A dear friend of the Punch, Daniel Ahr, who while confined to a wheelchair for a number of years, has more energy, spirit, zest, love for life, and STYLE (aka “Dapper Dan”) than a lot of the people I know who trudge around this fine world we live in. It’s no surprise to me (nor his wife, his family, his colleagues, his friends, his fans) that he was chosen to be a subject for a film on para-rowing, also known as adaptive rowing.
The filmmaker, Daniel Koenig, has already come into town to start filming Dan’s story. Stephanie, Dan’s wife (and now mother of their new baby girl) says that Koenig is “a great guy with a lot of passion for this project…he wants to share the experiences, challenges, and determination of disabled athletes…”
As with many passion projects with a purpose, there are few funds to kick it off, thus Koenig has launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. Please, we ask if you can donate even just $5, $15, $25 or more, it can go a long way as that is the mission of crowdfunding – collectively your small amount can do greatness.
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“Adaptive or Para-rowing is a sport which enables people with various disabilities to compete in the sport of Rowing. Although for decades people have found ways to include all rowers in the sport, it wasn’t until the early 2000’s that adaptive rowing took off and not until 2008 when para-rowing was included in the Paralympic Games.
This documentary follows 4 elite level adaptive rowers as they train and compete for a spot on the 2014 US National Rowing Team. Each athlete has already shown great determination in order to have reached the place they are today but all have more of a story to tell as they work to become the best in their sport despite the disabilities they are faced with.
This project will film from December 2013 to July 2014 and will showcase the athletes and the communities that make adaptive rowing possible. From Boston to Tuscaloosa adaptive rowing is growing thanks to the efforts of each rowing community.
Once the film is completed, the film will be submitted to film festivals across the country. I hope to be able to sell the documentary for greater distribution, however, it will for sure be available on DVD.
It is my goal to create a documentary that will be entertaining and motivational and will bring para-rowing to the forefront of adaptive sports. This documentary has the potential to inspire many people, regardless of ability, to overcome their obstacles and reach their dreams. I hope you will assist me in telling this story.
Please also note that my actual target goal is substantially more than $10,000. $10,000 will get me through a large chunk of production but I will need just over $50,000 in order to fully produce this film. Please continue to give even if this project has reached it $10,000 goal. More money will only allow for a better film and better distribution opportunities to follow.”
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a platform for profiling people who "make it happen" in the Capital region, reviews & topical blog posts. She launched Punch Enterprises, a connector consulting business in 2015 and Pacific Punch based in LA, in 2012. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, VA. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.