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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 | “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 […]

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‘Extremis’ Makes Oscar Shortlist

LIFE MATTERS MEDIA STAFF Extremis, a powerful documentary exploring end of life-decision-making, has been shortlisted for Best Documentary Short by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Directed by Academy Award and Emmy Award-nominated filmmaker Dan Krauss, it focuses on the “harrowing decisions” that doctors, families and seriously ill patients often face at the end of life. Krauss […]

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Filming “Prison Terminal” Was “Soul Sucking”

Filmmaker Edgar Barens spent a grueling six months in-and-out of the Iowa State Penitentiary– one of the nation’s oldest maximum security prisons– gathering footage for his latest film, Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall. In 2006, Barens, a hospice volunteer, was granted unprecedented access to the facility’s new hospice program. The Oscar-nominated short centers on the […]

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Hospice Behind Prison Walls

New film spotlights murderers caring for the dying Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall is an intimate, unnerving exploration of death behind prison walls. The Oscar-nominated documentary centers on the final months of terminally ill prisoner George William “Jack” Hall and the prisoners-turned-hospice volunteers who care for him. The 40- minute short, directed by […]

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