Life. Support. Music

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Released on:
February 6, 2009 (NY)

Production Companies:
Merigold Moving Pictures

Director: Eric Daniel Metzgar

Genre: Documentary
About the film:
From Independent Spirit Award-nominated director Eric Daniel Metzgar comes Life. Support. Music., a new documentary that "transcends one's perceptions of medicine, music and even miracles" (indieWIRE) and won the Audience Choice Award at the Boston Independent Film Festival. Life. Support. Music. will open on Friday, February 6, 2008, at the Cinema Village at 22 East 12th Street in New York City.

In 2004, Jason Crigler, an established guitarist living and working in New York City, suffered a brain hemorrhage during a concert in Manhattan that left him near death and totally unresponsive. The doctor's prognosis is dire: if he survives, he'll be a vegetable. Jason's wife, Monica, who was three months pregnant with their first child, and the rest of his family refuse to accept this, and make a promise to themselves, a promise to Jason: You will make a full recovery.

So begins a documentary as suspenseful as any thriller, as step by step, with the help of the medical community and the unswerving work and devotion of his family, Jason emerges from his vegetative state and begins to reclaim his body, his mind, and his life. From the first flickers of consciousness recorded by the hospital staff to the miraculous, life-affirming finale in which Jason is reunited with his friends and colleagues onstage, we watch Jason as he learns to talk again, walk again, live again. We get to know his family - the ultimate non-dysfunctional family, a collection of earthy, impassioned, unflappable New Yorkers who, against all the odds, take Jason home from the hospital and complete his rehabilitation themselves. We see their joy at welcoming their lost son back to the land of the living as Jason comes to terms with who he was and who he is-a husband, a musician, and now-a new father.

Beautifully shot and edited by Metzgar, Life. Support. Music. also features interviews with Norah Jones, Marshall Crenshaw, Teddy Thompson and other New York musicians who helped him along the way. The film was scored by Eric Liebman and also includes two songs by Jason Crigler.


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Debbie & Tony Hayes - Hi Luke,Thank you so much for your amazing work on Saturday night, ervnyoee thought it was absolutely fantastic. Kelly and Pete were totally surprised as was ervnyoee else. Tony and I have watched the dvd a number of times and enjoy it more each time we watch it. Will be sending the link to as many people as I can as we love it so much and want ervnyoee to enjoy it as much as we do.Thank you and your staff who helped, you all did an amazing job.Many thanksDebbie and TonyApril 19, 2011 11:56 pm