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Golden Threads
A film by Lucy Winer and Karen Eaton
US, 1999, 56 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W00251
Profiling the life of 93 year old lesbian activist Christine Burton, founder of a global networking service for mid-life and elder lesbians this documentary by Lucy Winer and Karen Eaton, exuberantly overturns our most deeply rooted stereotypes and fears of aging. By adding the wry and introspective narrative of the director undergoing a mid-life crisis, the film generates a groundbreaking, intergenerational dialogue about sexuality, life choices, and aging. At a time when the media commonly sentimentalizes, dismisses or altogether ignores the old, GOLDEN THREADS offers an urgently needed antidote. GOLDEN THREADS was produced for the Independent Television Service (ITVS) with funds provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


  • GLAD Nomination
  • Columbus International Film and Video Festival, Honorable Mention
  • Taos Talking Picture Festival
  • Silver Images Festival
  • Provincetown International Film Festival
  • Dallas Video Festival
  • NY, SF, LA, Toronto, London, South Africa, Montreal and Berlin Lesbian and Gay Film Festivals
  • New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City

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    "Offers an exhilarating look at a tireless leader [and] integrates an intergenerational dialogue about intimacy, life choices, and what it means to grow old in America."
    Pittsburgh Senior News

    “…A brilliantly affecting and stylish film which turns seismic events into glorious cinema.”
    Mark J. Huisman
    LGNY Arts

    “...A truly unsentimental, caring and yet challenging little gem. In one short hour, Golden Threads shows us what we are missing - our elders, our wisdom, our experience, our survival.”
    XTRA! Magazine

    "Winer's film about the work and indomitable spirit of the 93-year-old lesbian activist Christine Burton portrays the kind of history that we all need to know."
    B. Ruby Rich
    San Francisco Bay Times

    "Riveting… Golden Threads provides a perspective on lesbians and aging that will intrigue students in a variety of disciplines…"
    Signs Journal of Women in Culture & Society

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