Film concept - Becoming paralysed in 1993 through a rock-climbing accident didn’t change my love of outdoors and adventure, but it did force me to find new ways to do these things (handcycling the Himalaya, sit-skiing across Greenland, sea kayaking to Alaska etc.). Since then, I’ve lost count of the number of times people have asked me how to ‘overcome’ the mental and emotional hurdles that exist when we face major challenges in life. Difficult stuff happens to most of us in different ways, and all the questions I’ve been asked have made me more interested in the psychological aspects of dealing with life’s challenges positively.
IMPOSSIBLE will be a film about overcoming challenges that seem ‘impossible’. As part of the film I’ll be attempting a challenge that currently seems impossible to me. Jose Manuel Lopez, from Mallorca, is attempting to break the world record for the number of ironman challenges completed in one year (he’s currently up to about 75!) with six weeks left to go. His challenge is online at www.impossible365.com and Jose has invited me to join him on this final ironman of the year, on 6th September, in Mallorca. I’ll attempt the 2.4 mile (3.86 km) swim, 112 mile (180.25km) bike ride and a marathon 26.2 miles (42.2km) run using arm power alone, swimming in a wetsuit, using a handbike to cycle, and a racing wheelchair to run. We’ll be joined by other Mallorcan athletes with disabilities, including Xavi Torres (www.xavitorres.com), Paralympic swimmer with no arms or legs.
The ironman challenge will be the ‘backdrop’ of the film but the content will be deeper than the physical challenge, looking at our shared experiences of the psychology and motivation that enables individuals to push the limits of possibility, in sport or other arenas. How do we overcome challenges that seem ‘impossible’ in life? How do we find the extra strength and resources we need when the going gets really tough? I’m looking forward to learning from Jose and Xavi, and adding my own experiences too, to create a short film that really reveals something about resilience and the depths of overcoming challenging situations in life.
The focus - The focus of the film will be deeper than purely the physical challenge. It will focus on the psychological challenge, using the experiences of myself, Xavi and Jose (both within and outwith the ironman attempt) to consider in relation to the challenges that we all face in life. The film will consider questions such as:-
• How do we psychologically prepare to tackle the seemingly insurmountable challenge?
• What attitudes or techniques have Karen, Xavi, Jose and others used to find inner resources which they perhaps never realised they had with respect to overcoming challenge?
• What can we learn about motivation and resilience to keep going towards a far-reaching or distant goal?
The audience - The film is aimed at all ages and genders. It will be useful for anyone working towards a challenging project or target in their work or personal life, but in particular:-
• Seeking some inspiration or motivation to work towards a new challenge or target.
• Looking for ideas to help with their own situation / challenge.
• Interested in practical ideas / techniques that may be useful for overcoming challenges.
We plan on the film premiere being shown at one of the UK's major outdoor mountain film festivals such as Kendal MFF, Edinburgh MFF or Sheffield MFF depending on the production schedule.
What will your funding be used for? - The film-makers will be Polished Project (www.PolishedProject.com) who are experienced in adventure and documentary and have worked with me before (see below). As a small production company they have strong interest in outdoor adventure with human interest in focus, their documentary series 'Sub-Zero' has been reached over 2M views online.
Funding will be used to cover the costs of getting Polished Project (2 man film crew) to Mallorca to film the project (over 5 days), and the significant editing costs involved in creating the film. We are aiming to produce a film of 8-10 minutes.
You're investing in the risk of creating something new, fresh, maybe a little insane.
BBraun UK (www.bbraun.co.uk) have generously agreed to support the project and will be an 'Executive Producer' of the film.
Why should you support the project? - If you believe in the power of film, if you believe in over coming life difficulties and learning from the experience, if you want to see something new, fresh, donate. If you believe in creativity, donate. If you believe in risk and putting yourself out there, donate.
Thank you all, for taking the time.
Risks and challenges
Filmmaking is risky by its nature, especially when there is one live event as the focus, and the key characters could behave unpredictably! Under stressful circumstances, who knows what pearls of wisdom may or may not come from us. Plenty of footage will be ‘ok’, some will be useless, but a small part will hopefully be great, with the kind of magic and insight into overcoming challenge that will be poignant, thought provoking and useful.
If we reach our funding target, there is virtually no risk (barring some unforeseen, unpredictable circumstances) that the film will get made. I and the team at Polished Project are dedicated to making this happen if the funds allow, and I know from their previous work that Polished Project will do a solid job of creating not only a documentary that shares some important insight, but a piece of art too.
The risk of me not completing the ironman is significantly higher…but I am equally determined to make the film, as to give the challenge my very best attempt. (I just wish I was a better swimmer…). However, if for some reason I don't complete it, it won't affect the production, purpose or outcome of the film.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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