough thing to get Americans to do, but watching Kings Point shows why it matters."
    New York Times

    "Beautifully shot, sometimes shockingly honest and with touches of humor too, "Kings Point" is one piece of Florida chapter’s in the contemporary American Jewish story."
    The Jewish Week

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