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by Jay A. Fernandez
November 12, 2012 1:50 PM
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'Jason Becker' Doc About David Lee Roth's Former Guitarist Acquired by Kino Lorber

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.

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  • Tina | November 1, 2013 11:07 PMReply

    I was instantly interested when I seen this kid playing the guitar,so I continued to watch.Blown away at the talent before my eyes,and the good looks too.When I heard he had ALS my heart dropped.I had a sadness that fell upon me.I have a friend in the early stages of ALS and it totally is a ripoff!!!!! I am very inspired with the story of Jason Becker.I will never forget him.He is forever in my mind and prayers.GOD BLESS YOU!