An award-winning documentary filmed in the Highland Hospital Intensive Care Unit has been nominated for two Documentary Emmys: Best Short Documentary and Best Editing in a Documentary.

“Extremis” debuted in September on Netflix as the streaming service’s first short-form documentary. It follows the award-winning 2012 documentary “The Waiting Room,” also filmed at Highland.

The film is an often heart-wrenching look at the literal life-and-death decisions made in the ICU when physicians, patients and loved ones must determine if any hope of meaningful life exists. At the center of the film is Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter, a board-certified expert in pulmonary/critical and palliative care.

Extremis, a project of filmmaker Dan Krauss, was previously recognized with the San Francisco International Film Festival’s 2016 Golden Gate Award for Best Bay Area Documentary Short and as the Tribeca Film Festival’s Best Documentary Short. The film was also nominated for Best Documentary Short by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The film (click here for the trailer: adds to a growing body of work by Dr. Zitter surrounding end-of-life issues.

The News & Documentary Emmy Awards will be presented on Thursday, October 5th, 2017, at a ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in the Time Warner Complex at Columbus Circle in New York City.

Edited on June 18, 2018.