Set in Park City, Utah this film explores how the human physical and emotional conditions are affected when life circumstances change. We witness confusion and uncertainty when each featured athlete encounters a life-changing trauma. Enter the lives of young adults who encountered dramatic traumas that shut some doors, but opened new doors these athletes decided to walk through. While the traumas were dramatic, looking at the traumas with a positive growth mindset and setting attainable goals helped these individuals create their own luck.
Emotional, cinematic, and rooted in motivational characters, Alternative Peaks is a love letter to oneself. It tells a story of the people optimistic enough that, after an unexpected avalanche slides them down into a crevasse, they are willing to climb again and summit far greater peaks as a result.
Our vision for the film is for it to be a platform to communicate how you can recover from life-changing traumas. A platform to show how to create your luck and obtain successes from the most unexpected obstacles, and an opportunity for Jamie MoCrazy to share human plasticity and how looking at every event with a growth mindset will change the outcome. This will be a vehicle to drive communication, and spark conversation within the medical community and anyone who has encountered a struggle in life. There is no need for doctors to still tell patients and caregivers their traumas will result in a worse life. While a vast majority of people will not experience a life-changing trauma, it is important to show how you can positively recover from any trauma or life circumstance.
Your life might be different, but there is no reason why it cannot be exceptional. If you look at every struggle with a growth mindset and see all the new doors you can walk through, there is no reason why you cannot create your own luck. Any person at any time can have their life changed. Seeing the inspirational stories of these individuals overcoming greats odds in life will motivate and guide anyone trying to overcome any struggle they face. Like any pressing social issue, it takes massive amounts of awareness and communication to create a society that believes in plasticity and the power each individual has to create their own luck.
Professional skier Jamie MoCrazy,
has always been passionate about skiing.
From an early age, her life has followed
the rhythm of ski and freestyle ski competitions.
She even participated in the X-Games.
Unfortunately, during a downhill run in
April 2015, she took a fall and slipped
into a coma for about ten days. Due to
brain injury, she became hemiplegic and
could no longer speak.
She then underwent significant treatment
and decided to return to skiing. Skiing
was like therapy for her: complete
immersion in total communion with
nature. As she says so well: “Out in the
wilderness you come alive”. According
to her, it was a mix of peace and
excitement. It was an incredible feeling
that made her understand that she was
one of the luckiest people on this planet.
Kennison, hailing from Keane, NH, had
moved to the mountains of Colorado and
was out enjoying a day of snowboarding
with his friends when he hit a jump,
ended up head over heels, and heard a
large CRACK. His friend attempted to get
him up and he calmly responded: “Dude,
I can’t move.”
In the days and weeks that followed,
Kennison would learn that he had broken
his back and punctured his spine — an
injury that can be fatal. In this case, it
caused paralysis from his waist down.
Almost immediately, Kennison knew that
this wouldn’t stop him from living a full
life. After a few days in the hospital, he
drove himself home.
Growing up, Noah Elliott was an avid
skateboarder. “It gave me something to
focus on and a way to express myself,” he
said. But on January 30, 2015, at the age of
17, he would have his left leg amputated
after a bout with Osteosarcoma, a form of
Even though he is fairly new to his
amputation, his ability quick caught the
attention of others involved in adaptive
snowboarding, including 2014 Paralympic
Bronze Medalist Keith Gabel. “Keith, Kep,
and Colton have believed in me the whole
time,” Elliott said (Kep Koeppe is with
Adaptive Sports Center of Crested Butte
and Colton Bradley is with National Ability
Center, two chapters of Disabled Sports
USA). “They were there saying ‘this kid needs
to be trained’ and they gave me a voice.”
He was a PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter
Games gold and bronze winner.
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