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SUBMERGED

 

WHEN HOPE ISN’T ENOUGH…

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The Project

On Independence Day 2012, at 27, Kelsey Peterson lost her independence after she dove head first into the dark waters of Lake Superior, emerging unable to feel or move her dancer's body. Needing to regain her purpose and follow an urge to get her body back, she started down a new path on a quest to not only find her own voice in the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) community, but to help amplify the voice of the cure, a voice that has been quieted since the death of its former champion, Christopher Reeve. Accompanied by her fearless friend and co-director, Madeline Brown, she began a cross country journey that includes a tragicomic, epic road trip as a woman in a wheelchair, seeking connection with her community and answers from some of the most brilliant minds in medical research in efforts to find a cure (even if that word bristles some feathers), living at the intersection between acceptance and hope. Her next step: a clinical trial to try and regain any function or sensation. Top of her list would be to dance again and regain sexual function. Nothing is off-limits and nothing is impossible in this film--a film that is told by a female filmmaker with a disability, a category lacking in abundant company.

In SUBMERGED, a filmmaker with a disability takes the reigns behind the scenes, while simultaneously revealing her inner revolution through unabashed storytelling onscreen. By deconstructing harmful stigmas, it will serve to enlighten the greater public and elevate a marginalized community. It provides an invaluable educational resource and empowering unifier for those living with a spinal cord injury. And by putting a spotlight on the truth of living with paralysis and the upward trajectory of groundbreaking research, this film depicts the boundless potential of science and the human spirit fighting for change.


THE PEOPLE

Kelsey Peterson, Co-Director/Producer   Kelsey is a C6 quadriplegic, dancer, and advocate. She revels in creation and possibility. Kelsey received her BFA in Dance-Performance & Choreography from the University of Montana in 2008, and later her yoga teacher certification from CorePower Yoga. Her path was tragically interrupted when she sustained her spinal cord injury in 2012 and became paralyzed from the chest down. She has since been adapting to her new life, looking for grace and purpose from the wheelchair. Her advocacy work on the board of Get Up Stand Up to Cure Paralysis out of Minneapolis led her to her role as Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota 2014. She also co-founded the Out of the Chair program, a program for people with disabilities to move in more creative, fun, and healthy ways, at Circus Juventas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is currently working on her documentary film with co-director Madeline Brown, as well as developing a movement and call to action for the film. Together with nonprofit Unite to Fight Paralysis, Kelsey is working to further develop the Voice of The Cure, an advocacy effort to further unite and empower the Spinal Cord Injury community and help expedite functional recovery for those living with paralysis.

Kelsey Peterson, Co-Director/Producer

Kelsey is a C6 quadriplegic, dancer, and advocate. She revels in creation and possibility. Kelsey received her BFA in Dance-Performance & Choreography from the University of Montana in 2008, and later her yoga teacher certification from CorePower Yoga. Her path was tragically interrupted when she sustained her spinal cord injury in 2012 and became paralyzed from the chest down. She has since been adapting to her new life, looking for grace and purpose from the wheelchair. Her advocacy work on the board of Get Up Stand Up to Cure Paralysis out of Minneapolis led her to her role as Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota 2014. She also co-founded the Out of the Chair program, a program for people with disabilities to move in more creative, fun, and healthy ways, at Circus Juventas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is currently working on her documentary film with co-director Madeline Brown, as well as developing a movement and call to action for the film. Together with nonprofit Unite to Fight Paralysis, Kelsey is working to further develop the Voice of The Cure, an advocacy effort to further unite and empower the Spinal Cord Injury community and help expedite functional recovery for those living with paralysis.


Madeline Brown, Co-director/Producer, Director of Photography   Madeline is an adventurous aesthete. She received her BA from the University of Minnesota in 2010 majoring in both Art and Spanish and then went on to get her MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2015. She has based most of her creative endeavors around travel and cultural exchange throughout Latin America and the U.S. Her work is fueled by human emotion and aspires to create poetry through im- age that illustrates strength, beauty and empowerment in her subjects.As a budding filmmaker, Maddy hopes to present important realitiesand weave together stories that impact the world.

