Freedom Chair is a film about Josh Dueck, aspiring free skier and ski coach, who sustained a life changing spinal cord injury in 2004. Determined to make the best of a tragic situation, Josh quickly focused his energies on returning to sport and within one year he was back on snow doing what he loved as a member of the paralpine ski team. In 2010 Josh became a decorated Olympian with a Silver Medal in the Slalom event in Whistler and was the champion of the sit ski event at the XGames last year. Despite his success in the world of alpine ski racing, he knew he would only be fulfilled when he was able to return to big mountain and backcountry skiing.
Freedom Chair is the film about Josh’s return to powder skiing, wild lines and big mountains. Filmed, edited and produced by Mike Douglas and Jeff Thomas it was just released last week at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. The only show to get a standing Ovation, the film was clearly an inspiration to all those who watched it.
Last night it was Awarded Best Mountain Sports Film at the Banff Mountain Film Festival.
Stay tuned for times and places you can see Josh tell his compelling story. Congrats to Josh and Switchback Entertainment for their achievements!