Festival of the Dead 2017

INHERITANCE: Gifts from the Dead, a month long celebration honoring life and death

Festival of the Dead events including writing workshops and films.

Free and open to the public.

Writers Workshops

  • Re-Imagining the Dying Process, October 2 and 16
  • Writing Your Obituary, October 10 and 12

Free but limited to the first 12 registrants.

To sign up for the Writers Workshops, please call ZACC (Zootown Arts Community Center) at 406-549-7555.

Films at the Roxy

  • The Sea Inside, October 4, 6:30 pm
  • Harold and Maude, October 25, 6:30 pm

Culminating Event celebrating the works of the Writing Workshops, October 29, 6:00-8:00 pm, Burns St. Bistro.

Full Schedule

Festival of the Dead activities co-sponsored by IHH that are open to the public

Writing Your Obituary

Co-sponsored by IHH and ZACC

Though many of us have written obituaries for others, writing an obituary for yourself provides a valuable perspective on how you hope to be seen by others. As a genre of writing that compresses an autobiography into short space, obituaries compel the writer to pay close attention to the use of salient incidents and grounding principles in each person’s life. Location: ZACC

  • Session 1: Tuesday, October 10th: 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Session 2: Thursday, October 12th: 6:00-8:0 pm

RE-Imagining the Dying Process

Co-sponsored by IHH and ZACC

This workshop will ask participants to explore their expectations, hopes, and fears for how they will die, and push toward imagining a “good death” for themselves. What it would look like? What would it feel like? What would it take, in advance, to make such a death possible? How can we use our personal and collective creativity to imagine what our death events could be?

Workshop attendees will emerge with a “death plan,” which they will write and embellish in the workshop, and can revise in the years to come.  Location: ZACC

  • Session1: Monday, Oct 2, 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Session 2: Monday, Oct 16, 6:00-8:00 pm

Film: The Sea Inside

Sponsored by the Institute of Health and Humanities

Based on the true story of Ramon Sampedro’s 30-year campaign to win the right to end his life with dignity. Panel discussion to follow.

Wednesday, October 4th, 6:30-9:00 pm
The Roxy Theater, 718 S. Higgins

Film: Harold and Maude

Sponsored by the Institute of Health and Humanities

The story of the emotional and romantic bond between a death-obsessed young man from a wealthy family and a devil-may-care bohemian octogenarian. Panel discussion to follow.

Wednesday, October 25th, 6:30-8:30 pm
The Roxy Theater, 718 S. Higgins

Culminating Event

Culminating Event featuring writers reading works from the Writing Workshops Sponsored by the Institute of Health and Humanities

Sunday, October 29th, 6:00-8:00 pm
Burns St. Bistro, 1500 Burns St.