Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet is the extraordinary story of guitar prodigy Jason Becker and his fight with the degenerative disease ALS.
Filmmakers: Jesse Vile
Runtime: 87 mins
Cinequest Film Festival, USA - Audience Award: Best Documentary Feature
Special Jury Prize: Documentary Feature 2012
Cinequest Film Festival, USA 2012
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, USA - 2012
Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet is the extraordinary story of guitar prodigy Jason Becker and his fight with the degenerative disease ALS. The film 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. 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.
Jesse trained in film production in Philadelphia in the early 2000’s before moving to London to work in feature film development. He later took the job as producer of the Raindance Film Festival for three successful years. Jesse has directed and produced shorts and promos that have screened at film festivals in the US and the UK including a short directed by Jonathan Caouette. 'Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet’ is his first feature length film.
Director/ Producer: Jesse Vile
Executive Producers: Oli Harbottle, Joanne Fishburn
Director of Photography: Carle Burke
Editor: Gideon Gold
Sound design: Dario Swade