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.
Candy movie trailer - starring James Coburn, Walter Matthau, Marlon Brando, Richard Burton, Ringo Starr, Ewa Aulin. Directed by Christian Marquand. Genre: Comedy
CeeLo and his rock 'n' roll finalist Juliet Simms rock the house with Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild."
with Will Hines and Erik Tanouye.
Erik and Will spent over three years making this video. At one point it involved a crew of well over 400 people. Production almost halted when the stunt dog was accidentally and tragically killed. But after a moving letter writing campaign by the gaffers, filming resumed. The back lighting on Will's head alone required seven men with 14 Arri 12 sun lamps all moving in sync. Will and Erik were in rehearsals for 2 full summers, studying with their teachers from the Stella Adler school. Then the short prevew run at Steppenwolf. Then the barnstorming tour of southern churches. Then the surprise drop-ins at jazz clubs in Spanish Harlem. And finally this product. Though no work of art can ever truly be perfect, this one may come as close to sewing shut the seams of human imperfection as any one could.
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