“The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner” presented by Compassion & Choices

Event details

  • Sunday | August 28, 2016
  • 2:00 pm
  • 245 Porter Lake Dr. Springfield, MA 01108
  • 413-736-2324


In 1994, a year after serving two terms as one of the most popular governors in modern Washington State history, Booth Gardner was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. In 2008, as his health continued to deteriorate, he returned to the political spotlight, this time as the driving force behind a ballot initiative that would legalize one’s choice to die.

Oscar®-nominated in 2009 in the category of Best Documentary (Short Subject), THE LAST CAMPAIGN OF GOVERNOR BOOTH GARDNER chronicles Gardner’s controversial crusade, looking at both sides of this hotly debated issue.

The film tracks Gardner and his supporters in their efforts to pass Initiative 1000, also known as the Death with Dignity Act, in Washington State, following the debates the campaign provokes, as well as the toll it takes on Gardner’s health. Along with Gardner and his supporters, Film Director Junge and his crew had extensive access to opponents of I-1000.

The film runs about 40 minutes. Marie Manis of Compassion & Choices will lead a discussion after the film and also talk about the campaign to pass a similar initiative here in Massachusetts.

For any questions: contact mmanis@compassionandchoices.org