Old Goats — About The Film


Old Goats is the often hilarious and always heartfelt story of three older men who refuse to go quietly into the night of retirement and old age. Cantankerous and set in their ways, each man must come to terms with the sunset years in his own unique fashion. Shot in and around Seattle, Old Goats finds humor in the everyday foibles of retirement life, providing a refreshing perspective on the golden years through the eyes of three men who don't feel (or act) anywhere close to as old as they look.


Director: Taylor Guterson
Producers: Taylor Guterson, Johnathan Boyer
Executive Producers: David Skinner and Tom Gorai
Editor: Taylor Guterson
Screenwriter: Taylor Guterson
Cinematographer: Taylor Guterson
Producer of Marketing and Distribution: Chris Blanchett
Associate Producer of Marketing and Distribution: Sahale Jensen
Produced By: Elliot Bay Productions
In Association With: ShadowCatcher Entertainment


Britton Crosley
Bob Burkholder
David VanderWal
Benita Staadecker
Gail Shackel
Steve Stolee

Old Goats - The MovieDirector's Bio

Taylor Guterson (son of Novelist David Guterson - Snow Falling on Cedars) grew up in the Pacific Northwest on Bainbridge Island, WA. He graduated from the University of Washington in 2004 with a bachelor degree in arts and cinema studies. Taylor started his career with a difficult stretch of landscaping and production assistant gigs, before landing a full time position with an internal corporate studio in Seattle. He is currently a principal at Elliott Bay Productions, a video and events production company, where he produces and directs corporate and non-profit videos. Taylor makes his home in Issaquah, WA with his wife Elizabeth. Old Goats is his first feature film.

Old Goats' Bios

Old Goats - The MovieBob

Played by Bob Burkholder

Bob Burkholder had his beginnings in Salina, Kansas during the hard times of the early 1920's and 30's. He developed into a man of style and substance who lived a life of danger and risk with uncommon enjoyment. He survived World War II, finished college with a BS degree in Wildlife Biology, married and became a bush-pilot/biologist in Alaska for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Burkholder went on to raise seven children and continued studying and managing wildlife for over thirty years until his retirement in 1983, to Bainbridge Island, Washington where he currently resides. There, he became a political activist for good government and environmental issues involving land use and is still serving on several boards and committees while writing numerous letters to newspapers. Burkholder has published several popular and scientific articles, as well the book Skirting the Edge – which, like himself, is prominently featured in Old Goats. Bob passed away on September 13th, 2013 at the age of ninety.  His final days were spent with family and friends, and included time for memories and laughter with colleagues from Old Goats.

Old Goats - The MovieBritt

Played by Britt Crosley

Retired – gardens with his wife, Carolyn, and socializes with the old men on the Island. Traveled Alaska extensively during his career as a Certified Public Accountant working primarily with the electric utility industry. Enjoyed hunting, downhill skiing and curling during his 62 years in Alaska. Proud of his 29 year marriage to Carolyn, the apple of his eye in high school. Father of four socially responsible children, all apples of his eye. Recorded classical music hobbyist – enjoys the listening and the collecting. Reads extensively non-fiction and fiction alike with equal enthusiasm. Amateur photographer specializing in smiley faces. That sums it up.

Old Goats - The MovieDave

Played by David VanderWal

David VanderWal was born and raised in Hudsonville, Michigan. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Hope College and a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from The University of Michigan. He joined The Boeing Company in 1973, and retired in May 2009 as Director of Contracts after a 36-year career. He was also co-founder of a successful professional model-making company named R & D Unique, which he sold in 2004 after 25 years. He and his wife Bianca now fill all their available time with their hobbies and art, their friends and their boat. Aside from all the "acting" that life and a career normally requires, David did not begin acting seriously until he was asked to perform some small roles in various short features and training videos. This activity led to his participation in the project now known as Old Goats – which is David's first feature-length film.

Old Goats - The MovieCynthia

Played by Benita Staadecker

Benita Staadecker  is married to a wonderful guy and has three remarkably wonderful children. She grew up in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington well before Taylor Guterson was even born!!  Benita met Taylor while she was working part time as a bank teller, after retiring from her job with the City of Seattle. Benita advises any older woman who is approached by a young man asking her to be in his independent film to just say "yes."

Old Goats - The MovieCrystal

Played by Gail Shackel

Old Goats was the experience of a lifetime. I never dreamed I'd be in a movie, particularly such a delightful one. At first glance, Taylor thought I looked like the Crystal he wanted in his movie, but neither he nor I knew if I could act. In fact, I kept from Taylor my high school drama honor society experience where I successfully avoided the stage until my senior year, convinced I couldn't act. When I told my husband I couldn't play this part because the woman wasn't very nice, he replied, "I think that's why they call it 'acting.' Just go and have fun." And I did. As the cliché goes, the rest is history.

So - thanks, Taylor. I'm glad I looked like your Crystal, though that was serendipity. Old Goats, and you and all the cast have added much joy to my life.


Old Goats - Seattle International Film Festival Old Goats - Palm Springs International Film Festival
Old Goats - Atlanta International Film Festival 2011

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