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Rethinking Our Silver Tsunami Through The Lens Of Kings Point


“It’s a magnificent film. It is 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.”

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HBO Documentary Films and Wider Film Projects Present

Kings Point


Academy® Award Nominated For Best Documentary Short

Nominated For Best Short Award
International Documentary Association (Ida) Awards 2012

Winner — Grand Jury Prize
Sterling Award For Best Short Film
Silverdocs Documentary Festival 2012

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Chicago Tribune gives Kings Point 4 out of 4 stars


Kings Point
Short documentary; directed by Sari Gilman

A group of residents in a Florida retirement home share their anxieties about aging, losing partners and rekindling romantic passion.

More than anything, 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. “I buried one wife; I don’t want to bury another,” a man says, explaining why he’s resisted the affections of a woman several years his senior. A fellow resident, sizing up her neighbors’ social mores, opines, “Self-preservation is number one, always.” That statement is an unsentimental as the film itself, which evokes feelings of loss and hope without straining for pathos; the shock for young viewers may be that these seniors’ concerns—social cliques, nervous courtship—are a mirror of many of their own.



Kings Point nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary short


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Pick of the week: Is the golden age of short films upon us?


Sari Gilman’s Kings Point, which begins as an offbeat expedition to an exotic land — in this case, a complex of modest Florida retirement condos where Gilman’s grandmother lived for many years — and ends with a ruthless and heartbreaking vision of human loneliness and despair that rivals anything found in Scandinavian cinema or German philosophy. I don’t honestly know whether to recommend Kings Point, in the normal sense, because its vision of American aging is far from uplifting. But I do know that it’s a profoundly brave and unsentimental work of exploration, one that assumes that old people have all the same desires, dreams and needs as younger ones. And I know that it should be seen by those who build retirement homes and those who live in them, and most of all by those who might wind up in them one day. Which adds up, if I’m not mistaken, to pretty much everybody.




An Age-Segregated Dream


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.

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Retirement resorts don’t look so rosy in documentary film


When we get to a certain age—kids launched or launching, our own parents frail or gone from us—it’s only natural to start wondering about how the years are going to go and what we will do with the rest of them, along with where we will do it.

Kings Point, a documentary directed and produced by Sari Gilman, makes you think even harder about those questions. It features five people who years ago did what many older Americans choose to do: pull up stakes and move to a retirement resort where they can dance, play golf and cards or enjoy a broad array of other activities and hobbies cheek by jowl with other retirees.

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Kings Point: Aging out of retirement


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Seniors Find Sun, Sin and Sorrow in a Fla. Retirement Village


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Kings Point nominated for IDA Best Documentary Short 2012


Kings Point was nomintated for the International Documentary Association (IDA) best documentary short 2012. Read the full articles below.

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Kings Point wins Best Short Documentary at 2012 SilverDocs Documentary Festival


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Kings Point wins Best Documentary Short at 2012 Cincinnati Film Festival


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Documentary Short: Trio of vets meet rookie duo


Eye on the Oscars 2013: Best Picture Preview


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Three Oscar nominations!


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Oscar nomination for Delray Beach-set Kings Point


The short documentary follows the life, love and loneliness faced by six residents of the South Florida retirement community.

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Kings Point director Gilman no novice


Retirement community documentary is no ‘cute old person movie’
Oscar short-listed short documentary Kings Point marks the directorial debut of Bay Area filmmaker Sari Gilman, but the movie, which offers a bittersweet portrait of a retirement community, is hardly her first time at the editing console. She's been cutting documentaries for more than a decade...

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Kings Point Wins Silverdocs Short Film Award


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Kings Point Wins the Sterling Award for Best Short Film


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Kings Point Wins Best Short Film Award


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The Tragedy of Modern Retirement Communities


When Sun City, the first 55-plus retirement community, opened 52 years ago, average life expectancy for Americans was 69.7. It seemed like the perfect spot to live out the last 10 or 15 years of your life. They’d be golden years indeed, colored by sunny days and the carefree lifestyle of age-segregated developments: no traffic, no kids, no nonsense. Just heated pools and exercise classes and nights full of Mah Jong and bridge. Amid cookie cutter homes, retirement communities promised companionship...

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Does Active Adult Community Marketing Pit Need for Independence Vs. Community?


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Silverdocs film examines dynamic of aging


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Washington Jewish Week highlights Kings Point


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A New Documentary Film About Long Lives Evokes a Wave of Emotions


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Old joy — and pain


San Francisco filmmaker (and Oscar nominee!) Sari Gilman talks Kings Point

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Kings Point Highlighted as movie that has a focus on Florida


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Award Winning Films at Silverdocs


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