By some accounts, Joey Maxim died on November 21st, 2011. The car crash was horrific, so bad in fact that both of his lungs collapsed and his vertebrae touched, pinching his spine and leaving him unresponsive to paramedics at the scene. While machines sustained his body over the next few days, his family was told that he could be a vegetable. Doctors said that if he made it at all, he would likely not walk or talk the same ever again. But this story is not about how he survived. This is a story about how he found a way to live.
Joey should have given up during the strenuous rehabilitation process that took away any hope of having a normal life. He should have been deflated by the fact that things would never be the same and he would forever struggle with his memory and his ability to stay calm in stressful situations. But then Joey began to tie flies and fly fish for steelhead, not only as a replacement for the sports that had been so central to his life, but as a form of mental, emotional, and physical therapy. And that is when everything started to change.
This is a story about healing. About reconnecting. About trust, about faith, and about reclaiming life. It’s a story about having come as close as humanly possible to losing everything. It is a story about struggle. About losing the life you once knew to injuries and trauma so devastating you are left feeling lost and alone. It is about being exhausted, discouraged, frustrated, angry, confused, overwhelmed, but yet dedicating yourself to finding that one thing that will unlock your purpose and let you taste and sink your teeth into the idea of truly living. It is about finding direction and fully committing yourself to overcoming whatever obstacles you may come across. It is about savoring all the beautiful little details and celebrating the big picture.
Why Do We Want To Tell This Story?
Joey’s story needs to be told for two important reasons. For one, it helps to remind us that answers can lie in unforeseen places. We must always keep looking and searching, even when we are lost in our darkest moments. Secondly, it exposes the idea that a distinct activity or adventure can stimulate one’s soul to the point of overcoming extreme physical conditions, limitations and injuries.
Fly fishing gave Joey hope. It has taken him to new places, both physically and emotionally. It has dictated the path he’s decided to take in life. It has led him to explore himself and the world, as he constantly strives to live every day to its fullest. This makes it hard to keep up with him. Having once been attached to tubes, monitors and hospital beds, the present-day Joey Maxim chases numerous adventures, whether they are in the backyard he grew up in or on the other side of the country. The pace he currently sets has been taxing, requiring our crew to operate on little sleep, lots of coffee, and doses of prescription-strength vitamins and baggies of gummy bears. But we must carry on and we need your support to help us finish telling his story, as we hope to inspire anyone in the midst of their own healing process.
What’s in it for the Backers?
We were so moved by Joey’s story, not only as passionate fly fishing men and women, but also as human beings with our own challenges to overcome. We believe that Joey’s story has the potential to not only touch the hearts of many, but also to bring hope to those in search of healing. We hope backers will be inspired by Joey’s story and help us share it with our community.
Oh yeah, and we have some rewards. Check out the column on the right-hand side of this page....
Risks and challenges
Why Do We Need Your Help?
The documentary is already underway. We have filmed and logged hours of footage, but we are now in the process of coordinating the final filming and editing. We need your help. There are hard costs associated with filming, including the cost of travel and equipment. As we do not have footage of the accident, we are creating and outsourcing motion graphics in order to explain Joey’s injuries. There are also costs involved in licensing music, mastering and authoring the final product, and entering the short documentary into film festivals in 2016.
The Plan (Timeline & Budget)
- October (finish filming)
- November - December (Post Production)
- December - January (Authoring/Master)
- 1st Quarter 2016 (film/prizes delivered)
- Additional filming (rental gear, travel): $4,000
- Motion graphics: $5,000+
- Mastering & Authoring film: $2,000
- Sound Mixing: $1,500
- Music Licenses: $1,500
- Available for rental and purchase on digital platforms (e.g. Vimeo, iTunes)
- Submitted to appropriate film festivals during 2016
- (30 days)