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New Red Bull Film Documents Pro Athlete’s Recovery from SCI


When we think about Red Bull Media House’s film catalog, images of people diving off of cliffs, climbing unfathomable rock walls, and kayaking over colossal waterfalls come to mind. Let’s just say their documentaries, and the brand itself, are synonymous with adventure and extreme sports. To the general viewer, it may seem these athletes have a death wish; but for the thrill-seekers themselves, pushing limits in their chosen sport is the only way they truly feel alive. At this year’s SXSW Film Festival, RBMH premiered yet another documentary about a young athlete revolutionizing his sport. But this time, being the best came at a heavy price — a career-ending spinal cord injury. Any One of Us follows professional mountain biker Paul Basagoitia through the aftermath of the accident that dramatically changed his life.

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A few days prior to his injury in 2015, Basagoitia purchased a brand-new action camera. When he found himself paralyzed in the intensive care unit, he hadn’t even had the chance to play around with it yet. So, while lying in his hospital bed, he picked up his new gadget and began filming his journey to recovery.

Sprinkled in with Basagoitia’s footage are interviews with seasoned spinal cord injury survivors, many of which have been featured on Wheel:Life in the past. Through their stories, the audience learns that not all SCIs are equal, and one person’s experience may be completely different from another’s. We hear from a variety of people who sustained their injuries in differing ways — from car accidents to medical malpractice to a falling tree — and they each contribute their own anecdotes to help viewers better understand Basagoitia’s battle as they follow along on his quest to walk again.

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As a professional athlete, setting goals and overcoming challenges was second nature for Basagoitia, and viewers see him carry that work ethic over to his new objective. In a Q&A session at SXSW, he even called learning to walk again his new “Rampage,” referring to an elite freeride mountain biking competition that he never succeeded in winning.

With his girlfriend (now fiancé), Nichole Munk, by his side providing both rock-solid support and tough love, Basagoitia starts noticing small improvements in mobility and sensation. To SCI survivors who are still seated years after their injury, Basagoitia may seem like one of the lucky ones who was eventually able to leave his wheelchair behind. Although he hasn’t regained the level of mobility he once had as a professional athlete, in an interview with Wheel:Life, he expressed coming away from this experience with a renewed sense of appreciation for the little things in life such as urinating on his own after a brief period of having to self-catheterize. He even shares footage of a late-night cathing session in the film with the hopes of giving people a deeper understanding of what goes on behind closed doors for many people living with SCI.

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When asked in the same interview what advice they would give to others going through a similar situation, both Basagoitia and Munk talked about the importance of acknowledging progress and celebrating victories no matter how small they may seem. Having patience was also high on Basagoitia’s list of coping tools. Over three years post-injury, he states he’s training just as hard as day one and continuing to experience gains. That day, he was using a cane, but he still aspires to walk assistance-free in the future.

Nichole Munk, Paul Basagoitia, and Mike Mac at SXSW Q&A

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At SXSW, around 150 spectators, among which were a handful of wheelchair users, gathered for the Any One of Us premiere and subsequent Q&A with director Fernando Villena, Basagoitia, Munk, and a few other members of the cast and crew. Judging from audience feedback (or at least those who were brave enough to approach the microphone), the film was well received and seemed to stir up emotions from past experiences either of their own or loved ones. Tears were shed and much gratefulness was expressed.

Profile of Basagoitia and Munk watching premiere at SXSW

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It wasn’t all praise, however. One viewer asked why the documentary didn’t portray more of the adaptations people living with SCI must make on a daily basis in order to simply get by. Villena replied that they, regrettably, didn’t capture any of those narratives on camera.

Another critical review comes from a member of the USA Wheelchair Rugby team who was present at the screening as well, but didn’t speak at the Q&A:

As a quadriplegic, some of the scenes deeply resonated with my own experiences, but in the end, the film sends the wrong message. Rather than focusing on the incredible and fulfilling existence as a wheelchair user, the audience is subjected to the worn out narrative that life is hardly worth living without the ability to walk. The filmmakers brought in other individuals from the SCI community, but these voices seldom offered a contrasting viewpoint to that of Paul’s. This documentary was a missed opportunity to show the public that while challenging, wheelchair users live full, vibrant, and happy lives.” -Jeff Butler, Paralympic Silver Medalist

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On the other hand, one of Butler’s teammates had a completely opposing viewpoint:

“Any One of Us is a well-documented account of how a young man with world-class talent handled a life-changing event. The journey of him and his girlfriend during rehabilitation definitely was relatable because I myself had the same journey with my girlfriend. Today, we are married going on 22 years. There are several experiences captured in the documentary that are very personal and allow everyone to see what is really happening during his rehabilitation. When he realized he probably will never compete in mountain biking again and accepted what had happened to him, I think that’s when he emotionally began to heal and started to live a new way of life. I’m glad he was willing to document his journey at a time when he was at rock bottom. We get to see him rise above the adversity. Life will go on with or without you. The question is are you going to sit it out or live in it?” -Bryan Kirkland, Member of Team USA Wheelchair Rugby, Three-time Paralympic Medal Winner

