Three benefit screenings of Young @ Heart, a musical documentary
February 14, 2007
The Young @ Heart (Y@H) Chorus, a Northampton based performance group that tours internationally is pleased to announce three benefit screenings of the film “Young @ Heart”, a musical documentary made for British television by Walker George Films Ltd. The film, directed by Stephen Walker, will be screened at the Academy of Music Theatre, Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 7PM and Sunday, March 11 at 2PM and 7PM. The filmmakers Stephen Walker and Sally George will speak at all three screenings. 100% of the donations will be split equally between the Academy of Music Theatre and the new Northampton Senior Center.
The film Young @ Heart was filmed over a three-month period from April to June 2006. It follows the chorus learning new music and performing the songs at Academy of Music Theatre, the Hampshire Jail and House of Correction and other locations throughout the Valley. It was shown on Channel 4 in the UK and Ireland and was seen by over 2 million people. More recently the program ran on Italian Television and it will be aired on Japanese Public Television in early March. It is currently one of the in-flight selections on British Airways. Clips from the film are on YouTube; the Y@H’s version of Coldplay’s “Fix You” has received over 130,000 hits and its version of Sonic Youth’s “Schizophrenia” has received over 65,000 hits. Spin magazine has called the version “Thrilling and strangely beautiful” and lists it as a Must-See video in their February 2007 issue.
These screenings at the Academy are made possible by the generous support of foundations and individuals in the community.
Donor Tickets for these benefit screenings of the film are a suggested $10 and can be purchased in advance at the State Street Fruit Store in Northampton, Cooper’s Corner in Florence, The Northampton Council on Aging and the South Hadley and Amherst Senior Centers. For more information call 413-587-1300 and check www.youngatheartchorus.com
British newspaper reviews have raved about the film.
“Break out the tissues for this superb documentary about pensioners growing old disgracefully… A film of incredible humour and pathos about the sobering realities of life and death.” The Times 04/11.06
“A life-affirming spectacle…The film has heart and humour, soul and surprises. A pleasure to watch.” Time Out 8/11/06 (Selected Time Out Best of 2006 TV)
“If you thought the Rolling Stones were past it, these inspirational pensioners will make you realise Mick and his mates are mere spring chickens.” Sunday Times 05/11/06
“The moment Young@Heart opened with 92 year old Eileen Hall’s hilarious deadpan version of the Clash’s Should I Stay Or Should I Go?, it had me hooked... Funny and moving by turns, this was gloriously life-affirming viewing.” Daily Telegraph 07/11/06
“Filmed with a gentle sense of wide-eyed wonder… A gravel-voiced rendition of Coldplay’s Fix You from a particularly loveable member of the chorus who had to cart an oxygen machine around with him reduced me to a whimpering mess. I hadn’t cried this much since Bambi’s mum got shot… If your faith in humanity is flagging, this is the perfect tonic.”
The Scotsman 07/11/06
“There can't have been a more touching telly moment this year (and no, Planet Earth's penguin rescue doesn't come close) than the sight of the chorus performing Dylan's 'Forever Young' in front of a misty-eyed bunch of lags in the local penitentiary an hour after they had learned of the death of a fellow chorus member… profoundly life-affirming.”
Observer Review 13/11/06
“My most moving musical experience of the year. I’d like a switch in the schedules: Simon Cowell relegated to a one-off showing on Channel 4, and the Young@Heart Chorus given a three-month run on Saturday- evening ITV — just to remind us all what music (and, indeed, life) is supposed to be about.” Sunday Times 17/12/06