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A Necessary Death -- "Documentary Filmmaker looking for suicidal individual to follow from first preparation to final act." Cut from 142 video tapes, this project sheds light on the tragedy following the infamous Internet ad.


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  (in credits order)

G.J. Echternkamp ... Gilbert

Matthew Tilley ... Matt

Valerie Hurt ... Valerie

Michael Traynor ... Michael
Konima Parkinson-Jones ... Konima
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shelley Isaacs ... Grieving Mother
Thomas Moses ... Cliff Bookends

Talmadge Ragan ... Ellen Radel

Pamela Salem ... Matt's Mother

Doris Jung Usui ... Suicidal Wife

Directed by
Daniel Stamm 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Daniel Stamm  writer

Produced by
Namee Baijal .... associate producer (as Namarata Tandon)
G.J. Echternkamp .... producer
Brian Udovich .... producer
Original Music by
Morgan Kibby 
Jonathan Leahy 
Cinematography by
Zoltan Honti 
Film Editing by
David Kashevaroff 
Shilpa Sahi 
Casting by
Mali Finn 
Art Direction by
Thomas S. Hammock 
Costume Design by
Marcy Rector 
Sound Department
Andy Hay .... sound designer
Andy Hay .... sound re-recording mixer
Andy Hay .... supervising sound editor
Casting Department
Deanna Brigidi .... casting associate
David Rapaport .... casting
Music Department
Jonathan Leahy .... music supervisor
Jeff Freilich .... thanks
Jim McBride .... thanks
Michael Marius Pessah .... thanks

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Additional Details

Germany:101 min (European Film Market)

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8 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Peculiar, Disturbing Film, 15 March 2008
Author: JustCuriosity from Austin, TX, United States

A Necessary Death had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX. It's hard to know what to think of a feature film that appears to be intentionally passing itself off to audiences as a documentary about the making of a student film on about a person planning to commit suicide. Much of the audience - myself included - was confused and thought that the film was an actual documentary. As a documentary, the project would be incredibly startling and disturbing.

As a feature film, the project is creative, but also a bit of gimmicky and somewhat emotional manipulative, because the audience feels like they are being shown something real which is really a complete work of fiction. If the film opens a wider debate about the ethics of suicide and, in this case, the ethics of the euthanasia, that may be positive, but its more likely to lead to a debate about the ethics of film making. Realistically, the film's approach so off-putting and confusing that it is unlikely to get much theatrical distribution. Also, the last third of the film and especially the ending seems a bit overly melodramatic. It feels like the writer/director made the film in an effort to get himself noticed in film circles by doing something creative and out-of-the-box.

Well, he has done that, but I'm not sure if the effort to confuse the line between fact and fiction is a healthy one or not. The film is entertaining, but also a bit disturbing in a way that doesn't necessarily seem particularly constructive. It is asking questions about the ethics of documentary film making, but it is unclear to this observer if they are questions that are particular important ones to ask or to answer.

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