It's Raining, So What A Project of Documentaries
Your generous support will help change lives by helping us share this story. Thanks for being a part of this incredible journey.
A POWERFUL STORY ABOUT PUSHING THROUGH BOUNDARIES OF PERCEIVED LIMITATIONS TO FIND OUT WHAT IS TRULY POSSIBLE.
JOE STONE'S STORY
Have you ever felt that something outside of your control was preventing you from living the life that you imagined? Joe Stone, an avid outdoorsman, faced this challenge when he was severely injured in a tragic speed flying accident and became an incomplete C7 quadriplegic.
The outlook wasn't good. Joe sustained numerous life-threatening injuries and even thought he would spend the rest of his life in an assisted care facility.
Despite all this, in the difficult year following his accident, Joe was able to push through many physical and emotional boundaries with the help of his fiancé, Amy Rosendahl. On August 12, 2011— just one day shy of the first anniversary of his accident — Joe became first known quadriplegic to bike the Going-to-the-Sun road in Glacier National Park, a climb of nearly 2500 feet in 12 miles.
"When I achieved my goal of finishing that ride," Joe observed, "I discovered that my life truly felt limitless again."
Approaching the top of Logan Pass (6,646 ft above sea level)
With a new-found passion for life and determination to discover what is truly possible, Joe set his sights on the seemingly impossible goal of becoming the first wheelchair-using quadriplegic to attempt an IRONMAN triathlon. Joe waged a physical and mental battle as he trained to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and push a racing wheelchair 26.2 miles, all within 17 hours.
This film follows Joe's struggle and incredible perseverance to overcome the challenges posed by his injury and reveals the importance of support and the power of community helping him along the way. Joe's ultimate goal with this journey of exploration and discovery was to share his experiences with others as a way to inspire them to challenge perceived limitations and find their true potential.
To accomplish this, after the IRONMAN, Joe Stone, Amy Rosendahl and Kevin May founded the Joe Stone Foundation a 501(c)3 non-profit with the mission of helping merge the disabled and able-bodied communities through activities that can be experienced together regardless of their ability level, and becoming a leading provider of resources and support to others seeking to discover new possibilities in their lives after a challenging life-changing event
Joe, Amy, Henry Dog, and the film crew make it all the way to IRONMAN Florida
WHY WE'RE MAKING THIS FILM:
A note from Executive Producer and Director Kevin May
Everyone who worked on the film, myself included, hopes to inspire others to live life to the fullest and challenge perceived limitations by telling Joe's story. I have always been drawn to telling powerful stories that can have a positive impact on others and challenge me in the process, which is why I've loved putting this film together.
In January 2012, I saw a news story about Joe Stone on WCCO-TV in Minneapolis. A few months later, happened to run into Joe and Amy and immediately connected with both of them. I was overwhelmed by their positive energy and heartfelt desire to empower, encourage and inspire others by sharing their story. As soon as Joe set his IRONMAN goal, we quickly found ourselves on a very special journey moving towards the unknown as Joe tried to accomplish something that has never been done before. As a passionate visual storyteller, I was immediately drawn to the power and significance of this story. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to direct and produce documentary film, and Joe's attempt at an IRONMAN Triathlon paralleled my journey to reach the goal of completing this project.
This experience has been nothing short of incredible, and we are so close to completing this film. With your help and support, we will be able get this film to the production "finish line" and cross the "starting line" of sharing it with the world!
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
We are very proud to have been able to fund the majority of the pre-production and production costs to date. However, now that we have completed filming and are in the post-production phase, we are facing many expenses as we put the finishing touches on this amazing story so it can begin to do its work inspiring others. These costs include final editing, music production and rights, color correction, sound design, format conversions, encoding for multiple platforms (like Netflix, Amazon, etc.), promotion, marketing, outreach and distribution.
That's where you come in. Your generous tax deductible contribution will go far beyond these expenses to make an enormous positive impact on the lives on people seeking the inspiration and motivation needed to challenge their own perceived limitations in order to seek a higher quality of life. Not only will your donation help finish the film, but it will also help us donate DVDs and free screenings to people facing injuries or disabilities that challenge their lifestyle.
When you contribute, we'll pay it forward by donating copies of the film to organizations such as the Lakeshore Foundation,Challenged Athletes Foundation, Live it Love it Foundation, Kelly Brush Foundation, NCHPAD, Disabled Sports USA, and hospitals and rehab facilities that specialize in spinal cord injuries.
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP:
We understand that you may not be able to contribute financially, but we would love your help sharing Joe's story and information about this project. Who knows, you may just help someone shed his or her own set of perceived limitations and accomplish something extraordinary. Here's what you can do to help:
• Spread the word via email and social media. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @rainingsowhat, and share your thoughts using #itsrainingsowhat. The share tools make this part easy! Feel free to share Joe's story with local media outlets as well.
• Know of an organization that would like a copy of the film? Let us know so we can add them to our donations recipient list.
• Interested in hosting a screening? Sign up to organize a screening in your community. Find out how here.
A HUGE THANK YOU AND OUR REWARDS TO YOU!
We simply cannot express how much your support means to us. We wouldn't be here without you, so thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being a part of this incredible journey!
As a special thank you for your commitment and support we would like to share the following rewards with you.
For all donations we will publicly thank you and include your name on the list of supporters on the film's website.
$50 or more, we will send you a limited edition, signed copy of the film on DVD when it is released.
$250 or more, in addition to the signed DVD, your name will be listed in the film credits acknowledging your support.
$1,000 or more, Joe Stone and Kevin May will shoot a personal thank you video and post it on our social media channels and provide it to you electronically.
$2,500 or more, Joe Stone and Kevin may will personally call you to thank you for your support, share some special moments from the film with you.
$5,000 you are an exclusive member of the film production team and will receive an Associate Producer credit in the film and a VIP invite to a screening of your choice when schedule is announced.
$10,000 you are the the big cheese and will receive a Co-Executive Producer credit in the film and a VIP invite to a screening of your choice when schedule is announced.
And a huge thank you to Team REFUEL, The Challenged Athletes Foundation, Hammer Nutrition, The Kelly Brush Foundation, The Live it Love it Foundation, I Run for Bob Foundation, Colle+McVoy, Quad-Grips, and several other organizations that have believed in Joe and are helping get him to the IRONMAN. Your work inspires us each and every day!
Supported by 4 Donations:
I Gave $250Incredibly inspiring story! My big brother has MS and is in a wheel chair. He overcome the rain in his life through education. Bravo Joe!
I Gave $25Way to go Kevin, Joe and Amy! I can't wait to finally see this.
I Gave $100Proud to support this important film! -Gail Shore
AnonymousI Gave $175Love the project, can't wait to see and share the film.