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Roll With Me Directed
Lisa France USA / 2017 / 90 minutes World Premiere
In English and Arabic with subtitles
Times and Venues:
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Lisa France, Gabriel Cordell
When director Lisa France received a call from Gabriel Cordell, a paraplegic man looking for someone to document the challenge of his life, she had no idea how much this would change her own life and that of many others. France and her quickly assembled ragtag crew - all with their own issues - filmed Gabriel's attempt to be the first person to roll unassisted on his human-powered wheelchair from Santa Monica, CA to Long Island, NY in 100 days, aiming to set a world record. The undertaking was physically and emotionally arduous, not just for Gabriel, but the entire team, herded in cramped quarters throughout the trip. And everyone, from Gabriel, his team, the film crew, to the thousands of bystanders who crossed paths with Gabriel, was transformed in some way forever. Roll with Me is a moving testimony to one man's incredible and undefeated spirit, and to the power to rise up and meet whatever comes that is in us all. — Svetlana Krotek
BIO: Lisa France moved from pro basketball into film as a stunt double on Spike Lee's He Got Game. She has written and directed three indie features prior to making her debut documentary, Roll With Me. France's first feature Anne B. Real won more than 30 film festival accolades and was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards. In addition to her creative work, France is a passionate educator. As a visiting artist, she has worked for institutions including NYU Tisch and UCLA. She holds a Masters degree from Ohio State University and a B.A. from Brooklyn College, where she played Division I basketball and graduated with honors. She played professional basketball for the Manchester Giants in the United Kingdom.
Cast/Featuring: Gabriel Cordell
Executive Producer(s): Thom Beers, Jorja Fox, Jerry Katell
Producer(s): Jeff Buccellato, Gabriel Cordell, Lisa France, Sharon Swart
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