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Vote for Your Favorite Fun Funeral Film!
Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert
For Immediate Release:
Dateline: Albuquerque , NM
Wednesday, October 11, 2017


To celebrate the close of the inaugural Before I Die ABQ Festival, come to Rio Bravo Brewery at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25 for a movie and a beer. And you get to vote for which fun funeral film we watch! The event is free, and you buy your own beer. They’ve also got great food you can order there, too. Rio Bravo Brewery is located at 1912 2nd Street NW, Albuquerque. We’ll be in the upstairs Barrel Room.

So which film would you prefer to see? These are all comedic movies that have funerals as a central theme. Vote your preference in the comments section below or at the Facebook Page for A Good Goodbye!

The Loved One (1965)

Liberace as a casket salesman in The Loved One

The Loved One satirizes the funeral business, including pet funerals, as well as the movie industry and the military-industrial complex. It debuted in 1965, two years after Jessica Mitford’s exposé book The American Way of Death rocked the funeral industry. Despite its black-and-white vintage, The Loved One shows funeral trends that have continued to this day. Liberace plays a casket salesman, and it’s the only film where he doesn’t play the piano.

Get Low coverGet Low (2009)

Based on a true story, Get Low offers vital lessons on funeral planning BEFORE there’s a death in the family. Felix Bush (Robert Duvall) is a gruff Tennessee hermit. After he hears a contemporary has died, he decides he needs to get his affairs in order and wants to arrange a funeral party so he can hear what people have to say about him while he’s alive. He recruits local funeral director Frank Quinn (Bill Murray) to make this funeral party happen.

Bernie (2012)

Bernie is a comedy based on a true story of a much-beloved funeral director who takes up with a much-hated wealthy widow in the small east Texas town of Carthage. She becomes possessive to the point where he loses his sweet nature, kills her, then goes to great lengths to create the illusion that she’s still alive. Assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede is played by Jack Black and Shirley McLaine portrays wealthy widow Marjorie Nugent. 

Elizabethtown DVD coverElizabethtown (2005)

This light romantic comedy provides insights into the clash of traditionalists who want to bury their dead and those who think cremation is the way to go. Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dundst meet up when he flies from Oregon to his father’s hometown of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, to meet long-lost kin and make funeral arrangements. This being a comedy, all family conflict is forgiven by the end. It has a great soundtrack that ranges all over. Songs include The Temptations’ “I Can’t Get Next to You,” Tom Petty’s “I’m Learning to Fly,” Elton John ‘s “My Father’s Gun,” Stephen Foster’s “Hard Times” (1854) and Henry Mancini’s “Moon River.”

So, which of these four films would you like to see? You can also register your vote in the comment box for all festival event registrations, through this link.

Remember, attendees at all Before I Die ABQ Festival events can enter drawings for a free cremation from The Neptune Society of Albuquerque and a cedar “coff-urn” from The Old Pine Box.

Before I Die ABQ Festival Sponsors

The Before I Die ABQ Festival is made possible by these sponsors:

Gail Rubin, CT, is author and host of the award-winning book and television series, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die, Hail and Farewell: Cremation Ceremonies, Templates and Tips, and KICKING THE BUCKET LIST: 100 Downsizing and Organizing Things to Do Before You Die.

Rubin is a Certified Thanatologist (that's a death educator) and a popular speaker who uses humor and films to get the end-of-life and funeral planning conversation started. She "knocked 'em dead" with her TEDx talk, A Good Goodbye. She provides continuing education credit classes for attorneys, doctors, nurses, social workers, hospice workers, financial planners, funeral directors and other professionals. She's a Certified Funeral Celebrant and funeral planning consultant who has been interviewed in national and local print, broadcast and online media.

Known as The Doyenne of Death®, she is the event coordinator for the inaugural Before I Die ABQ Festival. She also hosts A Good Goodbye Internet radio show and produces Mortality Minute radio and online video spots. Her YouTube Channel features more than 400 videos!

Rubin is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association, Toastmasters International and the National Speakers Association New Mexico Chapter. Her speaking profile is available at eSpeakers.com.

Gail Rubin has been interviewed about funeral planning issues in national and local broadcast, print and online media. Outlets include The Huffington Post, Money Magazine, Kiplinger, CBS Radio News, WGN-TV,  and local affiliates for NPR, PBS, FOX, ABC-TV, CBS-TV and NBC-TV.

Sign up for a free planning form and occasional informative newsletter at her website, AGoodGoodbye.com.

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