Synopsis: “Rowing for Gold” is a documentary about Ron Harvey, an M.I.T-trained aerospace engineer, who has been a champion rower both before and after a grave biking accident rendered him paraplegic. Its tone is reminiscent of a 30/30 ESPN sports documentary. The story of this Long Beach, California Paralympian reveals how intense training and competition shape his life and temper his soul. Elite performance is the product of traits that are forged in the fire of disability and hammered on the anvil of sacrifice. The style is intended to be less linear and more expressionistic, less traditional and more poetic.
Born to American parents and raised abroad, Alexis Patton is an award-winning director, writer, cinematographer, and actor. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Princeton University with an A.B. in Romance Languages and Literatures and a Certificate in the Program of Theatre and Dance. She was awarded the Frances LeMoyne Page Thesis Prize. Currently, she is a M.F.A. candidate in Film & TV Production at the University of Southern California where she has directed and produced six short films. She is the recipient of a Gene Autry Scholarship Award.