Amber Marcy of Saugatuck says she agreed to appear in a documentary about disabled women to show life is still full of possibilities after a spinal cord injury.
SAUGATUCK, Mich. (WZZM) - Amber Marcy of Saugatuck says she agreed to appear in a documentary about disabled women to show life is still full of possibilities after a spinal cord injury.
"I was able to show some of the struggles I have on a daily basis and also what I do no one would ever think someone in a wheelchair does."
Amber, 30, is one of five Ms. Wheelchair Michigan winners profiled in the documentary "Defining Beauty: Ms. Wheelchair America". The documentary shows the women preparing for and competing in the 2010 Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant.
The movie is one of 80 films selected for screening at the Waterfront Film Festival this weekend.
"We filmed her here in Saugatuck and at the Ms. Wheelchair America nationals in Rapid City, South Dakota," says film producer-director Alexis Ostrander. "We show these women's abilities, not their disabilities."
"It ended up being awesome," says Amber. "It was a great experience."
Amber suffered a spinal cord injury during a car crash 15 years ago and has been in a wheelchair ever since. The film crew followed her for 12 days in Saugatuck.
"Our film opens with Amber skydiving," says Ostrander. "She is an avid skydiver."
"I took her to my favorite restaurants," says Amber. "I took her boating; I love boating. I showed her around the bars. We had a great time."
"This is not a film about pity," says Ostrander. "It's about living your life and overcoming obstacles and challenges. Amber lives life every day."
"I don't have a choice," says Amber. "Well, I do have a choice. I could lay in bed and feel sorry for myself all day but I don't have time for that. I don't."
Amber now works for a home care company helping others with disabilities.
The film "Defining Beauty: Ms. Wheelchair America" will be shown at the Waterfront film festival Thursday morning at nine and Saturday afternoon at two.