DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD
This film is part of the 2020 DOC NYC Short List for Feature Documentaries. Please note that It is not available for streaming via DOC NYC. Netflix subscribers may watch the film on Netflix.
Filmmaker Kirsten Johnson (Cameraperson, DOC NYC 2016) creates an inventive and emotional portrait of her widowed father, Dick, an 86-year-old psychiatrist. When he shows early signs of losing memory, Kirsten enlists him in a playful project to confront his mortality with a sense of humor. They stage fictional scenarios with a macabre sense of humor that imagine ways Dick could die and what he might find in an afterlife. “It is an inarguably serious documentary with light, surrealistic flourishes that, at times, veer into exuberant goofiness” (New York Times). (Courtesy of Netflix)