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Mon, Nov. 7 at 9pm – Independent Lens: Move Me

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

After experiencing a life-altering spinal cord injury, Kelsey Peterson must reevaluate her identity as an athlete and dancer. Alongside peers and allies in the spinal cord injury community, she seeks to answer the question “Who am I now?” Follow her journey to self-acceptance in Independent LensMove Me by filmmakers Kelsey Peterson and Daniel Klein.

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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 headfirst. 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. 

With over a decade of experience in public media, Stackhouse serves as the Assistant Director of Digital Services for WSIU Public Broadcasting. The Digital Service department supports the promotion of the station’s digital content and services including social media, web-based membership services and activities, and marketing and communications. Stackhouse's professional goals include creating an inclusive environment where media students at Southern Illinois University Carbondale can gain experience and professional development opportunities in various aspects of the broadcasting industry.
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