Monday, April 2, 2012

New Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet Screenings Announced

File under things that are happily amazing! Many old gaurd metal heads remember Jason Becker, the guitar virtuoso from Cacophony with the equally talented Marty Friedman and then from a stint with David Lee Roth. In the 1980s, Becker was definitely in contention, with few challengers, to be a guitar god. This was cemented in 1988 with the release of seminal guitar album Perpetual Burn. It is greatly unfortunate that Jason was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease and given 3 - 5 years to live. Shows you what doctors know as almost 25 yeaers later, Jason Becker is definitely NOT DEAD YET!

Jason Becker has released not one but TWO more albums, Raspberry Jams in 1999 and Blackberry Jams in 2003. How did he do this? Enter Mike Bemesderfer, a music producer who helped Jason come up with a computer program that would compose the music based on the movement of Jason's head and eyes. Now that's a true miracle, Jason Becker is still composing and releasing music even though he has little to no use of his body. Jason Becker is NOT DEAD YET.

This is the miracle Jesse Vile explores in the film Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet. The film includes interviews with Jason Becker, his family and friends and a bevy of musicians he's worked with. It's truly an amazing story that you don't want to miss.


NEW SCREENINGS ANNOUNCED


APRIL 2012
DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA
Friday, 13th at 10PM
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Click here for Information (tickets on sale soon)


CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Friday 13th at 7PM
Chicago International Movies and Music Festival
Click here for Tickets and Information


MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE(April 19-22 exact dates tbc)
On Location: Memphis International Film and Music Fest
Click here Information


TORONTO, CANADA
Saturday, 28th at 4:30PM
Sunday, 29th at 4:15PM
(with an Encore screening on Sunday, 6th of May at 4PM)
HotDocs Canadian International Documentary Festival
Click here for Tickets and Information


BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
Saturday, 28th at 9:15PM
Independent Film Festival of Boston
Click here for Tickets and Information
 
'JASON BECKER: NOT DEAD YET' WINS TWO AWARDS AT THE 22ND CINEQUEST FILM FESTIVAL

The filmmakers express their gratitude at winning TWO awards at the 2012 Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, CA earlier this month. Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet won the AUDIENCE AWARD for Best Documentary Feature and the
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE for Documentary.

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