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Indie Lens Pop-Up season premieres with film “Move Me” from filmmaker and dancer Kelsey Peterson

Director Kelsey Peterson sitting in Jelenik's studio in Penland, NC
Mercedes Jelenik
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Director Kelsey Peterson sitting in Jelenik's studio in Penland, NC


Beth Spezia, WSIU, beth.spezia@wsiu.org, 618-453-4494

CARBONDALE, Ill — Indie Lens Pop-Up, presented by ITVS, Independent Lens, Carbondale Public Library, and WSIU Public Broadcasting will present a free screening of Move Me - filmmaker Kelsey Peterson’s intimate and moving journey to redefine who she is while adapting to life with a disability. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Carbondale Public Library located at 405 West Main in Carbondale, IL.

Guests are encouraged to stick around after the film for a community conversation to expand our collective understanding of disability and ableism. The group will also discuss the importance of art and creative expression for healing and connection and explore ways we can make this world more inclusive and accessible. Indie Lens Pop-Up and WSIU aim to spark enlightening conversations that shed light on issues affecting communities around the U.S. 

For more information, visit news.wsiu.org/move-me.

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About the Film
Beneath the waters of Lake Superior in 2012, Peterson underwent a transformation in a split second when she dove in and hit the lake bottom head first. As a result, Peterson suffered a spinal cord injury that would rob her of both function and sensation from the chest down and strip her of her self-identity as an athlete and dancer. 

Now, years later, she invites audiences to witness the ebb and flow of hope and acceptance on her journey post-injury with raw honesty. Directed by Peterson and Daniel Klein, “Move Me” follows Peterson on her personal journey as she meets with others in the spinal cord injury (SCI) community, who remind her of life’s vitality and give her the strength to return to dance. Along the way, Peterson unexpectedly finds herself facing an opportunity to dance again, showing her a new path toward acceptance, all the while grappling with a decision to participate in a cutting-edge clinical trial that could bring her some much-desired change.  

Over the course of the film, Peterson not only speaks with experts, family, and peers but also turns the camera on herself, sharing her own vulnerabilities as she evaluates the possibilities of her recovery, body and spirit. 

Move Me premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens, on November 7, 2022, at 9 p.m. CT. The film will also be available on the PBS Video app. 

About Indie Lens Pop-Up
Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together—virtually and in-person—for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS's Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders, and organizations together to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics, to family and community relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation.

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