Defining Hope


Indianapolis Museum of Art Tue, Oct 17, 2017 7:45 PM
AMC Castleton Square Theater 9 Wed, Oct 18, 2017 5:00 PM
Film Info
Film Type:Documentary Feature
Themes:Current Events/History
Feel Good
Release Year:2017
Runtime:78 minutes
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Carolyn Jones
Cast:Diane Ryan, RN
Gilbert Oakley, RN
Berthold Cohen
Alena Sydnor
Producer(s):Lisa Frank
Executive Producer(s):Carolyn Jones
Donald and Barbara Jonas
Kate Judge
Jeannie Patz Blaustein


"Defining Hope" is a documentary that weaves the stories of patients with life-threatening illnesses—and the nurses who guide them—as they make choices about how they want to live, how much medical technology they can accept, what they hope for and how that hope evolves when life is threatened. It is about optimism and helps us define what "quality of life" really means. Diane is a nurse caring for end-stage cancer patients when she braces for her own complex diagnosis. 23-year-old Alena undergoes a risky brain surgery that threatens to destroy her short-term memory. 95-year-old Berthold lives with his elderly wife who struggles to honor his wish of dying peacefully at home. "Defining Hope" follows these patients and others as they face death, embrace hope, and ultimately redefine what makes life worth living.      
Suitable for most audiences


Filmmakers scheduled to attend Oct. 17th:
Carolyn Jones, Director
Anna Rooney, Associate Producer
Barbara Glickstein, Nursing Consultant/Advisor

Filmmakers scheduled to attend Oct. 18th:
Carolyn Jones, Director
Anna Rooney, Associate Producer

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