Zen & the Art of Dying Benefit Screening for Tweed Palliative Support & Wedgetail Retreat

Here are some great photos from the Sept. 16th, 2016 benefit screening of Zen & the Art of Dying in support of Tweed Palliative Support & Wedgetail Retreat in Australia. A great community organization helping to #DoDeathDifferently! Thanks to Murwillumbah Regent Cinema for hosting.

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Tauranga Death Cafe Sponsors Sold-Out Screening of Zen & the Art of Dying

Carole Spice and Grace McGregor

Thanks again to Carole Spice and Grace McGregor of Tauranga Death Cafe for arranging the sold-out Tauranga, New Zealand screening of Zen & the Art of Dying at Rialto Tauranga Cinemas on October 2. More about Tauranga Death Cafe and the International Death Cafe Movement can be found in this great SunLive article on the screening’s organization.

Below are some of the Facebook responses from screening attendees.

Let’s all #DoDeathDifferently!

Tauranga Death Cafe Screening Responses

Zenith Virago Returns to Austin, Texas for Deathwalker Trainings

Based on the popular response to the 2015 Austin Film Festival screenings of Zen & the Art of Dying, Zenith Virago was recently invited back to Texas to re-screen the film and conduct a 3-day deathwalker training and funeral master class at the Dharma Ranch Retreat Center in San Marcos, Texas. Thanks to Dharma Ranch owners Susan Fitz-Simon and Kelli Cotner for being such great hosts. It’s exciting to see the natural death care work that Zenith and the community of Byron Shire, Australia model resonate with other communities across the globe! Let’s all #DoDeathDifferently

May, 2016 Deathwalker Training and Funeral Master Class participants, along with Zenith Virago, at the Dharma Ranch Retreat Center in San Marcos, Texas.

May, 2016 Deathwalker Training and Funeral Master Class participants, along with Zenith Virago, at the Dharma Ranch Retreat Center in San Marcos, Texas.

 

Zen & The Art of Dying Screening and Panel Discussion at Kino 43 in Prague Challenges Death as Taboo

Thanks to Kino 43 for its Feb, 3, 2016 screening of Zen & the Art Of Dying in Prague! Kino 43 is the bimonthly alternative cinema and discussion series of Paralelní Polis, an artistic and cultural space in Prague committed to the circulation of free information and the fostering of alternative ideas and approaches to culture. Last night’s screening was followed by a panel discussion with a number of compelling Czech cultural and academic figures including (left to right) Miroslav Paulíček, professor of Historical Sociology, Miroslav Petříček, professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Blanka Dobešová, founder of Les Vzpomínek, the first Czech natural cemetery; Libor Vaněk, creator of ThinkAboutDeath.org a site for individuals to develop choices and statements about their last wishes and end-of-life choices; and Robin Kopecký, scholar of philosophy and history of science. Special thanks to Blanka for introducing the film to Kino 43 and to Barbora Johansson Pivonkova for organizing the event! Just wish we could have been there in person for the screening. Inspiring to see how a range of countries and cities are working to #DoDeathDifferently!

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Zen & the Art of Dying Screens to Sold Out Crowd at Brooklyn’s Morbid Anatomy Museum

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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.

Zen & the Art of Dying Receives Enthusiastic Response from Santa Fe

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 

 Zen & the Art of Dying director Broderick Fox and executive producer Lee Biolos at the Santa Fe Film Festival.

Zen & the Art of Dying director Broderick Fox and executive producer Lee Biolos at the Santa Fe Film Festival.

Zen & the Art of Dying an Official Selection of the 2015 Santa Fe Film Festival

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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

Zen & the Art of Dying Receives Warm Reception at Austin Film Festival

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!

Executive Producer Lee Biolos, Associate Producer Michele Bornheim, Deathwalker Zenith Virago, and Director Broderick Fox at the 2015 Austin Film Festival.

Executive Producer Lee Biolos, Associate Producer Michele Bornheim, Deathwalker Zenith Virago, and Director Broderick Fox at the 2015 Austin Film Festival.

Executive Producer Lee Biolos, Deathwalker Zenith Virago, and Director Broderick Fox at the 2015 Austin Film Festival.

Executive Producer Lee Biolos, Deathwalker Zenith Virago, and Director Broderick Fox at the 2015 Austin Film Festival.

Director Broderick Fox, Deathwalker Zenith Virago, and Executive Producer Lee Biolos at the 2015 Austin Film Festival.

Director Broderick Fox, Deathwalker Zenith Virago, and Executive Producer Lee Biolos at the 2015 Austin Film Festival.

Zen & the Art of Dying at the 2015 Austin Film Festival.

Zen & the Art of Dying at the 2015 Austin Film Festival.

Zen & the Art Of Dying to Screen at Brooklyn’s Morbid Anatomy Museum

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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.”

Zen & the Art of Dying an Official Selection of the 2015 Austin Film Festival

 

Austin Film Festival Official Selection

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