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For Dear Life

With all the flair of a seasoned theatre producer, terminal cancer patient and director Carmen Pollard’s cousin James Pollard rallies his family and friends to turn death on its head and stretch his final years into an unconventional preservation project. After learning of his fate, Pollard reacts with humor by seeking to construct a future-proof burial casket involving liquid clay and rodent proofing. Shining a spotlight on mortality, particularly on the obligations involving time spent with loved ones, Carmen Pollard weaves together familial interactions, physician visits, and the natural world to confront social taboos around death.

Appears in: Northwest Tracking

Genres: Documentary