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Teaser: Paul Basagoitia’s Recovery from Spinal Cord Injury Documented in 'Any One of Us'

Mar 5, 2019 at 10:58
by Red Bull Bike  

PRESS RELEASE: Red Bull Media House

Any One of Us makes its world premiere at SXSW on March 9, 2019. The film centers around mountain bike champion Paul “Bas” Basagoitia’s inspirational journey to recovery and includes compelling stories of seventeen other people who are living with spinal cord injuries.

When professional mountain biker Paul Basagoitia suffers a devastating spinal cord injury (SCI), his life is changed in an instant. Discovering that he's become paralyzed, Paul begins a grueling battle against his own body and mind, in the hope of one day being able to walk again. His excruciating recovery unfolds in real time through raw, intimate footage—much of which was filmed by Paul himself—as we see him fight through the agonies of an unpredictable journey and uncertain future.

Any One of Us is the directorial debut from Fernando Villena, produced by Red Bull Media House. “I’m inspired by stories of healing and growth and this film epitomizes that type of story,” said Villena. “When I first saw the months of footage that Paul had captured, it was clear that the same strength that made him a force on a bike, would drive him to fight for every bit of recovery. I feel honored to help Paul tell his powerful story, and am looking forward to the audience’s reaction at SXSW.”

Spinal cord injury can happen to anyone. Stories from seventeen other people living with SCI weave throughout the film, shining light on the struggles that Paul now faces. After years of relentless hard work, intense physical therapy, and even controversial stem cell treatments, Paul slowly begins to build a new life for himself. Any One of Us shows how lives can change forever in the blink of an eye—and the resilience, grit, and determination it takes to stay open to life's possibilities, even under the most trying of circumstances.

Any One of Us will debut in a documentary spotlight world premiere at SXSW Saturday, March 9 at 5:00pm in the Atom Theater at the Convention Center; Monday, March 11 at 7:30pm in Rollins Theatre at the Long Center; and Thursday, March 14 at 9:00pm at Austin’s AFS Cinema. Details and ticket info for showings at SXSW can be found here.

All proceeds from Any One of Us will benefit Wings for Life, a not-for-profit spinal cord research foundation, with a mission to find a cure for spinal cord injury. Learn more about Wings for Life at WingsforLife.com and the film at AnyOneOfUsFilm.com

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  • 40 0
 Man, perspective is everything and occasionally mountain bikers can forget that. I know I certainly do. You're an inspiration, Paul. Thank you for sharing your story.
  • 7 0
 A legend is a legend, no matter on or off a bike, no matter healthy or injured.
  • 3 0
 A friend of mine suffered a similar injury last summer, and he has shown amazing mental and physical strength on his journey through rehabilitation. His MTB accident made me realize that everyone is vulnerable, and life can change in an instant. I keep my wife and kids in mind now when I'm riding technical terrain, and I don't mind backing off a little for their sake.
  • 5 0
 Wow inspirational for sure. Go Paul.
  • 1 0
 Surprised not to see more comments and support on Paul’s content this week. Hard to find the words to define how incredible he really is. Full support and stoke man. Every riding vid you post is appreciated and awesome. Pumped on the new job for ya and that photo in the post is sick! Would love to see more and can’t wait to watch this film.
  • 4 0
 Thank you for doing this Paul.
  • 3 0
 Legend. Definitely want to see this. Would be cool if local cycling clubs could organize showings for this
  • 3 0
 Can't wait to watch...
  • 1 0
 Wow! I'm happy to see him working so hard and achieving his goal. Really inspirational for anyone.
  • 1 0
 Go Paul!

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