December 16, 2014
“States of Grace” Hits Bay Area Theaters This January

The new documentary States of Grace hits Bay Area theaters to coincide with the installation of a movable median barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge in early January. Dr. Grace Dammann’s life was forever changed when a driver crashed head on into her car during a routine commute across the bridge in 2008.

3rd Unsung Heroes of Compassion ceremony with H.H. the Dalai Lama.

3rd Unsung Heroes of Compassion ceremony with H.H. the Dalai Lama.

After spending more than a year in rehabilitation hospitals, the film follows Grace as she returns home to Green Gulch Farm Zen Center in Marin, where she lives with her partner Fu Schroeder and their adopted teenage daughter Sabrina. Family dynamics are turned upside down as each of them must negotiate new roles and responsibilities. Through intimate verité footage and interviews with Grace’s doctors, family, and friends, States of Grace paints an inspiring portrait of trust and devotion as it delicately documents the pain and power of one woman’s fight to reinvent herself.

Honored with audience awards at the Mill Valley, Seattle Lesbian & Gay, and Napa Valley film festivals this fall, viewers have cheered States of Grace as “a moving, complex, and powerful journey” and “a knockout filled with beauty, wit, and compassion.”

Join filmmakers Helen S. Cohen and Mark Lipman in person at all six Bay Area screenings. Grace and Fu will also be in attendance at the Rafael Film Center on January 8. Get your tickets now and spread the word to family and friends! Don’t miss this chance to see States of Grace on the big screen!

Watch the Trailer

Bay Area Screening Dates

January 5 & 6, 7:30 pm | Balboa Theatre, San Francisco
January 6, 7 pm | The New Parkway Theater, Oakland
January 7, 7:30 pm | Vogue Theatre, San Francisco
January 8, 7 pm | Rafael Film Center, San Rafael
January 12, 7:30 pm | Shattuck Cinemas, Berkeley

 

Joshua Sandeman
Arts & Culture, Features, Zen Practice

Medicine and the Dharma

Joshua Sandeman, a former SFZC resident, is a Nurse Practitioner based in Salem, Oregon. “Medicine puts me face-to-face with all manner of human suffering and it can be a challenge to take care of feelings of burnout, detachment, and despair."