Leslie Koren, a Temple MFA student in Film and Media Arts, is creative producer of “Dying and Dinner Parties,” and “The Morgue,” two documentary shorts released recently as part of an episode on “Local, USA” in conjunction with World Channel.org on PBS in Chicago. “Dying and Dinner Parties” had it’s festival premiere at the Hampton’s International Film Festival and has played at several festivals across the US.
“Local, USA” Series is produced in partnership with WTTW in Chicago, World Channel and Vimeo.com. The series is a half-hour, 13-week series that features fascinating stories of diverse people, culled from public television stations and independent producers from across the country, and curated around a single theme for each program.
Koren’s work is featured in an episode of Local, USA on Death and Dying. The excerpts follow a teenage hospice volunteer as he relays advice from his hospice patients (“The Morgue”); and portrays a dying Brooklyn woman and former hospice worker, as she prepares for her own final journey with dignity, and a dinner party (“Dying and Dinner Parties”). They were produced originally by ThinPlace|Pictures and directed by Lily Henderson.
The project gave Leslie the unique opportunity of gaining entry into the mysterious aspects of death and dying, while also highlighting the altruistic work of diverse Hospice volunteers in the US. Read more about the series here.