The Day Don Died is a feel-good doc about gossip, misinformation, and the untimely death of a jazz singer.
Set in a condo community for aging entertainers and artists, the 14-min film blends documentary interviews, musical performances, and true crime vignettes to explore the bizarre events surrounding Don’s death.
- Whistler Film Festival
- Vancouver Short Film Festival
- Northwest Filmmaker's Festival
"The Day Don Died [has] an ending that will either make you mad or laugh like crazy."
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Tucked away in the heart of downtown Vancouver, there's a condo tower that's home to long-time members of Canada's performing arts professions: singers, actors, costume designers, dancers, filmmakers, playwrights, jazz musicians, and more.
Now picture this: on Easter Saturday, the residents of Vancouver's Performing Arts Lodge wake up to discover jazz singer and beloved tenant Don Stewart has unexpectedly died after a Good Friday performance at a neighbourhood bar. But as news travels between his creative and colourful neighbours, the story of Don’s pass takes on a life of its own. Every resident has their own version of what really happened to Don on Good Friday and each version is stranger than the last—until an Easter Monday revelation takes these entertainers and artists by complete surprise.
The Day Don Died is a 14min short film that blends non-fiction interviews with musical performances and cinematic recreations. It takes a laugh-out-loud look at the ways we knowingly and unknowingly spread misinformation and false news.
Film Completed: August 2018