Staring Down Fate - Fresh Docs Film Screening
The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of Jeffrey Mittelstadt’s Staring Down Fate, about a red wolf biologist who is diagnosed with ALS, and searches for meaning in his terminal illness while the endangered species he dedicated his career to faces another potential extinction. The film is presented as part of the Fresh Docs series featuring documentary works-in-progress; following the screenings, a moderated conversation with the filmmaker(s) will be held, during which the audience provides valuable feedback.
Note: Fresh Docs screenings are free, but attendees must reserve a ticket via Eventbrite.
Staring Down Fate is about the 7.4 billion people on earth and our relationship with nature as told through the life of one person. Chris Lucash fights against fear of death and shares his story hoping humans will reconnect with nature and each other, and live their lives with purpose to make a difference in the world. While Chris is diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease), the endangered red wolf population declines fast: only 45 remain in the wild. He helped reintroduce them into the wild in 1987 after they were declared biologically extinct in 1980. But, did living and working in an area dominated by industrial agriculture contribute to the development of his ALS? Chris and the red wolves lost control over their own fate, but Chris did have control over how he lived his life and the legacy he leaves behind. He lived every day with purpose to make this world a better place, which enabled him to know that he would die with dignity.