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Cast member Annette Ross sums the film up this way:

This is a poignant and real film with live footage of the moment that forever changed one life. Paul’s unwavering efforts to walk pay off, but the audience is left feeling compassion for those who have to somehow navigate a new world where the joy of living has been compromised in ways that before were unimaginable.” -Annette Ross, Author, Cast Member of Any One of Us

For the time being, Any One of Us is on the film festival circuit with upcoming dates at Newport Beach, Bentonville, Telluride, and Greenwich. Red Bull Media House is aiming for a wider release this fall when all proceeds from the film will go to Wings For Life, a nonprofit whose mission is to find a cure for spinal cord injury.

 

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Keep this film on your radar by visiting the website and following along on Facebook and Instagram. In addition to raising funds for SCI research, the documentary can also be used as an educational tool to spread awareness about spinal cord injury and the challenges survivors face. When it arrives at a theater near you, grab some friends and family (and perhaps some tissues) for 87 minutes of emotional highs and lows, encouragement to face your battles head-on, and a reminder that spinal cord injury truly can happen to any one of us.

Watch the Any One of Us trailer here:

 

About the Author

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Betsy Bailey has a diverse background that includes experience in marketing research, business operations, travel and culinary writing, and playing volleyball professionally overseas.

Betsy has been writing for Wheel:Life since January of 2017 and thoroughly enjoys the process of getting to know her interviewees. She also teaches students learning English as a second language, speaks French fluently, and travels any chance she gets!

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Editor’s Note: Justin Malaise grew up in small-town Wisconsin as a ...

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Former Ms. Wheelchair Illinois Continues to be a Voice for the Community

Editor’s Note: Born with spina bifida, Kim Brown has been a ...

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Dare to Discover the World of Accessible Travel With Handiscover

Editor’s Note: Sebastien Archambeaud has always loved traveling, so ...

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Made for Kids! The Pediatric Hydrophilic Cure Catheter + Free Backpack Program

Parents only want what’s best for their children and keeping them ...

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Wheeling, Driving, Bowling, Preaching, Parenting…Johnny Hudson Does It All Hands-free!

Editor’s Note: Johnny Hudson was born in 1977 with unforeseen ...

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The Abilities Expo is Coming To Boston!

Boston awaits with open arms. This September 8–10, head over to the ...

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Comfort Conversations: Change Starts with You – Becoming an Advocate

Join us every other month for Comfort Conversations, a discussion ...

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WheelchairTravel.org: Blazing the Trail Towards an Accessible World  

Editor’s Note: After sustaining severe burns during a car accident ...

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The Artfully Gifted Foundation – Serving Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

Editor’s Note: The Artfully Gifted Foundation (a non-profit) was ...

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How the SCRS-IL Can Help You Live Independently

Editor’s Note: When triple degree holder Jose Gonzalez returned ...

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Peter Arballo Never Gave Up on Himself — Neither Should You

Editor’s Note: Peter Arballo was born in Southern California to ...

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Full Speed Ahead with Endurance Racer Michael Johnson

Editor’s Note: Michael Johnson of Lansing, Michigan, started racing ...

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The Extraordinary Life of Triple Amputee Monica Vickers

Editor’s Note: Monica Vickers was born in 1954 missing both legs ...

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Rick Hayden Rolls on Capitol Hill for Your Rights

When Rick Hayden visited the US Capitol last week, he went with your ...

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Gear Up for Abilities Expo Chicago

Calling all Midwesterners — Abilities Expo is coming to Chicago! As ...

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Run, Jump, and Throw Stuff with Angel City Sports

Editor’s Note: Clayton Frech is the CEO and founder of Los ...

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Sled Hockey with Coach Koz

Editor’s Note: Sled hockey (also known as sledge hockey) is almost ...

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Summer Solutions with STYLEDWEL

Editor’s Note: Mary Marshall, founder of STYLEDWEL, created ...

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Following Your Inner Guidance with Kristina Rhoades and How National Ramp is Helping Her Do It

Editor’s Note: Kristina Rhoades is a mom, wife, speaker, writer, ...

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Comfort Conversations: Finding Encouragement Through Peer Support Groups

Join us every other month for Comfort Conversations, a discussion ...

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Allen Beauchamp on Life, Love and Hockey

My name is Allen Beauchamp, and I’m 43 years old. I live in a ...

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Yoocan Get Empowered!

