Arts Alliance America to release Reeve documentary

Published: August 27, 2007  |  Source: videobusiness.com
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Portion of DVD revenue to be given to foundation

Arts Alliance America in November will release Hope in Motion, a two-part documentary on Christopher Reeve and his struggle with paralysis.

Directed by Reeve’s son, Matthew, the program shows aspects of Christopher Reeve’s and second wife Dana’s family life, including his regular visits to a medical center and his hope of recovery, beginning with the movement of a single finger.

“After watching Christopher and Dana fight for years to increase awareness of funding for a cure for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury, it brings me great pleasure to bring this truly inspiring documentary to home viewing audiences,” said Joe Amodei, president of Arts Alliance America.

The 102-minute program consists of Hope in Motion, which aired on ABC as Courageous Steps, and Choosing Hope. It will be available Nov. 6 (prebook Oct. 9; DVD $26.98).

The two parts were filmed over a two-year period. They portray Reeve as a voice for others with spinal cord injuries as he fights to one day walk again and hopes for a cure for paralysis and other disabilities. He is shown as an advocate for stem-cell research.

Special features on the DVD will include interviews with Reeve and others living with spinal cord injuries.

A portion of the revenue from the DVD will be donated to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, which is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people with paralysis.

Reeve became paralyzed after a horseback riding accident in 1995. After working to regain some limited mobility, he died in 2004 of heart failure. Dana died of lung cancer in 2006.

By Cindy Spielvogel — Video Business