Exit Music

A rare invitation into the world of a young artist dying as he and his father navigate the ominous, sacred, and unmapped journey at the end of life.

painting of Ethan Rice
America ReFramed
Premiere Date
April 16, 2019
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call

Cameron Mullenneaux

Cameron Mullenneaux is an independent filmmaker based in San Francisco. Her directorial debut, Exit Music is a co-production with ITVS and received additional support from LEF Foundation, The Visual Storytelling Consortium, Independent Filmmakers Project, and the San Francisco Film Society. She directed and produced the short film Angelique for Show more Conde Nast’s digital Glamour brand. Under her belt is an MFA in documentary film production from Wake Forest University and a self-designed major in death and dying from Warren Wilson College. Show less

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The Film

Exit Music travels through the intimate and complex saga of terminal illness through the eyes of Ethan Rice, a humorous young artist living with Cystic Fibrosis who leads his family through the process of dying on his own terms. When Ethan recognizes aggressive medical interventions are keeping him alive well beyond his prognosis, his family and doctor help him focus on living and prepare for death. In what is a clearly transformational time concerning death with dignity in America, this story examines self-determination and the unexpected power of imagination in navigating the end of life.