ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, afflicts the motor neurons that control voluntary muscle activity, leaving the body immobile though the brain remains active. In 2006, local filmmakers Jeanne Jordan and Steve Ascher documented the astounding efforts by the family of Stephen Heywood to find a cure for the disease in So Much So Fast. Heywood tragically died on November 26 of that year. Now, after its Slamdance festival premiere, comes Getting Up: The Tempt One Story, another tale that dramatizes an unbelievable triumph of spirit over adversity through the use of creativity and technology. Tony “Tempt One” Quan was struck with the disease at the age of 34. At the time he was one of the leading graffiti artists and social activists in Los Angeles, excelling at a design approach that combined a Latino (or Cholo) style with New York graffiti influences Read more ...