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A documentary film about the extraordinary life of a famous, musical prodigy who has been battling against Lou Gehrig's Disease for 22 years. A paralyzing, terminal illness with no real treatment or cure, it has trapped Jason inside of his body for over 15 years; unable to move, unable to speak, and unable to play the instrument which propelled him to international stardom at just 19 years of age. Using an eye communication system invented by his father, Jason is able to escape the confines of his own body and release the music that is trapped inside of his mind. Written by
Won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2012 Biografilm Festival in Bologna, Italy. American film critic Leonard Maltin was head of the jury that year along with producer Paul Zaentz and director John Scheinfeld. See more »
We live thinking we will never die. We die thinking we had never lived. Cut it out. ~ Jason Becker
This film is about an amazing human being who shows us life is limitless despite our real or perceived limitations. We meet this guitar virtuoso who composed and performed music, sounds & melodies seeming to appear from nowhere in perfect rhythm and tone at a time where the words "personal computer" really would define your own brain. Today, Jason who has survived with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) for more than 20 years (which is unheard of!) continues to compose music with the aid of technology using his eyes and the patience and dedication of family and friends who assist him. His lightening speed thought processes once conveyed directly onto his guitar are now achieved at a much slower pace but achieved none-the-less.
As someone who cries at Hallmark commercials, I was prepared to cry a river, and was surprised when instead I laughed and smiled throughout the film. This documentary not only introduces you to Jason and his unbelievable family and caregivers, it makes you feel as if you are a lifelong friend of theirs as well. Their generosity of sharing intimate family moments provide insight and hope, not sensationalism. Greatness was meant for Jason, and we were all meant to be witness to it. Somehow Jason's parents knew that they would need to preserve him for posterity because the family movie montages and audio recordings from nearly birth to present helps us to grow up with Jason, get to know him in a way that mere one dimensional photographs and words from others would never have been able to accomplish.
Jason is humble about how powerful his soul is and the possibilities he inspires in everyone who comes into contact with him. There is never a time when you feel sorry for Jason, because he won't let you. You may however be left feeling sorry for not learning about Jason and his music before seeing this documentary, but hey that's okay, At least you know him now and there is plenty of time to continue to enjoy his music!
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