June 16th, 2006
This just in from the Lance Armstrong Foundation volunteer mailing list:
A Lion in the House, the award-winning documentary that follows the journeys of five young cancer patients and their families over a span of six years, will be shown in Austin in its entirety at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar at 1:00 p.m. this Sunday, June 18.
The LAF, along with several other cancer-related organizations, will staff information tables at the event. If you do not have plans for Sunday, please consider attending this screening and supporting A Lion in the House. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Alamo Drafthouse Web site – $8 for general admission; $6.50 for students and seniors. Half the proceeds from Sunday’s screening will be donated to a fund for the A Lion in the House families.
LAF funding of A Lion in the House included $100,000 for post-production costs as well as $50,000 to ITVS to match and fund up to $10,000 in grants for public television stations to plan outreach activities in conjunction with local partners surrounding the broadcast of the film. In addition, the LAF awarded $15,000 to long-term cancer survivorship clinics to hold events to connect adolescent and young adult cancer survivors with their local survivorship clinics across the country.
Reviews of A Lion in the House follow here:
A FILM OF QUIET, ALMOST INCALCUABLE POWER. The children are only one point in the film’s larger design. The doctors and nurses are presented as deeply committed to their patient’s care. Says one oncologist, “I want it to be hard. If it starts to get easy, I need to pick something else to do.” In almost every case, the physicians become welded into the inner family circle. “A Lion in the House” is one of those experiences that leave a viewer with a profoundly enriched awareness of life’s fragility and our own unexpected strength.
-Ty Burr, The Boston Globe
ASTONISHING. IMMENSELY REWARDING…Such a remarkable series of profiles in courage, and in the human will to live, that pic’s cumulative effect is nothing short of humbling, cathartic and even euphoric.
-Scott Foundas, VARIETY
A monumental work destined to be considered one of the major documentary achievements of our time, “A Lion in the House” is among the most moving experiences one can have at the cinema…the cumulative effect goes deeper than sadness, touching the core of human courage, compassion and strength.
Filmmakers Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert (whose own daughter is a cancer survivor) document this story with respect and dignity. A Lion in the House is ultimately an inspiring drama of ordinary people enduring impossible choices and uncertainty.”
-Sean Farnel, TORONTO HOT DOCS FILM