Memento Mori

Memento Mori is an intimate saga of a young artist who leads his family through the process of dying on his own terms.

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Cameron Bargerstock

Cameron Bargerstock is a documentary film director/producer and graduate of Wake Forest University’s Documentary Film MFA Program. Memento Mori is her first feature film and received production funding from LEF Foundation and the Visual Storytelling Consortium. Inspiration for this project came through her hospice volunteer experience and Show more undergraduate studies in death and dying at Warren Wilson College. Her prior work includes music documentary short Musickland, co-directed with Jacob Rosdail, which toured through several regional festivals. During graduate school she was a teacher’s assistant to filmmaker Peter Gilbert (Hoop Dreams) in Visual Storytelling. Cameron most recently has been working on a series of short films for Teen Vogue and divides her time between Vermont and NYC. Show less

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The Film

Memento Mori travels through the intimate and complex saga of terminal illness through the eyes of Ethan Rice, a humorous young artist living with Cystic Fibrosis who leads his family through the process of dying on his own terms. When Ethan recognizes aggressive medical interventions are keeping him alive well beyond his prognosis, his family and doctor help him focus on living and prepare for death. In what is a clearly transformational time concerning death with dignity in America, this story examines self-determination and the unexpected power of imagination in navigating the end of life.