One of the highlights of the 2018 Sun Valley Film Festival didn't feature a red carpet, high-wattage glamor or Oscar-winning talent. It was a ten-minute film, The Teal Chair, crafted by five teens. The quintet, all Eagle High School Students, teamed with Treasure Valley Hospice to pose the question, "What would you do if you learned that you were dying soon?'"
What followed were heartbreaking, insightful and occasionally hilarious answers from teenagers, caregivers, cancer survivors and even a 102-year-old Nampa woman. Making the film more intriguing was the filmmakers' use of a large, cushy teal armchair, which each respondent sat in to contemplate what they might do if they didn't have long to live. Over the course of the film, the teal chair popped up in some intriguing places: in the middle of downtown Boise, on the peaks of the Foothills and even at JUMP.
The Teal Chair was greeted with generous audience approval in Sun Valley. Since its debut, the film has been lengthened to 30 minutes, and on Thursday, April 26, the expanded production will have its first full public presentation, quite appropriately, at JUMP. In another bit of serendipity, the now-famous teal chair itself will appear for filmmakers to sit in while they chat about their experience. Tickets cost $10, and a portion of the proceeds will help fund Wish Granters Inc., a nonprofit that grants wishes to adults with terminal illnesses.