‘… I knew that everything is fleeting. It comes and it goes. We’ve just got now. We’ve got this moment. I am thankful for the gift to my existence.’
‘…the Universe said Jonas is not listening. We did everything we can to make him listen. But he does not listen. So maybe this will wake him up.’ A film about art, cancer and waking up.
‘… she knew she was going to die anyway, and then she decided that day would be the day. I think it was the loneliest thing I’ve ever seen. She walked past me and laid on the bed and she nodded yes to the Doctor. I can’t find words for what it felt like to be there.’ A film about the last hour of a life.
“What I thought was breaking me wasn’t breaking me at all. It was preparing me for this. For this gratitude.” Unchecked humanity and a raw truth for so many of us held in the words and the spaces of these few minutes.
Michael lost his daughter to leukemia. Kelsey had been just 18 years old. These few minutes wonder if we might be a little more courageous, and connected. Whether we might be a little kinder, more gracious and present in the absence of tragedy.
‘Perhaps the lives of those close to us cry out for us to take notice of our own.’ This is a film about family. And the challenge and opportunity of unconditional acceptance.
The Hospice Community at Joseph’s House in Washington DC hold the belief that no one should live, or die alone. Welcome to ‘On the Edge of Life and Death’. It’s the film title, because it is just that.
This is a film about the depths of a journey through cancer. Maybe everything we need in life is right in front of us, yet we choose not to see it. Maybe life shakes us until we wake up to what we really are. And maybe if we don’t take notice, the shaking gets stronger and stronger.
If I am to be entirely honest you would be a fool not to give this you full and undivided attention for its full and undivided duration. I imagine the experience will contribute in ways you might not be able to place words against. It is a profound wondering about the experience of life, death and cancer.
Filming people with an absence of judgment or condition causes the subject to speak with an entirely original and courageous voice. It’s this voice that I’ve made my films from. This sequence exemplifies the tone of such a voice. A grand starting point if you are new here.