Events in Support of the Annual Fund for Excellence

ISB’s Advancement Office hosts events throughout the year in support of the Fund for Excellence, including the Spring Benefit, scheduled for April 30, 2021, our Pecha Kucha Evening scheduled for February 5th, 2021, as well as several other smaller events, such as film screenings and musical performances.

Next Event in Support of ISB: Q&A with Award-winning Filmmaker Kirsten Johnson

On Thursday, October 15th, at 8:00pm, ISB community members are invited to join for an exclusive Q&A with director and cinematographer Kirsten Johnson on her latest film, Dick Johnson Is Dead. ISB community members are invited to watch the film at their leisure and then join for the conversation with Kirsten on Thursday evening. RSVP below to receive the Zoom link. Registration for this event is free; please consider making a donation to the Fund for Excellence along with your RSVP. All donations from this event will be counted towards class participation in this year’s Fund for Excellence. Please contact Events and Database Manager Sandra Bueno ( if you have any questions.

About the Film

A lifetime of making documentaries has convinced award-winning filmmaker Kirsten Johnson of the power of the real. But now she’s ready to use every escapist movie-making trick in the book — staging inventive and fantastical ways for her 86-year-old psychiatrist father to die while hoping that cinema might help her bend time, laugh at pain and keep her father alive forever. The darkly funny and wildly imaginative Dick Johnson Is Dead is a love letter from a daughter to a father, creatively blending fact and fiction to create a celebratory exploration of how movies give us the tools to grapple with life’s profundity. Dick Johnson Is Dead won the Jury Prize for Innovation in Nonfiction Storytelling at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. The film is now available on Netflix: watch it here!