May 06, 2015 - 1:52 PM
KELOWNA - Bruce Cook, the freestyle motocross rider who was paralyzed last year attempting a difficult stunt, will be the focus of a new film by local filmmaker Carey Missler.
Missler, who recently received an award of excellence from the Canada International Film Festival for his work as director of The Paddler, confirms he is working on the film, but says it’s early days and he doesn’t want to reveal too much just yet.
“All I can tell you is that it will be more of a cinematic movie than a documentary,” Missler says.
Missler says he and Kelly Veltri of The Film Factory in Kelowna met earlier this week with Cook to flesh out plans for the production. His role will be producer and director of photography.
“I will be getting the money together, getting the equipment together, finding locations, that sort of thing,” Missler says.
Cook is well-known in motocross circles, but is perhaps more widely known for his horrific accident at the Nitro Circus event in January 2014. He was injured during an attempt to complete the first ever ramp-to-ramp double front flip at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ont.
Perhaps more impressive than the stunt itself has been Cook’s remarkable recovery and his refusal to let his injury get in the way. He was back on his motocross bike in just nine months and has since used his experience during his recovery as a positive motivator for others.
Missler say he expects the production to be complete by next spring.
“I’m really excited to work with Bruce and Kelly on this production. It’s going to be an exciting ride, that’s for sure,” he adds.
Motocross rider Bruce Cook (left) will be the subject of a new film project.
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