Directed/Produced/Edited by Jess Thomas. USA. 91 min. In English. Written and Executive Produced by Evan Somers. Director of Photography: Keith Barefoot. Music: Erik Godal, Mark Fontana & The Blue Hawaiians. A Standing Tall Production.
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FEATURE DOCUMENTARY - 91 min. & 48 min.versions, Digital Video
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
QUADRIPLEGIC EVAN SOMERS RIDES ACROSS COUNTRY ON A SPECIALLY BUILT MOTORCYCLE IEARCH OF HIMSELF AND THERUTH BEHIND STEM CELL RESEARCH.
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Los Angeles (July 17, 2012) CHIP TAYLOR COMMUNICATIONS has acquired award winning documentary "THE SEEKER" for exclusive distribution. Chip Taylor will pursue worldwide broadcast distribution for "The Seeker".The Film tracks the literal and psychological journey of Evan Somers as well as delving into the science behind a possible cure for spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other neurological disorders.
Struggling screenwriter and former teacher, 45-year-old Evan Somers sets out from Los Angeles on a road trip across America on his trusty motorcycle. Sound familiar? Stop right there. Somers is a quadriplegic. His motorcycle is a modified Honda automatic with attached sidecar that he slides onto in his wheelchair. And his midlife crisis is a bit different: he wants to know how close the medical establishment has come to a cure for the many like him paralyzed from spinal cord injuries. He wants to know if he will ever walk again or if he should just give up hope. Never wallowing in self-pity, but real and funny and unpretentious to the last, we get a glimpse into the lives of fellow humans struck down by this terrible malady and we hear from various scientists and doctors about their predictions and prognosis. As a side-show we also get a beautiful journey across America to the annual motorcycle extravaganza in Sturgis, where Evan becomes a star in his own right American ingenuity, optimism, fortitude, and eccentricity and independence all rolled into one pretty crazy road trip.
Daryl Siegel, Santa Fe Film Festival