AFI Fest Audience Award

About the Film


"Documentary filmmaker looking for suicidal individual to follow from first preparation to final act." - cut from 142 videotapes, A NECESSARY DEATH sheds light on the tragedy that followed this infamous internet ad.

Shocking audiences around the globe, the film witnesses the making of a complex crime in chilling detail and stands as a fascinating tale of ambition, manipulation and intrigue.

"Keeps you at the edge of your seat!"
– Jim McBride, director ('The Big Easy')
"Arresting and disturbing!"
– Donn Cambern, editor ('Easy Rider')
"One of the best, smartest independent films I’ve ever seen – a superbly crafted thriller that grabs you from the first frame and holds you right until the end. I loved it."
– Eli Roth, director ('Hostel')

DVD


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Cast


  • Gilbert John Gilbert John
    Actor
  • Matt Tilley Matt Tilley
    Actor
  • Valerie Hurt Valerie Hurt
    Actor
  • Michael Traynor Michael Traynor
    Actor
  • Konima Parkinson-Jones Konima Parkinson-Jones
    Actor

Crew


  • Daniel Stamm Daniel Stamm
    Writer / Director
  • Zoltán Honti Zoltán Honti
    Cinematographer
  • Shilpa K. Sahi Shilpa K. Sahi
    Editor
  • David Kashevaroff David Kashevaroff
    Editor
  • Morgan Kibby Morgan Kibby
    Composer
  • Jonathan Leahy Jonathan Leahy
    Composer
  • Andy Hay Andy Hay
    Sound Design
  • Brian Udovich Brian Udovich
    Producer
  • G.J. Echternkamp G.J. Echternkamp
    Producer

Videos


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Q&A AFI Fest - November 8th, 2008

16 minutes, 24 seconds

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Q&A AFI Fest - November 9th, 2008

20 minutes, 10 seconds

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Q&A SXSW - March 8th, 2008

8 minutes, 49 seconds

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Q&A SXSW - March 10th, 2008

13 minutes, 26 seconds

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Filmcatcher Interview

4 minutes, 41 seconds

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G.J. Echternkamp - SXSW

2 minutes, 55 seconds

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E-Gear Magazine Interview

4 minutes, 13 seconds

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Q&A SXSW - March 15th, 2008

13 minutes, 24 seconds

Audio Clips


Press


The Hollywood Reporter


Jan. 7th, 2009

"A genuine conversation piece that will mesmerize those who see it…"

Full Reveiw

The Guardian


March 10th, 2008

"Provocative, ingenious, compelling and fresh!"

Full Review

Ain't It Cool News


March 17th, 2008

"One of those little wonders I always hope for. I am going to be talking about A Necessary Death a whole lot…"

Full Review

Cinematical


March 14th, 2008

"As much as it doesn't seem like you're watching an intricate plot unfold, there's actually so much going on -- all of it layered; structured brilliantly."

Full Review

Fear.net


"A thoroughly engrossing little film that's also quite slyly entertaining, despite its rather unsavory subject matter."

March 13th, 2008

Full Review

FilmCritic.com


"A gripping tale that raises troubling questions about the nature of art and our voyeuristic society."

May 15th, 2008

Full Review

Huffington Post


"A Necessary Death is like finding a lost treasure among the horde of ordinary releases - a film that stays in your head long after it has ended."

August, 2012

Full Review

Arrow In The Head


"A mockumentary that I won't soon forget, one that sent chills up my spine that I won't soon be able to shake."

August, 2012

Full Review

215 Magazine


"Has all the makings of a cult favorite."

July 9, 2012

Full Review

The End Of Summer


"An amazing debut."

July 10, 2012

Full Review

DVD Verdict


"A brilliant film."

June 2012

Full Review

DVDTalk


"A small-scale Greek Tragedy - a harrowing but thoroughly engrossing ride through the darker side of humanity. Very special indeed. Highly Recommended."

June 28th, 2012

Full Review

IGN


"Delivers a rich, haunting experience that provides a sense of raw horror, layered with complexity and stinging metaphor. There’s an awful lot here to love."

June 11th, 2012

Full Review

Film Monthly


"One of the best and most important films I’ve ever seen, and everyone should see it."

May 29th, 2012

Full Review

Examiner


"Whether you are a fan of this type of filmmaking or not, this is a must see film!"

May 15th, 2012

Full Review

Film Threat


"A Necessary Death is upsetting festival audiences and, well, that’s a good thing."

May 29th, 2012

Full Review

The Aisle Seat


"A Necessary Death will make you squirm and think in equal measure. For my money, that makes it a picture worth paying attention to."

May 2012

Full Review

TotoMovies


"Makes everyone involved feel real, raw and, in the case of poor Matt, close to unforgettable."

May 30th, 2012

Full Review

Flixist


"Everyone should see this film on opening night, regardless of their film interests. Chances are, you’ll be talking about it for awhile."

May 31st, 2012

Full Review

Film School Rejects


"This is smart filmmaking that manages to both entertain and enlighten."

May 29th, 2012

Full Review

UpcomingDiscs.com


"A striking film, then. Intimate and challenging, it is at once emotionally grueling and intellectually exciting."

May 29th, 2012

Full Review

ReelTalk


"Everything seems so real -- and the suspense is excruciating!"

2012

Full Review

Examiner


"Welcome to the riveting A Necessary Death - an eye-opening film."

June 8th, 2012

Full Review

DVD Playhouse


"A suspenseful thriller that will also have you checking your moral clock at every turn."

June 2012

Full Review

The Halloween Blues


"Some of the best acting I've seen."

June 2012

Full Review

Crave


"The narrative and performances are genuinely stellar."

June 12th, 2012

Full Review

Best-Horror-Movies.com


"It’s a must see."

June 4th, 2012

Full Review

HollywoodChicago


"A movie worth seeing, worth talking about, and worth admiring."

June 13th, 2012

Full Review

DVDBeaver


"A satisfying package."

2012

Full Review

Man, I Love Films


"A very good movie - well-made, smart and entertaining!"

June 14th, 2012

Full Review

Cineventures


"Several years in the making, A NECESSARY DEATH intelligently uses the faux-documentary genre conventions while nicely balances drama, black comedy, and suspense."

June 14th, 2012

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Dread Central


"Incredibly strong performances!"

July 9th, 2012

Full Review

Austin Chronicle


"Knowing it isn't real doesn't diminish from the film's nerve-rattling watchability!"

March 14th, 2008

Full Review

Pegasus News


"A rare and disturbing variety of movie bird - kind of like a turkey vulture that's plucked its own feathers and settled into a cooking pot set to simmer."

March 24th, 2008

Full Review

Rooftop Films


"I highly recommend it."

March 11th, 2008

Full Review

Toronto Screen Shots


"Stamm perfectly captures the sense of losing control."

April 16th, 2008

Full Review

Quirkee


"Elicits laughter, sorrow, anger and confusion with surprising ease."

March 26th, 2008

Full Review

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