it ever rational to choose death? On Independence Day
at Stern Ranch in central California, 77-year-old solar
energy pioneer Bob Stern finds out he is seriously
ill - possibly dying. Meanwhile, an elderly in-law is
slowly declining on artificial life support in a hospital.
Bob decides to cheat that fate and take his own life.
His family tries to stop him. Bob sets up a video camera.
Daughter Susan Stern (Barbie Nation) tells the story
of her father's quirky, inspiring life and the difficult
end-of-life choices faced by an aging population.
Self-Made Man is now available
on DVD and VHS . Click
here to order a copy.
Self-Made Man was nominated for two national Emmy awards. Go to pbs.org to
explore P.O.V.’s extensive web
resources for the film.
Self-Made Man was produced in association with ITVS and KQED Public Television with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.