Life After Life

When Sarah, Eneida, and Juanita join a dance outreach program for seniors, they catch the eye of a local choreographer who challenges them to create and perform an original modern dance in one week. As the recital approaches, the women struggle to overcome a range of mental and physical limitations. What they create, and their journey along the way, offers an intimate look at what happens to the creative process when every body dances. Life After Life is a poignant, surprising, and at times hilarious documentary about aging, ability, and artistic expression that shows it is never too late to explore the unknown.

  • Christopher Boulton
    Director
    Power Trip
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 3 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 15, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • 3rd Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival
    Toronto, ON
    Canada
    October 11, 2020
    Official Selection
  • 11th Chagrin Documentary Film Festival
    Chagrin, OH
    United States
    October 6, 2020
    Official Selection
  • 16th Vox Popular Media Arts Festival
    Thunder Bay, ON
    Canada
    September 10, 2020
    Official Selection
  • 2nd Tylerman Film Festival
    Chicago, IL
    United States
    August 15, 2020
    Official Selection
  • 13th Rincon International Film Festival
    Rincon
    Puerto Rico
    August 7, 2020
    Official Selection
  • 15th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival
    Lafayette, LA
    United States
    January 24, 2020
    Louisiana Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 2nd Dunedin International Film Festival
    Dunedin, FL
    United States
    January 12, 2020
    Official Selection
  • 17th Santa Cruz Film Festival
    Santa Cruz, CA
    United States
    October 13, 2019
    Official Selection
  • 21st Sarasota Film Festival
    Sarasota, FL
    United States
    April 7, 2019
    World Premiere
  • 5th London International Motion Picture Awards
    London
    United Kingdom
    December 1, 2020
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Christopher Boulton

Dr. Boulton has produced for Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, and Court TV. His films on sports, science, dance, and memory have screened at over seventy festivals all over the world including Filmwinter in Germany, Revelation in Australia, Besides the Screen in Brazil, and DocsMX in Mexico.

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Director Statement

"Modern dance can be difficult to understand and appreciate, much less perform. What began as a rebellion against the formalism of ballet can now seem like an esoteric art reserved for sophisticated audiences and young dancers. But there is a growing movement to make modern dance more physically integrated and accessible by including mature and/or uniquely-abled performers not typically associated with grace and athleticism, but for whom the desire and ability to move is never taken for granted. I made this film as a way to better understand the creative process of modern dance choreography from that perspective. The result is a revealing look at an unlikely cast of characters overcoming obstacles to tell stories through movement and make modern dance more open to each and every body. It was an honor to work with these women and I can't wait for you to meet them."