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Directed by Carmen Pollard

British Columbia 2017 74 mins.

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.

Genres: Documentary

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.