Navigation Links
Prize4Life Inspires Award-winning ALS Film: Trapped

Film by Takata raises ALS awareness, promotes Prize4Life.

(Vocus) March 24, 2010 -- In April of 2009, Director/Producer James Takata, Writers/Producers Zach Lewis and Jim Mahoney, and Producer Jhennifer Webberley created the film Trapped to support Prize4Life’s battle against ALS. Trapped is a short film about Stephen, a talented young composer and pianist who discovers he has ALS after an eerie progression of symptoms. And though he begins to lose his ability to physically write music and play the piano, his spirit and genius cannot be taken by the disease. As Director Takata describes, though is body is deteriorating, “his ability is still there.”

Trapped was the brainchild of Amy Yamner, Chair of Prize4Life’s Board of Directors. Yamner had seen a short film about Alzheimer's that put the disease into the public eye, and she thought the approach was a brilliant way to raise awareness about ALS. She collaborated with Zach Lewis and Jim Mahoney, who wrote the script, and then brought on Director James Takata to bring the script to life in a compassionate, elegant and powerful manner (see an interview with the makers of “Trapped” here).

David Rodgers gives an inspiring performance as Stephen in this evocative film that draws attention to the cruel progression of the disease. Oliver Ponce’s stunning camera work and Michael John Mollo’s amazing original score lend beauty to a very difficult subject matter.

Impressively, Trapped was created and produced for under $10,000. The professional writers, directors, and producers volunteered both time and equipment, and local vendors generously gave the team non-profit discounts or waived fees entirely.

Testament to the power of the film and the skill of its director, actors, and producers, Trapped has been accepted to the California Independent Film Festival, one of California’s premier showcases for independent, foreign, and mainstream films. It will be shown on:

Saturday April 24 – 11:00AM
Orinda Theater, Orinda Way, Orinda CA 94563

Trapped was also accepted to Methodfest, an annual celebration of performance and discovery in independent film in California. It will be shown on:

Friday March 26 - 7:15pm
Shorts Program #2 (Metamorphosis)
Founders Hall, Calabasas Civic Center 100/200 Civic Center Way, Calabasas, CA 91302

Director James Takata will be present at both showings. The film also recently won the bronze medal in the Telly Awards, a New York-based program that honors outstanding television, film, and online work. Congratulations to the entire Trapped team!

About ALS:
Known in the United States as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, ALS is a rapidly progressing neurodegenerative disease that typically takes the life of patients within 2-5 years of diagnosis. It is caused by the degeneration of motor neurons, the nerve cells in the central nervous system that control voluntary muscle movement. It most commonly strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70, and affects men slightly more than women. ALS is the most common motor neuron disease worldwide, and as many as 30,000 Americans struggle with it at any given time. There is no known cure for ALS and only one modestly effective FDA-approved treatment for the disease.

About Prize4Life:
Prize4Life was founded by a group of Harvard Business School students when one of them, Avi Kremer, was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 29. Prize4Life works to accelerate the discovery of a treatment and a cure for ALS by using powerful incentives to attract new people and ideas, and to leverage existing efforts and expertise in the ALS field. Among other program initiatives, the organization currently administers the ALS Biomarker Prize Challenge, the Avi Kremer ALS Treatment Prize, and an ALS research portal (


Read the full story at

Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2010 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Prize4Life and the Jackson Laboratory team up to fight ALS
2. Richard Maize Inspires Wealthy to Aid Homeless During Hanukkah, Christmas
3. NASA Joins Austin Marathon Expo, Inspires Students
4. Jenna Norwood to Present Award-Winning Documentary & Lecture at Harvard University
5. The Garlands of Barrington Earns International Recognition, Residents Reap the Benefits of Award-Winning EngAGE Lifestyle
6. Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating and Anxiety Disorders Sponsors a Special Edition of the Award-Winning Documentary America The Beautiful
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... On November 25, 2015, officials of ... Narconon network, announced the release of a new cutting edge recovery program that has ... been working with drug- and alcohol-addicted individuals with the purpose to free addicts from ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 25, 2015 , ... On November ... of Tri Lite’s personal heating products business. Cozy Products explains what this ... heaters that fit in well with the Cozy Products business model: to sell personal ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Beddit® has launched a new Android ... The new app features a more intuitive SleepScore™ that rates sleep quality on a ... The SleepScore is created by a proprietary algorithm. Beddit analyzes the data to provide ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... “While riding the bus, I saw a passenger ... thought there had to be a convenient and comfortable way to protect them from ... disabled individuals to safely travel during cold or inclement weather. In doing so, it ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... In honor of Pulmonary Hypertension ... and groups responsible for advancing care for pulmonary hypertension (PH) patients and helping ... public, will receive special recognition throughout 2016 as part of PHA’s 25th anniversary ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/24/2015)... -- WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) Inc. ("WuXi" or the "Company") ... and technology platform company serving the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and ... and the United States ... of shareholders held today, the Company,s shareholders voted in ... previously announced agreement and plan of merger (the "Merger ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... Calif. , Nov. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... leader in non-invasive genetic testing and the ... that it will present at the 27 ... York on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET.  Matthew Rabinowitz, ... Company,s financial results, business activities and financial ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... 2015  In the pharmaceutical industry, companies want to ... quickly uncover new insights, tactics and strategies that will ... --> However, organizations often find it is ... ensure that all rules and regulations are met to ... barrier to efficiently launching market research projects is the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: