Full Circle
Hop Film Event

Full Circle

Director Josh Berman '00 in person
January 14, 2024

This event occurred as part of the 23/24 Hop Film Event season. This is an archived view.

Josh Berman '00 presents an exhilarating portrait of intrepid sit-skier Trevor Kennison and adventurer Barry Corbet '58, who faced spinal cord injuries with resilience and athleticism.

23/24 Hop Film Event

FULL CIRCLE – Official Trailer


Faced with a traumatic injury that renders you permanently disabled; how would you reinvent yourself? This is a tale of two outdoor lovers, paralyzed 50 years apart, but connected by their shared resiliency and a refusal to let trauma dictate their life. In 2014 New Hampshire native Trevor Kennison broke his back snowboarding in the Colorado backcountry. Wheelchair-bound, the 22-year-old plumber faced an uncertain future devoid of hope. Salvation came when he tried sit-skiing for the first time (an adaptive device enabling wheelchair users to ski). In 2019 he became the first sit-skier to launch into Corbet's Couloir in Jackson Hole, a death-defying 60-foot leap of faith that went viral and started a new professional career. Berman's footage of this feat of athleticism is breathtaking.

This same couloir was named after Barry Corbet '58, an intrepid skier, mountaineer, explorer, filmmaker and Jackson Hole legend who broke his back in a helicopter crash in 1968. Frustrated by a pre-ADA culture that did not accept or support the disabled, Barry reinvented himself, becoming a seminal leader in the disability community. Corbet's advocacy gave Trevor and others a road map for moving forward after spinal injury, physically, emotionally, and, at least for some, spiritually. By focusing on their triumphs, Berman's film replaces "disabled," with its focus on what cannot be done, with "adaptive," and its sense of unlimited possibilities. 

D: Josh Berman '00, US, 2023, 1h45m CC

Co-sponsored by the Dartmouth Outing Club, the Wellness Center, the Dartmouth Ski Team and Vermont Adaptive

Bringing the ethos of the film into practice Primetime Emmy-nominated composer Mark Crawford (The Social Dilemma) chose to work with musicians living with disabilities for the live instrumentation of the score. Mark assembled an all-star team, including Grammy-winning guitarist Eric Howk of Portugal. The Man, world-renowned jazz pianist Justin Kauflin, percussionist Jason Barnes, trumpet player Patrick Henry Hughes, virtuoso violinist Brian Krinke and members of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, with orchestrator Jeff Kryka preparing the score. Additionally, Eric Howk wrote and recorded a custom song for the credits of the film, titled What I Am. Very much autobiographical, the song brings Eric's voice into the film in more ways than one, speaking directly to his life experience as a paraplegic confined to a wheelchair.

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