OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

‘How to Die in Oregon’ screens Oct. 26

10/05/2011

CORVALLIS, Ore. – An award-winning documentary about Oregon’s death with dignity law will screen at Oregon State University on Wednesday, Oct. 26, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker.

The free public event begins at 7 p.m. in the Construction & Engineering Auditorium of LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

How to Die in Oregon” is Peter Richardson’s second feature documentary. The film won the award for Best Documentary at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was broadcast on HBO. Richardson began production in 2007 and is the film's director, producer, co-editor and cinematographer.

In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted death. Since 1998, more than 500 Oregonians have taken their mortality into their own hands. In “How to Die in Oregon,” filmmaker Richardson enters the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether – and when – to end their lives by lethal overdose. The film examines various sides of this complex, emotionally charged issue.

Richardson also directed, produced, edited and co-photographed his debut feature, “Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006.

The event is sponsored by the OSU Hundere Endowment in Religion and Culture, OSU’s School of Public Policy, OSU’s School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences, OSU’s Program in Medical Humanities as well as Samaritan Health Services’ Office of Graduate Medical Education.