Prognosis: Notes on Living

Director: Debra Chasnoff & Kate Stilley Steiner
2021 | USA | 79m
GENRE: Death/Dying | Health/Medicine | Jewish | Lesbian | Local Interest/Subjects | Parenting/Family | Religion/Spirituality
SECTION: Closed Captioned | Documentary Features | Free | Premieres | Spotlight | Streaming


Viewing Note: This world premiere free screening will stream on Saturday, June 19 beginning at 4:00pm PDT, followed by a live conversation and Q&A with the filmmaking team. An encore screening with recorded Q&A will replay on Saturday, June 26 at 4:00pm PDT. Reserved ticket required for non-passholders.


• Kate Stilley Steiner, Co-director / Producer
• Nancy Otto, Producer and Subject
• Mike Shen, Editor
• Carrie Lozano, Executive Producer
• Joan Lefkowitz, Producer
• Lidia Szajko, Producer

In perhaps her bravest act as a filmmaker, Oscar-winning San Francisco documentarian, LGBTQ+ activist, and Frameline Award recipient Debra Chasnoff ( It’s Elementary) responded to her diagnosis of stage-4 cancer by turning the camera on herself, her wife, and her sons to chronicle the journey that lay ahead of them. With customary candor and humor, she took on the assignment out of necessity: not wishing to be defined only as patient or victim, she adopted a role she could play with certainty—that of storyteller.

Completed according to her wishes by a circle of Bay Area peers and family, Prognosis: Notes on Living is not only a film about illness. Clear-eyed and unsentimental, intimate and honest, it is the unforgettable, present-tense diary of a life fiercely lived, and a love worth fighting for.


Buying Note: This free digital screening is available to view at limited times. Option one is at 4:00pm PDT Sat, Jun 19, and option two is at 4:00pm PDT Sat, Jun 26. Both options have a two-hour window.


Bay Area Cancer Connections, California Film Institute, SAGE

  • Premiere Status: World