“This is a flat-out great movie…see it as soon as you can.” – Guitar Player Magazine
Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet is the extraordinary story of guitar prodigy Jason Becker and his fight with the degenerative disease ALS. Director Jesse Vile, in his directorial debut, deftly charts the life of Jason Becker – from his early years learning guitar, to wowing fellow students with his prowess at the talent show, to being chosen as guitarist in David Lee Roth’s band, to the diagnosis, and to where he is now, twenty years later, still making music, still very much alive. Dogwoof will release this extraordinary film in UK cinemas 12 October 2012.
From an early age, it was clear that Jason had a gift for playing the guitar; he could master the most complicated chords and make his own musical arrangements and would eat, and study and drive whilst practicing the guitar. His big break came when he was chosen to succeed Steve Vai (and before him Eddie Van Halen) as the guitarist for Van Halen – one of the most coveted and prestigious guitar positions in the world. And all before the age of 20.
A week later, just into band rehearsals, Jason starts limping and finds that his fingers do not run up and down the fret board like they used to. Jason is diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and given just 3-5 years to live. Also known as Lou Gehrig ’s disease, ALS is an incurable and fatal neurodegenerative disease. In just a short time, victims of ALS become completely paralyzed while their minds remains 100% in tact; essentially trapping them inside their own bodies. But that was 22 years ago and Jason Becker is not dead yet.
With the help of his devoted family and an army of friends, Jason now communicates and makes music using his eyes to guide a cursor and create in his mind (and on computer) the music he used to make on his guitar.
Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet is a story of dreams, love and the strength of the human spirit.