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A film about motocross athlete Aaron Baker and his 15 year journey to reclaim movement.
A film about motocross athlete Aaron Baker and his 15 year journey to reclaim movement.
A film about motocross athlete Aaron Baker and his 15 year journey to reclaim movement.
254 backers pledged $60,171 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

Film Mission

  • 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/

The brains behind C.O.R.E.
The brains behind C.O.R.E.

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)

Rewards

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. 

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our first short film that we made of Aaron in 2012.

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 The Team

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.

Partners

"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.

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    I*AM PACKAGE: You'll be an Eager Beaver, and you'll get a replica of that amazing I*AM trucker hat that Aaron wears on the journey. Also at this stage your name will be in the film credits and posted on our website as a 'Kickstarter Backer'.

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    INSPIRATION PACKAGE: I*AM Package + a video email a month for a year with an inspirational mini-talk from Aaron and his partner in crime Taylor-Kevin Isaacs. If you want in on the mind-body secrets that Aaron used to overcome this incredible obstacle, this is the package for you.

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    THE ONE PACKAGE: I*AM Package + T-Shirt. Share Aaron's message to the world through rocking a high-quality shirt with the meta statement "Focus on the One." You may have heard by now that Aaron had a million-to-one odds of even feeding himself again. He often states that mentally he ignored the million and focused on the ONE. We all have a ONE in our lives, lets concentrate on bringing it to life.

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    CORE PACKAGE: Collector Package + 1 Month Free membership at CORE Centers in Northridge, CA including a free 2 hour comprehensive evaluation by a restorative exercise specialist. Injured or having chronic pain? This is the package for you! Don't let your body get in the way of a healthy lifestyle. Come learn about how to stay active from those who are trained to ensure you can regardless of one's issues.

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    VISUALIZATION PACKAGE: A one-on-one visualization and performance enhancement training session with Aaron Baker at CORE for either restorative exercise or motocross.

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    WALK PACKAGE: I*AM Package and the opportunity to join us on a two day re-creation of the Walk through Death Valley. This option is open to people of all abilities, including those in Wheelchairs. *note travel not included.

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    ADVENTURE PACKAGE: I*AM Package + A weekend of adventure, adapted to you, with Director Dominic Gill and Man of Adventure Aaron Baker. We'll take care of all the details you just have to show up and be ready for fun!

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    PERSONAL VIDEO PACKAGE: I*AM Package + the creators of this documentary Dom and Nadia will make you a 2-3 minute video of whatever you want. Want a family video christmas card? a professional profile of yourself? we'll even follow you're kid to baseball practice. You name it and we'll film it with the same quality and expertise that we apply to all of our projects. Check out our portfolio at www.encompassfilms.com

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