15 Reasons to Live

15 Reasons to Live

  • Canada
  • 84
  • PG
    Director:
  • Alan Zweig
    Credits:
  • Julia Rosenberg (Producer)
  • Naomi Wise (Cinematographer)
  • Eamonn O'Connor (Editor)
  • StudioCat (Music)
  • Gary Oppenheimer (Sound)

After running into a neighbourhood acquaintance at the local used record store who shared his list of 15 reasons to live, Alan Zweig felt a strong compulsion to make a film on the subject, despite his admission, “I didn’t make lists and I never thought about reasons to live.” From this inspiration begins a series of episodic chapters adapted to the themes of Ray Robertson’s collection of essays. The participants are as eclectic as the list, sharing personal anecdotes related to (among other themes) work, love, intoxication, humour, solitude, duty, home and death. Humorous and sometimes heartbreaking, Zweig’s compassion for his subjects and their stories, expressed through his conversational and candid interview style, ties these vignettes together in a visual essay that strikes deeper chords about finding meaning in our existence. Amongst his subjects’ reasons to live Zweig finds a couple of his own in his touching, honest and endearing way.

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