See “Indestructible,” first-person account of life with ALS, and meet the filmmaker on Jan. 24

On Thursday, Jan. 24 there will be a showing of Indestructible, a documentary by filmmaker Ben Byer that documents his life after he was diagnosed with the fatal neurogenerative disease ALS. The film will be shown at the Waisman Center, UW-Madison, 500 Highland Avenue, in the Friends of the Waisman Center Auditorium. The film begins at 6 p.m. Following the film there will be a panel discussion with the filmmakers, plus Clive Svendsen, PhD, Waisman Center Stem Cell Research Program and professor of anatomy and neurology; and Julie Gamradt, MS, CCC-SLP, program manager of the Communication Aids and Systems Clinic. There will also be a light hors d’oeuvres reception from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The event is free, but if you plan to attend, please r.s.v.p. to or 263-5908.

Winner of the 2007 top prize at the Cinequest Film Festival, Indestructible is a powerful and uncompromising testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Directed by and starring ALS survivor Ben Byer, who was diagnosed at 31 years of age in 2002, Indestructible is a film that celebrates life, family and artistic expression in the face of insurmountable odds. It is a call for change that is desperately needed by patients who often die before they have an opportunity to speak out. Indestructible resists the temptation for sentimentality and cheap answers, offering instead a real world perspective of a horrific disease that brings solace to the viewers through the universal nature of the story. A cinematic adventure filled with extraordinary characters, breathtaking landscapes and abundant humor, Indestructible is beautifully shot by Academy Award™ nominee Roko Belic (Genghis Blues). In his first feature film, Byer takes us on a visually stunning global quest to survive as he begins to understand the power of the human condition.