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AARP’s Movies For Grownups Film Festival Opens in Los Angeles — Magic Ensues

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20 FEET FROM STARDOMThe AARP officially achieved the unachievable. In a bid to highlight “movies for grownups” at their first-ever film festival, they miraculously made their content appealing for the under 50 crowd as well. Every selected film was more moving than the next, and each airing was followed by a question and answer session from the stars themselves. In fact, when Julia Louis-Dreyfus offered inside insight into the inner-workings of James Gandolfini’s last film, I instantly pinched myself. And when Merry Clayton sang an A capella rendition of Bob Dylan’s ‘Times They Are a-Changin’ for the audience of ‘Twenty Feet From Stardom,’ I texted every person I knew in the music industry to brag.

There are moments when living in Los Angeles lives up to the Tinseltown tales you grew up hearing about. The AARP’s Movies for Grownups Film Festival was one of those times.