Sensei Fran Kicks Ass

Demonstrating martial arts at the annual cherry blossom festival in Washington DC.

Demonstrating martial arts at the annual cherry blossom festival in Washington DC.

Fran’s 26th season of teaching skiing and snowboarding this winter.

Fran’s 26th season of teaching skiing and snowboarding this winter.

Free shiatsu massages for volunteers at the annual Washington DC Folklife Festival.

Free shiatsu massages for volunteers at the annual Washington DC Folklife Festival.

Logline:

After traveling the world with the foreign service, 80 year old black belt Fran Vall lives life on her own terms.

Synopsis:

Sensei Fran Kicks Ass is the story of octogenarian Fran Vall who is a master teacher Judo and Naginata (Japanese sword fighting), and still finds times for skiing and snowboard instruction.  

Guided by her Jewish faith and quest to never stop learning, Sensei Fran became proficient in all of these arts during her years in the Foreign Service, living in places such as Japan, Afghanistan and the Sudan. We spend time with Fran as she reflects on her foreign service career and shares her vivid photographs from around the world. We observe Fran teaching, training, dancing, volunteering, and giving Shiatsu massage. It is hoped that Fran's story will be the first of a series that portrays a diverse array of older women whose inspiring lives refute stereotypes regarding age and gender.

Status:

Currently in post-production. Release date Winter 2019.