22nd Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 17-27, 2025

12th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 20-24, 2024

Confessions Of A Good Samaritan

United States, 2023: 105 minutes: Alberta Premiere
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Director Penny Lane (CUFF 2016 selection NUTS! and CUFF 2019 Best Documentary Feature HAIL SATAN?) decides to become a "Good Samaritan" by giving one of her kidneys to a stranger.

Taking unexpected turns, Lane uses humour to interrogate why everyone seems to think she’s crazy, in her personal quest to understand the nature of altruism. CONFESSIONS OF A GOOD SAMARITAN is a provocative inquiry into the science, history and ethics of organ transplantation, asking an ancient question in a whole new way: who is your neighbour, and what do you owe them?

SXSW 2023
Hot Docs Festival 2023

Penny Lane has been making award-winning, innovative nonfiction films for over a decade. This includes six features ­– most recently CONFESSIONS OF A GOOD SAMARITAN, having just premiered at SXSW 2023 – 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, Tribeca Film Institute, Wexner Center for the Arts and many others. Penny has been honored with mid-career retrospectives at the Museum of the Moving Image, San Francisco DocFest, Open City Documentary Festival and Cinema Moderne. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. And yes, Penny Lane is her real name.

press for Confessions Of A Good Samaritan

"A fascinating dissection of altruism, empathy, and personal exploration."
- RogerEbert.com
"The stakes are high, and so are the rewards. It’s a remarkable film."
- Hammer to Nail


Documentary / Woman Director

105 minutes


Penny Lane

Executive Producers
Greg Boustead
Jessica Harrop
Tim Lee
Michael Cho
Mimi Rode

Gabriel Sedgwick

Naiti Gámez

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Winner, The Hope Special Award, SXSW Film Festival 2023

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