Photos: AARP Films for Grownups Film Festival

cast-of-12-years.jpgCast members of "12 Years a Slave" Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o and Alfre Woodard with director Steve McQueen. Photos by Iris Schneider.

Iris Schneider attended the first AARP Films for Grownups Film Festival this past weekend at the Regal Cinemas at LA Live. The screenings of 9 new or upcoming films included appearances by the actors and directors of highly anticipated films such as "Nebraska," "Philomena," "Saving Mr. Banks" and others.

After the screening of "12 Years A Slave," director Steve McQueen was surprised by a direct descendant of Solomon Northup, Evelyn Jackson, who introduced herself during the audience Q and A. Northup's book was the genesis of McQueen's film. His reaction says it all: "Ladies and gentlemen, I want to introduce you to someone very important."

Lupita Nyong'o and Alfre Woodard.

Steve McQueen introduces Evelyn Jackson, descendant of Solomon Northup.

Nicole Holofcener, the director of "Enough Said," and star Julia-Louis Dreyfuss.

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