I GOT LEGS - Disability Rights Documentary
I GOT LEGS - Disability Rights Documentary
A documentary film about a paralyzed man, a robotic exoskeleton, and the fight for the right to walk.
A documentary film about a paralyzed man, a robotic exoskeleton, and the fight for the right to walk. Read more
“Nothing of any consequence happens unless people get behind an idea. It begins with an individual and they share the idea with more individuals…and eventually it becomes a movement.” - Christopher Reeve
In 2006 Adam Gorlitsky was involved in a catastrophic car accident, which left him paralyzed from the waist down. His doctors believed he would never walk again. In 2015, with the aid of a ReWalk motorized robotic exoskeleton, Adam Gorlitsky took his first steps in ten years.
Driven by surmounting insurmountable odds, Adam decided to seek out a challenge that could raise awareness for this incredible technological and medical achievement.
On April 2, 2016 Adam became the first paralyzed man to complete The Cooper River Bridge run, a historic 10k race in Charleston, South Carolina. This incredible feat was the beginning of a movement.
Adam started I Got Legs, a non-profit organization and a disability advocacy group dedicated to obtaining health insurance coverage of robotic exoskeletons by establishing that walking is a right not a privilege.
His plan to race awareness for his non-profit? To use his robotic exoskeleton to walk in 5ks, 10ks, half-marathons, and full marathons all across the country.
I Got Legs: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Exoskeleton is a documentary following the launch of the I Got Legs Foundation and explores Adam’s motivations to push his body and mind to incredible extremes in his fight for the right to walk.
For the last year we have been following Adam. We started filming at his first 10k race in the exoskeleton, which he completed in 7 hours and 17,932 steps. Since then we have traveled with Adam, and his wise, hilarious and dedicated father Stan, around the country as he races in his exoskeleton and garners supporters for his non-profit.
There is no guidebook for exoskeleton racing. Our film captures Adam and his team facing many challenges including racing in extreme weather, fixing complicated, brand new technology on the fly, navigating the logistics of transporting the over 500 pounds of equipment to every race when one of your team members is paralyzed, learning how to fall in a 55lb robotic exoskeleton without breaking a bone, and, most importantly, learning how to get back up from a fall in a 55lb robotic exoskeleton.
We are also delving into Adam’s biography and have conducted many interviews with Adam, his family, his friends, and the woman who saved Adam’s life the night of his car accident.
We are going to give the audience a front row seat into Adam’s world and explore:
- how a car accident radically changed Adam’s life
- what it was like for Adam to believe he was going to die but somehow surviving
- what it was like for Adam to be told he was never going to walk again
- what it was like for Adam to walk again in spite of that
- what it's like for Adam to date, have sex, and fall in love
- what it’s like to face professional discrimination because of a disability
- what it’s like to feel profound anger because of uncontrollable circumstances
- what it’s like to turn that anger into optimistic ambition
I Got Legs: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Exoskeleton is ultimately a film about a man who felt stuck in life and needed a change, a man who above-it-all wants not to be judged by his physical limitations, but valued for his creative mind, a man who wants to shine a light on the inequities individuals with disabilities experience, a man who believes that if he fights for it - a cure for spinal injuries is possible within his lifetime.
We started out making a small short film about Adam’s first race in the exoskeleton and his relationship with this incredible piece of new technology, but we observed Adam's enormous impact on the community and that he was able to start hard conversations and burst misconceptions surrounding individuals with disabilities. We realized we were at the beginning of a movement.
We began our film with self-investment, some financing from early supporters, and countless favors from our friends in the film industry. Now, the size of our story has outgrown the size of our budget.
We believe Kickstarter gives us the opportunity to raise the needed funds to complete this film at the highest standards while keeping the integrity of our film intact. Additionally, we want to be a part of the wonderful creative community Kickstarter has built and use the platform to empower Adam on his journey not just with money but with involvement.
Our promise - every dollar pledged will end up on the screen. All funds raised will go to pay for:
Production - The hiring of our world class crew and making sure they have the right tools to make high quality cinema.
Travel - Our crew will travel with Adam as he continues to run races across the country and as he expands the work of I Got Legs.
Post-Production - Our story is unfolding in many different circumstances and is often captured on a variety of cameras. We need an editor that can help us sew it all together into a seamless film. Additionally, we will be paying for professional color correction and sound mixing.
Promotion - This film is about raising awareness. We are endeavoring to make a piece of art with a social consciousness. There is an opportunity to submit this film to a number of prestigious film festivals, but the submission processes are costly and time consuming. The funds raised will help us reach a wide audience.
Warren Adcock attended the University of South Carolina with Adam Gorlitsky. After undergrad, Warren moved to New York to earn a Master's degree in Creative Writing from New School University. Warren has worked for Comedy Central, MTV, David Blaine Productions, ABC, ITV, Pulse Films/Vice Media, Good Company Productions, and the Mirrorball Group. In addition to Filmmaking, Warren produces experiential theater in New York City and is a writer/producer of The Magician starring Dan White at The Nomad Hotel, an immersive, narrative stage magic show, which has just begun its third sold out year.
Trevor Potts has served as an Executive Producer at some of the most regarded production companies in New York including Bunker, which he co-founded, Radical Media, Pulse Films and currently Good Company Productions.
I Got Legs has benefited from the support and expertise of many members of the filmmaking community including:
Andrew Flakelar - Director of the 2016 Cooper River Bridge Run Shoot
Justin Nathanson - Director of Photography of the 2016 Cooper River Bridge Run Shoot
The Thomas Brothers - Directors of Photography
Geno DiMaria - Director of Photography
- I Got Legs Foundation
- Paraplegic Runner Defies All Odds at Walt Disney World
- Wando Grad's Journey from Wheelchair to Bridge Run
- ReWalk: Proof That Exoskeletons Are Changing Lives
- Runner's World
- Paralyzed Man to Complete Bridge Run for 2nd Year
- Paralyzed Man Takes Giant Step By Competing In Surf City Marathon
- First Paralyzed Person Will Cross Marine Corps Marathon Finish Line
- Disabled Man Chases Dream, Proves Doctors Wrong, One Step at a Time
Risks and challenges
Completing I Got Legs: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Exoskeleton presents its fair share of unique challenges, the foremost being making strategic decisions about when and where to film given Adam's large volume of races, speaking engagements, and events.
No one has ever done Adam's work before and as his journey is unpredictable so is our story. The funds we raise will allow us to act quickly and employee local film crews and have cameras on Adam capturing every possible big moment. While we cannot predict the future, we can prepare for it.
In order to be transparent about our production - we plan to keep in touch with our backers and send updates and behind the scenes clips using Kickstarter Live as our film progresses.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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