It was 2016 and I was sitting next to my ex-girlfriend and her mother on the sofa in the basement of her house when the early idea of Indomitable entered my mind. I can still hear the sound of my ex-girlfriend’s mother’s voice in my ear saying very strongly that there should be a film about disabilities told by those with disabilities showing their perspectives and encouraging me to be the one to tell that story with a particular focus on actors with disabilities.
I had always felt that the mainstream media was not depicting people with disabilities accurately and this needed to change in order to break down the stereotypes that contributed to the stigma of disabilities in society. My good friend and producer, Brandon Golden loved the idea and vowed to help bring the project to life.
From 2016 to 2018 Indomitable grew from a story about actors with disabilities not being cast in disabled roles to a story about the lives of people with disabilities who are not defeated by anything, thanks to executive producer Kevin Bright who suggested the new direction. From 2018 to now Indomitable took a new direction again and it became a personal story of my life as a filmmaker with a disability, my journey of becoming a father, buying a house, and getting married.
Indomitable came from a place deep in my upbringing of wanting to prove myself to the world because of how people looked at me and wanting to show that I am not defined by my disability but by my work and by what I can do. I believe that Indomitable is going to reach the right audience because I understand the struggles of many people with disabilities and other minorities without a voice and I am determined to make sure that it is as accurate as possible and to change the stigma.
An award-winning filmmaker with cerebral palsy, Alexander Freeman tells a story about giving voice to those with disabilities. He presents the challenges and victories in his life through the making of the documentary. Along the way, Alexander finds love, becomes a father, and gets married, while making the documentary.