Ben Byer was born in Chicago in 1971. He was diagnosed with ALS in 2002. He studied film theory at The University of Paris, worked in Los Angeles for a producer of B-movies then returned to Chicago where he performed on many of that city's notable stages including Steppenwolf Theatre, Organic Theatre, Trap Door Theatre, European Repertory Company, Circle Theatre, Cafe Voltaire and the Staddschowburg Theatre in Amsterdam. Like many struggling actors he left for Los Angeles and found himself selling beef out of the back of a truck. This unsavory experience inspired him to write his first play, Take it Deep, which was produced with much success shortly before being diagnosed with this fatal neurodegenerative disease. Unable to write or perform, Ben turned his attention towards film directing, a vocation more suited to the disabled. In 2003 he co-founded ALS Film Fund with his sister Rebeccah Rush to produce original works of art, whether film, theatre, sculpture or other intended to create positive change for ALS sufferers around the world.
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Steppenwolf -- Max von Sydow (The Exorcist, The Seventh Seal, Pelle the Conqueror) and Dominique Sanda (The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, The Conformist) star in this ambitious adaptation of Nobel Prize-winning Herman Hesse's classic novel about the dual nature (the spiritual vs. the physical) of man and his eternal internal struggle to find peace within himself. This exciting version employs animation, special effects, camera trickery, color synthesizers, superimpositions, and fast and slow motion to convey the complex inner life of the aging tortured writer (von Sydow) who encounters the beautiful muse and alter-ego (Sanda) on his journey of self.
Perfect Day -- PERFECT DAY is about a day in the life of Rick, an Irish forty-something who lives in Phuket, Thailand. He sets out to have what is for him the perfect day, a combination of hedonism and spirituality, traveling the island 'Easy Rider' style on a large chopper motorbike.
However all is not as it seems with Rick. He is visited regularly by the ghost of his comical father and haunted by memories of a girl called Clodagh. Through the course of the day Rick muses on his life, and considers how we went from the optimism of Live Aid to the horror of 9/11. Rick's secret past is revealed, a past which has led him to where he is now.
Perfect Day is about priorities in life and how one man copes with his fate, in a film beautifully shot on location in Thailand and Ireland.
'Only through the sugarless tea and black bread
can we charm back the luxury of a child's soul...'
SOUNDTRACK includes music by
Steppenwolf, The Stunning, George McCrae, Pat Savage and Urchin.
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