Leading a normal life doesn’t mean living a stagnant life. You’re going to look ahead and you’re going to set your impossible goals that other people would say you can’t achieve. And you can go out and do it. —Kyle Maynard
A Fighting Chance is a movie about triumph and celebration, challenges and failures. It is about the human spirit, disabilities, discrimination, athletics, the business world, and society. Filled with human drama, love, faith, and the humor of everyday life, A Fighting Chance (working title) is about a real man, the characters in his life, and his remarkable journey to follow his dreams.
The Stage is Set
Lights turn on. A large crowd packs into the arena. In the center of the venue is a ring, a fighter’s cage. More people pack in to watch the historic event. An announcer walks on stage and booms into the microphone, “In the left corner, at 135 pounds, with a record of… ” The voice of the announcer trails off…
Meet Kyle Maynard
From a young man’s eyes, we wake up. We crawl out of bed and we brush our teeth. We walk very low to the ground as we leave the bedroom and head downstairs. We, not so gracefully, slide down each stair with a thud until we hit the bottom. We continue walking until we climb into a chair at the kitchen table. Only now do we realize that we have just seen everything from the eyes of Kyle Maynard, a congenital quadriplegic.
In his house are posters of Muhammed Ali and statues of the undefeated wrestler Cael Sanderson. Above his bed, a painting hangs above all others; the eyes of a tiger.
Many people have heard of Kyle Maynard and his high school wrestling career. Many people have heard how he can eat, type, and drive without aid of other people or prosthetics. However, few have heard what he is attempting to accomplish now. At 22, he is trying to become one of America’s youngest entrepreneurs. He is also planning on fighting in an official Mixed Martial Arts match—a highly controversial and dangerous goal. Even fewer have gotten to see the real man behind the book, the interviews, and the speeches.
Against the dramatic ‘arc’ of these new developments and struggles in his life, with the fight of his life looming and businesses to start and run, A Fighting Chance will also chronicle Kyle’s upbringing and childhood accomplishments. Using a combination of found footage, home-movies, and interviews, the documentary will cover the ups and downs leading up to this point.
We will have rare access to Kyle’s family, friends, coaches, business partners, and even those who have fought against him, for insightful and revealing interviews. We will also interview many others who have met and spoken with Kyle; celebrities such as Oprah and Arnold Schwartzenegger, and even those who believe that Kyle has actually had an unfair advantage in life in a dramatic inversion of the question: What is a disability?
A Fighting Chance is a vivid, character-driven story unlike any before it. During the time of production, Kyle will also be juggling a budding new romance and dealing with the out-of-state move of his oldest childhood friend.
Filmed in an ever-changing style of verite, interview, and found-footage filmmaking, this documentary will question stereotypes and challenge expectations. It will capture the essence and spirit of human struggle and accomplishment from a truly unique perspective.
The documentary will end with Kyle’s climactic fight that could change his life forever.
DOCKYARD PRODUCTIONS was created in 2008 in Lawrenceville, Ga. Dedicated to creating pieces that inspire and entertain, DOCKYARD is a full service independent production company specializing in high definition output. We firmly believe in the power of moving pictures and we produce high quality content intended to change lives in positive ways.
Takashi Doscher and Alex Shofner are an award-winning filmmaking team with unrivaled passion and vision. Their debut project, 3:10 to Recess, is a heart-warming story about children’s imagination and is currently in talks for television broadcast.
Takashi’s first directing efforts won awards in ’03 and ’04 at the National History Day Documentary competition, claiming first prize in 2004 for the unbiased discussion on the tragic events of Kent State. Takashi also directed video content for the University of Florida’s Gator Growl. His work debuted to a live audience of over 45,000 people in 2007. More recently, Takashi served as Associate Producer on the documentary An Inconvenient Tax, produced by Life is My Movie Entertainment. The documentary interviews senators, businessmen, and economic experts about the current tax system and the bi-partisan movements toward reform.
Alex has worked on and contributed to a large number of productions including Jon Turteltaub’s blockbuster, National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets. More recenlty, Alex has been very busy working on national advertising campaigns and has also contributed to a number of music video productions, including Chuck Wicks’ All I Ever Wanted and Heidi Newfield’s Johnny and June. He has just wrapped shooting on Outsider’s Inn, a new series for Country Music Television, and is excited about the documentary ahead.
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