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TRANSFATTY LIVES, Documentary Shows ALS Struggle From Inside-with Doug Pray

vor 3 Jahren

TRANSFATTY LIVES producer, documentary filmmaker Doug Pray, shares the trailer and footage from the film by Patrick Sean O’Brien (a.k.a. TransFatty), which details his battle with ALS-Lou Gehrig’s disease. While the ice bucket challenge inspired a boost of awareness on the disease, this intimate account of its hardships and struggle for survival and vibrance in the face of overwhelming physical hardship grants us a much greater understanding than any social media campaign. The overwhelming humor of TransFatty, ALS awareness, the process of producing the movie, and further action that people can take are explored in this BYOD interview, hosted by Ondi Timoner.

TRANSFATTY LIVES: At 30, Patrick Sean O’Brien was TransFatty, a New York City DJ, internet personality, and filmmaker. He spent his days as a beer-drinking creative force, making art films about perverts, vulnerable souls, and Howard Johnson's restaurants. Then his legs started shaking.
Defying sentimentality, TRANSFATTY LIVES takes you on an emotional rollercoaster from Patrick's wild, fun-loving days into the dark heart of ALS (a.k.a. Lou Gehrig's disease). Given 2 to 5 years to live, Patrick first loses his ability to walk, then move his arms, then to swallow, and even to breathe. With the support of his bewildered friends and family Patrick braves the unthinkable and turns his camera onto himself.
As the director and star of his own documentary, Patrick films every step of his debilitating journey from first diagnosis through his current paralysis. Forcefully lacking self-pity, he captures the emotion, humor, and absurdity of real life as he makes art, gets political, falls in love, fathers a son, and fights extreme depression and paranoia.
PATRICK SEAN O’BRIEN, aka DJ TransFatty, is an artist and filmmaker. Born in 1974 in Edison, New Jersey, he attended the School of Visual Arts and has lived in New York for much of his life. When he was diagnosed with ALS in May 2005 he decided to embark on his most ambitious project yet, a feature-length documentary about his journey. That film, TRANSFATTY LIVES, won the Audience Award at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Patrick is currently based in Massachusetts at the Leonard Florence Center for Living.
Doug Pray is a director and producer of feature documentary films about American subcultures and maverick individuals. His work includes the Emmy award-winning "Art & Copy," “Surfwise,” “Big Rig,” “Infamy,” “Hype!” and “Scratch.” His most recent film is 2014’s "Levitated Mass" about the land art of Michael Heizer. He has also directed dozens of short films and documentary-style commercials for a wide range of major clients and causes including a 2006 advocacy campaign for AIDS awareness which won him his first Emmy. Doug studied sociology at Colorado College and received an MFA from the UCLA School of Film and Television. He lives in Los Angeles and is a member of the Director's Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

BYOD Full Episodes Playlist:
BYOD Short Clips Playlist:

00:01 Welcoming Doug Pray to BYOD.
00:24 Patrick O’Brien, ALS and making the “disease” film.
05:09 Sex, love and children during declining health.
09:58 “Enlightenment by shotgun” and writing the film.
14:20 Voiceover and editing.
16:40 Titling the film and Patrick’s humor.
19:55 Scoring the film.
23:10 Creating mood and sound design.
27:02 TRANSFATTY LIVES, Clip: Valentines day.
30:14 TRANSFATTY LIVES, Clip: Meeting Sean.
33:02 Hitting rock bottom and Sean’s reaction to Patrick.
36:42 The White House and the Ice Bucket Challenge.
40:02 Communication and filming now.
42:45 When and where to watch.
44:28 Thank you and goodbye.