Helen Whitney's 'Into the Night' Explores Struggle with Mortality

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Helen Whitney's films include "Into the Night: Portraits of Life and Death," "Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero" and "The Choice '96." (Photo courtesy: Helen Whitney )

As award-winning filmmaker Helen Whitney entered midlife she says she felt "mortality press in" and yearned to have conversations about death and dying before it was too late. Her 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.

Helen Whitney, film producer, director and writer; her newest film is "Into the Night: Portraits of Life and Death"
Adam Frank, featured in "Into the Night"; professor of astrophysics, University of Rochester

"Into the Night"'s website