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  • Summary: When doctors diagnosed 19-year-old rocker Jason Becker with Lou Gehrig's Disease, they said he would never make music again and that he wouldn’t live to see his 25th birthday. 22 years later, without the ability to move or to speak, Jason is alive and making music with his eyes. Jason Becker : Not Dead Yet is a feature-length documentary film that tells the story of a guitar legend who refuses to give up on his dream of being a musician despite the most incredible odds. It is a story of dreams, love, and the strength of the human spirit. The film has been made with the full co-operation of Jason and the Becker family, who have given their consent for this to be the first feature-length documentary film about his life. They have provided their entire family archive of never-before-seen photos and footage. [Projextra.ca] Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Dec 13, 2012
    90
    This heartfelt documentary is also, more subtly, a tribute to the squadron of caregivers that has enabled Mr. Becker not only to survive for an extraordinarily long time but also to continue to compose music, using virtually the only part of him that still moves, his eyes.
  2. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Dec 10, 2012
    80
    An intense, emotional ride. Uplifting and inspiring.
  3. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Dec 11, 2012
    80
    Inspiring heartbreaker of a documentary.
  4. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Dec 11, 2012
    70
    Expertly measured, emotional look at the life of a guitar prodigy cut down by ALS.
  5. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Dec 13, 2012
    63
    Oddly, though, for a film so dedicated to celebrating what he can still accomplish, his early performing career gets a lot more emphasis than the music still being composed. And that's a pity, because what little we hear is entrancing.
  6. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Dec 10, 2012
    63
    The film is an unremarkable exercise in craft dedicated to a thoroughly remarkable artist – the tale is sublime, the telling only serviceable.
  7. Reviewed by: Drew Hunt
    Dec 10, 2012
    50
    Jesse Vile's film, despite its best intentions, is merely a serviceable extension of his own fandom.

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