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“One Cut, One Life” showing in Los Angeles


Heralded by critics and health professionals alike, “One Cut, One Life,” is a complex, intimate film about some of the conversations in life we typically avoid the most, about death, dying, end-of-life. It is playing at the Laemmle Music Hall for a limited engagement from June 12th through June 19th.

The film follows seminal documentary filmmaker Ed Pincus, as he weighs the impossible choices about end of life care and debates how to spend his final seasons, days, hours.  Should he have a risky bone marrow transplant, or opt for a “normal spring and summer”? At what point should he cease treatment? Can he balance his dying wish of making a last film against his wife’s on-again, off-again resistance to the project, and his desire for “family time”?  Pincus and his fellow award-winning documentary filmmaker, Lucia Small, forge a raw yet surprisingly humorous exploration of the human condition, examining the meaning of life, not only at the end, but during. Co-director Small will be attending for select Q & As.

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Here is what some health professionals and critics are saying:

“As much as the film is shadowed by a keen awareness of morality, ‘One Cut, One Life’ often pulses with an almost ecstatic vitality.” – Stephen Holden, Critic’s Pick, New York Times

“A stunning doc of living while dying.” – Diana Clarke, Critic’s Pick, Village Voice

“Beautifully illustrates the complex and nuanced nature of end of life decision making for terminally ill patients and their loved ones. I highly recommend it to health care professionals.”  — Judith Schwarz, MSN. PhD, Clinical Coordinator of End of Life Choices New York

“One Cut, One LIfe” is an invaluable resource for any healthcare professional involved in helping patients have difficult conversations about navigating choices at the end of life, or helping people to articulate what is important to them, or to provide models for people wanting to create something or leave legacies for posterity. It is also a frank look at how people move through grief when the loss is sudden and traumatic.”  — Goldie Eder, LICSW, BCD

“”One Cut, One Life” provides an insightful glimpse into the emotional conflicts and difficult choices patients must face when confronted with their own mortality.”
Robert Soiffer, M.D. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

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