Ben Beyer’s doc “Instructible” about his search for ALS treaments premieres at Cinequest

BEN BYER’S documentary “Indestructible,” about his globe-spanning search for innovative treatments for ALS, will have its world premiere at the prestigious 17th Annual Cinequest Film Festival, Feb. 28-March 11 in San Jose, Calif.

Byer, who suffers from ALS, and producer Rebeccah Rush are raising finishing costs through their nonprofit ALS Film Fund.

Roko Belic (“Genghis Blues”) is DP and co-producer. Tim Baron is editor. See

MICHAEL CAPLAN of Montrose Pictures is in post-production on his feature documentary “Shows of Wonder,” a documentary about the “small but highly influential group of magicians who are bringing magic back to its roots” in shamanistic and healing traditions.

“Shows of Wonder” documents the diverse practices of leaders in the field of “magic with meaning.”

They include Eugene Berger, Max Maven, Jeff McBride, Luna Shemada and Larry Haas, whose work is intertwined with myths, fables and education.

Sharon Zurek of Black Cat Productions is editing. Composer is Sparrow of Southport Sound.

Caplan’s prior doc “Stones from the Soil,” about the German Jewish school that saved his father from the Holocaust, screened in 150 cities in 2005 and 2006. See

DEREK “PRETTY BOY” DOW of Love Above All Productions reprises the sold-out premiere of his debut feature “Family Values” with a return screening Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at Chatham ICE Theaters, 210 W. 87th St.

“Family Values” is a coming-of-age drama about three cousins facing violence, addiction and self-doubt. Writer/director/star Dow will appear at the screening with co-stars Ramon Anthony and Roderick Haygood. See