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"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. | Add synopsis »
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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
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Directed by
Daniel Stamm 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Daniel Stamm  writer

Produced by
G.J. Echternkamp .... producer
Namarata Tandon .... associate 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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Germany:101 min (European Film Market)

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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
If it doesn't disturb, is it art? This disturbs, 13 March 2008
Author: larry-411 from United States

I attended the World Premiere of "A Necessary Death" at the 2008 SXSW Film Festival. This is a shocking and controversial feature from director Daniel Stamm.

To say that "A Necessary Death" defies description is an understatement. In fact, it's so unique that to say much more would spoil it. In "A Necessary Death," we follow a young filmmaker as he shoots a documentary about suicide. The kicker is that he actively solicits a subject who has already made plans to off himself and is willing to do it on camera.

For me, it's intensely personal. I lost a close friend to suicide about nine months ago and haven't really struggled with it as much as I'd expected to. I think I understand why he did what he did and the notion that someone taking their own life might be "justified" is something that is taboo in this society. This film breaks that taboo, and, in so doing, sheds some light on an issue which is so foreign to most people that they look at me with a mixture of disgust and wonder when I bring it up.

Needless to say, the film addresses issues of ethics, legality, and responsibility for the actions of others. The viewer's comfort level is tested as the film pushes the envelope of what's acceptable in cinema. The question is posed, "If it isn't disturbing, is it art?" "A Necessary Death" surely disturbs.

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