Soon-to-be finished documentary seeks crowd funding

Early this October I posted a story about Jessica Cox, an amazing woman who is working to spread the message that her disability has become her ability, pushing her to challenge herself and society, and to reach out and touch the lives of others through her work as a role model. Jessica has spent the last few years working with the independent filmmaker Nick Spark to create the feature-length film Right Footed: The Documentary of Jessica Cox, and now, they need help to achieve their goal. Jessica and Nick have started a fundraising page using Indiegogo, a free platform for crowd-funding. At the moment, they have raised over $3,000 of their $40,000 goal. The documentary is being made on a non-profit basis, with tax-deductible donation options. The funds raised will go towards the film’s music score, the sound design and mix, effects and design graphics, stock footage and music licensing, and other film editing. According to the film’s fundraising page, “Right Footed is the attitude-busting, life-changing story of Jessica Cox…It is a story about the power of inspiration and mentorship and about how everyone – those with visible disabilities and those without – can find power within themselves.”

The documentary follows Jessica over two years, during which time she gets married, works as an activist and mentor, and takes on international disability rights advocacy. In Jessica’s words, “This film is important because when I was growing up I didn’t have role models, and I hope to reach children with disabilities to help them have a positive self-esteem and also to teach other people that disability doesn’t mean inability.”

I had the chance to talk with Nick Spark, who, in addition to being the film’s official producer and director, is passionately invested in the impact the film could have on the lives of people with disabilities, particularly young people. According to Nick, “Jessica’s life was changed by encountering someone with her same disability, which set her on a path to be a role model for others,” and keeping that in mind, it’s central to remember the “need to reach out and talk to the younger generations.” He believes strongly in the importance of good role models for young people, and that “Jessica is one such good role model.” On the key message of the documentary, Nick re-emphasized the idea that, “Jessica really does prove that disability does not mean inability.”

The fundraising period will end December 8th, 2014.

The videos below may begin with a commercial which was not chosen by or for the benefit of DisAbility Rights Galaxy.

Watch the fundraising video for Right Footed below in this exclusive release!

View a super funny clip from the making of the documentary project.

Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.