I decided to become a “Good Samaritan” by giving one of my kidneys to a stranger. Now I am making a film to explain why.

Confessions of a Good Samaritan

by Penny Lane

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Who is my neighbor, and what is my responsibility to them?

Confessions Of A Good Samaritan is an offbeat and provocative inquiry into the science, history, and ethics of organ transplantation. It is also my personal passion project and the hardest film I’ve ever tried to make. At first I was reluctant to make a film about this deeply personal and emotional experience, but eventually I realized I had a unique chance to make an interesting work of art that will also save lives (so I got over myself).

Did you know that 13 Americans die every day awaiting a kidney transplant? That’s the bad news. But the good news is that if just 1 in 10,000 people could be inspired to give a kidney, the waiting list would be eradicated immediately. This is what motivates me. My film will share the truth about what it was like to donate a kidney to someone I’ll never meet. In trying to answer the simple question, “Why?”, I will bring viewers on a fascinating journey through the neuroscience of altruism, the history of surgery, and the future of organ transplantation.

DONATIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.   Please note donations made via credit card incur 3% fees.  If that’s something you want to avoid, contact Juan at [email protected] to set up a wire or bank transfer. Or checks can be sent to UnionDocs 322 Union Ave Brooklyn, NY 11211 (please make it clear it’s for this project).

“I want to donate at a pretty high level!  Are there any opportunities to earn a credit on the film?”
Short answer: yes.  Let’s talk! :)

When will I get to see the film?
Most likely, mid-late 2022.

Penny Lane makes innovative nonfiction films, including four features – most recently Hail Satan? which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival – and over a dozen short films. A 2020 Guggenheim Fellow, Lane has also received grants and awards from the Sundance Film Festival, Cinereach, Creative Capital, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Tribeca Film Institute, Wexner Center for the Arts and many others. Penny has been honored with retrospectives at the Museum of the Moving Image, San Francisco DocFest, Open City Documentary Festival and Cinema Moderne. In 2017, she was admitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Penny Lane is her real name.