End of Life is a platform of stories and resources that shares experiences of the dying through an exploration of intimate spaces and moments.
The project is comprised of a multi-channel installation and an interactive online platform. The stories are gathered during filmmakers John Bruce and Paweł Wojtasik's work where they help create a vigil plan and sacred environment during the final phase of their lives.
The documentary film takes the approach of empathetic observation while the online hub provides a means for moving our society towards more enlightened approaches of end of life care.
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John Bruce is a strategist, designer, and filmmaker. His work involves developing ventures and experiences for platforms, programs, and engagement. John has extensive experience in empathetic ethnography and systems-thinking. His current research includes: ethnography and the end of life; and new economies based on collectives, design, and identity in mountain communities. He also co-founded the Brooklyn-based design and architecture firm super-interesting!. John spent two decades working in film and television production, serving in a variety of roles. He earned a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, and an MBA in Sustainable Systems and Business from Pinchot University. John is Assistant Professor and Director of the BBA Program in Strategic Design & Management at Parsons School of Design. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, and is a Fellow at the Graduate Institute for Design Ethnography and Social Thought at the New School.
Paweł Wojtasik is a filmmaker and video artist born in Łódź, Poland and currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. Paweł lived in Tunisia before immigrating to the U.S in 1972. He received an MFA from Yale University in 1996. From 1998 until 2000 Paweł was a resident at Dai Bosatsu Zendo Buddhist monastery. His films and video installations are poetic reflections on our environment and culture. In 2012, he was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to make a film on the theme of labor in India, and was named a 2012 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) fellow in Video/Film. Pawel’s film Pigs (2010) won the grand prize at the 2011 Hong Kong International Film Festival, and was shown in the Berlin and New York Film Festivals. His recent large-scale video installation Single Stream (a collaboration with Toby Lee and Ernst Karel) was exhibited at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York. The cinema version of Single Stream was shown in the 2014 Whitney Biennial and at Ann Arbor Film Festival. Paweł Wojtasik's work is represented by Video Data Bank.