Filmmaker Landon Dyksterhouse, aka The Mash-Up King, has told an inspiring story with his new documentary, Beats4Tanner, which premieres at the Las Vegas Film Festival on Thursday, August 13. Beats4Tanner follows the journey of Tanner Seebaum, a 16-year-old aspiring DJ and producer faced with terminal brain cancer.
When Tanner’s cancer came out of remission at age 15, he set out to fulfill his dying wish. As the film’s synopsis puts it: “Tanner, aka DJ Seebaum, goes on a courageous journey over the course of the next 10 months – using electronic dance music as his catalyst to live out his life dreams and achieve his final wish, which is to DJ on the biggest stage in the world, on EDC weekend at the world famous Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Rehab Pool Party in Las Vegas.”
The official trailer for the Beatport-supported documentary will debut on July 30 at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado during HARD Red Rocks, which this year welcomes headliners like Dog Blood and Porter Robinson.
Beats4Tanner features appearances from several high-profile names in dance music, including Diplo, Datsik, Krewella, Downlink and Excision. Also featured in the documentary is HARD Events ringleader Gary Richards, aka Destructo, whose own brother also died of brain cancer several years ago.
“Tanner is an inspiration, and his story was something I was immediately drawn to,” Richards tells Beatport. “The transformative power of music was very apparent with Tanner from the start, and I was happy to do what I could to make his dream come true.”
You can check out an exclusive clip below. The film will benefit the Tanner Seebaum Foundation, the DJ’s namesake non-profit organization that seeks to fund medical and scientific research on the treatment of pediatric tumors of the brain and spine. For more information on the foundation, go to tannersfoundation.org.