First time filmmaker Jason Schneider set out to parallel his own story of overcoming adversity on the racetrack with stories of others like him. His thesis? That amputees don’t see the world through, or buy into, a disabled label. But when an accident forces him to question the very meaning of disability, his sense of self unravels. Through personal accounts, interviews, and home video, Jason dissects and reframes his life, intertwining the trials and tribulations of building a race car with his personal journey for self acceptance.
Driven started as an idea to make a documentary about following your dreams despite limitations. That anything is possible when you put your mind to it. That amputees don’t see the world through, or buy into, a disabled label. Being an amputee myself, and a documentary editor for over a decade, I was in a unique position to tell that story.
Except it didn’t quite work out that way.
What I ended up making was a raw, unflinching, personal documentary about what it's like to live and love, with a limb difference. The journey would turn my life upside down. But I emerged a better man, more comfortable with who I am, and how the world may or may not perceive me. More importantly, how I perceive myself.
The story is told via verite and archival footage, interviews with the people who know me best, and profiles from a diverse group of amputees, each living and loving in their own unique way. I share my journey in the hopes that by documenting my personal struggles DRIVEN helps spark a conversation about the way we look at limb difference and disability in society, all while highlighting what the bumpy road to self acceptance looks like.
This has been a passion project of mine for seven years, and I'm proud to finally share it with the world. -- Jason Schneider
Jason Schneider (Producer/Director/Editor)
Jason is an editor with over a decade in the business. He got his start working with two-time Academy Award winning director Barbara Kopple, helping edit several of her projects in the mid to late 2000's. Since then, he's gone on to edit documentaries for ESPN, PBS, and several NY Emmy nominated television series, having been nominated four times himself (2014-2016) for editing. With an extensive background in documentary and television, Jason's passion, first and foremost, is to tell a compelling story. DRIVEN is his directorial debut.
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