Vimeo Staff Pick 2012
World Premiere • • • SXSW 2012
Official Selection • • • Telluride
Official Selection • • • Palm Springs Shortfest
Official Selection • • • Heartland
Official Selection • • • Discovery Channel/AFI Silverdocs
Official Selection • • • Atlanta Int'l
Official Selection • • • Athens Film & Video
Official Selection • • • Brooklyn
Official Selection • • • Indy Film Fest

AWARDS
Audience Award • • • Santa Cruz
Best Documentary • • • NFFTY
Best Documentary • • • Detroit Independent / Uptown

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Short • • • Once a man with all the answers, Dr. Ed Dobson is struggling to resolve his own questions before succumbing to the unusual disease eating away his body.

Medium • • • A cinematic and intimate documentary that follows Dr. Edward Dobson, a man accustomed to counseling people through suffering, as he comes to grips with the unusual disease eating away his body.
ALS or “Lou Gehrig's Disease” is a degenerative disorder that systemically incapacitates the body, commandeering the ability to hold, speak, walk, swallow, and even breathe until it causes the lungs to fatally collapse. They don't know what causes it, and there is no cure. After learning he had 2-5 years to live, Ed chose to examine what hope looks like in situations where it doesn't exist.

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CALEB SLAIN • Director, Editor
KARL KOELLING • Producer
ROSS VANDE WAA • Co-Producer
CHAD TERPSTRA • Director of Photography
KYLE CAMPBELL • Composer
DAVID M PHELPS • Writer

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Caleb Slain is a writer/director/editor and Grand Rapids native. He has been internationally awarded for his evocative storytelling in both short films and commercials. At age 19, Slain directed THE LOST & FOUND SHOP (vimeo.com/15150744), which received praise around the world, recently winning the prestigious "Best Young Filmmaker Award" at Corona's Fastnet Festival in Ireland. At 20, he directed the cinematic short documentary IT AIN'T OVER which world premiered at South by Southwest in 2012, and was recently accepted into Telluride.

Commercially, Slain co-directed the notorious "Surface" ad for Microsoft, acquiring more than 6 million views in less than a week and earning him personal spotlights in both Business Insider (read.bi/QcYb0H) and Huffington Post (huff.to/MAQo7o). Additionally, his love-letter to Volvo, a short film called DESIGNED AROUND YOU (vimeo.com/41120206), won their international branding contest earlier this year.

Presently, Slain is directing an experimental app for creative writing, penning his first feature, and kicking off the festival circuits for his new short film FREE PIE and second short documentary JUGGLE & CUT.

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