“Duty Free”- A Bucket List Adventure Film at Fogartyville / WSLR in Sarasota
The film DUTY FREE follows Rebecca, who worked every day of her life as a hotel housekeeper to give her two sons, Sian-Pierre and Gabriel, every opportunity life could afford. When it was time for Sian-Pierre to go to college, she even cashed out her 401K to give him the best education possible. But when she was suddenly fired from her job at 75, Rebecca was left with nothing: no savings, no safety net, and no future job prospects. Now, Sian-Pierre is giving her back the life she sacrificed, and helping her to reclaim her future, one bucket-list adventure at a time. On November 16th at 7pm, WSLR+Fogartyville will host an exclusive in-person screening of the documentary followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker and our non-profit partner The Senior Friendship Center.
Ageism and financial insecurity in America are pervasive. Older folks are invisible in their communities, workplaces, and, sometimes, within their own families. An estimated 25 million won’t have enough money to get through retirement age. Duty Free examines ageism, the care crisis, and economic insecurity in America. Who will care for and support our moms and dads? Our grandmothers and our grandfathers? Who will support us as we age?
Sian-Pierre Regis and his mother Rebecca Mellingeris will join us virtually for a discussion following the film. Regis is an award-winning journalist, on-camera personality, and cultural critic with a love for both pop-culture and social responsibility. He was a Firelight Media Fellow (2018-2020) and a Film Independent Documentary Fellow (2019). Regis has been a contributor for CNN, HLN, MTV and CBS, covering stories of youth political activism and pop-culture.
Duty Free will also be presented online and attendees can view it on demand any time between November 7-10th. Admission to the screening is $10 per person which includes a panel discussion following the film. Tickets are available HERE.
This event is made possible through the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, a South Arts program. Since its inception in 1975, Southern Circuit has brought some of best independent filmmakers and their films from around the country to communities throughout the South. The program is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
WSLR+Fogartyville is a collective, made up of Sarasota’s Low Power Community Radio Station WSLR 96.5 and the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center. WSLR+Fogartyville is a center for creative expression and community engagement that amplifies the voices of our diverse community and promotes peace, sustainability, democracy, and economic and social justice.
About the Senior Friendship Center
The Senior Friendship’s Center Mission is to promote health, dignity and quality of life throughout the journey of aging. When he founded Senior Friendship Centers in 1973, Brother William Geenen, famously said that “isolation and loneliness are the malnutrition of aging.” In Sarasota County alone, more than 40,000 seniors, or about 23% of the population, live alone. As a nonprofit organization serving older adults in four counties in Southwest Florida, Senior Friendship Centers is THE safety net for close to 15,000 seniors, providing programs and services such as caregiving, adult day care, meals, exercise classes, lifelong learning, economic assistance, and socialization.
About South Arts
South Arts advances Southern vitality through the arts. The nonprofit regional arts organization was founded in 1975 to build on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts’ work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. South Arts offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to support the success of artists and arts providers in the South, address the needs of Southern communities through impactful arts-based programs, and celebrate the excellence, innovation, value and power of the arts of the South. For more information, visit South Arts.
Photo from Fogartyville