Stephen Murray: A Story of Incredible Suffering and Courageous Determination

Stephen Murray: A Story of Incredible Suffering and Courageous Determination

Pass The Bucket: Stephen Murray is a heart-wrenching, but very inspiring 5-minute documentary short film directed by Eliot Rausch, whose previous documentary Last Minutes with Oden was named Best Documentary and Best Video at the 2010 Vimeo Awards.

June 22, 2007 marked a day that the Action Sports world will remember for a lifetime, a day that forever changed the life of professional BMX rider and three-time U.S. Gold Medalist, Stephen Murray. During competition in the BMX Dirt Finals at the Dew Actions Sports Tour in Baltimore (MD), while in the midst of doing a double back flip, Murray had what has been described as one of the worst crashes ever seen in BMX competition. In that catastrophic tragedy, the incredibly talented 27 year-old athlete suffered career ending injuries to his spinal cord, which left him paralyzed below the shoulders.

Almost four years later, Murray’s life has changed drastically. Fully paralyzed, Stephen now lives a different reality, but he has come to view it as a platform to help others. He continues to embrace each day and in his own words, “stay strong.” In the documentary, Murray describes the accident he endured, the changes to his life as a result of it and what enables him to continue fighting. And in true Stephen Murray fashion, his strength and perseverance continues to inspire. Stay strong.

Through his Stay Strong Foundation and courageous determination, Stephen surprisingly has found a powerful way to pass the bucket. Viewers can find more information about Murray’s foundation here.

Stephen Murray: A Story of Incredible Suffering and Courageous Determination

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Opsin: An Inspiring, Simple and Powerful Piece of Urban Visual Poetry

Opsin: An Inspiring, Simple and Powerful Piece of Urban Visual Poetry

Opsin is the new beautifully shot, pristine monotone short film/music video by Ivan Villafuerte, an inspiring and powerful piece of urban visual poetry. It can be viewed as a follow-up to Villafuerte’s Destello, a magnificent tribute to the city of Chicago that allowed us to rediscover the beauty of images that we have before us in everyday life.

Villafuerte is a Chicago-based videographer, who has been creating some great atmospheric, running visuals over the past few months. An important element in these projects has been the inclusion of progressive imaginative audio, which really precisely sets the tone of each piece. The music is combined with contrasting focus and a selective eye that captures some very unique viewpoints. Villafuerte seems to be making this imaginative and evocative style his own right now, and it’s vividly shown in an earlier short work that is also presented here, olololololololxl_l_l_l.

Opsins are trans-membrane proteins essential for the conversion of photons to biochemical processes; they can be viewed as the essential points of contact between outside reality and our interior world of visual perception and experience.  So I recommend putting them to work with the wonderful frames of these videos. And try to make sure you aren’t doing anything else when you watch them, so that you can just sit back and really enjoy the views.

Opsin: An Inspiring and Powerful Piece of Urban Visual Poetry

olololololololxl_l_l_l: An Imaginative and Evocative Visual Art Piece

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