“What bothered me most about turning 50 is that I knew 60 was coming,” said filmmaker Laurent Goldstein.
“I knew I didn’t have much room for error.”
But it doesn’t have to be that way, he said. His documentary Your Second Fifty: Rising Above The Fears of Aging – based on the best-selling book by author and speaker Frank Moffat – aims at helping others over the same hurdles.
While some people see such chronological milestones as a 50th or 60th birthday as ‘the beginning of the end,’ Goldstein his film focuses on a shift in understanding that can actually reveal them as doorways to the peak years of life.
“It is really all about attitude,” the French-born, Vancouver-based Goldstein said.
In hopes the film’s “live inspired” message will find resonance on the Semiahmoo Peninsula – seemingly an ideal demographic area for his message – he’s bringing Your Second Fifty to Blue Frog Studios (1328 Johnston Rd.) for a screening this Wednesday (Dec. 9, 6 p.m.)
Goldstein is – himself – a good advertisement for the concept. An entrepreneur whose earlier successful business marketing software to chiropractors crashed during the 2008 recession, he re-invented his life as the founder of busy media company Citrus Pie, rediscovering his early love for film in the process.
Author/motivational speaker Aurora Winter (Mid-Life Reboot) – who also appears in the film – is travelling up from California to speak at the event, while musical guest local singer/songwriter Josh Bogert will present a few numbers before the film is screened at 7 p.m.
Although Your Second Fifty’s production was sponsored by SierraSil – a natural mineral dietary supplement marketed for relief of joint pain – the documentary steers clear of infomercial territory, taking a broad-based, informative approach to the theme.
Travelling to locations around the world, Goldstein takes the role of audience surrogate, gently questioning and interacting with Moffat and more than 40 international experts in the fields of physical and emotional health, nutrition, finance, psychology, anti-aging therapies and spiritual enlightenment – as well as people whose active later lives challenge traditional stereotypes of aging.
Among well-known interview subjects are Naomi Judd and Vancouver entertainment entrepreneur Bruce Allen, while others include Dr, Bruce Lipton, Dr. John Demartini, Bob Proctor, David Wolfe, Dr. Daniel Amen and Arielle Ford.
They all tend to support Moffat’s contention that “beliefs shape life,” Goldstein said.
“Whether they have been taught by parents or taught by experience they can be replaced by other, more positive beliefs.”
Admission is $10, tickets available at the door, or through Tapestry Music, Mountainview Wellness and Deslauriers Chiropractic Group.