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Join us for the premiere screening of Lifelines and Deadlines on January 27, featuring Chana Bloch’s reading of her final poems at an event she titled “Dying for Dummies” 2 years ago for Village members.
Speaking at the event will be Dr. Lonny Shavelson, an expert on end-of-life issues who helped make the film. Dr. Shavelson will discuss Chana’s attitudes toward dying and other end-of-life issues.
In the film, Chana, an internationally acclaimed poet and beloved Village member who died in 2017, reads from poems about her four-year engagement with cancer and discusses her thoughts, her poems and her creative approach. The poems were later published posthumously in her last book, The Moon Is Almost Full.
Dr. Lonny Shavelson, a Berkeley physician, photographer, filmmaker and journalist, is the author of six books, including A Chosen Death. He was the producer/director of the feature documentary film Three to Infinity: Beyond Two Genders. With Jan Sturmann, he filmed Lifelines and Deadlines, and he participated in the editing of the film. 
Dr. Shavelson's medical practice focuses on requests from terminally ill patients for medical aid in dying according to California's End of Life Option Act. He will discuss the provisions and requirements of the new law. 

For more information on the premiere screening of Lifelines and Deadlines on January 27 click here.
The DVD of Lifelines and Deadlines is available for purchase.



chana bloch
(1940-2017) was a poet, translator, scholar, and teacher. She was the author of six books of poems, six books of translation from Hebrew poetry, ancient and contemporary, and a critical study of George Herbert. Bloch was professor emerita of English literature and creative writing at Mills College, where she taught for many years and directed the creative writing program. She lived in Berkeley, California.


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