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Arts in New England

Nathaniel Hansen

A documentarian ready to learn from his ‘Elders.’

AMONG THE MANY outstanding documentaries in the 2013 Independent Film Festival of Boston, Nathaniel Hansen’s The Elders stands out as both commonplace and remarkable. It consists of interviews with ordinary people, ranging in age from their 70s to their 90s, and confirms the truism that with old age comes wisdom — and a lot of great stories.

On a rainy morning in early April, I meet Hansen at a Dunkin’ Donuts not far from Emerson, where he earned a master’s in media arts and now teaches undergraduate film students. The 35-year-old father of two resembles a young Matthew Modine, and though he just returned from a 16-hour flight from Mumbai, he is relaxed and affable.

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