Behind The Scenes: Rebound The Film

Rebound The Film is a documentary on the Miami Heat Wheelchair basketball team. Like all good stories, this one goes beyond basketball. This story is about family, life, and more importantly, how we choose to rebound from it all.

Back in May of 2014, I was fortunate enough to meet Shaina Koren and Mike Esposito at a summit in Colorado where we connected and really got to know each other. They had mentioned they were working on this documentary, but I never thought it would come back around full circle to me, here in New Jersey. As it turns out, one of the main characters of this documentary, Mario Moran, was raised in Union City, only two blocks away from where I've lived my whole life and they were visiting Jersey to get some footage for Mario's story. I didn't realize who he was until I finally met him and heard his voice. Although we never really knew each other we played in the same sports leagues together and went to the same high school.

As we sat, back at the hotel, Mario started telling me all about his story. (Around the neighborhood, we had heard many different versions of what happened to him, but never really found out.) Unfortunately, Mario got caught up in the wrong crowd when he was a teen and ended up getting shot in the chest by a kid he didn’t know. As we spoke a little more, he mentioned that he was just starting to see things differently and trying to get out of that world, until the incident paralyzed him from the waist down. 

GETTING SHOT WAS THE BEST THING
THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME.

He paused for a second and said "Getting shot was the best thing that ever happened to me." It was that one statement that absolutely hit me hard and brought the whole night together for me; I couldn't fathom how surreal and serendipitous it was to be traced back from a summit, in Colorado, to 'Mario from 45th street,' (as we used to call him.)

The next day I was able to run Mario through a strength training session at the Crossfit gym I coach at. All the while I was able to learn from Shaina, Mike and Chad (Andreo) about film, photography, lighting and so much more (As I'm looking to take The Movement Project in that direction.) I really enjoyed the time we spent together and really can't wait for this documentary to come out. Needless to say how inspiring this whole experience was - Mario, Shaina, Mike and Chad all inspired the hell out of me and I'm forever grateful to have been part of Rebound The Film. More behind-the-scenes photos of our session below. All photos on this post belong to Rebound The Film.
Check out their work:

 

Bonus video that Shaina and Mike created for The Movement Project.

"Movers Of New York" Matthew 'Brooklyn' Bernstein

For a while now, I've been wanting to highlight people that I've met throughout my movement journey - people who've inspired me. It's something that's been on my mind for a while but never got around to it. This is my first time creating something like this. As a matter of fact, it's actually my first time every playing around and learning to use a legitimate DSLR camera. It's crazy how things start happening, and how resourceful you become when you actually DECIDE something is going to get done.  I asked a couple of people in my life for the tools I needed and they were more than willing to share them with me. *Thank you Anja Schmalz and Francesco Spiezia for your lending me the resources to get this done.

On to the backstory...

The reason why I want to do this series, is to inspire others by highlighting the stories behind the awesome/crazy/graceful moves you may see online. I believe humanizing people and telling their stories of grit and determination is really what truly inspires. I hope the series will inspire you as well. If you enjoy this video or know anyone who will please share this. I'm just trying to spread the word of a movement that happening - a movement for movement. 

I will be taking polaroids of all the people's stories I tell. 

I will be taking polaroids of all the people's stories I tell. 

I met Matt through the internet.  We connected through the same people we follow in the 'movement' world. (It's crazy how good of a thing social media can be when you use it for the right reasons.) After going back and forth on messages we decided to meet at Brooklyn Barbell Club where he coaches and train a little. I got to know him a little more and realized he would be the perfect first story to tell on the site. Given how far he's gotten in his training, from no experience at all, inspired me in so many ways. We immediately clicked, sharing the same philosophies on life, movement, nutrition, books and so much more.

It's safe to safe we bro out at this point. I got nothing but love for this man. 
I'm sure you'll be seeing a lot more from him in the future.  
To learn more about Matt check out his website. Click here. 

Again, If you enjoyed this video or know anyone who will please share this.   

A Beautiful Practice & The Thing About Finishing

'To start' insinuates ‘to finish’.
But what if there was that one thing you committed to everyday?
A beautiful practice, as Frank Forencich likes to call it.
Something you genuinely knew had no fin.
Something you committed to, in exchange for your precious time.
It's what Bukowski meant when he wrote, “Find what you love and let it kill you.” 
Nothing temporary; No 30 day challenge, no diet, no short term workarounds.  
No finishing. No starting.

What if ‘starting’ is just an illusion? 
If something calls to you so strongly, don’t question it.  
It’s not about starting whatever that something is, it’s about becoming that person you want to become
"This is what I do,” ceases to exist and makes way for “This is who I am.” 
It’s the reason we’re called Human Beings and not Human Doings
It’s already within you. 

:: Think about it. 

Inspired by Frank Forencich's recent book Beautiful Practice.