First Run Features presents
a film about taking the long view

Coming to Streaming & DVD on February 21!
Filmmaker David Licata available for interviews
"In a time when many of our rewards are instantaneous, it is mind-boggling to be reminded that there are people who spend their lifetime patiently working for years on long projects that they will not see finished. A Life's Work expertly tells the story of four of those unique individuals."
-Jim Robbins, New York Times science writer & book author
What’s it like to dedicate your life to work that won’t be completed in your lifetime?   15 years ago, filmmaker David Licata focused on four projects and the people behind them in an effort to answer this universal question.

The subjects include Jill Tarter, Director of the SETI Institute, who has been involved in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence since the 1970s; David and Jared Milarch, father and son tree farmers and co-founders of the Champion Tree Project, who clone old-growth trees to combat climate change; gospel music archivist Robert Darden, who founded the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, an organization that is trying preserve at-risk recordings from the black gospel music tradition; and Paolo Soleri, controversial architect behind Arcosanti, a town designed to test his theories about housing an overpopulated planet.

We discover what inspired them to begin, what obstacles they face, what drives and sustains them, and how they measure success of an endeavor they will not live to see completed.

{ Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature }
San Francisco Independent Film Festival
"Wonderful stories with beautiful cinematography.
It has a very calming, tranquil feel to it, as eternal as the stories told
And the music is electrifying.
Robert Marovich, Founder, Journal of Gospel Music

"A Life's Work is a remarkable journey
...that reveals the minds of people willing to devote
themselves to a cause far bigger than they are.
A moving, heartfelt, and important lesson and inspiration for us all."

-Paul M. Sutter, PhD, Author of Your Place in the Universe

A documentary by David Licata
90 minutes | color | 2021 | English
Featuring Jill Tarter, Paolo Soleri, Robert Darden, David Milarch & Jared Milarch

Streaming Premiere & DVD Street Date: February 21, 2023
Streaming platforms include Amazon, Apple TV & iTunes

SRP: $24.95 | DVD UPC: 7-20229-91826-8 | DVD Catalog #: FRF918268D
DVD Extras: Seven Bonus Shorts | Eight Gospel Music Tracks

About Filmmaker David Licata

David Licata is a filmmaker and writer. In addition to a A Life’s Work, he wrote and directed the short film Tango Octogenario which was broadcast on Reel New York (PBS) and screened at festivals internationally, including the prestigious New Directors/New Films showcase, the Tribeca Film Festival, and dozens of others from Yokahama to Krakow. He has written for ESPN, contributed articles and conducted interviews for Filmmaker Magazine, and film reviews for the film compendiums The Blockbuster Video Guide to Movies & Videos and Seen That, Now What?

David’s fiction and nonfiction writing has appeared in The Literary Review, Pilgrimage, Rkvry Quarterly Literary Journal, Hitotoki, and many others. Two of his short stories have been anthologized, one in the critically acclaimed Two Countries: Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Parents (Red Hen Press).
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