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Disability Awareness Month is recognized across the U.S. in October, prompting Indiewire's latest curated selections for Hulu's Documentaries page - a diverse selection of films highlighting engaging subjects living with a wide spectrum of disabilities, both physical and developmental. Watch these and other docs now for free!Jason McAfee's "Charlie Don't Surf" follows three men in wheelchairs to Costa Rica to learn to surf.Neither physical nor emotional limitations are enough to stop the wounded veterans, or their blind guide, Erik Weihenmayer, from attempting to climb a Himalayan mountain in Michael Brown's "High Ground."Weihenmayer also leads a group of six blind Tibetan teenagers up a Mount Everest peak in Lucy Walker's acclaimed "Blindsight."Ami, a man immobilized by Muscular Dystrophy, takes a road trip to find the doctor who told his parents he'd die as a child in Dani Menkin's "39 Pounds of Love.""Up Syndrome »
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Oscar-nominated documentary-maker Lucy Walker has made films about nuclear weapons, the Japanese tsunami – and now, a snowboarder horrifically injured in a half-pipe. She tells Emine Saner why non-fiction is winning the day
• The Crash Reel: first-look review
• Lucy Walker - Sheffield Doc/fest interview
There comes a dawning dread, part way through The Crash Reel, where you wonder if you are watching one long suicide. Lucy Walker, who filmed the pro-snowboarder Kevin Pearce's recovery from a head injury as he became determined to get back on a snowboard – something his doctors tell him would kill him were he to fall again – says she felt the same way as she was making it. "It was horrifying because he was so determined," she says.
After practising a cab double cork – a double backflip with a twist – at a 22ft halfpipe in Utah in December 2009, the American landed on his head »
- Emine Saner
HBO, which helped finance the pic, will keep U.S. television broadcast rights.
Phase 4 has an early winter theatrical release planned for the film, which stirred up a nice buzz when it preemed at Sundance. Variety called it a “thoroughly winning” portrait of former pro snowboarder Kevin Pearce, whose 2009 accident while training for the Winter Olympics left him with a traumatic brain injury.
“Crash Reel” follows Pearce’s recovery from injury, and his burning desire to return to the slopes. Pic alternates between footage of gritty snowboard and ski accidents, intimate portraits of Pearce with his family and real-life snowboarding footage from Pearce’s career.
” ‘The Crash Reel’ team is so extremely proud of »
- Rachel Abrams
3 items from 2013
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