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Carlos Gomez
Fri 18 Jul 2008Link

Listen to Chris, he knows what he's talking about.

And re-reading your post I realize you didn't need my silly pep-talk. You had already figured all that out. Good luck!


Robert Goodman
Fri 18 Jul 2008Link

The request is to fund this person's treatment not figure out how to pay for an $800 ticket to china.

As much as you care about this person, the "China" solution is a scam.
If there were a way to regenerate spinal cord breaks using stem cells, Teddy Pendergass, the late Christopher Reeve, and many other high profile people who have these injuries would be lining up and it would be major news in the medical journals. That is not true.

A decade ago people in my local film community received a similar request for an A.C. who had lost his sight in an explosion to go to Switzerland for an experimental surgery to replace his eyeballs with cameras wired into his brain.

There are unscrupulous doctors around the globe who will do anything to experiment on your body. I understand because I've been there and considered some wild things – thankfully I wasn't facing life as a quadriplegic.


Nicholas Bruckman
Fri 18 Jul 2008Link

Robert: Sadly, I think that your right, though that could make the story even more interesting.

I would say Heather that a twist like this is the kind of thing that could make a doc leap out from the competition. Consider the excellent "Favela Rising", which went to every festival in the world, HBO, academy shortlist, etc....if that hadn't ended with the main character having a spinal cord injury (which, like your case, had nothing to do with the plot of the film) and valiantly overcoming it, it simply would not have been Favela Rising.

No two cases are the same though...


Christopher Wong
Sat 19 Jul 2008Link

robert, if you read her post, you'll see that it's slightly ambiguous as to what heather is asking money for. but certainly, one of the things she needs is production money. of course, you are correct about the scam nature of all the alternative healthcare remedies in China (and elsewhere).

i agree with nicholas that FAVELA RISING was definitely aided by the lead character's paralysis (and resultant recovery). that, however, is unlikely to be an option in this case. still, documenting this struggle to get one's physical abilities back is going to be compelling on many levels.


Heather Olson
Sat 19 Jul 2008Link

thank you guys for commenting ... it's definitely brought me back down to reality and everything that you've said has made me think more about what i need to do!!


Charlie Phillips
Mon 21 Jul 2008Link

Sheffield Doc/Fest's MeetMarket is now open for Project Submissions!

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Robert Goodman
Mon 21 Jul 2008Link

that's 6 times you've posted this?


Sean Flynn
Mon 21 Jul 2008Link

It's the British Invasion!


Doug Block
Mon 21 Jul 2008Link

One posting is enough, Charlie. We love Sheffield so we'll keep them all up, but next time any multiple postings from you will be deleted.


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Mon 21 Jul 2008Link

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