I say calendar girls and you think…? Unless you’ve watched documentaries recently, it’s not likely what you’re thinking.
The love of dance and glitter bonds an unlikely group of 60-plus women in Southwest Florida – the Calendar Girls. But under the veil of fake lashes and unicorn horns lurks the deeper truths of what aging women face within society. Sisterhood, love, loss – all come into play in this uplifting film about trying to age on your own terms and refusal to become invisible.
My Guests this Episode:
Calendar Girls premiered at Sundance this year, and has since then played at over 40 festivals all around the world and opened theatrically in the US this year. The film is made by first time-filmmakers Maria Loohufvud and Love Martinsen from Stockholm, Sweden.
Questions We Answer in this Episode:
First – why this film, how was the idea for this documentary born?
Why you – why was it important for you to share?
What is your purpose and mission in producing it yourselves?
What have you learned from the movie’s reception?
What was your creative process?
You told some personal stories within – were the actors actually the members and the family members real people or representatives, and how did they feel about telling the story ?
What’s next for you? Does the story of the Calendar Girls have life beyond this group now?