VIFF – Lana Wilson Discusses Her Film “The Departure”

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Oct 11, 2017 – In this Episode Tasha and Andrew speak with Lana Wilson, producer of “The Departure” which plays at the Vancouver International Film Festival this year. Listen in as Lana tells us more about her movie….

Learn more about Lana and “The Departure”…

Lana Wilson is an Emmy Award-winning director, writer, and producer based in New York.

Wilson has been a featured guest on MSNBC, Huffington Post LiveDemocracy Now, NPR’s The Takeaway, WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show, and many other programs.  With After Tiller co-director Martha Shane, she was the recipient of NARAL Pro-Choice America’s 2014 Champion of Choice Award. Wilson’s work has been supported by ITVS, the Sundance Documentary Fund, the Tribeca Film Institute, the Bertha Foundation, Artemis Rising Foundation, the Educational Foundation of America, Chicken & Egg Pictures, the International Documentary Association, Candescent Films, Women in Film, Independent Feature Project, Film Independent, and the New York State Council on the Arts, among other institutions. She has taught classes and workshops at UnionDocs and DCTV and is a MacDowell Fellow.

To learn more about Lana Wilson visit her website at

Her Most recent film “The Departure” plays this year at the Vancouver International Film Festival

The Departure is about a former punk rocker, now a Buddhist priest and suicide counsellor, Ittetsu Nemoto is, needless to say, an exceptional person. Compassionate, intelligent and possessed of an indomitable work ethic, he reaches out to people wanting to die, encouraging them to express their impulses and taking them on special retreats that have been called “death workshops.” Does it all help? That’s just one of the questions hanging over this exceptional documentary.

For more about this film visit


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