Dick Johnson Is Dead is a 2020 American documentary film directed by Kirsten Johnson and co-written by Johnson and Nels Bangerter. The story centers on Johnson's father, Richard, who suffers from dementia, portraying different ways - including some violent "accidents" - in which he could ultimately die. In each scenario, old Johnson plays with the dark humor and imaginative fantasies of his daughter. The film premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Prize for Innovation in Non-Fiction Storytelling. It was released on Netflix on October 2, 2020.
Richard Johnson (referred to as "Dick") is a retired clinical psychiatrist who suffers from dementia. His daughter Kirsten Johnson takes him on a series of imaginative enactments of his impending death, including some violent "accidents" such as "falling down a staircase, [or] being punched in the neck and bleeding." She also makes him act out his own funeral and fantasizes about him entering the Gates of Heaven. Dick pleasantly plays with his dark humor; in one scene, he proposes: "You can euthanize me".
Charles Richard "Dick" Johnson