When doctors diagnosed 19-year-old rock star 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 incredible 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.
In between films at the Rocks Off Film Festival, we go into planetarium mode with a rock'n roll light show live-mixed on a keytar by psychedelic video artist, B.A Miale!
BAMiAM.tv aka B.A. Miale is an NYC-based multifaceted video artist. Aside from directing music videos for Marc Ribot, The Giraffes, Les Savy Fav, Hopewell and Moby's metal band Diamondsnake, in 2007 she figured out how to mash up video clips in real-time on a keytar. Over sixty bands and 200 light shows later, she is a unique and explosive visual machine.
B.A. has mixed live visuals for 2 Skinnee J's, DJ Jonathan Toubin, Rain Machine (Kyp Malone from TVOTR), The Bruise Cruise Festival 1&2 (Black Lips, Thee Oh Sees, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Fucked Up, King Kahn & The Shrines etc), Frankie Rose, The Bogmen, Vic Thrill, The Wau Wau Sisters, Dick Dale, Anna Copa Cabanna, Bosco Delrey, Corn Mo, The Giraffes, White Mystery, Camper Van Beethoven, outrageous circus acts, a rock'n roll ventriloquist and many more. Her playfully psychedelic imagery, has been spewed up and down the east coast and beyond from fancy-pants concert venues to crazy-ass art spaces.
B.A is also a full time member of three bands (Firecracker Firecracker, Ice Balloons and 2 Skinnee J's,) a creative consultant for businesses large and small (MTV Networks, Magic Fun Store Tattoos) and a rock and roll DJ for almost a decade.