The Departure

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 7:00pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette St, NYC

Doors 6:30pm | Event 7pm | No admittance after 7:30pm

Lana Wilson / 2017 / 87 min

Ittetsu Nemoto, a former punk-turned-Buddhist-priest in Japan, has made a career out of helping suicidal people find reasons to live. But this work has come increasingly at the cost of his own family and health, as he refuses to draw lines between those he counsels and himself. The Departure captures Nemoto at a crossroads, when his growing self-destructive tendencies lead him to confront the same question his patients ask him: what makes life worth living?

Post-Screening Q&A

Lana Wilson (Director/Producer) is an Emmy Award-winning and two-time Spirit Award-nominated filmmaker based in New York. Her first film, After Tiller, which was co-directed by Martha Shane, premiered at Sundance in 2013 and was theatrically released by Oscilloscope in 50 U.S. cities. It was nationally broadcast on PBS’s POV and won a 2015 Emmy Award for Best Documentary. It was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary, four Cinema Eye Honors, a Satellite Award, and the Ridenhour Prize.

Wilson's new film, The Departure, premiered at Tribeca in 2017, was acquired by FilmRise, and had a theatrical release in 30 US cities, starting with New York's Metrograph. It was recently nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary. Wilson is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt and a 2018 Women at Sundance Fellow.

David Teague (Editor) is a documentary film editor. Recent films include the Oscar-nominated and Sundance-winning Life, Animated, the Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning Cutie and the Boxer and the Sundance-winning E-TEAM. Other credits include the Oscar-winning Freeheld, the Emmy-winning Sesame Street primetime special Growing Hope Against Hunger, the Oscar-nominated films Mondays at Racine and Sun Come Up, and the Full Frame award-winner Tocando la Luz. Teague directed and edited the award-winning documentaries Intifada NYC (Rooftop Films 2009) and Our House (Hot Docs 2010, co-directed with Greg King), which both also screened at DCTV. He has served as an editing mentor with the IFP Documentary Labs and the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship and is the author of two best-selling guides to film editing with Final Cut Pro.


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