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What a beautiful life

Diagnosed with a brain tumor at only 18 years old, What a beautiful life follows Zach Graas' journey through life but doesn’t end with his death. It continues as we intertwine the stories of the people who received Zach's organs, their journey to a second chance, and life beyond death.

What a beautiful life is told through second hand accounts from family and friends as well as retellings from a journal Zach kept during his 6 year battle with cancer.

  • Lucas Falco Cohen
  • Lucas Falco Cohen
  • Cherry Graziosi
  • Corey McCartney
  • Khalid Abdulqaadir
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  • Runtime:
    48 minutes 11 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 27, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    Arri Alexa Mini LF and Amira
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Director Biography - Lucas Falco Cohen

Lucas Falco Cohen is a Director/Cinematographer based in Kansas City Missouri. Lucas has been climbing the ranks of the industry since quitting his desk job and going freelance 5 years ago. Notable credits over that span include multiple seasons of Queer Eye (camera operator) on Netflix, Totally Under Control (Additional Cinematography) on Hulu, and others.

Lucas is making his spotlight debut with his documentary "What a beautiful life" that follows an 18 year olds journey with brain cancer while intertwining the stories of those who received organs upon his passing. "What a beautiful life" is currently being submitted to festivals and hopefully streaming soon

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Director Statement

This film all started when I met Zach 6 years ago in college. Never in a million years would I have expected a friendship, followed by heart break when Zach passed, to have led to the privilege of telling my friends story and impact the world with his message.