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!
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.
We’re excited for Zen & the Art of Dying to screen as part of Cinema Diverse: the Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival at the Camelot Theatre on Saturday September 19, 3:30 PM. For those of you in Southern California, or anyone else seeking an amazing getaway weekend in historic Palm Springs, come enjoy the festival with us! Full schedule and details at http://cinemadiverse.org.
Zen & the Art of Dying had its World Premiere on March 14, 2015 as the Closing Night Gala film of the 2015 Byron Bay International Film Festival. As Byron is the community the film documents, it was a sell-out crowd with all the film’s participants in attendance. Zenith Virago, the film’s central subject, chose to wait and watch the film for the first time surrounded by the community she serves, which was both exciting and nerve-wracking for filmmaker Broderick Fox and producer Lee Biolos, but as the pictures below attest, they could not have imagined a more heartfelt response from Virago and the community. Fox gave special thanks to the Byron Bay International Film Festival for their continued support and for being a part of the film’s genesis: he met Virago at the Byron Bay International Film Festival’s world premiere of his last feature documentary The Skin I’m In back in 2012.
Thanks to Lyn McCarthy/Niche Pictures for capturing these great shots of the premiere!
Zen & the Art of Dying will have its world premiere on March 14, 2015 as the closing night gala film at the 2015 Byron Bay International Film Festival, a special evening that will bring together and honor the very community the film celebrates. Filmmaker Broderick Fox met Zenith Virago, the central subject of the film, in 2012 at the Byron world premiere of his last film The Skin I’m In, so this will be a real homecoming, indeed. Fox and executive producer Lee Biolos will travel from Los Angeles to attend the festival. Tickets on sale at via the Byron Community Centre.