2012 BEST DOCUMENTARY: THE FREEDOM CHAIR

Dueck and Douglas take top honor in doc

Best Documentary
The Freedom Chair
Switchback Entertainment

Switchback Entertainment’s The Freedom Chair won the award for best documentary for their inspirational film on Josh Dueck. In 2004, Dueck, then a Canadian freestyle coach, overshot a jump and was paralyzed from the waist down. The film chronicles Dueck’s transformation into one of the top sit-ski racers in the world, and finishes with Dueck fulfilling his dream of putting together a powder skiing segment. Dueck, the embodiment of inspiration, hits pillow lines and 25-foot airs in a chair.

In the hospital after his accident, another freestyle coach put Dueck on speakerphone so he could speak to his young athletes.

“So I told everybody on the speakerphone that day, you know what, I want you guys to celebrate skiing for me,” says Dueck in the film. “I want you to love it the way I loved it. There’s nothing to mourn here because I’m going to be back. I promise you that. I’m going to be back in the mountains.”