Self-portrait by Mary Jo Steger. 

Stage Four: A Love Story was filmed over the course of five-plus years while Mary Jo and her family rode the emotional roller coaster of her precious last years of life. Almost four years later, the Stage Four Team, siblings Benjamin Steger (Director/Producer) and Kate Steger (Outreach and Marketing Coordinator), intend to contribute to and manage this blog as a way of generating support for and to dialog with others in similar circumstances. We are interested in thoughtful and articulate contributions that enrich our collective understanding of sickness and health, love and forgiveness, life and death, and in the role that film, and other art forms, can play in helping us reflect on and tell even our most difficult stories.

We welcome your voice in this dialog! Please feel free to leave your comments below each post. If you would like to make a longer contribution in the form of an essay, a poem, a photograph or another work of art, or if you have suggested links to other online reading material or resources, please contact us


Happiness Shared is Happiness Doubled

We have an exciting opportunity for our fundraising campaign to announce today: An anonymous donor has offered to match all donations this weekend up to $1000! That means anything you contribute by Sunday until we reach $1000 will be doubled on Sunday night allowing us to add $2000 to the pool in just a few days! Only have a ten spot? Make it a twenty! Turn a Grant into a Franklin! You don't need a lottery ticket to win today! So what are you waiting for? Head on over to the Stage Four: A Love Story Indiegogo page and join the party!