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Documentary following assisted suicide ballot initiative in Washington State.

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Cast overview:
Booth Gardner ...
Himself (as Gov. Booth Gardner)
Katherine Bragdon ...
Herself - Consultant
Dia Armenta ...
Herself - Political Strategist
Anne Martens ...
Herself
Alex Morgan ...
Himself - Campaign Manager
Duane French ...
Himself
Eilen Geller ...
Herself
Sharon Park ...
Herself (as Sister Sharon Park)
John Spellman ...
Himself (as Gov. John Spellman)
Ken Schram ...
Himself
John Carlson ...
Himself
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Documentary following assisted suicide ballot initiative in Washington State.

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The strength of will in the face of indescribable adversity
24 February 2010 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Upon leaving office, Booth Gardner, the most popular governor in Washington state history, thought he had life figured out. Turns out he was wrong. Within months of leaving office, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. When we meet Gardner, it is present day and he is losing his faculties---voice is slurred, mobility limited, death is on his mind every day. Taking the approach that he has made every difficult decision in his life---school, marriage, family, career--he posits, "why can't I decide when I want to go? why can't I legally make the most important decision of my life?". And with that we follow Booth Gardner on the campaign trail to get Prop 1000 to legalize "death with dignity" passed.

I've had the pleasure of knowing Daniel Junge for 20 years. From his days as a student at NYU film school and his early success with "Chiefs" (winner at TriBeca) through "They Killed Sister Dorothy" (short-listed for Best Doc 2009) he continues to fearlessly tackle difficult subjects and deliver beautiful, thoughtful films.

If you love great documentary, look for "The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner".


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