HERE AFTER is a feature length documentary that takes a deeper look at three unconventional American cemeteries, told through the wit and wisdom of their caretakers.

In Miami, over a thousand cremated remains have been placed undersea by Jim Hutslar at The Neptune Memorial Reef. In upstate New York’s Greensprings Natural Burial Cemetery, Jen Johnson manages 130 acres that double as a wildlife preserve. In Texas, Dr. Lori Baker is exhuming a mass grave of undocumented immigrants, to identify and repatriate the remains. HERE AFTER interweaves their stories, creating a rare glimpse into the memorialization process that reveals the social and ecological implications of our final mark upon the earth. This project was graciously supported by a grant from The Princess Grace Foundation USA and a MacDowell Colony Residency.

Jim Hustlar

Jen Johnson

Dr. Lori Baker


About The Filmmakers

ESY CASEY‘s (Director/Producer/Cinematographer) work can be seen in the Emmy nominated BORN TO FLY (shot with DPs Albert Maysles and Kirsten Johnson, Independent Lens PBS), BEFORE YOU KNOW IT (Dir. PJ Raval, America Reframed PBS), and THING WITH NO NAME (Dir. Sarah Friedland). Her directorial debut JEEPNEY premiered on PBS in 2015 and won the jury prize for Best Cinematography at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. She has received awards and fellowships from The New York Film Festival, The Princess Grace Foundation USA, The Ford Foundation’s JustFilms Initiative, The Center for Asian American Media, The Flaherty Seminar and The American Association of University Women.

SARAH FRIEDLAND‘s (Director/Producer/Cinematographer/Sound recordist) works with Esy Casey have screened widely in the US and abroad and have been supported by grants including The Jerome Foundation, The Paul Newman Foundation, and The William H. Prusoff Foundation.  In 2009, after the debut of her feature documentary Thing With No Name, she was named one of the Top 10 Independent Filmmakers to Watch by The Independent Magazine. She is a recipient of the 2014 Paul Robeson Award from The Newark Museum for her feature documentary The Rink, which aired on PBS (WNET/NJTV) in May 2017. Her recent documentary Jeepney (Produced with Esy Casey) was broadcast on PBS in 2015. She has received residencies and fellowships from The Center of Contemporary Art in Pont-Aven, the LABA House of Study, the MacDowell Colony, and Meerkat Media. Friedland is currently the Director of the MDOCS Documentary Storyteller’s Institute at Skidmore College.

SARAH ENID HAGEY (Editor) is an artist and filmmaker living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA in 2004 from the San Francisco Art Institute where she studied experimental film under George Kuchar, Ernie Gehr, and Craig Baldwin. She completed her MFA in 2012 in Hunter College’s Integrated Media Art Program in New York City. Sarah’s work creates a strange marriage between fiction and non-fiction, science and mythology, and has spanned topics ranging from female agency in the horror film genre, classic cinema parody, urban legend, and social anxiety. She received the San Francisco Bay Guardian Goldie Award for Best Emerging Filmmaker and was recently awarded a student grant from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. Her work has screened at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Pacific Film Archive, Artists Television Access, Silver Lake Film Festival, Rooftop Films, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Her most recent work focuses the enigmatic life of plants and the people who love them.

EIVIND OPSVIK (Composer) Norwegian born bassist Eivind Opsvik blends a variety of progressive rock, classical, ambient and electronic influences—from Neil Young and Pink Floyd to Brian Eno—in creating Overseas III, the third and most compelling and thematically focused project to date by his four piece ensemble Overseas. Opsvik plays regularly with the Kris Davis Quartet, David Binney’s Out of Airplanes with guitarist Bill Frisell, Tone Collector, Tony Malaby’s Paloma Recio, Rocket Engine, and the Ben Gerstein Collective. A collaboration with Jacob Sacks, Mat Maneri and Paul Motian has recently been released on the Loyal Label. In the Summer of 2008 Eivind did his first solo performance at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival in Denmark and he’s excited to repeat this event at the Kennedy Center in Washington.


Here After Interactive and Shorts

HERE AFTER is an ongoing project. Through both our interactive site and our ever growing collection of short films, we hope to keep Here After going for all eternity! Both of these platforms engage with the  evolving ways that the US memorializes its inhabitants. The shorts are made in varying styles and we are open to your suggestions.  If you have a story that you want to share, contact us.

Experience the interactive site here.

Check out the shorts below.

Boca Chica –– Falfurrias,Texas

Neptune –– Miami, Florida

Marie Laveau –– New Orleans, Louisiana

Bench –– Seattle, Washington

Greensprings –– Newfield, New York

Wiott Wall –– Chicago, Illinois

Leave Me Here –– Middlefield, Massachusetts

Any More A Portion –– The Bronx, New York





Screenings and Contact

Screen the film:

Here After is now available for institutional rental and purchase.
Please see our vimeo on demand page for more information.

To arrange a public screening, please email us at hi@perinspire.com.

Past Screenings:

UnionDocs with the ReImagine End of Life Festival

The Amateur Naturalist Film Series

Good Death Round table at Pioneer Works

Imagine Science Films on Labocine.com

Selected for the Media Library of the Visions du Réel Film Festival

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