FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 4, 2021
PBS Announces FAST-FORWARD: LOOK INTO YOUR FUTURE, A New Award-Winning Documentary that Accelerates Aging for Millennials and Boomers to Premiere March 24
Rosario Dawson Narrates as Families Explore What It Takes to Age Well Together
ARLINGTON, VA – PBS announced today FAST-FORWARD: LOOK INTO YOUR FUTURE, a new award-winning documentary and multi-platform initiative that accelerates the aging process for millennials and baby boomers, and encourages families to begin conversations about what it takes to age well together. FAST-FORWARD follows four families as they face the physical, social and economic realities of aging and learn what it takes to age with empathy, dignity and support. Narrated by artist, designer, and activist Rosario Dawson, the hour-long documentary will premiere Wednesday, March 24 at 10:00 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS stations nationwide, pbs.org and the PBS Video app.
Directed by Michael Eric Hurtig, FAST-FORWARD invites audiences of all ages to join a critical dialogue on aging and life planning with their loved ones. Throughout the documentary, daughters and sons, along with their mothers and fathers, are challenged to experience what aging feels like first-hand through the MIT A.G.N.E.S. suit that speeds up the physical aging process 30 years.
“While we knew bringing millennials and boomers together to have ‘the conversation’ on aging would be an underlying dynamic of our film, we still needed something to jolt our cast into an exploration of their greatest aging fears and expectations,” said Hurtig. “Using MIT’s immersive A.G.N.E.S. aging suit as a starting point, we brought their futures to life. We designed 360-degree experiences for our cast, effectively creating an aging boot-camp that galvanized and led them to work through tough issues together. Every family’s aging story is different. With this film we hope to inspire viewers to embark on their own time travel experiment to explore how they are prepared for what life ahead looks like together.”
FAST-FORWARD’s March premiere will be accompanied by resources families can use to integrate the film’s recommendations into their own lives. These resources, created by Next Avenue, public media’s service for older adults, include email courses, guides, community screenings and conversations with local partners.
“The truth is that for many of us, our lifespans are increasing. Our opportunity is in planning for what is now the single longest part of life so that it is healthy, rewarding and on our terms,” said Colleen Wilson, Vice President, Digital Publishing, Twin Cities PBS. “I am proud that Next Avenue is partnering with the film to help families have conversations about their wishes. We worked to provide tools that we hope will make this planning a little easier.”
FAST-FORWARD is a production of FLX Entertainment in Association with Twin Cities PBS and Next Avenue.
Please visit FAST-FORWARD on PBS at pbs.org/fastforward and follow the conversation at #FastFWDonPBS on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Twin Cities PBS (TPT)
Twin Cities PBS (TPT), the PBS affiliate for Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, is a prominent content producer for the national public television system. TPT’s most recent documentaries for PBS include Going to War, The Dictator’s Playbook, and When Whales Walked: Journeys in Deep Time. Other films include the Emmy Award-winning The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer’s, Peabody Award recipient Depression: Out of the Shadows, and 2012 Sundance Film Festival selection Slavery by Another Name. TPT also co-produced the classic feature documentary Hoop Dreams, a Peabody and Sundance Film Festival winner. TPT is proud to be the presenting station for FAST-FORWARD.
For more information, visit tpt.org.
About Next Avenue
Based in Twin Cities PBS, Next Avenue is public media’s first and only national journalism service dedicated to America’s booming 50+ population. Its mission is to meet the needs and unleash the potential of older adults through the power of media. More than 70 million people have visited nextavenue.org since it launched in 2012 and millions more have connected with its content through a national network of media partners and nonprofit allies.
For more information, visit nextavenue.org/fast-forward.
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