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‘End Game’ Nominated For Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has highlighted films on death and dying in recent years.

BY DANIEL GAITAN | daniel@lifemattersmedia.org

“End Game” has been nominated for the Oscar for best documentary short.

The 40-minute short directed by Oscar-winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman focuses on a handful of San Francisco Bay Area families grappling with disease, death and denial.

The film was made available for streaming on Netflix in the spring.

The five films in the running: “Black Sheep,” “End Game,” “Lifeboat,” “A Night at the Garden,” and
“Period. End of Sentence.”

The Oscars will air live on ABC Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019.

Executive producer Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider, a hospice and palliative care physician, advocate and philanthropist, spoke with Life Matters Media after the film’s release.

“We’re so lucky to have Netflix,” Ungerleider said. “It’s a wonderful platform to get short documentaries out to the world. Up until streaming services started buying them, it was challenging to make sure that people had a chance to see them.”

She thanked “everyone involved” with the film on Twitter after she learned of the highly coveted nomination.

“Couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this film!!! Huge congrats to everyone involved, especially the patients, families and incredible medical professionals,” she posted.

In 2017, “Extremis,” was nominated for the prestigious award. Ungerleider helped fund the film that focused on care in an intensive care unit. It was also made available for streaming on Netflix.

In 2014, Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall was nominated for the same award.

It offered an intimate, unnerving exploration of death behind prison walls.