Texas Film Festival to Spotlight Paralysis, Cerebral Palsy

Mainstream theaters might adhere to the standard Hollywood movie structures, but independent filmmakers are filling in the gaps with movies that represent vignettes of real life. At the Thin Line Film Fest in Denton, Texas, (near Dallas) some of these filmmakers are also showing the world what real life is like for someone with a disability. And the message is clear: It’s not all gloom and doom.

The festival, which runs Feb. 8-18, will showcase two films centered on a person with physical limitations: “Swingman” and “Wampler’s Ascent.”

“Swingman” is not your typical firefighter film. Captain Marshall Allen beat the odds to become a Fort Worth fireman and was slated to become the next battalion chief when he was involved in an accident that resulted in paralysis. The film follows Allen’s recovery and rediscovery of the world around him. The movie will show at noon Feb. 16 at the Fine Arts Theater in Denton. Watch the trailer here.

“Wampler’s Ascent” chronicles Steve Wampler’s climb of El Captain Mountain in Yosemite National Park. Wampler has cerebral palsy and uses a power wheelchair. Watch the trailer here.

Tickets to each film are $8 and can be purchased online.

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