“Places To Go – A Jim Harris Story” | #HighFivesAthlete Video

Verb Cabin Releases trailer for short-film, “Places To Go – A Jim Harris Story”

The 16-minute film follows photographer Jim Harris’ recovery from devastating spinal cord injury

Verb Cabin is proud to present, in association with High Fives Foundation, Smith Optics and Craig Hospital, the story of a world-renown photographer and his unique road of recovery following a devastating spinal cord injury.

“Places To Go – A Jim Harris Story” is a short documentary film featuring photographer Jim Harris. After instructing wilderness mountaineering courses for seven years, Harris was hired for a photo shoot in 2011. Since then, he’s written about and photographed expeditions for National Geographic, Powder, Backpacker, Men’s Journal, and others. He found a niche shooting Type II Fun and wilderness trips in places like Mongolia, Bolivia and Antarctica, but he loves tromping around his home mountains in Utah.

In November 2014, Harris was practicing with a traction kite, which he was planning on using to pull him and his partners along windswept Patagonia on their skis, when a strong gust caught him and yanked him high into the air. Harris struggled to regain control of the kite. Instead, he accelerated towards the ground in a crushing fall left him with two broken vertebrae in his back, two more shattered, and the loss of feeling and movements in his lower body.

An outdoor community fundraising effort raised $107,750 for Harris’ medical evacuation, surgeries and rehabilitation. Once home, he was transferred to the spinal cord facility at Craig Hospital, a cutting-edge rehabilitation center in Englewood, Colo., for his most difficult expedition yet.

“Places To Go – A Jim Harris Story” picks up the story from here, following the once-active Harris, confined to a wheelchair, on an emotional and physical journey to get back the life and feeling he lost in a few tragic moments in South America.

The film will be released in Fall 2015.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/133585818
**Photographer Jim Harris and co-director Blake Kimmel are available for press inquiries. Please contact Luka Starmer at Luka@HighFivesFoundation.com to schedule an interview.

About Verb Cabin: With offices in Alpine Meadows, California, and Denver, Colorado, Verb Cabin is a media group of writers, cinematographers, photographers, designers, and Internet architects. Rooted in style and authenticity, Verb Cabin creates engaging, dynamic media for targeted audiences. Their 2014 documentary release “Kehinde Wiley: The World Stage: Haiti” was shown over four months in the Brooklyn Museum in New York, New York. A hardcover book of their journey to Haiti is available on Amazon. More information available at VerbCabin.com.

About High Fives Foundation: High Fives Non-Profit Foundation, based in Truckee, CA, became an official 501c.3 non-profit on January 19, 2009. Founded by Roy Tuscany, the Tahoe-based Foundation supports the dreams of mountain action sports athletes by raising injury prevention awareness while providing resources and inspiration to those who suffer life-altering injuries. The Foundation has helped 85 athletes like Jim Harris since 2009.

About Smith Optics: Originating from Sun Valley, Idaho, Smith was founded in 1965 with the invention of the first snow goggle featuring a sealed thermal lens and breathable vent foam. With 50 years of innovation and design experience, Smith is widely known today as an industry leader that pioneers advanced eyewear and helmets that incorporate dynamic technologies, optimized performance and clean styling to fuel fun beyond walls. Smith seeks to power thrilling experiences in snow, surf, bike, fish and peak performance outdoor adventures with a comprehensive collection that exudes modern style and vibrant personality. To Smith, the experience is everything. Smith is part of Safilo Group. Additional information is available at smithoptics.com.

About Craig Hospital: Craig Hospital is a world-renowned, premier center for specialty rehabilitation and research for people with spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. Craig has a remarkable atmosphere and culture that is casual but professional, active and upbeat. We’re a 93-bed inpatient/outpatient, nonprofit hospital that offers acute, short and long-term care. More information at CraigHospital.org

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