Of all the ski films coming to town this fall, “The Movement: One Man Joins an Uprising” may provide more inspirational moments than powder shots and first descents. The film, narrated by Warren Miller and Robert Redford, tells the story of one disabled athlete’s return to skiing.

The film chronicles Rick Finkelstein’s struggle to get back on the slopes in 2010 after being paralyzed from the waist down six years earlier in a ski accident. He wasn’t expected to live. But after nine surgeries, he returned to the same mountain to try skiing again.

“The Movement” also tells stories of his mentors who overcame their disabilities to get back on the slopes. His mentors included Mike May, the world record holder for speed skiing blind; Jim Martinson, a Vietnam veteran who transformed adaptive sports and is a local [R124R, Crystal Mountain] skier; and Traci Taylor, who overcame a 10 percent chance of survival to go on to help others with disabilities.


Paralympic medalist Chris Waddell cruises through powder on a monoski. Photo by Gary Nate.

The film shows the skiing artistry of Chris Waddell, who is paralyzed below the waist. Waddell changed the game of adaptive skiing and went on to set a record in winning 13 medals at the Paralympics—the most medals won in Paralympic history.

Pacific Northwest skiers and riders have two opportunities to catch “The Movement” with the proceeds from the shows benefiting local adaptive sports groups. The film shows first in Portland and then Seattle.

[R274R, Mt. Hood Meadows] along with Hillcrest Sports in Gresham, Ore. helped to bring the film to Portland. “The Movement” shows at 7 p.m., Nov. 20, at the Bagdad Theater. Tickets are available online and at Hillcrest Sports.

Crystal Mountain Resort and Sturtevants in Bellevue, Wash. are bringing the premiere to Seattle. It will screen at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 3, in McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center. Tickets are available online and at Sturtevants.

Check out the trailer to "The Movement" here:

Two types of tickets are available for the showings. Regular tickets cost $12. VIP tickets, which cost $50, include reserved seating, a complimentary beverage, an autographed limited edition poster, a souvenir VIP badge and an opportunity to meet athlete Jim Martinson and Director and Producer Kurt Miller in a VIP reception at 5 p.m. 

Tickets are available here.