About this project
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In 1999 Aaron Baker broke his neck on a motocross track, becoming completely paralyzed. Neurosurgeons gave him a million-to-one chance of feeding himself again, but Aaron's subsequent journey did not follow its predicted course. The next fifteen years became a voyage bound by hope and hard work, by competition and entrepreneurship, and most importantly by love.
- To encourage everyone to be aware of the gift of movement and use it to unlock their true potential.
- To bring the complex world of spinal cord injury (SCI) to mainstream audiences so that they can know and care about the lives of those with SCIs.
- To use this story as a source of hope for those in the early stages of recovery from injury.
About the Film
Coming to my Senses documents Aaron's accident and the subsequent 15 year struggle to regain movement. It explores both Aaron's journey and that of his family, the support structure on which he relies. The film is sewn together by Aaron's most challenging adventure post injury - a 20 mile walk across Death Valley.
This documentary is at its essence a portrait of movement, how it relates to our goals and dreams, and how it changes our motivations and perspectives. Every day, through our obsession with sports, we are confronted with images of exceptional movement and we spend countless hours and dollars championing the very best. While we would never argue that breaking records isn't inspiring, we also believe that contemplating a lack of movement can be even more profound. Simply by watching the effort required to complete even a basic task you can get to the very root of who you are and what you live for.
This film speaks to the value of a mind-body approach in overcoming difficult circumstances. Aaron makes no bones about his shift in beliefs post accident. His story is not purely physical but also one of values. Aaron's values progress from those of a fast-lane wild-boy to one that's focus is holistic in nature - less focused on 'doing' and more on 'being'.
Aaron firmly believes that the success of reclaiming movement can be replicated in varying amounts dependent on technique and access to proper resources. Through his own personal experience of being left without insurance or access to long term rehabilitation Aaron experienced incredible lows of depression, common to many in his situation. It was through this experience that he became determined to make a difference. Since then, he, along with his mother Laquita Dian and his clinical exercise physiologist Taylor-Kevin Isaacs, created a one-of-kind gym that bridges the gap between therapy and fitness. As our society has come to understand the critical value of fitness in health and mortality rates, Aaron is making sure that no one is left behind because of lack of access and resources.
More information on Center Of Restorative Exercise can be found here: http://www.centerofrestorativeexercise.com/
By The Numbers: a few facts we would like you to know
The numbers above help tell a story. It is a story about the risk of injury, a story of physical struggle, of medical costs and of collateral damage, a story of sadness and hopelessness. We are making this film to give voice to those stories, but we are also making this film for everyone else who takes life for granted. For those who get up every day and are limited not by mobility but by fear, complacency, insecurity, public opinion, or just plain laziness.
Where does the money go?
We have selected fixed funding which means that it's all or nothing. We did this because we believe that the absolute minimum we need to bring this project to completion is 60,000.00 and that otherwise we would not be able to deliver you a quality film. However, the true costs of making the film are far beyond this and so as we see how the campaign goes you might notice 'stretch goals'. But no matter what, we promise to always define what your funds will be used for and to update you on our progress. The film funds will be used for:
- color correction (15K)
- film music composition (15K)
- audio mixing (5K)
- film festival entry fees (5K)
- Collateral (5K)
- Website and related media (5K)
- Kickstarter/Payment/Incentives (10K)
You are buying into an incredibly special project that has been years in the making, but we understand its nice to get a little quality swag as well! This is why we're offering rewards such a cool truckers cap (the design Aaron wore on his trek), a custom t-shirt (cool design yet to be drawn!) and beautiful photographic prints of Death Valley.
More cool info:
our first short film that we made of Aaron in 2012.
Nadia and Dominic have been producing and directing content together since 2011. They have created adventure based content for Television, Film and Branded Content which has gone on to win awards as well as have wide international distribution. They continue to focus on their theme of inclusive adventure.
"Aaron Baker, through his extraordinary determination to overcome a devastating spinal cord injury takes us on a journey, and shares this journey with all of us in this powerful film. Aaron is a testament to life after injury. We at the Reeve Foundation work tirelessly to deliver on Christopher Reeve’s dream of a world without wheelchairs; the BIG IDEA is how we will make this happen in the here and now. Aaron’s journey is bigger than one man’s challenge, it as an opportunity to create a movement to motivate the masses to get behind the Reeve Foundation’s mission to cure paralysis. Every movement has its moment. This is ours." Peter Wilderotter, President and CEO, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
High Fives Foundation is a Tahoe-based, national 501.c.3 non-profit organization The High Fives Foundation supports the dreams of mountain action sports athletes by raising injury prevention awareness while providing resources and inspiration to those who suffer life-altering injuries. Formed as a way to "pay-it-forward" by the founder from his own recovery to help injured athletes, the Foundation has helped 82 athletes to date since its inception in 2009, more information visit www.highfivesfoundation.org.
Risks and challenges
The film is a work in progress. Up until this point we have entirely self-funded the filming of the story. The funds we are asking for barely cover the costs of post-production. Our largest issue after finishing the film will be having funds for the distribution phase of the project. While getting you guys downloads is easily possible, our journey ahead is more challenging. We are making the film to have an impact on individuals suffering from illness or injury, whose trajectory can be effected by the story. We plan to get it into hospitals, on Netflix, and even in front of health care policymakers. To accomplish these goals, we will be seeking additional funds through grants and forging ties with organizations that can truly make the film a success. Please always feel free to reach out to us with suggestions or contacts, they are always appreciated.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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