What drew you to Jack Kevorkian?
I've always been fascinated by people who live their lives in the extreme, and will go to any length to get their point across, whatever that might be.
He's a pretty controversial character. Why do you think it was important to revisit him?
In 1999, Jack was sentenced to ten to twenty five years in prison. And the world figured they would never hear from Dr. Kevorkian again. But, because of his failing health, in 2007, he was released from prison, and within months, instead of dying, he decided to run for congress in Michigan, and that is where our film starts. So, there was a reason for this project. Usually I'm not interested in doing archival documentaries. The fact that this had an active story line really intrigued me, so we could go forwards and backward in time.
I didn't know much about him personally. I certainly knew what he stood for, and how famous he was in the 90s, and how controversial he was as a figure. But as soon as we started shooting, it was incredible. I mean, the complexity of his life, and how many things he tried to do in his life and both succeed and failed at. And his failures were as interesting as his successes.