An experimental surgeon in the 1940’s develops a new life support device, one that promises to maintain the health of the human brain no matter what condition the body is in. Eager to prove the worth of his research, he persuades a terminally ill colleague, Professor Julian Maxwell, to become his test subject. Though the experiment seems to be a success and the patient’s brain remains sentient after ‘death’, it soon becomes clear that nothing can bring the tuberculosis-stricken body of the patient back to life. Without any hope of a recovery and with his colleagues losing confidence, the surgeon finds himself in uncertain moral territory as he resolves to keep Maxwell’s mind alive, no matter what. Soon the only kind words he hears are those of his patient, electronically piped through the machinery, urging him onward, ever onward…. Filmed in stark black and white and paying homage to the look and feel of classic horror fare, this film is based on the Edgar Allen Poe short story 'The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar'.
Previously screened at:
10/3/2008 to 10/5/2008 in Portland, OR