The production company behind "Perpetual Burn: The Story Of Jason Becker" is seeking additional funding for the official Jason Becker documentary film.
Jason Becker began his career as a Shrapnel recording artist by joining forces with guitar virtuoso Marty Friedman to form seminal progressive metal pioneers CACOPHONY. Amassing worldwide acclaim as a guitar virtuoso, Becker came to the attention of David Lee Roth who was looking for a guitarist to replace Steve Vai and the rest is history.
Through his work with CACOPHONY, his groundbreaking solo record "Perpetual Burn", recorded when Jason was just 17, and through his second solo record "Perspective", recorded after Becker came down with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, a.k.a. Lou Gehrig's Disease). Jason earned an international reputation for being one of the best composer/guitarists to emerge from the legendary Shrapnel shredding scene.
Commented the filmmakers: "We're tired of being turned away by producers and commissioners who only want to make films about LADY GAGA and the JONAS BROTHERS and not about real musicians and heroes like Jason. So we've decided to make this film the grass-roots, independent way and need YOU, the fans, to help make sure this film gets made and Jason's story and music is seen and heard by millions around the world.
"'Perpetual Burn: The Story Of Jason Becker' is a feature-length documentary film about the life and legend of guitarist and musician Jason Becker. The film will include interviews with Jason, his family and friends, and many of the amazing musicians he's worked with over the years. There will be plenty of great Jason Becker performance footage from CACOPHONY through to his solo work, as well as tons of unseen footage and unreleased music from the Becker archives.
"For anyone expecting to see a sad and depressing film, this ain't it. Yes, this film will document Jason's struggles with ALS and will aim to create awareness of the disease and its effects on thousands of people. But it is ultimately about his life as a brilliant musician and the way he is able to inspire millions of people throughout the world with his music, his mind, and his spirit.
"The film will be translated in over ten languages including Spanish, Portuguese, Bahasa Indonesia, Italian, Turkish, Japanese, German, French, Polish, and Serbian."
For more information and to donate, visit JasonBeckerMovie.com.
In 2008, Jason Becker released "Collection" on Shrapnel Records. This pure work of genius contains three new recordings totaling over 20 minutes in length and includes new performances by some of Becker's guitar buddies: Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Michael Lee Firkins, Marty Friedman, Steve Hunter and Greg Howe. In addition, the CD is enhanced and contains some bonus material playable on computer.
Even as paralysis set in from his disease, Becker still had a strong desire to compose and "Collection" not only contains some of Becker's favorite moments from his Shrapnel and David Lee Roth recordings, it also features three new Becker compositions, each as impressive as anything he has recorded in the past. Becker has enlisted some of the largest names in instrumental guitar music to perform the parts that he hears in his head and has as many as three guitarists per track trading off riveting performances.