Kino Lorber has acquired all North American rights to Jesse Vile’s documentary “Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet.” The film, which screened at DOC NYC Friday, is set to open at Cinema Village in New York Dec. 14.
Becker is a guitarist who has been living with Lou Gehrig’s Disease for the last two decades, since being diagnosed at age 20 while playing with David Lee Roth’s band, but he has continued to record and release music despite his illness. (His most recent work, “Boy Meets Guitar — Volume 1 of the Youngster Tapes,” was released earlier this year.)
“The adjectives ‘tragic,’ ‘powerful’ and ‘heart-breaking’ don’t do justice to Jesse Vile’s near-perfect film,” said Kino Lorber’s Elizabeth Sheldon, who negotiated the deal with Ana Vicente from Dogwoof. “Vile’s portrait invokes far more than pity, with its inspirational story of the tragedy endured by both Becker and his family. The film is a true testament to the power of the human spirit and artistic talent.”
“Not Dead Yet” won special jury prizes at this year’s Hamptons International Film Festival and CineQuest.