Editor’s Note: Inspired by a family member with disabilities, Moshe ...

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Introducing the Cure Ultra: Ready to Use Catheter for Men

Cure Medical has unveiled the new 16-inch Cure Ultra™ Intermittent ...

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Refuel and Rejuvenate At Abilities Expo New York Metro

East coasters, or anyone within striking distance, gear up for ...

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Criptaedo: Breaking Boards and Barriers

Editor’s note: Paul Brailer, aka Criptaedo, was born with spina ...

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Rolling Forward with Amputee Advocate Stella Sieber

I’m currently 63 years old and live in Durham, North Carolina. ...

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Stroke by Stroke: Moving Forward with Mallory Weggemann

Editor’s Note: At 18 years old, Mallory Weggemann walked into the ...

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Comfort Conversations: Finding Your New Normal After a Spinal Cord Injury

Join us every other month for Comfort Conversations, a discussion ...

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Glenn Moscoso: Wheelchair Daddy

Editor’s note:  Glenn Moscoso is a husband and father living with ...

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Avoiding Slippery Slopes with Garth Walker and National Ramp

Editor’s Note: After selling his prior business, Garth Walker went ...

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The National Sports Center for the Disabled: Finding Self-Confidence through Personal Challenge

Editor’s Note: The National Sports Center for the Disabled, founded ...

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Wheeling around the World with Susie Twydell

Editor’s Note: Based in England, Susie Twydell, an avid traveler ...

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Amplitude Media Group: Closing the Information Gap

Wheel:Life is thrilled to announce their newest community partner, ...

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Accessible Hiking, Camping and Fishing? WOW!  

Editor’s Note: Wilderness on Wheels (WOW) is a foundation and a ...

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Comfort Conversations: Events, Free Packs, and More with James “Woody” Beckham

Editor’s Note: The Woody Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit ...

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Jenn Sexton Shares Her Secret for Independence: An Extra Long Cure Catheter

Jenn Sexton was five weeks pregnant when she and her husband, Thomas, ...

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Glen Schlotterbeck: Reinvent Yourself!

Editors note: As a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, Glen ...

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Educate, Energize, and Enlighten at Abilities Expo Los Angeles

The Abilities Expo is back in Los Angeles and gearing up to show you ...

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Juan Sebastian Betancourt: Changing the Way Businesses Serve People with Disabilities

Editor’s Note: Juan Betancourt is on a path to change the world for ...

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AccessibleIndonesia: Making Travel Accessible in a Non-Accessible Country

Editor’s note: Kerstin Beise, a German physiotherapist, who also ...

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A Lesson on Living Life to the Fullest with Hydred Makabali

Editor’s note: Hydred Makabali, born and raised in England and now ...

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Knocking Down The Pins of Life with Wheelchair Bowling Champion Kenneth Hill

Editor’s Note: Fifty-year-old Kenneth Hill from Plainfield, ...

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Take Your Wings and Fly with Denise Horn

Editor’s Note: Fifty-six-year-old Denise Horn of Janesville, ...

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Ashley Hutson Wilson Beat a Small Chance of Survival to Live a Full Life

Editor’s Note: Thirty-one year old Ashley Hutson Wilson from Kyle, ...

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Jam with Mel Bergman: Creator of Wheely Guitars

Editor’s Note: Mel Bergman of Camarillo, California, is the ...

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Gary “Tiger” Balletto: Champion Prize Fighter Who Rolls with the Punches

Editor’s Note: You can capture a ferocious wild tiger and put him ...

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Meet Robby Heisner: Creative Entrepreneur on Wheels

Editor’s Note: Robby Heisner of Smyrna, Georgia ...

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The National Rifle Association’s Adaptive Shooting Program with Dr. Joseph Logar

Dr. Joseph Logar Editor’s Note: Dr. Joseph Logar has his doctorate ...

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The Rollettes Take On an E.P.I.C. Project to Empower Others

Editor’s Note: Chances are, you’ve seen these ladies ...

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Speak Up Now to Save Your Wheelchair: Fight Medicare Cuts

Your window is narrowing to preserve access to mobility equipment – ...

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Go Further Together with GRIT: Stories of Community Support

Our friends at GRIT, the makers of the revolutionary Freedom Chair, ...

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Paralyzed Veteran’s Mom Awarded Dream Trip by ElDorado Mobility

Editor’s Note: Serving our country as a military service member is ...

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Wheelchair Karate: Attack the Attacker with Kenneth Perry

Editor’s Note: Kenneth Perry from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ...

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Ditch Your Chair to Sit-Ski the Slopes with Tom Cannalonga 

Editor’s Note: Fifty-two-year-old Tom Cannalonga lives in Edison, ...

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We are so glad you’re here! Wheel:Life is a global initiative ...

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