What we (don't) talk about when we (don't) talk about death: Review: Austin Chronicle
Too often people brush death away with euphemism. Not Whitney, for whom it has become a subject of fascination, and the subject of her new film, Into the Night: Portraits of Life and Death. The documentary, which debuted at Austin Film Festival 2017, and will be broadcast on PBS on March 26, is intended to break the taboo of talking about the inevitable. Whether we discuss death or not, Whitney said, "It's a shadow that falls across your own interior landscape."
Being interested in death is too often written off as morbid or gruesome, and Whitney's film is instead one of the first major documents of the Death Positive movement. --Richard Whittaker, Austin Chronicle
PBS film forces viewers to confront mortality: Review: AP
"Watching “Into the Night: Portraits of Life and Death” makes clear that it’s a lot more about life. The film, which premieres on March 26 at 9 p.m. EDT, features interviews with several thoughtful people for whom death is more than an abstraction." --David Bauder, Associated Press
Featured nationally: The New York Times, Washington Post, ABC News, Miami Herald, Kansas City Star, Minneapolis Star Tribune, etc.
New PBS Film Explores How We Feel About Death: Review: Next Avenue Forbes
"Whitney’s film takes death on fearlessly — and thankfully spares us academic studies, popular how-to’s and the usual authoritative pronouncements. She doesn’t tell us what to think or feel, but rather brings us unique perspectives from people who have examined death deeply." --Deborah Quilter's, Next Avenue/Forbes
kqed forum interview with michael krasny
"Helen Whitney's latest documentary, 'Into the Night,' portrays nine people grappling with death's meaning -- from a young mortician who leads the Death Positive movement to a Baptist minister who loses faith after the death of his sons. Whitney joins us to discuss the film and what she learned from her subjects about human mortality."
San Francisco chronicle: KQED Screening Event
“Those who gathered to watch portions of the film...were as rapt as though they'd been watching a documentary about Woodstock.”- Leah Garchik, SF Chronicle
Access Utah Public Radio Interview: Helen Whitney
"Into the Night" features fascinating, unexpected voices from various walks of life: old and young, believers and nonbelievers, the dying and the healthy, well known and obscure, all unified by their dramatic experience of death.
The Austin Chronicle has chosen "Into the Night" as one of ten top festival films of 2017!!
"Veteran documentarian Helen Whitney focuses on the one true inevitability of life, and that is its end. By letting those facing and affected by death speak their own stories (supplemented with still-life photography by Austin's own Rocky Schenck) she gives new lyrical insight to this often taboo topic."