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Acclaimed producer and director Helen Whitney to visit Flagler with new documentary

Sep 24, 2019

On Tuesday, Oct 1 at 5:30 p.m., Helen Whitney will return to Flagler College, this time for a public showing of her 2-hour documentary “Into the Night: Portraits of Life and Death.” The documentary showing will be free and open to the public in the Lewis Auditorium, and be immediately followed by a panel discussion including Whitney and select Flagler faculty on the topic of death and dying.

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Whitney is a widely-acclaimed producer and director of several award-winning films spanning a wide variety of topics including youth gangs, the McCarthy Era and the events of Sept. 11. Her work has garnered a George Foster Peabody Award, an Emmy Award, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award and an Oscar nomination.

The film presents to the viewers, various perspectives on the topic of death and dying including those of a mortician, a doctor, an astrophysicist and those who consider themselves religious. In their “portraits,” as Whitney describes them, the perspectives are shown in a way that actually makes the film seem more about living life to the fullest than about dying and death.

“It’s really not so much about death as it is about living,” said Whitney. “How do we live fully and consciously knowing that we will die.”

The film has shown on PBS and Whitney continues to travel the country promoting it at other public screenings.

“’Into the Night’ seems to have struck a nerve, and the response to this film has been unusually intense, among young and old, and from all walks of life,” she said.  

In addition to the public showing of the film and panel discussion immediately following, Whitney will hold interviews with the Flagler College television studios (FCTV) as well as host class discussions for psychology and communications students.

A WFCF Flagler College radio interview with Whitney will air Tuesday, Sept. 24 and reair on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. Locally, the Flagler College radio station is 88.5, but it is also available on iHeart radio.

Please call (904) 826-8572 for more information. If you are a person with a disability and need reasonable accommodations, please contact Phil Pownall at (904) 819-6460.

A trailer of the film is available on the director's website here:

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