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USA, 2008, 79 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Documentary, Family Issues, Music
Program: Documentary FilmsLanguage: English
DIRECTOR: Eric Daniel Metzgar
Producer: Eric Daniel MetzgarEditor: Eric Daniel MetzgarScreenwriter: Eric Daniel MetzgarCinematographer: Eric Daniel Metzgar
Eric Daniel Metzgar (The Chances of the World Changing) exposes all the pain and hardship, as well as the unexpected beauty, of recovery from a devastating illness in the emotionally layered documentary Life. Support. Music. When thirty-four-year-old Jason Crigler, one of the most sought-after guitarists in Manhattan, falls off the stage at an East Village concert, his pregnant wife Monica fears the worst. So do the doctors. Jason’s brain hemorrhage has left him in a vegetative state.
His family, in a state of shock, hears the pessimistic prognosis, but refuses to accept it. And the resulting love story between husband and wife, parent and child defies all the odds. Invited by the Criglers to document their son’s plight, Metzgar—who serves not only as director but also as producer, editor, cinematographer, and narrator—combines sweet childhood video clips with poignant interviews, medical reports, and footage shot during Jason’s excruciating rehabilitation in a Boston hospital to create a portrait of unwavering faith and optimism.
Meanwhile, a community of musicians contributes both to the film and to Jason’s recovery, including Marshall Crenshaw, Teddy Thompson, and Norah Jones, who plays a benefit concert for the “go-to guitarist” of New York City. When Jason takes the stage after surviving his trauma to sing one of his own songs, “Through Tomorrow,” he, like the film itself, stands a testament to the power of love.
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