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Pretty Old
Directed by
Walter Matteson

USA / 2012 / 85

New York Premiere

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There is a common misconception that beauty is something reserved specifically for the young. However, the ladies of the 30th annual Ms. Senior Sweetheart Pageant seek to defy the conventions of that misguided notion. Pretty Old is an inspiring documentary of ladies who refuse to subscribe to the way contemporary society traditionally views beauty. Each year they travel to Massachusetts and prepare for the chance to demonstrate their talents and beauty in a pageant that exclusively showcases women in their golden years. Walter Matteson’s directorial debut follows these remarkable women who challenge the odds and compete for the chance to show off the one thing that they won’t be denied…they’re spirit. As these women bond together through this unique experience, they must come to terms with the fact that there can be only one Ms. Senior Sweetheart.

This inspiring documentary of ordinary women in an extraordinary situation offers a rare combination of humor, triumph, and heartache. –Joe Martindale

After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Rhetoric, Walter began directing and producing documentaries, while working as a bellhop at the Hotel Rex in San Francisco. After completing Figures and Loops, a feature documentary exploring his childhood in juxtaposition with the obscure world of competitive artistic roller-skating, he moved to NYC and began working at the Tribeca Film Festival. Walter then went freelance and began working where he gained in-depth and worldwide documentary production experience. Walter is currently traveling the world constantly searching for characters, universal symbols, and stories to be shared with the rest of humanity.
Executive Producer(s): Sarah Jessica Parker, Joe Berlinger, Alison Benson
Producer(s): Josh Alexander, Daniel Chalfen, Walter Matteson
Director(s): Walter Matteson
Screenwriter(s): Josh Alexander, Matthew Prinzing, Walter Matteson
Cinematographer(s): Trish Govoni
Editor(s): Matthew Prinzing
Composer(s)/Music: Kris Kaczor
Sound Designer(s): John Bosch

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