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A Lion in the House Details

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Five young people battle incurable disease as their families deal with their physical and emotional struggles in this powerful documentary from filmmakers Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert. A Lion in the House was largely filmed on Ward 5A of Cincinnati Children's Hospital, a wing devoted to children with cancer and related illnesses. The film focuses on five youngsters undergoing treatment there -- Justin Ashcraft, an 18-year-old who has been living with leukemia since age eight; Al Fields, an 11-year-old non-Hodgkin's lymphoma patient; seven-year-old Alex Lougheed, also with leukemia; a third leukemia patient, nine-year-old Jen Moore; and Tim Woods, a 15-year-old boy with Hodgkin's lymphoma. As the children deal with the rigors and treatment and the toll their illnesses take on their bodies, they also wrestle with their need to be kids and navigate the tricky roads of growing up, while their families and physicians sometimes have to confront the fact that the children may not survive their treatment. Produced for broadcast on public television, A Lion in the House was screened as part of the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:May 21, 2006

Cast

Adam Ashcraft
Debbie Ashcraft
as Justin's Mom/Marietha's Aunt
Connie Koons
as Tim's Primary Nurse
Justin Ashcraft
as Child Patient
Alex Lougheed
as Child Patient
Adam Dale
as Justin's Dad
Jackie Lougheed
Judy Lougheed
Scott Lougheed
Beth Moone
Frank Moone
Jen Moone
Linda Pollman
as Justin's Primary Nurse
Jennifer Roller
Marietha Woods
as Tim's Mom

Crew

Julia Reichert
Director
Steven Bognar
Director
Steven Bognar
Producer
Julia Reichert
Producer
Julia Reichert
Cinematographer
Steven Bognar
Cinematographer
Charles Engstrom
Composer (Music Score)
James Klein
Editor
Steven Bognar
Editor
Jaime Meyers
Editor
Mary Lampson
Editor
Kevin Jones
Editor
Karen Y. Durgans
Associate Producer
David Davis
Associate Producer
Melissa Godoy
Associate Producer
Melissa Godoy
Executive Producer
Karen Y. Durgans
Executive Producer
Sally Jo Fifer
Executive Producer
Seth Mulliken
Sound/Sound Designer
David Ackels
Sound/Sound Designer
Thea Lux
Sound/Sound Designer
Alvoro Leite
Sound/Sound Designer
Alvoro Leite
Camera Operator
Thea Lux
Camera Operator
David Ackels
Camera Operator
Seth Mulliken
Camera Operator
Klara Grunning-Harris
Production Manager
Sharon Wescott
Production Accountant
Reilly Steele
Re-Recording Mixer
Julia Reichert
Associate Editor
Julia Reichert
Sound Recordist
Steven Bognar
Sound Recordist
Charles Engstrom
Musical Performer
Ann Rotolante
Associate Editor
Melissa Godoy
Line Producer
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