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New York artist Andrew Levitas was a teenager when his father was diagnosed with cancer. And for the next decade, Levitas watched as his father fought the disease.

“He was an incredibly courageous guy,” said Levitas, 37. “We learned so much about being a strong and compassionate person and to put others first and accept your lot in life.”

But there came a point where his father knew he would never be free of the disease. He was in pain and worn out. He decided, Levitas said, “enough is enough.” He gathered his family to tell them he was pulling the plug on the machines and medications that were keeping him alive.

“I think in an incredibly beautiful and scary way, he gave up his own death for us,” Levitas said. “He may have chosen to have gone peacefully off and have people cry over him. But he used it as an opportunity to push buttons and for us to reconnect to each other. Rather than making it about him, he made it about us.”

His father’s decision to end his life was the inspiration for Levitas’ feature directorial debut, “Lullaby,” which opens June 13 and is available on VOD and iTunes.

Garrett Hedlund (“Tron: Legacy,” “Inside Llewyn Davis”) plays Jonathan, an unsuccessful musician estranged from his family. He arrives home after a long absence to learn that his father, Robert (Richard Jenkins), has decided to take himself off a life support system.

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LULLABY a Tribute to Director's Father
Laura
14 Jun, 2014



Lullaby is out now – in theaters, on iTunes and On Demand.

Lullaby Featurette
Laura
13 Jun, 2014




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Interview with Andrew Levitas:

JJ: What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome as a first-time director?

AL: Getting the finances together to make a film as ambitious and challenging as Lullaby. After that I was so incredibly blessed to have the absolute best artists in front and behind the camera.

JJ: What was your most memorable off-screen moment with the cast?

AL: I had held it together the entire shoot but after we wrapped Robert’s (Richard Jenkins) death scene, I quietly slipped away from set and completely broke down. I thought I was alone, but when I looked up Garrett, Terrence and the rest of the cast were there with open arms to pick me up. They had followed me out, knowing too well what I was going through… I will never forget the love and compassion they shared with me in those moments.

JJ: What was your favorite lullaby as a kid and why?

AL: Brahms Lullaby. It set the table for my musical tastes.

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Lullaby - New Stills
Laura
12 Jun, 2014






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