"As joyous, thrilling and funny as any film about death could be." (San Francisco Examiner)
"If dying is an art, Jack Tuller is practically Picasso." (Rotten Tomatoes)
Purchase tickets for the film screening as part of the 2022 Ojai Film Festival. Single tickets are $12 and $8 for seniors.
Then, Jack Has A Plan, and a special post screening Q+A with Stefanie Elkins, End-of-Life Doula, Be Present Care and Torrie Fields, Advanced and Palliative Care Advocate, and film participant.
Directly followed by a Death over Drafts Event at the Ojai Valley Brewery, a short walk from Theater. Hosted by Stefanie Elkins, End-of-Life Doula, Be Present Care and Torrie Fields, Advanced and Palliative Care Advocate, and film participant.
Whether you're an end-of-life clinician, a caregiver to a loved one, a death literacy advocate, or just curious about an artistic expression of one man's end-of-life journey, this event is for you.
About The Film:
Jack Has a Plan, produced over six years, was inspired by Jack Tuller’s keen desire to document and share his end-of-life story. Jack wanted to remove the taboos associated with discussions about death and dying—and to create the most honest and uplifting case study about how to approach our final days with honesty, openness, and gratitude.
The movie starts by providing the context of Jack’s career as a budding San Francisco musician. It reveals how his course was forever altered in 1994 when he was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor and given six months to live. JACK HAS A PLAN tells the story of the following 25 years.
At 55, Jack can no longer work and loses the wherewithal for creativity. So, he enlists his close friend, filmmaker Bradley Berman, to document his condition. Jack’s predicament propels him on a quest to make amends with his mother, who he has not seen since before his first diagnosis. Rebuffed by his mom, Jack goes on a journey to find the biological father he never knew. Then, as Jack’s condition worsens, he decides to throw a going-away party and exit life’s stage. But not if his closest friends have anything to say about it.
JACK HAS A PLAN is a revelation. The film is both intimate and moving, as the filmmaker and the subject weigh the implications and questions that arise from seeing Jack's “project” to its natural conclusion. The uplifting and funny story invites viewers to reflect on life’s most universal topic.
Contact Stefanie Elkins for more info: 818-823-6522