In 1981, a motorcycle wreck paralyzed Chicago native David Farber's legs and
left arm when he was still in his 20s. Years later, the lover of raptors,
wolves, and all “critters” became the first photographer to access the Alaskan
wilderness in an electric wheelchair, capturing bold images of grizzly bears.
Rooted firmly in the present, Lion in the Street chronicles the evolution of
risk - both physical and emotional - in the unfolding journey of David's life.
We enter the story in 2006 with his grizzly reunion, then follow David into
Canada’s sub-Arctic as he breaks further ground photographing polar bears in
Audiences will be compelled by this man who is as fiery as he is vulnerable.
David's life is at times dark, other times light, and often grey as he grapples
with trust, love, and his life-long ache to photograph wild animals versus his
dependence on caregivers and medical machinery.
The story resonates because it subtly prompts viewers to question their
personal truths as they become engrossed by David's unique journey. Do I
continue to take chances on others and myself, and how do I decide in the end
whether those risks were worth it?
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