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Indie Lens Pop-Up 2022-2023 season kicks off with an in-person film screening of "Move Me"

Woman dancing in studio
Noah Forbes
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Noah Forbes
Kelsey Peterson Dancing in Studio

After an accident left dancer Kelsey Peterson paralyzed with a spinal cord injury, she finds new allies within the spinal cord injury community while testing the limits of her recovery, body, and spirit.

About the Film

Beneath the waters of Lake Superior, off the shore of Wisconsin, Kelsey Peterson underwent a transformation. On the eve of Independence Day 2012, she dove in and hit the lake bottom headfirst, suffering a life-altering spinal cord injury that takes away both function and sensation from the chest down, essentially robbing Kelsey of her self-identities 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?” As she grapples with the ebb and flow of hope and acceptance, Kelsey talks to researchers and meets with people who belong to this community and who help give her the strength and the will to return to dance. When a cutting-edge clinical trial surfaces, it tests her expectations and her faith in the possibility of a cure, forcing her to evaluate the limits of her recovery—in body and spirit.

Move Me premieres on PBS’s INDEPENDENT LENS on November 7, 2022, at 9 p.m. CT (check local listings). The film will also be available on the PBS Video app.

Join us at the Carbondale Public Library for a film screening and community conversation on Sunday, November 6th at 2:30 p.m. This even is free and open to the public.

WSIU and the Carbondale Public Library will host a screening and community conversation centered on the Independent Lens film Move Me by filmmakers Kelsey Peterson and Daniel Klein. The film explores the realities and challenges of adapting to life with a disability.

Individuals with disabilities are welcome. Call (618) 453-4344 to request accommodations.

Carbondale Public Library
405 West Main Street
Carbondale, IL 62901
618-457-0354

About the Filmmakers

Kelsey Peterson is a dancer, writer, and filmmaker. She currently serves as co-director with the interabled music and dance production, A Cripple’s Dance. As a filmmaker, she finds that her choreographic background lends to her storytelling, which she leans on in her documentary film, Move Me. She enjoys using art as a vehicle for change.

Daniel Klein is the founder of award-winning documentary series and production company, The Perennial Plate. He’s made doc shorts, tv series, and branded content around the world. Along with his wife, co-producer Mirra Fine, Daniel has created over 170 short films including the Emmy-nominated PBS series The Victory Garden’s Edible Feast.

Eli Olson is an Emmy® Award-winning documentary filmmaker and storyteller. She won an Emmy® for her work on My Flesh and Blood for HBO films, which also took Best Documentary honors as well as the Audience Award and Best Director prizes at the Sundance Film Festival. Olson has edited numerous other award-winning films.

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Additional Resources

Download the Discussion Guide: https://tinyurl.com/3xbkbce9

WSIU Film Events

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a WSIU media project that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Indie Lens Pop-Up features documentaries from the PBS hit series Independent Lens, draws local residents together to discuss newsworthy topics. Events are free and open to the public.

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. For more information, visit pbs.org/independentlens/indie-lens-pop-up

About Independent Lens

INDEPENDENT LENS is an Emmy® Award-winning weekly PBS series airing Monday nights at 10 p.m. ET. The acclaimed series, with Lois Vossen as executive producer, features documentaries united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement, and unflinching visions of independent filmmakers. Presented by ITVS, the series is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people, with additional funding from Acton Family Giving, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Wyncote Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit pbs.org/independentlens. Join the conversation: facebook.com/independentlens and on Twitter @IndependentLens.

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