Local Filmmaker Campaigns To Fund Disability Cycling Documentary

Young Shropshire-based filmmaker Tom Henshaw is making a feature-length documentary in the hopes of changing how disabled people are perceived. The Paralympics already challenges stereotypes, but this film is being made to show the world that it isn't just the elite athletes of the disabled world that can inspire through their courageous acts. 

The film is called ‘Dark Horses’ and documents a group of disabled individuals with disabilities including MS and Parkinson’s disease, who have found their freedom and independence through cycling. Getting on a bike has allowed them to defeat the idea that their diagnosis is the sum of who they are. It allows them to thrive, not just survive.

The Coast to Coast is the largest ride that the group of disabled cyclists embark on. The ride is organised by the charity EMpowered People and the group travel an incredible 143 miles between the two coasts of northern England. This is a big task for the riders, but is also a logistical nightmare for a filmmaker.

Over the past few days Tom has been campaigning for the funds to enable a team of four filmmakers to capture the event at it’s best. He has been doing this through the well-known website Kickstarter. The site acts as a platform for creatives to 'crowd-fund' their projects by asking the public to collectively pledge various amounts of money to help the project happen.

In return, the public can receive 'rewards’ for putting certain amounts of money towards the project. For Dark Horses, if someone pledges £10 they will receive a HD digital copy of the film once it's finished. The rewards increase the more money pledged, right from DVD's, cycling jerseys and special credits in the film to actually receiving an electric bicycle.

The downside to Kickstarter is that if the funding goal isn't reached in the 20-day time frame, none of the money goes to the project and all of the people who have pledged money are refunded. This means the campaign is quite literally an 'all or nothing' affair. Tom believes that the film has the potential to inspire people of all abilities to get up and achieve more than anyone expects, so please visit the Kickstarter page (link below), watch the video, pledge whatever you can and be a part of bringing this film to life.

Dark Horses Kickstarter Page: http://www.bit.ly/darkhorsesfilm

Dark Horses Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/darkhorsesfilm

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