“The Day Don Died” blends non-fiction interviews with surreal, dramatic re-creations to tell the story of a true and mysterious event involving PAL Vancouver’s community of artists. Directors Steve J. Adams and Sean Horlor began researching their film at PAL in 2017 and, to date, it has been selected to be screened at Hot Docs Canadian International Festival (2019) in Toronto; the Vancouver Short Film Festival (2019), the Whistler Film Festival (2018) and the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival in Portland (2018).
“An ending that will either make you mad or laugh like crazy.” – Hollywood North Magazine
Read Sabrina Furminger’s great Vancouver Courier News feature (Jan. 22, 2019) about PAL’s community and “The Day Don Died” here:
On Easter Sunday, residents of PAL woke up to discover jazz singer and beloved tenant Don Stewart had unexpectedly died after a performance on Good Friday. But as news travels between PAL’s highly-imaginative people, the story of Don’s passing takes on a life of its own. Every resident has their own version of what really happened that day and each version is more sensational than the last. This film takes a humorous and poignant look at aging in PAL’s artistic community.
Steve Adams’ and Sean Horlor’s short documentaries Hunting Giants (2017), Brunch Queen (2017), and A Small Part of Me (2016) have screened at festivals around the world.