Cello is the title of a new 20-minute film about one man’s battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and the choices he faces. Renowned cellist Lynn Harrell makes his acting debut as the main character Ansel Evans, a master cellist diagnosed with ALS, a progressive disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. As his condition worsens, Ansel makes the decision to minimize the physical and emotional suffering for himself and his loved ones, culminating in a stirring farewell symphony concert.
Music is at the heart of Cello and Randy Kerber is the film’s composer. He is an acclaimed composer and keyboardist who has been involved in over 800 films including an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score for the motion picture The Color Purple.
Listen to John Van Driel’s recent conversation with Randy Kerber in a bonus edition of KUSC Out and About.