In April of 2009, a group of filmmakers came together to create "Trapped," a short film meant to raise awareness of ALS and marshal support for efforts to discover a cure. Director/Producer James Takata, Writers/Producers Zach Lewis and Jim Mahoney, and Producer Jhennifer Webberley worked with Amy Yamner Jenkins, the Chair of Prize4Life's Board of Directors, on the project. The film tells the story of 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" has been shown at numerous festivals, including the California Independent Film Festival, Methodfest, and the Neuro Film Festival sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology Foundation. The film won a bronze medal at the New York-based Telly Awards.
In 2009, Prize4Life had the opportunity to sit down with some of the creators of the film. You can read a transcript of that interview on our blog here.
For more information on the film's cast and crew, visit the IMDB profile page here.