Madeline Brown, Co-director/Producer, Director of Photography

Madeline is an adventurous aesthete. She received her BA from the University of Minnesota in 2010 majoring in both Art and Spanish and then went on to get her MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2015. She has based most of her creative endeavors around travel and cultural exchange throughout Latin America and the U.S. Her work is fueled by human emotion and aspires to create poetry through im- age that illustrates strength, beauty and empowerment in her subjects.As a budding filmmaker, Maddy hopes to present important realitiesand weave together stories that impact the world.

Eli Olson, Editor   Eli is an Emmy Award winning film editor with a unique storytelling ability. Her extensive experience reaches into the feature film, documentary, non-fiction broadcast, and commercial realms. Eli won an Emmy for her work on “My Flesh and Blood” for HBO Films, which also won an Emmy for Best Documentary, and the Audience Award and Best Director Prizes at Sundance Film Festival. In 2014, Eli co-directed the documentary “’Stories from Tohoku” about the courage and strength of the survivors of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. “Tohoku” won a Jury Prize at the 2014 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and was featured on PBS. Other 2014 editing projects include “Heaven Adores You”, a documentary on singer Elliott Smith featured at San Francisco International Film Festival, and “3 Still Standing”, a documentary about the rise and fall of three San Francisco comedians. “Standing” was featured at the 2014 Mill Valley Film Festival. In 2015, Eli edited “The Nine”, a non fiction feature by acclaimed photographer Katy Grannan, and “Saving Eden”, a documentary by Oscar winning director Bill Couturie. Eli also edited the feature films, “And Then Came Lola,” a comedy, and “Mrs. Menendez” a feature length documentary for A&E Films. Other non-fiction television credits include “Sam Cooke: Crossing Over” for PBS’ American Masters, “Amelia Earhart” and “The Boston Strangler” for National Geographic, “True Life” for MTV, “Sports Wives” for A&E, and “Rocket Dogs” for Animal Planet.

Eli Olson, Editor

Eli is an Emmy Award winning film editor with a unique storytelling ability. Her extensive experience reaches into the feature film, documentary, non-fiction broadcast, and commercial realms. Eli won an Emmy for her work on “My Flesh and Blood” for HBO Films, which also won an Emmy for Best Documentary, and the Audience Award and Best Director Prizes at Sundance Film Festival. In 2014, Eli co-directed the documentary “’Stories from Tohoku” about the courage and strength of the survivors of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. “Tohoku” won a Jury Prize at the 2014 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and was featured on PBS. Other 2014 editing projects include “Heaven Adores You”, a documentary on singer Elliott Smith featured at San Francisco International Film Festival, and “3 Still Standing”, a documentary about the rise and fall of three San Francisco comedians. “Standing” was featured at the 2014 Mill Valley Film Festival. In 2015, Eli edited “The Nine”, a non fiction feature by acclaimed photographer Katy Grannan, and “Saving Eden”, a documentary by Oscar winning director Bill Couturie. Eli also edited the feature films, “And Then Came Lola,” a comedy, and “Mrs. Menendez” a feature length documentary for A&E Films. Other non-fiction television credits include “Sam Cooke: Crossing Over” for PBS’ American Masters, “Amelia Earhart” and “The Boston Strangler” for National Geographic, “True Life” for MTV, “Sports Wives” for A&E, and “Rocket Dogs” for Animal Planet.


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partnership with U2FP:

The Cure Map is excited to have partnered with the nonprofit Unite 2 Fight Paralysis, a national organization that dedicates itself to advocacy, empowerment and unity toward finding a cure for paralysis.

A special thanks to U2FP for taking us under their generous wing and truly exemplifying the importance of unity. 

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