Fred Ho, a world-renowned radical Chinese-American baritone saxophonist, composer, writer, producer, matriarchal Luddite socialist and part-time farmer, has been fighting advanced colo-rectal cancer since 2006. When his cancer returned in September 2010, he contemplated the looming specter of poisonous chemotherapy and invasive surgery and made the risky decision to treat it without traditional medicine or drugs.
These kinds of all or nothing decisions are typical of Ho, whom some call a study in living revolution; his own body a strident outcry against containment, control and categorization; a battleground in a continued and uncompromising war to survive and thrive on his own terms. Ho’s belief that humanity’s continued existence is dependent upon its ability to do away with a capitalist society that is literally and figuratively cancerous is a philosophy that permeates every aspect of his life.
Independent multimedia company BW Moving Images and director Tylon U-Savior Washington will chronicle Ho’s story in a documentary film that spans his early family life, tumultuous personal relationships, groundbreaking musical career and infamous revolutionary ideologies and praxis. The film is set for release in the winter of 2014. With rare, exclusive footage, photos and candid interviews with a man larger than life, Diary of the Dragon: The (R)Evolution of Fred Ho is poised to become one of the great contemporary treasures of our time.