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257 Down

Directed by David Porteous

Documentary | 12 minutes | Canada | 2020 | English | CANADIAN PREMIERE


For Alex Abbott, a winning dirt bike freestyle rider, the moment of truth came when his dirt bike landed on his head and broke his neck and became an incomplete quadriplegic. During the months he laid immobilized in hospital, the notion of ever getting back on his bike seemed so remote he barely gave it any real thought. But ten years later, with the help of friends and family, Alex is on the verge of finding his way back onto two wheels.

257 Down is a documentary film about patience, endurance and courage. It is a story that will inspire people of all abilities to follow their dreams, no matter how inaccessible they might seem.

Director Bio

David Porteous is an award winning documentary filmmaker, Canadian musician, multi-instrumentalist, audio/video engineer, photographer, and charity fundraiser. His passion for creating unique and compelling art projects have lead to being nominated as an Olympic Torchbearer, he created the World's First Music Video for the Deaf, was a NOW Magazine Critic’s Pick, won First Prize in a National Anthem Song Contest hosted by Mongrel Media, received a full scholarship to receive a BA in documentary filmmaking at the University of Paisley in Scotland and an honours diploma in sound engineering at the Harris Institute. He has produced many music and video projects spanning multiple forms of media with a wide range of topics including music, military history and motorsports.


Directed by

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Produced by

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Alex Abbott


David Porteous


David Porteous

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