“Before starting this documentary, I was really uncomfortable talking about disability. Our parents tell us not to stare when we’re children, not to be curious,” said Film Director Shaina Allen, “This creates a subconscious barrier that we never confront. 'The Rebound' will have a positive impact, helping to break down barriers and show that it is possible to overcome life's greatest challenges.
The film, titled The Rebound is a feature length documentary about a wheelchair basketball team and the quest of several adaptive athletes to overcome adversity in search of new opportunities. Learn more and get involved at the film's Indiegogo page.
View “The Rebound” trailer here: http://youtu.be/PTjEeYYW66Q
The film, 2 years in the making, provides an insider's perspective of the sport, following the Miami Heat Wheels on their underdog quest to rise to the top ranks of the league. The Rebound reveals the inspiring, although at times tragic, portrait of the struggle that adaptive athletes face to realize their dreams while adapting to overcome their biggest challenges. While learning to live with their (dis)abilities, these athletes manage to find hope and work tirelessly to create life changing opportunities for themselves through the sport.
The players featured in the story are beyond charismatic. While both hungry and passionate about the game, they must battle daily with their own internal struggles as well as the inequalities of an able-bodied world. Ultimately they all must find a way to focus on what they can do, rather than what they cannot. They do this through the sport. Wheelchair basketball provides life-changing opportunities, but is often cast aside as just another cause or charity. This film shows not only the action, but the impact of wheelchair basketball beyond the court.
The film production is being led by Shaina Koren and Mike Esposito, independent filmmakers and co-founders of Shaina Koren Cinematography, who are looking to make a positive social impact with this new inspirational documentary film.