Alcor Care Services Manager R. Michael Perry, PhD, gave a 30-minute interview on Close Up Radio on February 18. It is available on the web at
A new documentary that strongly features Alcor was released on YouTube on December 28. Imagine Beyond: Who Wants to Live Forever? allows us to present some of the case for cryonics, bolstered by good filming and supportive comments from others about life extension. It’s unfortunate that the description uses inappropriate terms such as “forever” and “eternal life’. Even so, this is a positive 15-minute piece. Just two days after release, it already has almost 300,000 views.
Filmed at Alcor in November, the production was complicated by the pandemic which meant only one videographer on location, with the producer and director talking to her and to interview Max More via video from England. Thanks to Anna Spelman for shouldering the burden of filming and pulling it off with excellence.
Documentary on YouTube.
An English language version of the Netflix documentary Hope Frozen: A Quest to Live Twice was released September 15, based on the 2015 Alcor cryopreservation of a 2-year-old Thai girl with brain cancer. A trailer can be found here:
The documentary has received quite a bit of press coverage:
- The Sun, UK: “HOPE FROZEN: We cryogenically froze our little girl’s brain after cruel cancer death – we believe she’ll come back to life one day.”
- azfamily.com (TV Channels 3 and 5 in Phoenix): “New Netflix documentary shines spotlight on a Scottsdale nonprofit.”
- Checkersaga: “‘Hope Frozen’: Grief, optimism and science intersect in documentary about youngest person cryogenically frozen.”
- Brinkwire: “We cryogenically froze our little girl’s brain after cruel cancer death – we believe she’ll come back to life one day.”
And the website for Cinemaholic ran several articles about where the principal players in the documentary are today:
Note at the end that they got the cost wrong on cryopreserving pets (they gave the cost for cryopreserving a whole-body human).
Katee Sackhoff, an actress best known for her starring role in the TV series Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009), toured Alcor on February 7, 2020. She states: “Follow me as I get a fascinating tour of a real-life cryonics facility, with real-life (currently dead) frozen bodies in it. You can decide for yourself if cryonics lands more in the realm of science or fiction. There has been some definite controversy around this subject and I’m not here to promote it one way or the other.”
Many of us at Alcor thought this was a particularly excellent presentation overall. You can view it here:
CNET posted an article and a photo gallery about Alcor today:
Article with video: “Cryonics, brain preservation and the weird science of cheating death.”
Photo Gallery: “Frozen in time: Inside the facility preserving the dead through cryonics.”
Article with video: