A CERTAIN KIND OF DEATH
Director: Blue Hadaegh & Grover Babcock
United States, 2003, 70 min
Crew:Blue Hadaegh & Grover Babcock
Sales:Grover Babcock, Producer - New Box Media Inc., 3405 Glendale Blvd. #90 Los Angeles, CA 90039 USA - T: 323 906 9313 - F: 323 906 9399
Unblinking and unsettling, "A Certain Kind of Death" lays bare a mysterious process that goes on all around us: What happens to people who die with no next of kin? Filmmakers Blue Hadaegh and Grover Babcock present this dark milieu in surprisingly composed and beautiful scenes. We witness a variety of public employees handling the bodies, personal property and money of those who have died alone, each worker helping nudge the deceased into non-existence. As each life is revealed to us, each is also drawn inevitably toward the same vanishing point. Crews haul away property, crypt workers prepare bodies for disposal. Appliances, furniture and personal knickknacks of the dead end up in a county warehouse, where auctioneers disperse them to strangers who know nothing of the prior owners. Unexpected ironies and compelling imagery force us to ponder the question "What is death?" For the unmourned people we have come to know in the film, it is total erasure.
About the director
Blue Hadaegh and Grover Babcock are partners in New Box Media, a documentary company in Los Angeles, California. "A Certain Kind of Death" is their first independent feature documentary. Blue Hadaegh grew up in Iran. She received her Masters Degree California Institute for the Arts (Cal Arts). Grover Babcock was born in Pittsburgh, and received degrees in Philosophy and Film Production from USC. Individual credits include documentaries for PBS, Discovery, Court TV, and Travel Channel.