Speaking Engagements

Film subject Dr. Grace Dammann and filmmakers Helen S. Cohen and Mark Lipman have presented the film and spoken at dozens of educational institutions, hospitals, events, and film festivals around of the country. 

As good friends, it is an honor to present the film with Grace to diverse audiences around the country; Grace always brings the crowd to its feet and it’s truly gratifying to see how moved people are by the experience and to know that the film will provide a lasting educational resource.

- Mark Lipman and Helen S. Cohen


States of Grace is a powerful story, and when Grace and the filmmakers are present for events, the room lights up! Audiences are inspired; inter-professional events are enriched; and students deepen their understanding of caregiving.

Contact us now to learn more about booking Grace and the filmmakers for your next conference, community screening, or professional event.


Grace and the filmmakers are available for a post-film discussion via Skype for a small fee.

Professional Development

For institutions and organizations seeking custom-designed use of States of Grace for professional development programs, skill-based training workshops, or with specialty group and classroom discussions, Open Studio Productions offers consultation, program design, and group facilitation on a fee-for-service basis. Programs are designed to meet an organization’s specific needs and goals, and are led by an experienced educator-facilitator in the healthcare field. Dr. Grace Dammann and filmmakers Helen S. Cohen and Mark Lipman may also be available for workshops and conference presentations. 

To inquire, please email us.


Please email us to preview States of Grace before booking your event.


For those of us in the medical profession, the film reminds us that while our technologies offer the promise of healing, that it is in partnership with each patient that healing magic happens.

— Pamela B. Rosenthal, MD,
NYU School of Medicine

A deeply moving documentary that allows viewers to witness how  resilience can coexist with despair. 'States of Grace' is a must-see for anyone who has had to deal with issues of survival, recovery, and loss. An Important and compassionate film.

—Kaethe Weingarten, PhD,  
Witnessing Project 

The generosity of spirit captured by the filmmakers is stunning. A humbling and profound film with meaning and lessons for all viewers.

—William B. Stewart, MD,  California Pacific Medical Center, Sutter Health