HBO hosts special premiere of ‘How To Die In Oregon’ on April 13 in Williston

first_img# # # As Vermont debates over whether or not to become the next state to pass the Death with Dignity Bill giving terminally ill patients the choice on ending their own lives, HBO will give a sneak preview of the HBO Documentary Film ‘HOW TO DIE IN OREGON’ to an invitation-only audience. Winner of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Award, this film is an extraordinarily powerful, compassionate and intimate exploration of Oregon’s historic and controversial Death with Dignity Act. WHO:                     Filmmaker Peter Richardson will participate in a discussion with moderator Anne Galloway, editor of vtdigger.org. WHEN:                   Wednesday, April 13, 2011                              6:30 p.m. – Screening                              8:15 p.m. ‘ Discussion with Filmmaker Peter Richardson                             WHERE:                 Majestic 10                              190 Boxwood St.                              Williston, VT  05495                           DETAILS:               At the heart of HOW TO DIE IN OREGON are the patients themselves, their families and friends, as they grapple with the legal option they are allowed in Oregon. Among the film’s most affecting stories is that of Cody Curtis, a 54-year-old wife and mother who suffers heroically through a roller coaster of emotions and on-again, off-again symptoms stemming from cancer of the liver’symptoms as debilitating as they are humiliating. After initial surgery seems successful, the cancer returns, prompting Curtis to legally obtain the lethal barbiturates to hold ‘in reserve’ as a final option.                               HOW TO DIE IN OREGON does not shy away from the complexities of the aid-in-dying debate, interviewing doctors on both sides of the issue as well as activists, patients’ families and opinion-makers. Since Oregon became the first state in the nation to pass such a law in 1994, more than 500 Oregonians have taken advantage of it.                                  HOW TO DIE IN OREGON debuts on May 26 exclusively on HBO at 8 p.m. ET/PTlast_img

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