Reviled and Maligned




Peter Stefan, owner of Graham Putnam & Mahoney funeral parlor in Worcester, Mass., found himself thrust into the national spotlight in the spring of 2013 amid a damning controversy. With implications that still linger to this day, Stefan and his team faced the question of where to draw the line on who deserves a burial. This film explores the morality behind such decision-making and how one man—during a time of universal anger, fear and sadness—stood up for what he thought was right.

Presented by Everything Is Stories in collaboration with Oscilloscope Laboratories, Film Science, and RYOT films.


  • Premiered at Tribeca Film Festival
  • Official Selection at Traverse City Film Festival and AFI Documentary Film Festival
  • Shortlisted as Best Short Form Documentary by the International Documentary Association
  • Vimeo Staff Pick