An Accidental Life | 2022

From the director of "A Thousand Ways to Kiss The Ground" and "Speak To Me Softly"


"An unflinching and compassionate documentary about friendship and loss, An Accidental Life is a tremendous feat by a talented filmmaker on the rise." - Jimmy Chin (FREE SOLO; THE RESCUE)

“I appreciate the fact that this film was made by a woman, who clearly brought a more intimate view into Quinn’s life. Watching Quinn deal with all of the pain, loss, and ultimately, acceptance of the life changing consequences of her accident, was a good reminder of the transient nature of life and resilience of the human spirit” - Lynn Hill

Upcoming Screenings


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.


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Director's Statement

“Quinn's story reflects the beautifully subtle yet pervasive human cycle of shedding who we thought we were for who we really are. Time and time again we learn that what we do is not who we are. For the past two years I have had the opportunity to capture this genuine process with Quinn, the good, the bad, and the ugly. For me, to film a person honestly takes a long time. It means to pay close attention and see what is not being said.”