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DeWitt: Director comes home for 'Two Weeks'

"I was a little reluctant to do it because it's sort of a semi-comedy about a woman dying of cancer," Stockman said. "[It] didn't seem like it was necessarily going to be anyone's idea of a good time. But it kind of struck me the right way so I went ahead with it and it turned out that doing something that personal was the key to getting a whole bunch of people to sign onto the project."

The film hit theatres in March and was just released on DVD in September. The National Hospice Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) endorsed the movie and now it's playing in several hospice institutions nationwide.

"Around the country, hospices are showing the film in November for National Hospice Month and using it as teaching and discussion guides in medical schools," Stockman said.

Smiles and tears

Even though the movie centers around a woman dying, Stockman said it's not designed to be a "message movie."

"This was created to be a film about an experience that would draw people in and show them something that they've never been through before, or show it in a way that it has never been shown before," he said. "That's really what we're going for. We really wanted to entertain people and take them on a journey to somewhere new."

Joanne Lenweaver, senior communications specialist for Hospice of CNY, summarized the story as a family - siblings and spouses who come together to say their goodbyes in what they think will be a short stay but ends up being longer, hence the title, "Two Weeks."

"They all don't get along; they don't know each other anymore. They don't even know [the mother] anymore," Lenweaver said. "It's the family dynamics that happen as a result of that."

Lenweaver also described it as Shakespearean, "because as soon as you feel the tide of real sadness, all of a sudden something happens and I can't believe I'm laughing at that," she said. "It's life."

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