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RWJBarnabas Health Facilities Partner with Montclair Film

Montclair Art Museum and Reimagine to offer a Weekend Film Festival

Second Annual Film Series will present films that emphasize Aging, Happiness and Impermanence

Belleville, NJ - Clara Maass Medical Center, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Montclair Film, Montclair Art Museum, and Reimagine has partnered with bevival founder, Caren Martineau, to present a curated weekend of popular cinematic narratives that influence cultural experiences. The film series will be held November 2-4 at Montclair Film and the Montclair Art Museum.

Sponsored by Saint Barnabas Medical Center and Clara Maass Medical Center both facilities of RWJBarnabas Health, the second annual Celebrating Aging in Film Series is moderated by world-renowned gerontologist, author, and educator, Dr. Mario Garrett. Each screening concludes with an interactive audience discussion on aging well, happiness and impermanence.

YOUTH Friday, November 2, 7:30 PM

A quixotic meditation on love, creativity and what really matters in the end, YOUTH explores the lifelong bond between two friends as they ponder retirement while vacationing in the Swiss Alps. While one has no plans of resuming his celebrated musical career, the other is intent on finishing a screenplay in what may be his final legacy. YOUTH suggests transformative experiences can be embraced at any age.

THE RED TURTLE Saturday, November 3, 1:00 PM

When a man is shipwrecked on a deserted island he encounters a mythical creature. THE RED TURTLE was such a profound experience that it transformed the man's perspective on life. This beautifully animated, symbolic tale reinforces how delicate the relationship is between man and nature and the value of finding happiness in impermanence.

EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT Saturday, November 3, 4:00 PM

Filmed in stunning black-and-white, SERPENT centers on an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant.

THE PARTY Saturday, November 3, 7:00 PM

Janet hosts an intimate gathering of friends in her London home to celebrate her political ascension. After her acerbic best friend and others arrive, we watch individual pockets of drama unfold. Eventually, a startling revelation provokes an unraveling that ends THE PARTY with a surprise twist. THE PARTY is an intelligent, polished satire about friendship, culture and transformation.

FINDING YOUR FEET Sunday, November 4, 2:30 PM

When “Lady” Sandra Abbott discovers that her husband of 40 years is having an affair with her best friend, she seeks refuge in London with her estranged, free-spirited, older sister. The two could not be more different – but the difference is just what she needs to find her feet. FINDING YOUR FEET is a delightful romantic-comedy about aging, reinvention and the indomitable human spirit. Screening will be held at Montclair Art Museum, hosted by Aging In Montclair.

Pre-sale tickets for each screening are available for $10 per person. At the door, tickets are $12 per person. Tickets are available for members of Montclair Film at a discounted rate.

About bevival

For a culture that prides itself on aging-well, it's time we learned how to die well, long before the end. bevival is a social enterprise creating, supporting and producing original social-impact programming for an aging-well population. As both a social movement and content platform, bevival is igniting fresh conversations that celebrate life and end of life through the lens of art, culture and technology.

About Mario Garrett, Ph.D.

Professor Garrett obtained his BSc (First Class Honors, summa cum laude) from the University of East London; PhD from the University of Bath with an empirical thesis on loneliness. With over forty years’ experience in large data analyses; he coordinated the digitizing of one of the largest longitudinal databases in England (Child Health Education Survey, 1962). As the team leader of a United Nations Population Fund, and Program Manager Director of Programs of the United Nations International Institute on Aging, Garrett coordinated a 5-year project supporting the elderly in the People’s Republic of China. While at the UN, Garrett founded the international aging magazine ‘BOLD,’ later retitled as the International Journal on Aging in Developing Countries.

In 1995, the Minority Aging Research Institute at University of North Texas selected Dr. Garrett to coordinate a statewide study in all nineteen New Mexico pueblos. Hel also designed and implemented training/educational courses in Pueblos and Reservations in the State of New Mexico as the Director of an educational program at the Center on Aging, University of New Mexico. Garrett specialized on aging issues among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations and compiled one of the most comprehensive databases on health of AI/AN populations in the nation. He founded and maintained a Monograph series on Indian health for the National Indian Council on Aging with eight series published.

Educator: Professor of Gerontology, San Diego State University, CA. Former chairman, department of gerontology, University California San Diego, and director of three research institutes. Garrett’s 2013 talk on UCSD TV was viewed over 1.7 million times. Author: Six books, over 30 refereed papers and some 200 blogs and editorials. Forthcoming: Coming of Age: How Films Portray Aging, Cambridge Scholars in 2019. Founder: Coming of Age Film Festival Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego.

About Clara Maass Medical Center
Located in Belleville, NJ, Clara Maass Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, provides a complete continuum of care to residents of northern New Jersey. Clara Maass recently completed state-of-the-art campus expansion project featuring a new four-story 87,000 square foot building with a private, 32-bed Intensive Care Unit, new Main Entrance and Lobby, Retail Pharmacy, Patient Registration Area and designated new space to accommodate our future Emergency Department expansion. Clara Maass’ services include: The Cancer Center, Center for Breast Health and Disease Management, Radiation Oncology, Infusion Therapy, Cardiac Services Elective and Emergency Angioplasty and Cardiac Rehabilitation, The Pain Management Center, The Joint & Spine Institute, a Vascular Lab, The Vein Center, The Wound Center, The Center for Sleep Disorders, The Bariatric Surgery Center, Rehabilitation; Therapy Services which includes, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy, The Eye Surgery Center, Maternity Services and Parent Education, Pediatrics, Center of Excellence for Latino Health, and the Health and Wellness Center. Clara Maass has been recognized with ten Grade ‘A’ scores for patient safety and quality by The Leapfrog Group. It is listed by the American Hospital Association as one of Healthcare’s Most Wired hospitals. In 2016-17 Clara Maass has received the Healthgrades Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award and the Labor and Delivery Excellence Award. Clara Maass received Disease Specific Care Certification from the Joint Commission for Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS), Congestive Heart Failure, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Advanced Certification in Palliative Care. Clara Maass earned Clara Maass’ steadfast commitment to improve the health and well-being of the communities it serves is exemplified through award winning programs including the nationally recognized HELP Volunteer program, recipient of the American Hospital Association 2017 HAVE Award, and the Wellness Assessment Van for Elders (WAVE) which was recognized as the New Jersey Hospital Association’s 2017 HRET Community Outreach Award. For a physician referral or more information about Clara Maass, call 1-888-724-7123 or visit

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Clara Maass Medical Center

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