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‘Old Goats’ will make an appearance on Vashon

“Old Goats” tells the story of a band of cantankerous men who refuse to go quietly into retirement. - Courtesy Photo
“Old Goats” tells the story of a band of cantankerous men who refuse to go quietly into retirement.
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“Old Goats,” a film striking gold on the festival circuit, will be screened as a benefit for Vashon Community Care on Sunday at Vashon Theatre.

The film has plenty of Northwest and even local connections. “Old Goats” is directed by Taylor Guterson, son of Bainbridge Island author David Guterson, who wrote “Snow Falling on Cedars.” And Benita Staadecker, a former resident of Vashon, has a role in the film.

This comedy follows three cantankerous older men (local Pacific Northwest actors, each playing themselves) who refuse to go quietly into the night of retirement and old age. Shot in and around Seattle, “Old Goats” finds humor in the everyday foibles of retirement life. “Old Goats” was the only American film to be selected as one of the top 10 movies in an audience poll at the 2011 Seattle Film Festival.

The film has screened at the Atlanta International Film Festival and is currently playing at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, where, according to festival director Helen du Toit, “people are going crazy” for it. Indeed, the film won “audience favorite” among the almost 300 movies shown.

“Old Goats” will play at 2 p.m. Sunday at Vashon Theatre, with an introduction by Taylor Guterson and Staadecker. Tickets cost $10 and are on sale in advance at Vashon Bookshop, Vashon Community Care and Vashon Theatre.

 

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