Diseases and Illnesses

Scrappy, sad 'TransFatty' rages against degenerative illness and revels in a rollicking life

Though its title, read as an adjective/plural noun, might suggest a movie about fast-food eaters, "TransFatty Lives" is actually a proper name followed by a verb, and that verb is key to this scrappy documentary about battling illness with creativity. Patrick Sean O'Brien, a bearded, mischievous New York-based filmmaker/DJ known as TransFatty, was diagnosed with ALS in 2005. Though the condition, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is degenerative, it inspired a desire to keep life as rollicking and art-filled as possible and to film it all at the same time.