A two-part doc made by Matthew Reeve about his father Christopher’s struggle to walk again, half of which has never been released, is coming out on DVD Nov. 6.
Art Alliance America’s “Hope in Motion” contains two parts of a planned three-part series. Reeve died before the third seg could be completed. The first aired on ABC in 2002, earning an Emmy nom.
“It’s incredibly inspirational,” said Joe Amodei, prexy of Arts Alliance. “As much as many of us think we know this story, you see things here that you’ve never seen. I was always a fan of him as an actor and I followed his story but I never knew after his accident that he could do things like raise his arms up and this film shows the progress he made by just continuing to fight against the odds.”
Shot over a two-year period and running about 102 minutes, the two-parter paints a detailed portrait of Christopher and Dana Reeve in the aftermath of his paralyzing 1995 fall from a horse. It features interviews with Christopher Reeve, his doctors, and footage of his rehabilitation sessions, where the moving of a finger constitutes a highly dramatic moment.
The film also details Reeve’s role as an advocate for stem-cell research to help spinal-cord injury victims.
Amodei added that in addition to the usual retail outlets, Arts Alliance America is mounting an aggressive campaign to get the disc into schools, community centers, hospitals and anywhere else it might resonate. “We’re constantly on the lookout for titles that can educate and entertain at the same time,” he said.
A portion of Hope In Motion’s revenues will be donated to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.