Thanks to everyone who came out to our screening at the Morbid Anatomy Museum on Thursday January 14th. Fantastic to have our New York premiere with a sold-out crowd in such an interesting and engaging cultural space. So great that Brooklyn funeral director Amy Cunningham of Fitting Tribute Funeral Services and Ralph White of New York Open Center were in attendance in order for us to be able to connect local audiences with how they can engage Natural Death Care in New York City! Whether you’re living in the country or a major city, we can all #DoDeathDifferently.
Thanks to Kilian Melloy of Edge Media Network for his thoughtful and in-depth article on Zen & the Art of Dying in advance of our Jan. 14, 2016 Morbid Anatomy Museum screening. Melloy writes:
Openly gay documentary filmmaker Broderick Fox goes places others might not wish to venture, and does it with heart and grace. An early short documentary examined his brush with body dysmorphia (anorexia and compulsive exercise); his first full-length documentary, “The Skin I’m In,” featured at film festivals around the country a couple of years ago, examined Fox’s own experiences with addiction and alcoholism.
Now Fox follows up with “Zen and the Art of Dying,” a project that took him to Australia to meet and film Zenith Virago, a self-trained “deathwalker” who has made a profession of helping people — sick and well, young and old — think about and prepare for the eventuality of shuffling off this mortal coil. Read full article
We’re just back from the Santa Fe Film Festival, where Zen & the Art of Dying received a powerful reception from audiences and a great post-screening Q&A hosted by Dr. Phillip Retzky, LCSW. The Santa Fe community is leading the way with natural death care possibilities with a range of schools and organizations including the Upaya Zen Center, the Academy for the Love of Learning and Southwestern College are all regularly offering death care courses and events. While in Santa Fe, Fox was a featured guest on KSFR 101.1 Santa Fe Public Radio’s Living From Happiness with Dr. Melanie Harth (listen here). #DoDeathDifferently
We’re pleased to announce that Zen & the Art of Dying is an official selection of the 15th Annual Santa Fe Film Festival, which runs December 2-6, 2015. Director Broderick Fox and Executive Producer Lee Biolos will be attending the festival.
The film will screen 11 AM Sunday December 6 at The Screen: Santa Fe University of Art and Design, with a Q&A with Fox and Biolos to follow.
Fox’s last feature documentary, the autobiographical The Skin I’m In also screened at the 2012 Santa Fe Film Festival, garnering high praise from festival screener and reviewer Laura K. Marsh. Fox was unable to attend the 2012 festival, as he was in Australia filming Zen & the Art of Dying at the time, so he looks forward to being able to fully participate in this year’s events and engage with Santa Fe audiences.
More info on the Santa Fe Film Festival at: http://santafefilmfestival.com
We’ve just returned from the 2015 Austin Film Festival, where Zen & the Art of Dying received warm response at our two festival screenings as an Official Selection of the 2015 Heart of Film Program. Director Broderick Fox, Executive Producer Lee Biolos, and the film’s central subject Zenith Virago (who flew in from Australia!) conducted Q&A’s after both screenings. Also in attendance a the fest was the film’s Associate Producer Michele Bornheim. It was heartening to see how the film translated to mainstream American audiences, and Virago was able to connect with a range of Natural Death Care workers in the Austin Area. Next stop, the Santa Fe Film Festival in December!
This fall, Zen & the Art of Dying has been the subject of two different Podcasts!
Give a listen to the conversation between the documentary’s central subject Zenith Virago and Austin’s Palliative Care and Death Care specialist Deanna F. Cochran on Deanna’s podcast THE JOURNEY, recorded in advance of our November Austin Film Festival Screenings.
Also check out the conversation between director Broderick Fox and Nicholas Snow on THE NICHOLAS SNOW SHOW, recorded just after the film’s screening at Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Festival in September.
We’re excited to start 2016 with a screening of Zen & the Art of Dying at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn, New York. The screening will take place at 8 PM, Thursday Jan. 14, 2016, and filmmaker Broderick Fox and executive producer Lee Biolos will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion. Tickets and full details available here.
About the Morbid Anatomy Museum: “The Morbid Anatomy Museum is a new 4,200 square foot non-profit institution dedicated to the celebration and exhibition of artifacts, histories and ideas which fall between the cracks of high and low culture, death and beauty, and disciplinary divides.”
We’re thrilled to announce that Zen & the Art of Dying is an official selection of the 2015 Austin Film Festival
The film will screen as part of the Heart of Film Showcase, a selection of 14 films expressly chosen to showcase diverse storytelling across a range of genres and forms.
Regarding Zen & the Art of Dying, Austin Film Festival Senior Programmer Elizabeth Mims writes, “It’s such a powerful and enlightening film, and we can’t wait to help share it with the world.”
Fox will be attending the festival, along with the film’s central subject Zenith Virago, who will be traveling from Australia to participate. The film will screen twice–on Oct. 31 and again on Nov. 1. Q&A’s with Fox and Virago will follow each screening.
About the Austin Film Festival: For the last 22 years, the Austin Film Festival and associated Writer’s Conference has taken pride in championing great work from legendary, contemporary and rising talent. Known as the “Writers Festival,” AFF recognizes the writer as the core of the creative process in filmmaking. Diligently seeking strong examples of written and visual storytelling, AFF screens the highest caliber narrative, documentary and animated films. More info at: https://austinfilmfestival.com
On September 19, Zen & the Art of Dying screened as part of Cinema Diverse: the Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival. Special thanks to festival director Michael Green, and all the festival volunteers, fellow filmmakers, and attendees for giving us and the film such a warm welcome in Palm Springs! The film was among the Festival Favorites chosen by audiences. Read more here.
Come participate in 2015 deathwalker trainings with Zenith Virago at sites across Australia this September and October!
Deathwalker Training/ Sydney Sept. 18-20
Deathwalker Training / Melbourne Sept. 25-27
Deathwalker Deepening/ Melbourne Sept. 28
Deathwalker Training/ Brisbane Oct. 16-18
Deathwalker Training/ Byron Bay Oct. 23-25
Deathwalker Deepening/ Byron Bay Oct. 26