Right Footed Needs a Helping Hand
Most visitors to our site will be familiar with Jessica Cox - she is a one-woman sensation whose image is on the front page of DysNet and who made two appearances in the launch video of our 'What If?' campaign which ended recently. Jessica now needs our help - to finish an important documentary about her life and work which is being crowdfunded on Indiegogo.
After nearly three years of work, the documentary film "Right Footed" is nearly complete. This important film profiles Jessica Cox.
She was born without arms, and spent her childhood struggling to become independent. Eventually she learned to get dressed, drive a car and even fly an aeroplane - with her feet.
The documentary follows Jessica as she transforms from a motivational speaker, to a mentor for children with disabilities, and finally to an advocate and activist for disability rights working on the world stage. This includes a trip to Ethiopia in support of school access for children with disability, a journey to the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan to inspire survivors, and work in Washington D.C. on behalf of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - a major disability treaty.
The film also tells a very personal story - spanning two years - during which time Jessica gets married and begins a new life with her husband Patrick, and takes care of her mother Inez who has cancer.
The film recently won an important grant from public television, but it's not enough money to finish, so Jessica and her team have turned to crowdsourcing site Indiegogo for help.
Director and Producer, Nicholas Spark said, "I have made other projects in the past but never had the kind of reactions we are getting to this film, people crying in the screenings and asking for Kleenex, and feeling empowered as they leave with a smile on their faces, saying it has changed their attitudes - and given them something constructive to work with also."
He added, "Making this film has been a three year process fraught with difficulties and hurdles, but I have always believed that Jessica provides a great model - never give up, and never say 'I can't'. If we're able to make the goals we've set, and I believe we will, we will have lived up to those ideas."
The film is being made on a non-profit basis through the International Documentary Association (IDA), a recognized 501(c)3 organisation based in Los Angeles, and all donations are tax deductible.
Check out the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for "Right Footed" for more information about the project and for exclusive videos.
You can follow the "Right Footed" project on Twitter, Facebook and on the "Right Footed" website.
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