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The day after 34-year-old guitarist Jason Crigler suffered a brain hemorrhage onstage while performing in a Manhattan nightclub, his friends, family, and doctors all feared for the worst. But director Eric Daniel Metzgar’s documentary, Life. Support. Music., isn’t the story of Crigler’s pregnant wife accepting the notion that she might have to raise her unborn child without her husband, or of Crigler’s grieving family finding a way to move on. It’s the story of everyone involved persevering and pulling off what can only be described as a miraculous recovery. Given the subject matter, it’s to be expected that Metzgar’s film brims with heavy emotions; more surprising, however, is how deftly the director handles them. Rarely, if ever, heavy-handed, the film is a heart-wrenching yet uplifting look at one family’s determination in the face of hopelessness and despair. —MB