Thursday, August 2, 2007

Montreal World Film Festival August 2007!

Montreal World Film Festival
August 2007

Dear Friends,

After four years, five hundred hours of footage, thousands of hours of work and your unwavering support, Indestructible will be shown at the world's largest film festival, Montreal World Film Festival, August 23 - September 3, 2007, a premiere event on par with any other.

400 films, 70 countries, 500,000 audience members over 11 days in beautiful Montreal... it's Cannes without the jet lag. The road has been long, winding and treacherous. I'm a bit surprised that we made it. But our goal has been clear. To create change.

Despite the best efforts of some very gifted, dedicated and passionate people, there is not one effective treatment for ALS. Not one therapy to stop the paralysis to my hands, legs and diaphragm. With the power to do so many incredible things in the world, why can't we do this? I don't have the answer to that question. I'm just a filmmaker. But I do know that five years ago I was given a 10 percent chance of living this long. If I can beat those odds and mark the five-year anniversary of my diagnosis in Montreal, there's no limit to what is possible.

I dare to dream of the day when I can move freely. That may never happen, but I guarantee one day it will for someone suffering from ALS. And when that day comes we can all smile. Smile because we we were part of something great that had never been done before. And in our own little way helped move this thing forward. Thank you for your support. We need your help to finish the job.

Ben Byer

Donations Appreciated
phone: 312-848-5919

Reprinted with permission from Ben Byer

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