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New Documentary Kevorkian Looks Into Controversial Doctor’s Life on VOD

Virgil Films is set to release the new documentary about famous pathologist Dr. Jack Kevorkian on VOD and Digital Download on Tuesday. The 90-minute documentary follows the doctor, who gained worldwide fame when he was convicted of second-degree murder for helping a terminally ill patient commit suicide, as he announced his candidacy for Congress. Documentary maker Matthew Galkin and Golden Globe-nominated producer Steve Lee Jones give an all-access look into the final chapter of one of the most controversial men in recent history.

The documentary reveals the motivations of the man, who claimed to have helped at least 130 suffering patients end their lives, as he announced his candidacy at age 80, after serving nine years in prison. ‘Kevorkian’ also follows the doctor’s many jobs and hobbies, including painting, composing, inventing and fledgling politician. The film is supplemented by interviews with the doctor’s family and colleagues, as well as legal experts.

Kevorkian died in 2011 at the age of 83, but his campaign to allow patients to choose the time and manner of their death remains at the forefront of national politics. Such states as New Jersey and Vermont have presented death with dignity bills as a result of the doctor’s work.

Written by: Karen Benardello

New Documentary Kevorkian Looks Into Controversial Doctor's Life on VOD

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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