May 2nd, 2014

Clayton begins work on “Hollywood Does Death”

In collaboration with Ellen Goodman, researcher, reporter, and the most widely syndicated progressive columnist in the United States, Jay Clayton has begun work on a film project tentatively titled “Hollywood Does Death.” Inspired by a short project produced for the Institute of Medicine in 2012, the film project researches scenes in film depicting topics around death. Scenes showing accompanying losses, moments, and aftermaths of death are researched and collated. The goal is to produce a piece The Conversation Project can add to its tools and tips to help people have conversations about end of life wishes. Research assistants include graduate student Mia Keeys and undergraduate Bryan Ha, both chosen for their interests and experience with health policy, wellness, and media.

The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. It began in 2010, when Ellen Goodman and a group of colleagues and concerned media, clergy, and medical professionals gathered to share stories of “good deaths” and “bad deaths” within their own circle of loved ones. Learn more and find tools to begin the conversation here.


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