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Movie Night – The Ataxian

Mar 8 @ 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm

A journey across America

The Ataxian with images of a few of the awards it earned

Race Across America:  3000 miles.  12 states.  9 days.  2 disabled dudes.
Trailer: http://theataxianmovie.com
FREE! Reception follows.

How would you react to a life debilitating and fatal illness? In “The Ataxian,” one man shows the world that it is possible to take action and find hope under even the most life-threatening and daunting of circumstances.

At age 17, Kyle Bryant was diagnosed with the relatively unknown progressive neuromuscular disease, Friedreich’s ataxia (FA), for which there was no medication, nor cure. As Kyle lost his ability to play his favorite sports and even walk, he began biking long distances in a specially outfitted “trike.”

When he is finally relegated to a wheel chair, Kyle decides that enough is enough. He enlists the help of three friends, Sean—who also has FA—John and Mike, and they embark on the “toughest bike race in the world,” the Race Across America (RAAM).

In this feature-length documentary filmmakers and childhood friends Kevin Schlanser and Zack Bennett capture what is a grueling 9-day non-stop journey for anyone—much less someone with an energy-depriving affliction—that starts in Oceanside, CA, ending in Annapolis, MD. What happens along the way inspires hope in the hearts of other families battling FAand starts a movement, now known as rideATAXIA.

Set to an incredible soundtrack featuring Bon IverSigur RosBelle Brigade, and others, the audience accompanies Kyle and his relay bike team through magnificent sweeping landscapes and the unbreakable spirit of a life-changing cross-country trip that shows: life is about how we react.

“An inspiring story of will and determination, The Ataxian features gorgeous cinematography and unforgettable storytelling.
– Huffington Post

“The highest rated documentary in the history of our festival…”  – Patrick Schweiss, Executive Director, Sedona International Film Festival

“Triumphant…when a movie jumps through and into your soul, then and only then do you have a film…”  – Paul Booth, RichGirlTV

“A movie that will change you forever.”


Mar 8
7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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First United Methodist Church


2950 Washington Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94539 United States
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