For Dear Life

Sep 11, 2017 by

See the film:

For Dear Life at the Castle Theatre, 185 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar

Saturday September 23, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Sponsored by the Castlegar Hospice Society

Admission: suggested $15.00 donation to hospice

Director Carmen Pollard will be in attendance for a question and answer period after the screening

Death-Defiant Project Stirs Mortality Conversation

With all the flair of a seasoned theatre producer, terminal cancer patient James Pollard

rallies his family and friends to turn death on its head and stretch his final years into an

unconventional preservation project, stoically captured in For Dear Life .

Local film industry veteran Carmen Pollard makes her feature directorial debut with For Dear

Life , a brave documentary centred around her cousin James’ unyielding efforts to prolong his

life—family and friends in uneasy tow. “I’ve known James all my life,” says Carmen. “He’s my

cousin, my friend. And when we got the news I had no words to talk about it, none of us did.”

For Dear Life , then, steps in to show the support, heartache, and even darkly comic truth of a

terminal illness.

“There’s no way to positively talk about someone dying.”

—James Pollard

The Knowledge Network commissioned film premieres at DOXA Documentary Film Festival

Sunday, May 7, 2017, introducing audiences to high-spirited 46-year-old theatre producer

James Pollard, tracing his moves and countermoves as he faces his terminal cancer diagnosis

with frankness and dogged defiance, even in his declining days.

At once heavy and heartfelt, For Dear Life shines a spotlight on oft-avoided conversations about

mortality—particularly the obligations around remaining time spent with loved ones and home

care steward roles, not to mention quirky future-proof burial options involving rodent test

subjects and liquid clay. “I’ve never considered cremation,” James echoes. “It’s just never been

in the cards for me.”

“I have this wild fantasy that I’ll get my body into some preserved

state for 10,000 years—and I don’t mean embalming.”

Carmen Pollard’s affecting film style weaves raw family interaction, physician visits and the

natural world to confront our deep-seated social taboos around death. Her hope is that viewers

might carry the conversation forward with a multi-faceted view of death’s impact on all its

subjects, as well as its place in comfortable ritual and conversation.

See the film:

For Dear Life at the Castle Theatre, 185 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar

Saturday September 23, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Sponsored by the Castlegar Hospice Society

Admission: suggested $15.00 donation to hospice

About the director:

Carmen Pollard brings a combined fifteen years experience as a picture and story editor,

director, story consultant, and visual effects artist to her feature documentary directorial debut

For Dear Life . Her long list of credits includes work for the National Film Board, CBC,

Knowledge Network, Disney, Warner Bros., MGM, Sony and Fox, among others. She has been

nominated for a primetime Emmy, a Gemini, and five Leo awards, including her 2008 win for

Best Picture Editing on the NFB feature documentary Dirt

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