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Streaming January 14-26, 2022 Digital Screening Room

USA | 81 minutes | 2021

Prognosis: Notes on Living

Florida Premiere

In perhaps her bravest act as a filmmaker, Academy Award-winning documentarian and LGBTQ+ activist Debra Chasnoff responded to her diagnosis of stage-4 cancer by turning the camera on herself, her wife, and her sons to chronicle the journey that lay ahead of them. With customary candor and humor, she took on the assignment out of necessity: not wishing to be defined only as patient or victim, she adopted a role she could play with certainty — that of the storyteller. What emerges is a raw, intimate portrait of shifting relationships and identities, a story about hanging onto the people you love, as you prepare to let them go. Completed according to her wishes by a circle of Bay Area peers and family, Prognosis: Notes on Living is not only a film about illness. Clear-eyed and unsentimental, intimate and honest, it is the unforgettable, present-tense diary of a life fiercely lived, and a love worth fighting for.

Accompanying the film premiere is a panel discussion with co-director Kate Stilley Steiner, producer/wife of Debra Chasnoff, Nancy Otto; and producers Joan Lefkowitz, Lidia Szajko, and Andra Oshinsky, as well as moderator Rabbi Fred Klein, executive vice president of the Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami. To view the conversation please click here.

Director's Bio

Directed by Debra Chasnoff, Kate Stilley Steiner

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Debra Chasnoff was an Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and activist whose films address progressive social justice issues. Her production company GroundSpark produces and distributes films, educational resources and campaigns on issues ranging from environmental concerns to affordable housing to preventing prejudice. Kate Stilley Steiner is a filmmaker, editor, and producer. She co-founded Citizen Film, a San Francisco-based not-for-profit production company which creates films and online media that foster active engagement in cultural and civic life.

Cast and Credits


Debra Chasnoff, Kate Stilley Steiner


Debra Chasnoff, Kate Stilley Steiner


Noah Chasnoff, Oscar Klausner, Kate Stilley Steiner


Mike Shen


Debra Chasnoff, Kate Stilley Steiner

Film Info






81 minutes


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