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World Premiere of The Silver Mirror on June 4

Posted May. 6, 2013


The historic Palace Theatre in downtown Canton has been selected as the sight to debut The Silver Mirror, a feature-length global documentary film that investigates the topic of aging and extending healthier lifespans - and their effects on our society, healthcare and environment in the 21st century. The film is narrated and hosted by two-time Emmy Award®-winning and Golden Globe®-nominated actress Blythe Danner, with an original film score performed by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra. The film’s writer-producer-director, Ali Habashi, will present the film at its premiere, Tuesday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m., which is open to the public.
 
Sponsored by the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation as part of a collaborative grant with Kent State University at Stark and the Edward H. Arnold Center for Confluent Media Studies at the University of Miami, The Silver Mirror takes the audience on an enlightening journey through 12 countries around the world, searching for a universal voice that fearlessly and intimately conveys humanity’s ancient, collective and fundamental struggle with the fragility of the human condition imposed by the inevitability of aging - while also pondering that for the first time in human history, impending scientific surges in our health-span will drastically change how we live our lives.
 
“Science is on the precipice of understanding and being able to manipulate the process of aging. In the very near future, the average lifespan is expected to be increased to well over 100 years,” remarked Herbert W. Hoover Foundation Chair, Elizabeth Lacey Hoover. “Now is the time to consider the consequences, not just relating to personal experience, but also to the impact on the planet, including the environment, food, water and social issues.”
 
Based on the cutting-edge work of many leading scientists worldwide, The Silver Mirror features interviews with several distinguished experts, including Dr. Bonnie Kantor-Burman, director of the Ohio Department of Aging, on the challenges of providing care for Ohio’s elderly population, given that the number of Ohioans over the age of 60 is expected to increase by 25 percent by 2020.
 
Admission is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required. While they last, you may order tickets online at www.stark.kent.edu/SilverMirror. These tickets will be emailed directly to the requestor’s email address. You may also call 330-672-1275 to order tickets. These tickets will be available at the Palace Theatre Will Call window on the day of the event. You may also obtain tickets at the Palace Theatre Box Office, 605 Market Avenue North in Canton, during normal business hours.
 
For more information about this special opportunity and to learn more about the film, visit www.stark.kent.edu/SilverMirror. For more information on the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation, visit http://hwhfoundation.org. Media contacts: Cynthia Williams, Kent State University at Stark, 330-244-3262 or cdwillia@kent.edu. Christina Delphus, University of Miami, 305-607-0020 or cdelphus@miami.edu.