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"Free from the trap of trend-based fashion and with decades to develop their style, it's the septuagenarians who are the true it-girls and it-boys."
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"Mimi Weddell is one of a kind and perhaps even a freak of nature, albeit an irresistibly charming one. "
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"... It didn't take long before Mimi Weddell won me over, with props to director Jyll Johnstone for managing to make her film inspiring yet not at all saccharine."
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"Johnstone's film has a wise, sly way of telling the commercially youth-obsessed entertainment industry to kiss off."
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"You dance as you walk through life, as you sail through life. And furthermore, it heightens your living as of the moment. If you don’t dance, for heaven’s sake, you can not aspire, you do not lift up from this earth.”
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"For Ms. Weddell, standing still may be life's only remaining terror."
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"Irresistable."
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"Fantastically eccentric."


"A delight! A great story about an amazing woman everyone will love."
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"Lively and touching."



"The face may be vaguely familiar, and if the name "Mimi Weddell" doesn't ring a bell it will after you've seen Jyll Johnstone's affectionate documentary portrait of this unstoppable nonagenarian model and actress."
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"Uplifting, entertaining and enlightening, 'Hats Off'will make you feel that anything is possible."
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Mimi Weddell and Jyll Johnstone Take Their Hats Off



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"A loving profile."



"If you think your weeks are exhausting, consider performer Mimi Weddell. She spends 14-hour days at auditions, workouts and rehearsals -- and she's 93 years old. It'd be hard to find a better documentary subject than this New Yorker, who began her career as an aspiring actress when she was a mere 65."



"Inspriational."
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"Candid and unapologetic. " An astounding feature documentary."
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"Mimi will inspire and enchant you, I guarantee. "
— 4 1/2 stars out of 5

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"Her secret for longevity: Stay active."
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The film presents an uplifting portrait of a no-nonsense lady who’s full of boundless energy and hard-won wisdom."
Jeff Craig -- Sixty Second Preview *** 3 stars



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"A warm hearted documentary... an inspiration to all of us."
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"A tale with heart and humor."



"Fascinating."
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iPOP (TELLURIDE '07 | Still on Screen, At 92: Lloyd and Weddell)
by Eugene Hernandez

The subjects of two Telluride Film Festival documentaries, actors Norman Lloyd and Mimi Weddell, each 92 years young, pose for a photo at the festival this weekend. Lloyd is the subject of Matthew Sussman's "Who Is Norman Lloyd?" which looks at his career ranging from vaudeville to television, to work with Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles & Alfred Hitchcock.

Weddell, subject of Jyll Johnstone¹s "Hats Off," is a movie, TV and print fixture (seen briefly in "Sex and the City," "The Purple Rose of Cairo" and "Hitch" who still pounds the pavement in New York City auditioning, mostly for roles that amount to brief cameos. "Rise Above It" is the phrase that the vibrant Weddell has written in various places of the small Manhattan apartment she shares with other members of her tight-knit family and her large array of hats. Johnstone followed the actress for more than a decade to capture the crowd-pleasing portrait. Asked on Sunday to reveal her favorite actress, Weddell quickly responded Vanessa Redgrave and then she recounted a recent encounter meeting a young aspiring actress who asked her when she was born. Weddell revealed that she was born the same day in 1915 as John Barrymore, but the young woman asked Weddell, "Who's John Barrymore?" Pausing for effect, Weddell smiled, "Amazing, isn't it!"

HATS OFF -- the acclaimed documentary by Canobie Films, starring Mimi Weddell. All materials © 2008-2012