Governor Booth Gardner is fighting his last campaign. After a year of successful political battles, including his tenure as Washington state’s most popular governor, Garnder wants to legalize physician-assisted suicide. Shortly after leaving office, the governor was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and two decades later it is slowly deteriorating his body towards and ugly demise.
To legalize assisted suicide, Garnder and his colleagues must convince a majority of voters to vote yes on ballot initiative 1000 or “Death with Dignity”. Standing in his way are a number of individuals and groups vehemently opposed to assisted suicide. Similar ballot initiatives have been quashed by such groups in 17 other states.
The Last Campaign of Booth Gardner is an observational documentary following behind the scenes of both sides in this contentious campaign and is an intimate portrait of a man fighting his own physical deterioration to pass the legislation and solidify his legacy.
2009 Academy Award ® Nominated Documentary, Short Subject
Director Daniel Junge Producer Henry Ansbacher, Davis Coombe and Andy Schocken
Editor Davis Coombe Assistant Editor Chad Herschberger Original Score Gunnard Doboze