Dick Johnson Is Dead

Nominated for Best Documentary

Best Documentary Award given to the director and producer.


Director/Producer: Kirsten Johnson

Producers: Katy Chevigny, Marilyn Ness


A lifetime of making documentaries has convinced filmmaker Kirsten Johnson of the power of the real. But now she’s ready to use every escapist movie-making trick in the book; staging inventive and fantastical ways for her 86-year-old father to die while hoping that cinema might help her bend time, laugh at pain and keep her father alive forever. The darkly funny and wildly imaginative Dick Johnson Is Dead is a love letter from a daughter to a father, creatively blending fact and fiction to create a celebratory exploration of how movies provide the tools to grapple with life’s profundity.