On December 14, 2012, Michael Bernhagen and Terry Kaldhusdal interviewed Diane Meier, MD, Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City, for Consider the Conversation 2: A Documentary About Unintended Consequences. Dr. Meier is a geriatrician who is shaping the field of palliative care and making its benefits available to millions of Americans suffering from serious illness.
Marian University just became the first institution of higher learning in the United States to support the production and distribution of Consider the Conversation 2: A Documentary About Unintended Consequences with a major donation.
Consider the Conversation co-producers Michael Bernhagen and Terry Kaldhusdal just wrapped up a very successful shoot at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina where they spent the week interviewing and documenting the lives of doctors and seriously ill patients. They left the home of the Blue Devils inspired and in awe of the incredible work being done there.
Terry Kaldhusdal and Michael Bernhagen are currently working on the follow up to their award-winning PBS film Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject. Subtitled A Documentary About Unintended Consequences, this important new piece of work will explore the effect of American medicine's success on the patient/doctor relationship and shed light on the critical role communication plays in helping both parties navigate the murky waters of severe chronic disease.
On Friday, June 7th, Michael Bernhagen and Terry Kaldhusdal, the award-winning producers behind Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject, will send a beautiful brochure to 4,500 public libraries around the United States encouraging them to add the film to their DVD collection for the benefit of the communities they serve.
Will you call your local library to let them know about the documentary?
On Friday, May 31st, Consider the Conversation co-producers Michael Bernhagen and Terry Kaldhusdal mailed a very important letter (see below) to friends and supporters of their work throughout the United States and Canada.
Kaldhusdal and Bernhagen, who volunteer their time to produce these films, are hoping to raise $80,000 in tax deductible donations by the end of the third quarter.
The first free community screening of Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject in Maine took place on Tuesday, May 14th at The Harbor Theatre in the small town of Boothbay Harbor (on the Altlantic Coast, southern part of the state) in front of a standing room only crowd.
Prior to the event (on his 48th birthday as a matter of fact), co-producer Michael Bernhagen was interviewed by Lisa Kristoff, a reporter for the Boothbay Register, a weekly newspaper established in 1876.
At the request of the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA), co-producers Terry Kaldhusdal and Michael Bernhagen have extended the PBS broadcast rights for Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject to 12/31/13.