Here After

2017, HD video, feature documentary, co-directed with Esy CaseyA coral reef made of cremated remains, a green burial wildlife preserve, and a mass grave of unidentified people along the southern border: this feature documentary looks at three cemeteries in the U.S. and the shifting ways our resting places define us. Lyrically observed, Here After is told through the wit and wisdom of cemetery workers who paint a poignant portrait of a country trying to understand its own mortality.

Made possible by: a MacDowell Colony Residency and Funding from the Princess Grace Foundation
Select screenings: Sheffield Doc Fest (Doc Player), ReImagine End Of Life Festival at Union Docs, G2 Gallery’s annual Green Earth Film Festival, Matsalu Nature Film Festival

Companion research and inspiration: The American Way of Death by Jessica Mitford, The Tibetan book of the Dead, The Order of the Good Death, Illness as Metaphor by Susan Sontag


  • featuring- Lori Baker and the Baylor Forensic Anthropology Team, Jim Hustler + Neptune Memorial Reef, Jennifer Johnson + Greensprings Natural Cemetery Preserve
  • directors- Esy Casey + Sarah Ema Friedland
  • producers- Esy Casey + Sarah Ema Friedland
  • photography + sound- Esy Casey + Sarah Ema Friedland
  • editor- Sarah Enid Hagey
  • composition- Eivind Opsvik