Tuesday Lunch is an intimate journey into the lives of a group of activist women in Long Island, New York, struggling to maintain a 45-year friendship while confronting each other and themselves about the difficulties of aging, declining health, and Hurricane Sandy. Tuesday Lunch documents the trials and victories of an enduring friendship born in the women’s movement, and forged in the transformation of the members to vibrant active seniors with a zest for life. Searching for identities as women beyond dutiful daughters, mothers and wives, they find that the community they’ve created around their regular Tuesday lunch meetings sustains and supports them as they age together, away from children who have scattered across the country. Sharing a realistic and hopeful portrait of aging, the film speaks to the challenges of growing old while staying engaged and vital in senior years.
Diane Stark, Director and Producer, actor, film production crewmember, writer, and storyteller uses her 25-years managing government programs, and production work on films to produce and direct her first film. She has contributed to a variety of independent feature films in the San Francisco Bay Area. Examples of her film work include Associate Producer for internationally acclaimed director Rob Nilsson’s film Collapse and location manager for Weapon of Choice and acting roles in Collapse, A Leap to Take and Blood Makes the Green Grass Grow. She is a daughter of Nina, an original member of the group of women featured in the Tuesday Lunch film.
Cortney Hamilton, Director of Photography, has directed, edited and shot videos for PBS Frontline, the United Nations, multiple non-profit organizations, corporations and independent filmmakers. He produced Blood Makes the Green Grass Grow, shown at the Alexandria Film Festival and Forest Born, screening in festivals throughout the U.S. and winner of the Audience Award at the Portland Film Festival.
Sabereh Kashi, Editor, is a documentary filmmaker for films depicting the challenges of community, immigration, equity, and cultural and sexual inclusion in Iran, Canada and the U.S. She was staff editor at Canadian broadcast networks and MTV, and video editor and documentary filmmaker for the Bebin TV and BBC Persian in the San Francisco Bay Area. She edited and contributed to development of several documentaries, including Our Summer in Tehran, selected at worldwide festivals including IDFA, broadcast in many countries around the world, and widely used as a tool for citizen diplomacy and US-Iran relations, and the 2016 IDFA and Sundance selection, Sonita. She is the founder of Woven Multimedia, a video production and post-production company in Oakland, California.