Did you know that a film featuring former Gov. Booth Gardner is one of this year’s Oscar nominees for best short-subject documentary? Me neither, until I chatted today with former superior and appeals court judge Karen Seinfeld.
Seinfeld, who tipped me to the movie, resides in the Stadium District condo tower where Gardner lives and often checks on her wheelchair-bound neighbor. Gardner requires considerable help from a caregiver and often uses an oxygen tank.
The film, “The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner,” relates Gardner’s long struggle with Parkinson’s disease and his fight for an physician-assisted suicide law that voters approved by initiative in 2008. Gardner’s crusade, and his differences with some of his family members over the issue, drew national attention in a New York Times Sunday Magazine article .
The film was included in the full list of 2010 Academy Award nominations the TNT published Feb. 2, but otherwise it appears to have escaped the paper’s notice. See this blog item from Brand X for more details. The documentary was screened in Los Angeles to qualify for this year’s nominations but has yet to play in the Northwest.
Dunno if the short-doc category will be included in the televised awards show March 7. Could be an emotional moment for Gardner’s friends and admirers — count me as one of the latter — if makers of “Last Campaign” make it to the stage on Oscar Night.