Berkeley filmmaker Dan Krauss makes movies about people facing moral quandaries. His Oscar and Emmy-nominated documentary short, “The Death of Kevin Carter,” examines the suicide of a controversial Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer. Krauss’ feature documentary, “The Kill Team,” looks at a soldier’s dilemma to protect or turn in his platoon when they start murdering Afghan civilians. Krauss’ newest film, “Extremis,” takes the audience inside an Oakland hospital’s Intensive Care Unit where patients, doctors and families must determine what to do when patients are facing end-of-life decisions.

Filmmaker Dan Krauss Explores End-Of-Life Care in ‘Extremis’ 21 December,2016Michael Krasny

Dan Krauss, documentary filmmaker; his films include "Extremis," "The Kill Team" and "The Death of Kevin Carter"

  • geraldfnord

    Some may opt for being adult and responsible with ending the only lufe they’ll ever have, but I, who attempt to be so in my daily life every day, fully intend to rage, rage, RAGE, against the dying of the light and take every measure I could, and enjoy the fight—though if it would gore my wife’s prospects of a decent retirement, I wouldn’t spend too much—fortunately, opiates are cheap.

  • David Grasseschi

    Kaiser had my father complete the end of life form each time he went into the hospital, a half a dozen times near the end of his life. He was not of sound mind and certainly not of sound body when he signed the last of these. He originally wanted to die at home, like my mother. In the end he died at the circus, the hospital. This process caused scars in my family that will not heal.

  • SBRodrigues

    I listened this morning to the piece on end of life options and the lack of real training for physicians in these conversations. The California Academy of Family Physicians launched an End of Life Conversations project this year that includes a wide array of educational activities, including a series of four podcasts, called The Talk. The Talk, produced by Deirdre Kennedy, features family physicians, palliative care specialists, an ethicist and others describing their experiences with patients at the end- of- life. These podcasts are available to any listener via our website and iTunes and we’d be happy to talk about them or our other efforts.

  • RNMom

    As an OR Nurse, I applaud this piece. I hope everyone who sees it will ask themselves, “what is important to me?” and “how do i define quality of life?” Then TALK to each other. Tell your family members. Tell them what you want and know that you can add contingencies: if x or y happens, then do this. Then they can tell your doctor what you want. Waiting until your loved one is on a ventilator is too late, very difficult, drives wedges between family and leaves them with fear and guilt. I hope more is done on this topic- thank you!


Michael Krasny

Michael Krasny, PhD, has been in broadcast journalism since 1983. He was with ABC in both radio and television and migrated to public broadcasting in 1993. He has been Professor of English at San Francisco State University and also taught at Stanford, the University of San Francisco and the University of California, as well as in the Fulbright International Institutes. A veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures, he is the author of a number of books, including “Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life” (Stanford University Press) “Spiritual Envy” (New World); “Sound Ideas” (with M.E. Sokolik/ McGraw-Hill); “Let There Be Laughter” (Harper-Collins) as well as the twenty-four lecture series in DVD, audio and book, “Short Story Masterpieces” (The Teaching Company). He has interviewed many of the world’s leading political, cultural, literary, science and technology figures, as well as major figures from the world of entertainment. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the S.Y. Agnon Medal for Intellectual Achievement; The Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism; the James Madison Freedom of Information Award; the Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association; Career Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and an award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association. He holds a B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. from Ohio University and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.

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