Donate Life Hollywood is producing the second annual Donate Life Film Festival on Saturday June 12th at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. The Donate Life Film Festival will give access to invaluable resources for those who tell compelling stories of life and death.

You can see the list of workshops and screenings below. The Donate Life Film Festival is free (with complimentary steak and salmon lunch) when you RSVP at You can help save lives by forwarding this invitation on 10 of your industry colleagues who could find value in this event!

Donate Life Film Festival

June 12th 9am to 5pm

Paley Center for Media

465 N. Beverly


Beverly Hills, CA 90210



Character First - 11am to 12pm

Dr. Joe Sachs, physician, writer and executive producer for ER shares his insight and experience on creating medical stories for television.

Get A Clue! - 1pm to 2pm

CSI:Miami writer Krystal Houghton talks with a cop, a coroner and two transplant surgeons about how a corpse can help solve your crime.

Level the Playing Field - 1 pm to 2 pm

Academy Award nominated producer Marc Smolowitz highlights examples of effective social media infrastructure that generate buzz, awareness, followers, and supporters for causes, stories, products and films.

Doctors’ Delve Deep - 2 pm to 3 pm

Respected physicians from around the nation reveal the “backstory” of being a doctor and surgeon, including emotions and anecdotes to help enhance characters.

How to Use The Paley's Television Library - 2pm to 3pm

Donate Life Hollywood has created a list of organ donation episodes that span the decades and The Paley Librarian will show you how to find what you need for your next project.


D-Tour: A Rock and Roll Film About Life, Death and Bodily Functions - 2pm to 4pm

Talk back featuring filmmaker Jim Granato, who discusses making a film that features a rock star who tours while administering dialysis and finding a living donor, and Lois Vossen, Independent Lens Series Producer & Vice President, ITVS, who shares how and why the film became a part of PBS's Independent Lens.

Donate Life Film Festival Winners

10 am to 11 am, with talk back from film makers

First Place: 6 Days

Donate Life Film Festival’s first place submission. The powerful story of a mother who assures her son can leave a legacy of caring for as many people as possible.

Second Place: The Fallen Firefighter

Donate Life Film Festival’s second place submission. A Newport Beach firefighter saves lives upon his death as an organ donor. This film shares his story through the eyes of his older brother.

Third Place: Mamie Jackson - Life on Dialysis

Donate Life Film Festival’s third place submission. An unflinching view of how one woman keeps her passion and determination to help others a priority while undergoing dialysis three days a week.

Heart of Jenin – 11am to 12pm

When 12-year-old Palestinian Ahmed Khatib was killed in the West Bank city of Jenin by Israeli soldiers who mistook his toy gun for the real thing, Ahmed’s parents’ donated his organs and turned tragedy into hope for six Israelis.