East Village Entertainment

Reengineering SAM

Reengingeering SAM


Sam Schmidt lived out his boyhood dream as an IndyCar racer, winning races and earning the title of IndyCar "Rookie of the Year" along the way. That dream came to an abrupt end when Sam crashed into a wall at 200 miles per hour, leaving him a quadriplegic. Reengineering SAM pulls the curtain back and shows up close the serious implications of a life of paralysis on Sam and everyone around him. Sam's accident rendered him physically helpless, never being able to brush his teeth, much less drive again, until a dedicated group of some of the brightest minds today stepped up to build him a car that he could drive, using only his head. Through groundbreaking adaptive technologies, Reengineering SAM chronicles Sam Schmidt's inspirational road back to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and shows the promise of freedom and mobility for almost anyone confined to a wheelchair.

Winner True Grit Award - 2016 Denver Film Festival


"Reengineering Sam is...the kind of film that made me challenges my inherent biases, but it's also a film that tapped into my hopes and dreams, real life experiences and aching anxieties....The bread and butter scenes of Reengineering Sam occur in the film's final 15-20 minutes, scenes that are intellectually awe-inspiring and emotionally resonant as Sam moves closer toward his dream, those around him respond with honesty and authenticity, and those whose lives are dedicated to advanced and adaptive technologies realize that the impossible is becoming possible. " - Richard Propes, The Independent Critic

"The story of the SAM car is one familiar to many INDYCAR fans.But the emotional and sometimes raw scenes in “Reengineering Sam” take it far beyond the motorsports audience." - Cathy Kightlinger, IndyCar.com

"The 82-minute film gives viewers a look at the difficulties those living with paralysis face every day — Schmidt’s wife and nurse spend up to three hours just getting him out of bed, showered, shaved and dressed — while celebrating how some of the brightest minds in engineering technology, were urged on by Falci, the chief neurosurgeon at Englewood’s Craig Hospital, and dared to dream big." - Joanne Davidson, The Denver Post

Director/Producer: Brian Malone
Producers: Diana Holtzberg, Daniel Junge, Cindy Malone
Cinematographers: Brian Malone, Jake Manley, Lowel Pierce, Paul Trantow, Scott Tuke
Editors: Brian Malone, Lyman Smith
2016, USA, 82 min, in English

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