Hundred and Two Mature (1980)

Harry Lieberman, at age 102, shares with wit and wisdom his art, philosophy, and love of life in this documentary which describes his transformation from retired businessman to artist who, in his old age, is "living on the top of the world." The film shows the connections between Lieberman's art and his life-"memories from 80, 90, 94 years back"-and tells his original stories as background to the paintings.

We see him painting, sculpting, and meeting with other senior citizens at the Golden Age Club in Great Neck, New York-where he started painting at the age of 80-and surrounded by young students when working as an "artist in residence" at the Fairfax High School in Los Angeles. This delightful film depicts the connections between Lieberman's life and his art, which celebrates Talmudic lore and Jewish life in long-ago Eastern Europe.

Hundred and Two Mature is part of the "Visions of Paradise" series on contemporary folk artists directed and produced by Irving Saraf and Allie Light. The other four films in the series are: Possum Trot: The Art of Calvin Black, Grandma's Bottle Village: The Art of Tressa Prisbrey, The Monument of Chief Rolling Mountain Thunder,and Angel That Stands By Me: TMinnie Evans' Paintings. You can find information about them at www.lightsaraffilms.com. They are video streaming on Folkstreams.net.

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Licensing

For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact Allie Light, Irving Saraf, the distributor Light-Saraf Films, or Folkstreams.

Film Details

  • Film by: Allie Light, Irving Saraf
  • Produced by: Allie Light and Irving Saraf. Produced in association with PTV Production Inc.
  • Cinematographer: Michael Anderson, Irving Saraf
  • Sound: Jay Ignaszewski, Kirk Schuler
  • Editor: Allie Light and Irving Saraf.
  • Other Credits: Storyteller Irwin Rosen. Narrator Allie Light. Consultant Julia Weissman. Music Ed Bogas. Sound mix Mark Berger at Fantasy Films, Berkeley, CA. Sound cutting Robert Shoup.
  • Funding: Funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington D.C., a Federal Agency.
  • Original Format: Film: 16mm
  • ©Copyright, 1980 Irving Saraf and Allie Light
  • 28 mins, Color
  • Categories:
    AgingArts, Visionary and OutsiderEthnic & Immigrant Cultures