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!
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 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.