A Family Undertaking

A Family Undertaking
Type TV Special
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 1hr
Genres Documentary
Keywords N/A
Status Completed
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Keith Carr Actor Himself 1 1000001
Elizabeth Westrate Director n/a 2 2000001
Elizabeth Westrate Producer n/a 3 3000001
Ann Rose Associate Producer n/a 171 3000002
Teatown Communications Group Post-Production n/a 120945 5000001
Scott Sinkler Cinematographer n/a 402 6000001
Brett Wiley Cinematographer Additional Cinematography 402 6000002
Buddy Squires Cinematographer Additional Cinematography 402 6000003
Andrew Kist Photography Still Photography 120835 6000004
Melissa Neidich Editor n/a 172 7000001
Jon Fordham On-Line Editor n/a 120811 7000002
Fiona McBain Sound Editor n/a 229 14000001
Tom Efinger Sound Mixer n/a 230 14000002
Brad Bergbom Sound Recordist n/a 331 14000003
Doug Dunderdale Sound Recordist n/a 331 14000004
Luanna Plunkett Sound Recordist n/a 331 14000005
Mike Dunn Sound Recordist n/a 331 14000006
Synopsis
A documentary which opens a window onto a compelling new trend in America's treatment of death: the home funeral. Prior to the 20th century, caring for the dead in our country fell to family and friends. The rise of the more institutional, 'sanitized' funeral has over time served to alienate Americans from one of the most basic facts of life. Home funeral advocates the belief that following death, close contact with the body, even for children, has been shown to help with the grieving process. Filmed across the country, the chronicle intimately follows several diverse families as they forego a typical mortuary funeral and care for their loved ones at home. The camera also ventures behind closed doors into the world of the American funeral industry, to shed light upon some of the tricks of the trade.