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Into The Night: Portraits of Life and Death

featuring live Q&A with Director Helen Whitney

Wednesday, November 7th at 7:00 PM

Broadway Centre Cinemas

Free and Open to the Public 

Into the Night: Portraits of Life and Death, a two-hour feature documentary, features fascinating, unexpected voices from various walks of life: old and young, believers and nonbelievers, the dying and the healthy, well known and obscure. Among them: Caitlin Doughty, an alternative mortician and bestselling author with her own YouTube following; Adam Frank, an astrophysicist and NPR commentator, Gabriel Byrne, renowned actor of stage and screen; Jim Crace, award-winning novelist and environmentalist; Max More, a cryonicist and futurist; Stephen Cave, a British philosopher; Phyllis Tickle, a near-death experience spokesperson and religious historian; Pastor Vernal Harris, a Baptist minister and advocate for hospice care in African-American communities; Jeffrey Piehler, a Mayo Clinic heart surgeon. However varied their backgrounds, all are unified by their uncommon eloquence and intelligence, and most important by their dramatic experience of death. Each of them has been shocked into an awareness of mortality–and they are forever changed. For them death is no longer an abstraction, far away in the future. Whether through a dire prognosis, the imminence of their own death, the loss of a loved one, a sudden epiphany, or a temperament born to question, these are people who have truly ‘awakened’ to their own mortality.

Helen Whitney is an Oscar nominated and Emmy and Peabody award-winning film producer, director, and writer. Her films have explored topics as varied as youth gangs, presidential candidates, the McCarthy era, mental illness, spirituality, and the photographer Richard Avedon. Into the Night: Portraits of Life and Death features interviews with nine people facing mortality who consider death in the context of religion, science, art, the natural world, and the power of love. 


Visit the official site for Into The Night




case-bannerTHE CASE AGAINST 8
featuring live Q&A with Director Ryan White

In partnership with Salt Lake Film Society, the Tanner Humanities Center held a VIP reception and free, public screening of the Sundance-award winning documentary The Case Against 8 to university and community members on November 15, 2015. Following the screening, the film’s Director Ryan White was available for a Q&A session that focused on changing marriage equality laws in Utah and throughout the nation.

Very special thanks to our sponsors
Salt Lake Film Society, Bruce W. Bastian Foundation, David Eccles School of Business Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative, LGBTQ-Affirmative Psychotherapist Guild, Love Utah Give Utah, the University of Utah College of Law, and Office for Equity and Diversity. 


This new Tanner Humanities Center initiative seeks to use the medium of film to explore the critical issues that face us both as individuals and in community.  Not only will our program offer screenings of vital films, but also bring campus and community into dialogue with filmmakers who will share the experience through the lens.

Last Updated: 9/13/18