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An Accidental Life tells the story of climber Quinn Brett, who suffered a horrific fall in Yosemite at the height of her athletic career that left her paralyzed from the waist down and forced to question her identity and community. Soon after her accident Quinn’s relationship ends throwing her into a lonely place where she wonders if this new version of herself is lovable – until an expected romantic connection reveals that she is indeed still Quinn Brett, and nothing can take that away from her. Over the course of the film, viewers watch Quinn’s raw recovery and return to the world she almost lost as she eventually comes to accept the things she cannot change.
2021 | USA | 86 mins
Henna Taylor, Director, DP, Editor, Producer
Henna Taylor is a self-taught documentary filmmaker. She began making short videos of her time living with four rural midwives in Cambodia. Over the next decade, her nonlinear relationship with filmmaking grew exponentially. She has since written, directed, filmed, edited, and produced six award-winning short documentary films, including “Best Mountain Short Film” at Banff. Her first, highly anticipated, feature length documentary, An Accidental Life, will be debuting in 2022. Henna’s work is emotionally deep and wide, and in its best moments, achieves that much sought-after, but rarely achieved, emotional catharsis central to the tradition of storytelling and theater. Henna builds the stories she tells by staying present for the absurd, imperfect, painful, hilarious, and terribly vulnerable states of the human experience. Her compassion and relationship with her subjects come clearly and poignantly through the lens she shares with the audience what she sees.