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In 2004, Jason Crigler, an established guitarist living and working in New York City, suffered a brain hemorrhage during a concert in Manhattan. The doctors’ prognosis was dire: If he survives, he'll be a vegetable. Jason’s pregnant wife and the rest of his family refused to accept that prognosis. Wary of clinging to false hope, they made a commitment: They would do whatever it took to help Jason make a full recovery. Life. Support. Music., a feature length (79-minute) film, documents just what that commitment would mean. In training footage shot by the hospital staff, home videos and interviews, we watch as Jason gradually breaks through his vegetative state. Jason was fortunate to have family members who were physically, emotionally and financially able to devote considerable daily time and energy to the healing process, but not all patients are so lucky. As an outreach tool, Life. Support. Music. leads viewers to think about our medical system and how we can build better support systems for patients and families.

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Life. Support. Music. (90 min.)

Premiere Date: July 7, 2009

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Filmmaker: Eric Daniel Metzgar Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Filmmaker Statement | Critical Acclaim | Press Release


Eric Daniel Metzgar
Eric Daniel Metzgar

[W]hen the Criglers asked if I would consider making a documentary about the whole saga, I knew their beautiful optimism amid the heaps of suffering would be the story. Of course, I underestimated the entire thing.”

— Eric Daniel Metzgar, Filmmaker


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Critical Acclaim

If you’re looking for a megadose of inspiration, Jason Crigler may be your man... His unbelievable recovery is chronicled in Life. Support. Music.... Heartrending.”

— David Shiflett,
Bloomberg News

Transcends one's perceptions of medicine, music and even miracles.”

— AJ Schack,

An incredibly moving documentary. Director Eric Daniel Metzgar . . . shows just how powerful love, family and music can become during life’s greatest challenges. I watched the doc last weekend, and I won’t forget it for a long time.”

— Robert Bianco,
USA Today

Jason Crigler's career as a rising musician was changed in an instant when he suffered a brain hemorrhage. His friend, Eric Daniel Metzgar, directed a documentary about Crigler's struggle back into the spotlight.”

— CBS News

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