Nine to Ninety

HOTDOCS

NINE TO NINETY premiered in Toronto at Hot Docs Film Festival 2013, won First Place Non-Fiction at USA Film Festival and was nominated for Best Short at the 2013 IDA International Documentary Awards.

Nine To Ninety is the love story of Phyllis and Joe Sabatini, who at age 89 and 90 live in the home of their daughter and son-in-law, where they relish time with their young granddaughter Jacqueline. But as the family struggles to make ends meet and the grandparents’ health problems escalate, Phyllis becomes determined to free her daughter from the burden of caring for everyone from nine to ninety. When Phyllis makes a difficult decision to move 3,000 miles away to live with their other daughter, she faces parting from Joe, her husband of 62 years. While Joe has become resigned to his ailments, Phyllis yearns to live with agency and independence even with limited resources, and the couple’s surprising choices ignite bigger conversations about how to age with dignity.

Produced by Juli Vizza in association with Veracity Productions, directed by Alicia Dwyer, co-produced/shot by Michael Dwyer and edited by Kate Amend, A.C.E. NINE TO NINETY is a co-production of ITVS, with support for outreach and engagement from the Fledgling Fund. Find us on Facebook.