Freedom
by Andrew Levitas

In 1991 my father was given six months to live. He was not a man easily dictated to, and with the help of dedicated doctors, he spent the next 10 years fighting for his humanity. I was a child and lacked the faculty to fully comprehend what my father was dealing with, but it was clear that he was a man of exemplary courage. However, it was in his final days, with the laws of our country challenging his dignity, that my father showed what it is to be truly courageous. This is where Lullaby began …

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Andrew Levitas Shares Inspiration Behind LULLABY
Laura
05 May, 2014






This is from the public Facebook page of one of Lullaby’s producers.

Lullaby is opening in theaters on June 13th in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Denver, Minneapolis, and Phoenix.

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Yay, Philly! And we should be seeing the trailer soon.

More Info About Lullaby's Release
Laura
12 Apr, 2014


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This scene of a Passover meal from a hospital bed is the strangest of uplifting film moments.

Richard Jenkins stars as an ailing patriarch inLullaby, a man about to stop treatment for terminal cancer. One of his final meals is with his wife (Anne Archer), son (Garrett Hedlund) and daughter (Jessica Brown Findlay).

It’s also one of the first family moments the group has shared in years, with a visiting police officer joining in the meal.

“It’s a beautiful moment for them,” says Lullaby director/writer Andrew Levitas. “It’s making good memories up until the end. It’s not dark. It’s a family sitting around having one of the nicer meals they have ever had together. Even considering the circumstances.

“It’s the point of all of this,” Levitas adds, explaining a driving Lullaby theme. “There are so many dark and scary things in this world. But if you can connect with family and find love, even bad things don’t feel so bad.”

There is plenty of bad in this ultimately positive tale of a financially rich but broken family whose members have been torn apart by illness for years. It opens June 13.

The film follows successful business leader Robert (Jenkins), who decides to take himself off life support after a decade of illness. But it’s mostly seen through the eyes of his troubled son, Jonathan (Tron: Legacy’s Hedlund).

“This is a hero’s journey for Jonathan, which is central to the story,” Levitas says. “We’re basically watching someone who has been lost for years find himself.”

Levitas says viewers will see a very different side of Hedlund, who was last seen in a memorable cameo for Inside Llewyn Davis. In Lullaby, he lashes out onstage, performing in a rock band and in his personal life.

Meanwhile, Jenkins instantly makes himself sympathetic while trying to pull his family together in the final hours of his life. “Richard is just the kind of father so many people wish they could have,” Levitas says. “He shows it’s never too late to reclaim your life.”

The cast is filled with great actors pulled together by Levitas, including Archer andDownton Abbey‘s Findlay. Terrence Howard stars as a sympathetic hospital doctor, and Jennifer Hudson is a scene-stealing nurse.

Meanwhile, Amy Adams managed to make time in her schedule to play Jonathan’s ex-girlfriend.

“People were passionate about this story and believed in what we were saying,” Levitas says. “Amy showed up and did her thing.”

Jenkins’ character might not find his miracle cure. But once again, the strangely uplifting mode kicks in for the on-screen family man.

“At the end of his life, Richard is surrounded by people he loves, and he’s able to smile, knowing he has lived a great life,” Levitas says. “He knows he has had the life he wanted. That’s how he finishes it. We should all be so lucky.”

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Lullaby Sneak Peak
tini
11 Apr, 2014


Garrett Hedlund and Michael Pena Cast in John Michael McDonagh’s War on Everyone

Writer/Director John Michael McDonagh scored a big success in 2011 with his first film The Guard and looks set to repeat it with new comedy Calvary, in cinemas next week. But the filmmaker already has his sights set on his next project.

McDonagh has been talking about the script for War on Everyone for a few years now, mentioning it back when we interviewed him for The Guardand it seems it’s finally coming to fruition. The story is said to be about ‘two confrontational, totally corrupt cops in Alabama’ and we’ve got the scoop on who will be playing them.

In our recent interview for Calvary, McDonagh said: “The next movie looks like it might go with Michael Pena and Garrett Hedlund about two corrupt cops in Texas.” Confirming that it would indeed be War on Everyone, he goes on to talk about the stage that the film is at:

“They’re already attached to it, it’s just trying to get the financing you want to make the movie you want. I think we need about $8-10 million. Let’s say Calvary is a success, that’ll be a help. If Michael and Garrett have a film coming out that’s a success that’ll help and that will all get us the money hopefully to put the pieces together and add a few supporting actors that add financial value. So if we can get that it will probably happen in October/November 2014.”

Expect more news on the film very soon. Pena is currently out with his Cesar Chavez movie and is the lead in a Mark Neveldine exorcism movie, Hedlund has a thriller with Mark Wahlberg from the writer of The Departed.

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Garrett and Michael Pena Cast in War on Everyone
Laura
04 Apr, 2014




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