“Extremis” is a short documentary, from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Dan Krauss. The short doc follows the harrowing decisions doctors, families and patients face in urgent end-of-life case, and is shot in cinema verité style.
Filmed at the Highland Hospital in Oakland, California, Netflix claims the film “offers a uniquely intimate look at the intersection of science, faith, and humanity”.
“I strive to explore weighty ethical and moral questions through my films,” said Kraus, whose docs The Death of Kevin Carter and Kill Team won critical acclaim. “Doctors today can sustain life in ways once thought impossible, ushering in new and extremely complex questions about what it means for critically ill people to be kept alive.”
This is Netflix’s first short doc but not their first documentary. Netflix has pushed heavily into long-form docs through titles such as The Short Game, but this marks its first effort in the short-form factual format.
Dan Krauss’ documentary, The Death of Kevin Carter, was nominated for an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards, and won prizes from the Tribeca Film Festival, and the International Documentary Association, among others. His 2014 feature documentary The Kill Team won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival, an Independent Spirit Award, a nomination from the Director’s Guild of America, and was shortlisted for an Academy Award. As Director of Photography, Krauss has filmed numerous feature documentaries, including: Inequality for All, Broadway Idiot, We Are Legion, The Most Dangerous Man in America and Life 2.0.
“Extremis” comes to Netflix on Tuesday September 13th 2016.
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