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Subject: Special Education

Special Education Series

A series of documentaries that focus on a variety of Special Education issues, including programs that offer compelling, true-life stories of individuals with special needs and the special people in their lives. Programs available on 10 individual DVDs, Digital Streaming Files or Videos; also in a 10-Disc Set. For Click for more

The Seeker (Seeking Hope for the Physically Challenged)

Seeker, The (Seeking Hope/Physically Challenged)

Best Documentary -Rome (GA) IFF
Official Selection - Sante Fe, Sonoma and Dances With Films Festivals

"Highly Recommended. Along with a personal quest and medical investigative reports on spinal cord injuries, this program is an inspiring film that addresses many psychological and physical issues mobility-impaired people endure, such as age deterioration, exclusion and lack of self-esteem. Above all, it is a message of hope that celebrates life and the humble strength of people who dare to believe and never quit." -Naima El Mardi, Corsair
"Highly Recommended. Never wallowing in self-pity, but real, funny and unpretentious to the last, we get a glimpse into the lives of fellow humans struck down by this terrible malady; also we get a beautiful journey across America, where we find American ingenuity, optimism, fortitude, eccentricity and independence all rolled into one pretty crazy road trip." -Daryl Siegel, Santa Fe Film Festival
After Christopher Reeve was paralyzed in an equestrian accident, he lobbied the rest of his life for people with spinal cord injuries. Today his dream to find treatments and cures for paralysis lives on through the efforts of the Christopher Reeve Foundation, which he founded, as well as through the efforts of many other heroic people. One such hero, although he wouldn't describe himself as that, is Evan Somers, who has been physically challenged with a spinal injury since 1975, when he was 16 years old. Since his injury steered him away from a legal career, this determined quadriplegic balances his time as a freelance writer in the entertainment industry (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), a teacher at Loyola Marymount University and Santa Monica College, and as Chair of the Writers With Disabilities Committee of the WGAW. When his close paraplegic friend, Richard Lubin, died, Somers decided to take a three-week journey across America, from Los Angeles to Sturgis, South Dakota, to attend an annual motorcycle extravaganza, traveling on a modified Honda motorcycle, to do some soul searching and to help raise awareness about spinal cord injuries and other neurological disorders. He enlisted producer/actor (L.A. Confidential) Jess Thomas and cinematographer Keith Barefoot and collectively they document this incredible journey of hope, meeting others who are physically challenged, as well as various scientists and doctors, including Dr. Mark Tuszynski, University of California, Dr. Michel Levesque and Dr. Toomas Neuman, Cidars-Sinai Research Center, and Dr. Ramires Del Rio, Intl.Ctr. for Spinal Cord Regeneration, who offer their perspectives, predictions and prognoses. Also featured is original music by Erik Godal, Mark Fortana and the Blue Hawaiians. Level 1 is the edited version; Level 2 is the complete feature film version. Produced by Standing Tall Productions. 06/13DE CA 90 min.

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