When comedians get laughs, they are said to have "killed." When they don't, they've "died." In John Zaritsky's Leave Them Laughing, a California-based Canadian comic faces her death as she lived her life, "killing" audiences across the planet. An accomplished singer, songwriter, musical comedian and parodist, Carla Zilbersmith is given the ultimate bad news. Diagnosed in 2007 with Lou Gehrig's Disease and given less than four years to live, she will leave a teenaged son, fans and adoring students. Leave Them Laughing is a 90-minute "pre-mortem" of a life lived fully, but far too fast. From her wheelchair, Carla vows to exit the stage with songs about life, quips about death, and a smile on her face. For Oscar-winning documentarian Zaritsky - director of the controversial film The Suicide Tourist - it's a switch in theme from the right-to-die, to dying right.
Original Title: Leave them Laughing
Running Time: 88 Min
Web Site: leavethemlaughingfilm.com
Leave Them Laughing from Monoduo Films on Vimeo.
Director: John Zaritsky
Producer: Montana Berg
Production Company: Magical Flute Films
Coproduction: Point Grey Pictures
World Sales: Monoduo Films