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You learn you’re dying soon. What to do? A film by Eagle teens, in Sun Valley festival

Author: Maria L. La Ganga, Idaho Statesman
30 April 2018

Broadcasting students at Eagle High School produced a documentary called "The Teal Chair" that has been accepted into the student category at this year's Sun Valley Film Festival in March. The team produced the video in cooperation with Treasure Valley Hospice to discuss end-of-life decisions, death, and the best way to spend ones remaining days.

Andy Favor’s broadcasting students filmed a 102-year-old hospice patient talking about the pain of losing so many loved ones over the course of her life: “I pray for them to get better, or for the Lord to take them home.”

They heard a fidgety 6-year-old insist that he “would want to go to a pizza place” if he only had a few months to live. A 7-year-old declared he would “spend all the money I have myself (on) people in need” if faced with the same dilemma.

The five Eagle High School students have filmed hours of heart-wrenching video about critical end-of-life issues and boiled it down to a 10-minute documentary that will premiere at the Sun Valley Film Festival on Saturday. It is called “The Teal Chair,” and it was created in concert with Treasure Valley Hospice.

In the process, these high school juniors and seniors have mastered more than the art of filmmaking. They have learned about life and about death and about themselves. At ages 17 and 18, they have tackled questions many adults never broach in a lifetime. Their classmates may feel invincible; these teenagers know there is no such thing.

Read the full article online at the Idaho Statesman website.

Article republished with permission of the Idaho Statesman.

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