Art of Dying

Living While Dying ~ A Film Presentation
July 25 | 3:00 to 5:00pm
Admission: $5
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita

Join us to view this life-affirming film on how to face the fear of death by living life to its fullest.

In a world that sees death as something to vanquish, the 45-minute documentary Living While Dying presents an alternative: people living with terminal illness who greet the inevitable with courage, humor, creativity and acceptance. Though the subject is difficult, the film is surprisingly uplifting.

In Living While Dying, filmmaker Cathy Zheutlin sets out on a brave quest to face mortality. The new film is being screened in multiple cities this spring, including Manzanita. Every screening is followed by Q & A with the filmmaker and invited guests.

Death is a big mystery, yet the outcome is 100% certain. Dispelling traditional fears and expectations about death, Living While Dying invites us to reimagine and set the stage for our own inevitable endings. It offers profound opportunities to uncover value, grace, and meaning for all stages of life.

Zheutlin travels from Portland to Australia to Bali as she explores and unravels her own fears with an open, upbeat style. Along the way, she meets an Aboriginal elder and a “death walker” in Australia, and she witnesses a mass cremation in Bali. Because it’s personal, she invites her 90-year old mom to an outside the box moment – sitting inside a box, a coffin, to talk with her about her end-of-life wishes.

Says Zheutlin, “It’s not really about dying at all. It’s about asking: ‘How am I living today, because I actually could die tomorrow…Is the life I am living today the life I truly want?’

For the past 40 years, Zheutlin has made films that explore consciousness and encourage progressive change. Past projects include Lost Love and the documentary Just One Step: The Great Peace March, the story of a 9-month cross-country trek for global nuclear disarmament. A wife, mother and craniosacral biodynamic healer, Zheutlin recently completed the award-winning short, Spirituality in the Workplace.

Living While Dying launched in Portland, OR to a sold-out premiere at the Clinton Street Theater, surprising and delighting the audience and extended community.

“Of all the end-of-life documentaries I’ve watched … yours touched me the most deeply throughout the entire film …Your tender and sensitive filming of both their struggles and their ease with death, their embrace of life and love, is beautiful. I really appreciate your first-person perspective as well, because that is the most powerful way to connect with viewers and help them identify their own fears and denial.”

– Karen M. Wyatt, MD, Hospice Physician, Spiritual Teacher, Speaker, Author of What Really Matters

The event will be held at Hoffman Center for the Arts; 594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, OR from 3-5 pm on Wednesday, July 25, 2018.  There is a $5 fee to attend.

If you’d like to be on an email list for the Art of Aging/of Dying announcements, email Claudia Johnson at [email protected]

The Art of Aging/of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center of the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Ave). For more information contact Kathie Hightower at [email protected]