SXSW 2011 Film Reviews

How to Die in Oregon

Festival Favorites
D: Peter D. Richardson

The short answer to how people die in Oregon is this: with dignity – dignity and options. As the first state in the U.S. to legalize physician-assisted suicide in 1994, Oregon is the obvious place to study the process by which the terminally ill and their care providers handle this controversial freedom. Intimate and deeply emotional, Richardson’s documentary takes in the perspectives of physicians, counselors, and patients. Particular attention is paid to the experience of Cody Curtis, a 54-year-old woman with recurrent liver cancer, along with those of her family and longtime doctor. We also witness the comfort that many derive just from knowing the option is out there, when and if they choose to (so to speak) die with their boots on. Winner of the best documentary award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the film is also scheduled to play later this year on HBO, which is good to know for those averse to sniffling in public.

Keep up with all our SXSW coverage at austinchronicle.com/sxsw. For scheduling on the go, here's a SXSW Film Pocket Guide, which includes the handy Film Grid. Sign up for our South-by-specific newsletter at austinchronicle.com/newsletters/ for news, reviews, and previews delivered to your inbox every day of the Fest. And for the latest Tweets, follow @ChronSXSW.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 36 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
SXSW Film Releases Full Feature Lineup
SXSW Film Releases Full Feature Lineup
Slate includes everyone from Wes Anderson to the Zellners

Monica Riese, Jan. 30, 2014

Mindy Kaling Comes to SXSW
Mindy Kaling Comes to SXSW
The comedian and showrunner will speak March 9

Monica Riese, Jan. 21, 2014

More by Marjorie Baumgarten
Isn’t It Romantic
Another entry in the bizarre "head trauma leads to female empowerment" rom-com genre

Feb. 15, 2019

2019 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Animation
The Academy's five favorite animated shorts, plus two ringers

Feb. 8, 2019

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle