What Time Is Left

Directed by Vital Pictures
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Today in America, the population of people over the age of 80 is the single fastest-growing age group in the country, soon to be joined by seventy-seven million Baby Boomers. The myths around aging are legion—that most elders are sick, for instance, or conservative or just plain inactive. The data tells a different story and it’s a story we as a society will want to start learning in all its dimensions—social economic, medical. But regardless of the data, the reality of aging is profoundly personal and emotional—how do we as families engage in the aging process, especially with family members in need.

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Told from the perspective of Dakin Henderson, a recent college graduate, What Time Is Left follows the extended Henderson family as they care for two grandmothers living in the same facility—one lively and active, the other in need of constant care, and three great aunts and uncles at different places on the aging spectrum. The story weaves in the life and perspectives of Dr. Dennis McCullough, the Henderson’s family doctor, and author of My Mother, Your Mother. Through the voices of three generations in one family, What Time if Leftreveals the difficult choices—and the tenderness—that can surround the final years and days of their much loved elders...

About Vital Pictures
Llewellyn M. Smith, President of Vital Pictures, Inc, contributed as a writer/producer to such celebrated PBS series as Eyes On The Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years and the critically acclaimed PBS history series American Experience, where as Series Editor he played a key role in origination, development and acquisition of more than 70 programs on American history.  For the acclaimed 3-hour PBS series RACE: The Power Of An Illusion, Smith produced the program The House We Live In.  Smith was also co-executive producer for the duPont Columbia award winning PBS series Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? Most recently, Smith was the director/producer for Herskovits At the Heart Of Blackness.

Christine Herbes-Sommers, Vice President of Vital Pictures, Inc., has produced a wide range of PBS documentaries and dramas, earning her an Emmy nomination, a duPont Columbia Award for her ground breaking documentary Joan Robinson-One Woman’s Story, several Cine Golden Eagles and many other awards. She is Executive producer of Herskovits At the Heart of Blackness; was Senior Series Producer for Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?, the duPont Columbia award winning four hour PBS series and major outreach campaign on health and social injustice broadcast in 2008.

Dakin Henderson will be Co-Producer, Director & Editor on this production. Henderson is a young filmmaker whose short documentary Bishop’s Castle won the Colorado College Lewis Award for Student Film of the Year 2008, has screened at the Ivy Film Festival at Brown University, the Indie-Spirit Film Festival in Colorado Springs, and won Best Documentary at the Colorado College Film Festival 2008.  His other films have won awards at the Shoot Out Boulder competition and the Ecological Society of America EcoFilm competition.

Funding for What Time is Left: LEF Foundation, the Landman Foundation and Individual Donors.