US 2019, 81 min Director MATTHEW ORR
Hugh Herr was a 17-year-old mountain climber when he and a friend got lost in a blizzard on Mount Washington. Suffering from severe frostbite, Herr had to have both of his legs amputated. From his hospital room, he was initially shocked at the primitive prosthetic limbs he was given. Soon, shock gave way to a fierce determination to make a difference in the lives of others. Augmented follows Herr’s dramatic lifelong quest to become a scientist at MIT and an expert in the area of prosthetics. His pathbreaking success in the field of prosthetics leads to a major scientific breakthrough and a radical new way of performing amputations that will allow bionic limbs to move and feel like the real thing.
MATTHEW ORR is an assistant professor at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Previously, he was the director for multimedia and creative at statnews.com in Boston, Mass. He is an award-winning filmmaker and journalist with two decades of experience in video production. Before joining STAT, Matthew worked at The New York Times for 12 years as a senior video producer and the organization’s first full-time staff video journalist.
Film preceded by: OUT ON A LIMB (Canada 2019, 21 min Director JORDAN MANLEY)