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In mid-August, two films related to end-of-life issues, directed and produced by Perri Peltz and Matthew O’Neill (of HBO’s “Axios”), were released by HBO Documentaries.
The Crestone End of Life Project and the late Aliyah Alexander are the subject of the short (13-minute) documentary, Funeral Pyre, an on-demand release for subscribers.
Alternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America offers a fascinating look at the varied ways Americans are choosing to both find meaning and celebrate life as it comes to an end. With attitudes about death and end-of-life choices rapidly changing, 2018 was the first time more Americans chose cremation over more expensive, traditional burials, disrupting the $16 billion a year funeral industry. As the baby boomer generation approaches death, more and more people are rethinking the ways end of life is recognized and are deciding to take control of what will happen when they die. Touching and heartfelt, the documentary spotlights a subject some might rather avoid, and presents it in a positive and thought-provoking manner — featuring stories of empowerment instead of avoidance.
Alternate Endings (1 hr. 8 min.) can be streamed on demand for subscribers until Sept. 18, 2019 from HBO’s website. It will be aired on television on these dates: Fri. Sep 13 at 12:45 am (Mountain Time) on HBO2; Fri., Sep 27 at 1:22 am MT on HBO LATINO; and Fri., Sep 27 at 1:25 am MT on HBO. www.hbo.com/documentaries