Zen & the Art of Dying Interview on The Paradigm Shift

Zen & the Art of Dying's central subject Zenith Virago and associate producer Debra Beattie

Zen & the Art of Dying’s central subject Zenith Virago and associate producer Debra Beattie

Thanks to Ian Curr for this great interview with Zen & the Art of Dying’s central subject Zenith Virago and associate producer Debra Beattie on his Brisbane 4zzz FM 102.1 radio show The Paradigm Shift! Listen here.


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

Broderick Fox and Zenith Virago Interviewed on Greg King’s Movies at Dusk

Greg King's Film Reviews

Thanks to Greg King for conducting two separate feature interviews with Zen & the Art of Dying director Broderick Fox and central subject Zenith Virago on his radio program Movies at Dusk 94.1 FM 3WBC Melbourne. Check out Zenith’s interview here and Broderick’s interview here.


Zenith Virago Interviewed in Tricycle: The Buddhist Review

Zenith Virago interviewed in Tricycle

Thanks to Marie Scarles for this great interview with Zenith Virago in Tricycle: The Buddhist ReviewZen & the Art of Dying is out in theaters now in AU and NZ and we’re gearing up for the global digital release October 8th! Read the full article here.

Virago Interviewed about ‘Zen & the Art of Dying’ Release on Mitchell Foy’s ‘Over the Rainbow’


As we roll out the theatrical release of Zen & the Art of Dying in AU & NZ, thanks to Mitchell Foy for this great interview with Zenith Virago on Over the Rainbow BAYFM 99.9

Listen to the full interview here.

Full schedule of the film’s theatrical screening dates accessible here.

Let’s #DoDeathDifferently!

Zenith Virago Interviewed by Bran Crump on ‘Nights’ on RNZ National

Nights on RNZ National

Thanks to host Bryan Crump for the lovely interview with Zenith Virago on Nights on RNZ National on the eve of the film’s release in New Zealand.  Listen here.

The film is playing at the Academy Cinema – Auckland, NZ; Waiheke Community Cinema – Waiheke Island, NZ; Gecko Theatre – Motueka, NZ; and one screening 5 PM Oct. 2 at the Rialto Tauranga Cinemas – Tauranga, NZ

Full details and schedule of the theatrical release here.

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!



In-Depth EdgeMedia Article on Zen & the Art of Dying


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