HamptonsFilm is pleased to continue to curate the hit screening series NOW SHOWING, featuring acclaimed first-run, art house, independent, and world cinema available to screen in the privacy of your own home.

This week, we’re pleased to recommend Kirsten Johnson’s DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD, “a funny film about death, which is to say it’s a wrenching film about life” (Los Angeles Times).


Directed by Kirsten Johnson
(2020, USA, 89 minutes)

“For all its playfulness, it’s the real, stinging, joyful, inconvenient reality of life that DICK JOHNSON gives us. It’s a committed act of preservation: a looping, reeling, repeatable act of love.” Rolling Stone

A lifetime of making documentaries has convinced award-winning filmmaker Kirsten Johnson (CAMERAPERSON) of the power of the real. But now she’s ready to use every escapist movie-making trick in the book—staging inventive and fantastical ways for her 86-year-old psychiatrist father to die while hoping that cinema might help her bend time, laugh at pain and keep her father alive forever.

The darkly funny and wildly imaginative DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD is a love letter from a daughter to a father, creatively blending fact and fiction to create a celebratory exploration of how movies give us the tools to grapple with life’s profundity.

Winner of a U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

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