“Move Me” is a compelling documentary that shares the story of Kelsey Peterson, who co-directed the film, and beautifully and honestly depicts her experience and her journey toward redefining herself as a woman and an artist in her new reality. Co-director Daniel Klein came to the project via The Perennial Plate, a two-time James Beard Award-winning documentary series and production company focusing on a more human food system, which he founded with his wife, Mirra Fine.
When Peterson was 27, she dove into Lake Superior and emerged with a life-changing injury. Now quadriplegic, the dancer and choreographer found herself struggling with her identity. Using old family videos, first-person descriptions, and powerfully personal interviews with those closest to Kelsey, “Move Me” follows her journey. Years later, the opportunity arises to dance again. She embraces the challenge of the unknown and rediscovers herself as an artist, dancer and choreographer. Documentary.com describes the project as “Part memoir, part cultural artifact, part awareness-raising, and all riveting.”
“Move Me” recently premiered and sold out at the 25th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, held virtually in April 2022. It was shown in NYC at ReelAbilities Film Festival on April 12th, and it will be shown on the big screen for the first time at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival with screenings at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18.
In the film, we meet Kelsey’s mother and father, who are incredibly supportive of their daughter but still grief-stricken by what she has lost. When Peterson is given a chance to participate in a cutting-edge clinical trial, she faces a choice between hope and acceptance. Strikingly honest, “Move Me” is emotionally raw, extremely powerful, and beautifully choreographed, evidenced in the way the film follows “A Cripple’s Dance,” a live music and dance production, from inception to live performance. The show was choreographed by Peterson and inspired by the music of her friend and creative partner Gabriel Rodreick, AKA Freaque. Rodreick, who lives with a C5 spinal cord injury, is a Minneapolis-based, multidisciplinary artist.
“Move Me” by Kelsey Peterson and Daniel Klein, is a co-production of The Perennial Plate and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) with funding provided by The Corporation of Public Broadcasting (CPB). Additionally, the film will be broadcast on PBS stations across the country in 2022-2023 seasons as a part of its “Independent Lens” series. More info at www.movemedoc.com.