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Filmmaker Jennie Livingston Explores Death: VIDEO


Paris is Burning director Jennie Livingston is making a new film about death:

I began Earth Camp One because I had an experience – losing four family members in five years. I became aware -- viscerally -- that, in our culture, we don’t know how to deal with loss, much less how to talk to one another about it. It’s as if death itself has become "shameful and forbidden,” writes Joan Didion. At heart, Earth Camp One is about the very American problem of discomfort with discomfort.

Earth Camp One is a first-person family story, also an essay, spanning thirty years.

Livingston has gone to Kickstarter with her new project.

Watch her appeal, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. This is SO true. When I lost my partner I didn't know what to do and what I found especially surprising was that the people around me how no idea what to do with me. In the end there was a lot of awkwardness on all sides. I did a lot of research into the topic when I was in mourning (although I guess you never really finish mourning). I read everything from the bible to Joan Didion. Oddly enough the place where I found the most practical advice on how to deal with a death (or rather someone who has lost someone) is in Emily Post. She had some very good advice on the topic and realized she was spot on with what a grieving person wants/needs.

    Posted by: MT | Oct 14, 2011 11:13:14 AM

  2. I realized, that is . . .

    Posted by: MT | Oct 14, 2011 11:14:14 AM

  3. Jennie's a great filmmaker and a teriffic person. If you've got some money to give -- give it to her.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Oct 14, 2011 11:24:25 AM

  4. I lost my brother & everyone felt so awkward they treated my family & me like a freak & at a time when everything feels surreal already.

    I learned in those moments to always approach loss head-on. Don't complicate it; offer an embrace, tell people you're sorry for their loss & that you're keeping them in your thoughts. Then follow-up. It's THAT simple.

    Don't let your awkwardness overrule your good self-instinct.

    Posted by: Pete n SFO | Oct 14, 2011 11:36:37 AM

  5. This is really nice information. I'm looking for something similar like this. Thanks for this useful information.

    Posted by: Keylogger Mac | Mar 5, 2012 4:17:03 AM

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