This hybrid Documentary / Musical is the story of Rachel Miller, a walking paraplegic who, though she can’t feel her legs, is able to walk, dance, and sing.
Rachel fell three stories while performing, and through a miracle of nature and determination, she taught herself to walk again. Though most days you can’t tell, she’s classified as a paraplegic.
The documentary is a behind the scenes look at the making of the film musical written for Rachel by the director, and it’s combined with the musical itself. Filming the musical takes its toll on Rachel’s health, and on her friendship with the director. But, as in any good musical, it all works out in the end.
“Starring: Rachel Miller” has been a long time coming for me. Though it was meant to be shot over a summer in 2003, and edited over the next year, eight years, a move from Southern California to New York, then Arkansas, a marriage, and a newborn later, and the film is complete! Originally intended to be a story about my good friend who overcame a terrible tragedy, it became that story and so much more, testing our friendship as I drove her harder than I should have in making this film.
Rachel’s story is exactly the kind of story I live to tell – she’s overcome so much with such an amazing attitude. She’s a constant inspiration to me and to anyone. You meet her for a minute and you think you’ve known her for a lifetime. This film is, of course, dedicated to her.
And I’m going to get her back on stage in front of an audience if it’s the last thing I do!
Rachel: Rachel Miller
Fred: Heath McCall
Beverly: Becky Phelps
Jameson: Robert Kokol
Musical Production Crew
Writer / Director: Joe Dull
Producer: Zack Fox
Assoc Producer: Rachel Karten
Assoc Producer: Hillary Cook
Choreographer: John Kerr
Asst. Choreography: Shannon Acrum
Music: Darin Presley
Sean Hunt: Set Designer
Cinematographers: Joe Dickerson, Cadi Stevens, Ryan Boone
Animation: Kat Kosmala
Costume Design: Amy Huntington
Makeup: Jennifer Lutz
Original Music Composed and Arranged by Darin Presley
“Turn up the Spotlight” from the Musical “Nunsense”
written by Dan Goggin
used by permission of the artist
Sarah Ann Van Breen
Sound Design: Jason Miller
Sound Editor: Matt Rivetti
Color Correction: Jonathan Childs
Assistant Editor: Andrew Benson
Visual FX: Scott Meador