Poised at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Cara along with an award winning entourage of film producers, wranglers and white water rafters, will begin a 12-day expedition striding on horseback as they descend nearly 6000 feet of vertical loose terrain into the country’s deepest canyons. Three days later when they enter the heart of the Inner Gorge, they will encounter the Colorado River, America’s lifeblood of the West. Here where the water meets the rocks, they will dismount from their saddles and set off by raft, for 8 days navigating over 150 miles of the United States’ biggest white water rapids. Throughout this journey, in a harsh and unforgiving wilderness, the expedition will challenge and highlight the integrity of the human spirit, contrasted and framed by the majesty and grandeur of this Natural Wonder.
Luke is the horse Cara will be riding, a mustang from the Green Mountain Herd Management Area in Central Wyoming. He was trained by legendary horse hand Val Geissler who gave him to Ben Masters for a 3,000-mile border to border ride through the American West which became the documentary Unbranded. At the completion of the ride, Ben Masters donated Luke to the Mustang Heritage Foundation to be auctioned off to raise funds for a PTSD Veterans Horseback therapy program. Luke was auctioned off for $25,000, the highest price paid for a mustang in history. Luke currently spends his summers teaching veterans how to ride at Heroes and Horses in Montana.
HIBM: Her Inescapable Brave Mission, is a story that encapsulates the fear, excitement, ambition, determination, courage, and relentless psychological and physical struggles that come with living with a debilitating progressive disease and breaking down endless barriers faced by people with disabilities. Cara will candidly share her most raw and intimate thoughts and feelings about her unexpected life living with this cruel condition, and finding her calling to serve as a voice for the unheard and forgotten.
The inclusion of people with disabilities – the average American not just the gold medalist Paralympian – is a HOT topic today in American pop culture, social media, fashion, marketing, politics and television. We see people with disabilities being prominently featured in NY Fashion Week, the face of Beyoncé’s new clothing line, lead characters in Game of Thrones, Super Bowl commercials, on stage at the DNC, receiving the Golden Buzzer by Simon Cowell in America’s Got Talent and signing ASL at every major music concert in the nation with as much spunk and spirit as the performer themselves.
The mantra of the disability rights movement is “Nothing About Us Without Us”. This distinctly encapsulates why I am the best person to make this film. I am the person living with this cruel progressive disease. I am the one who now engages in society as a woman with a disability, overcoming endless barriers in my daily routine and challenged constantly with the adversity that comes with ignorant stigma and discrimination. What better qualifications for a sincere and authentic storyline that from the person who embodies he struggle and personifies the hope, perseverance and determination it takes to be stronger than what is in my way.
I grew up without a disability or any health issues, so I know what it is to be on the other side of the coin, unaware of the inherent complexities, challenges of exclusion, need or importance of accessible spaces, the urgency of companies, schools, centers of worship and public places to make accommodations or absence of adequate laws, policies and programs to protect the basic human rights of people with disabilities. My former self will be related to the audience without disabilities.
What makes me the ideal person to produce this film, is my career experience as a Disability Focal Point for UNICEF. I’ve traveled worldwide to speak on the rights of people with disabilities, studied international laws about their inclusion and advocated on the world’s most powerful stage for full inclusion, equality and equity. I’ve lived in disaster zones where people with disabilities are disregarded as human beings, where their survival is not always guaranteed let alone their acceptance into society, issuance of a birth certificate, access to health care or education or guaranteed protection in times of natural disasters or manmade conflicts.
Today, more than ever, time is of the essence, as the disease progresses and scientists are no closer to an approved treatment or cure. The daily struggle is real. By the time we launch our 2018 Grand Canyon Expedition, Cara’s body will be significantly weaker than what it is today. Hope, determination and bravely facing adversity head on, keeps her going. While Cara’s spirit never shows any sign of slowing down her efforts, but her physical ability to do so, is.
The desert environment is described to be more than any other environment as stark, open and revealing. Cara’s journey through this canyon will tap into and reveal the same raw emotion, and fears for what is at stake, and what will be lost when she turns that metaphorical bend in the canyon wondering what is around the next corner.
Our production team has successfully completed more major film productions in the Grand Canyon than anyone else. We have developed specialized equipment and techniques for filming in this harsh environment that allows us to visually capture the essence of this Natural Wonder of The World.
Our camera work and techniques will include cable cam to compliment the movement and fluidity one feels as they trek, ride and raft through the vast openness and canyon walls. Through a combination of gyro-stabilized handheld systems and more traditional shaky handhelds scenes, we will evoke in our audience the rollercoaster of emotions that will be faced throughout this expedition; Cara will have moments of elation and freedoms from her condition living life to the fullest striding on horseback through this magical canyon as well as have the most challenging barriers and tasks she has ever faced in her life to complete this mission with her worsening illness.