Wallis Annenberg GenSpace was honored to welcome Hollywood icons Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sally Field, Billy Porter, and producer Donna Gigliotti to celebrate their hit movie 80 for Brady and to talk about the importance of positive portrayals of older adults on-screen.
With more than 230 writers, storytellers, GenSpace members, and LA sports executives in the audience, the panel discussion focused on telling stories that center the experiences of older adults.
The cast of 80 for Brady highlighted the value of representation on-screen and how to avoid ageist stereotypes that are so common in Hollywood. Sally Field reflected on why she was so drawn to the movie, which chronicles four friends on a mission to see Tom Brady at the Super Bowl.
When asked what advice they would give to the screenwriters, producers, and directors in the audience, Jane Fonda emphasized the responsibility they have.
The movie screening and panel discussion were made before a packed house, which included 90 GenSpace members. The film’s producer Donna Gigliotti emphasized that making films for an older audience is good business.
Annenberg Foundation Executive Director, Cinny Kennard opened the program and emphasized why the movie is so important.
Director, Dr. Jennifer Wong closed the discussion highlighting GenSpace’s ongoing commitment to changing the narrative on aging.