Taking the First Steps
Two weeks ago was the official start to the marathon for myself, Adam Gorlinsky, Richard Joel, and Adam Matalon.
We are embarking on an incredible journey together to make a feature-length documentary film that will not only tell me and Adam Gorlinsky's personal stories but while shine a new light of awareness on the Spinal Cord Injury community.
We are only at the beginning of what we know will be an amazing and exciting yet challenging journey to make this film. We expect this project to take us anywhere from 18 months to two years to complete.
Our first step in making this film is to capture Adam Gorlinsky and I walking the LA marathon, which takes place in four days.
Adam will be the first paralyzed man in North America to complete a marathon in an exoskeleton, carrying my father’s spirit every step of the way.
Yesterday's official start included myself, my co-producers Richard and Adam, and Ron Hanks, another contributor.
We spent the day filming for our Seed&Spark Campaign to raise the funds for the 1st phase of this film, which begins in just 4 days. In order to get across the finish line, raising these funds is imperative.
For all of this to come into fruition, we need your help! It's going to take 3 camera crews shooting around the clock for 36 hours. Any money that is raised during phase one will be going to filming permits, transportation, security, food, insurance, sound equipment, lights, cameras, and so much more.
We are so blessed to have the support of the LA marathon by getting full access for our cameras and crew on the course. Normally it is only network cameras that are allowed to record, so this is such a huge deal to have their support.
On my way home from this emotionally overwhelming and productive day, I got into an Uber to head home. Just like so many other things that have conspired to make this passion project manifest into a reality, I didn't just get into any Uber. My driver happened to be a seasoned TV writer (WGA) and shared with me his inspiring story on how he got his first real job in television.
I sat there thinking "How does this always happen to me?"
He said, "I wouldn't take no for an answer!"
Then I responded with "That's funny you say that, because I say the same thing!"
I proceeded to tell him a few small bits and pieces about my new documentary project.
He told me "What I love about documentaries is exactly what you said: that it's real and that we as human beings just want to find a way to relate to someone."
That conversation reminded me of my "why" for making this film.
And that is to better educate our society about Spinal Cord Injuries without leaving out the emotional aspects of all of the different people that are affected. People going through similar adversities need to know that they are not alone.
In just the short time I’ve been producing this film, I’ve seen how it’s affected the human spirit of those who have never been affected by an SCI.
Seeing the impact I made on these men by sharing my story was truly powerful. I felt a genuine connection with them and that is why I’m sure I have the right team behind me.
If one person changes their attitude and perspective towards a person with a disability, I'd consider this film a success.
It's difficult for me to put into words how important this project is to me. I know this is my purpose, and I am giving it my all in order to make a lasting positive impact on the lives of others.
Please help to support this project by visiting our Seed&Spark Campaign and donating today. Every little bit helps! Here’s to the journey!