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Death Makes Life Possible follows cultural anthropologist and scientist Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D., as she explores the mysteries of life and death from a variety of perspectives and world traditions.

The film looks at how popular culture deals with the ever-present fear many have about our own mortality. Interviews with mental health experts, cultural leaders, and scientists explore the meaning of death and how we can learn to live without fear. The interviews and evidence presented are interwoven with personal stories of people facing their own death as well as those who report encounters beyond death.

Death Makes Life Possible features some of the leading scientists, anthropologists, philosophers, spiritual teachers and thinkers of our time – including Yassir Chadley, Deepak Chopra, Mingtong Gu, Stuart Hameroff, Lauren Artress, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Dean Radin, Rupert Sheldrake, Rudy Tanzi, Luisah Teish, Dr. Jim Tucker and others (see list below).

Death Makes Life Possible offers a deep and thoughtful exploration into the ultimate question we all face.


Deepak Chopra, MDDeepak Chopra, M.D.

Deepak Chopra, M.D., Executive Producer, is the author of more than 65 books, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. His medical training is in internal medicine and endocrinology, and he is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and an adjunct professor of Executive Programs at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is also a Distinguished Executive Scholar at Columbia Business School, Columbia University, and a Senior Scientist at the Gallup organization. For more than a decade, he has participated as a lecturer at the Update in Internal Medicine, an annual event sponsored by Harvard Medical School’s Department of Continuing Education and the Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Marilyn Schlitz, PhDMarilyn Schlitz, PhD

Marilyn Schlitz, PhD, Executive Producer/Writer, is a writer, laboratory and clinical scientist, social anthropologist, and acclaimed public speaker. She is President Emeritus of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, where she has worked for 20 years. She is also a Senior Scientist at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute. She has been conducting research on consciousness for more than 30 years and has been doing research for this documentary film for a decade. She completed her training in psychology, behavioral and social science, and philosophy at Stanford University, University of Texas, San Antonio and Wayne State University, Detroit. She received her PhD in anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin. She has been featured in various writings, interviews, and videos. As well, she has authored and co-authored numerous books, such as Living Deeply: The Art of Science of Transformation and Consciousness and Healing: Integral Approaches to Mind-Body Medicine.

Mark KrigbaumMark Krigbaum

Mark Krigbaum, Director/Senior Editor, is an award-winning filmmaker with over 35 years of experience as a writer, producer, director and editor on a wide variety of projects including PBS Television, Theatrical Feature Films, Corporate Media and Educational programs. Mark has a degree in Motion Picture Production & Theory from San Francisco State University. He is the co-founder of Petaluma Pictures and his career highlights include: “Transformation of Myth Through Time” (PBS) with Joseph Campbell, Editor for “Mythos” and Director of “Forest of Bliss” a documentary about an ecological education project in India . Awards include Gold and Silver Medals New York International Film Festival, Cindy awards, Gold Eagles, Telly Awards and an Emmy Nomination.

Angela MurphyAngela Murphy

Angela Murphy, Producer, is the co-founder of Petaluma Pictures and an award winning filmmaker with over twenty-five years experience in the film, video, theater and television industries after earning a degree in Communication from Northwestern University. Highlights of her career include President of Women in Film – Chicago, Producer for documentary television programs for A&E, Discovery and Spelling Entertainment. Since moving to the Bay Area she has created and produced extensive online media, promotional and live streaming video for a variety of clients. She was the Media Director at the Agape International Spiritual Center and at the Institute of Noetic Sciences.


  • Death Makes Life Possible skillfully and gently raises the curtain on what we think of as the last act in our play of life.  A landmark production, not to be missed. – Light of Consciousness Magazine
  • Deeply personal, yet universal in scope, Death Makes Life Possible is not just about how to die peacefully and gracefully; more importantly, it describes how to fully live.  – Dean Ornish, MD
  • Stunning in terms of beauty, richness of detail, heart and wisdom. Brings tears and inspiration. – Larry Dossey, MD



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