So Much So Fast

Overview

The unusual response of two brothers to devastating news sets the stage for this documentary. Stephen Heywood was 29 years old and had a solid job building houses, as well as a steady girlfriend, when he received word from his doctor that he'd been diagnosed with Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis, a fast-spreading motor neuron condition also known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease." ALS robs its victims of the ability to control their muscles, and no cure has been discovered at this time. Stephen's brother Jamie responded to ...
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Overview

The unusual response of two brothers to devastating news sets the stage for this documentary. Stephen Heywood was 29 years old and had a solid job building houses, as well as a steady girlfriend, when he received word from his doctor that he'd been diagnosed with Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis, a fast-spreading motor neuron condition also known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease." ALS robs its victims of the ability to control their muscles, and no cure has been discovered at this time. Stephen's brother Jamie responded to this news by quitting his job and starting a scientific research team to ferret out new treatments for the disease (given the small number of people who deal with ALS, few drug companies have stepped forward with medicines to ease its symptoms, believing that they could not turn a profit on the drugs). As Jamie wages a personal war against the medical establishment knowing his brother is getting worse every day, Stephen asks his girlfriend to marry him and they decide to have a baby, determined to squeeze a lifetime into the few years he has left with the unflagging support of his friends and family. So Much So Fast was screened in competition at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.
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Special Features

Theatrical trailer; Bonus scenes; Deleted scenes; Original audio (some strong language); Bleeped audio; Filmmaker bios; ALS links
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2008
  • UPC: 689076223263
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Passion River
  • Region Code: 0
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 69,244

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Steven Ascher Director, Cinematographer, Producer, Screenwriter
Jeanne Jordan Director, Editor, Producer, Screenwriter
Richard Bock Sound/Sound Designer
Sheldon Mirowitz Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- So Much So Fast
1. Deciding Whether To Try Unproven Drugs [6:22]
2. Stephen Builds His House [2:12]
3. ALS-TDF 2nd Anniversary Family Dinner [2:42]
4. Game Night at ALS-TDF [3:31]
5. Heywoods Play Scrabble [3:28]
6. Stephen Late One Night [2:09]
1. Begin Movie [3:24]
2. "The Connection Radio Show" [8:54]
3. Wheelchair Shopping [5:01]
4. Meeting For New Patients and Scientists [5:52]
5. What Is ALS? [7:49]
6. Stephen and Alex In Bedroom [8:49]
7. Ken Thompson Shows Mouse Lab [7:40]
8. End of Year Fund-Raising [9:39]
9. Everyone's Struggling With Something [5:47]
10. Running Out of Money [4:05]
11. Stephen Talks About Losing Abilities [6:54]
12. Stephen Talks About the Future [7:36]
13. Stephen Gets a Respirator [5:37]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- So Much So Fast
   Play Movie
   Extras
      Theatrical Trailer
      Stephen Controls a Computer With His Thoughts (BrainGate Study)
      Deleted Scenes
         Play All
      ALS Links
      Filmmaker Bio: Steven Ascher
      Filmmaker Bio: Jeanne Jordan
      Also Available: Troublesome Creek
         Play Clip
      Also Available: The Filmmaker's Handbook
   Scene Selection
   Audio Setup
      Play Movie With Original Soundtrack (Occasional Strong Language)
      Play Movie With Bleeped Soundtrack
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