Leave Them Laughing - Feature Length
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. 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.
Special Jury Prize - Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2010.
Genie Award Nominee 2011 - Best Documentary
Country: USA, Canada 2010
Runtime: 90', 53'
Directed by: John Zaritsky
Written by: Carla Zilbersmith
Cinematography by: Ed Matney
Music by: Carla Zilbersmith, David Ramos
Editing by: Justin Cousineau, Scott Doniger
Produced by: Magical Flute Films
World Sales: Monoduo Films