An Accidental Life

86 mins


Alpinist and speed climber Quinn Brett was at the peak of her career when a fall on Yosemite’s “The Nose” caused a ruinous injury to her spinal cord and left her a paraplegic. The film follows Brett for the two years after her fall as she navigates dating again, debilitating nerve pain and grieving the life she lost while learning to accept this new version of herself. As she heals, Brett comes face to face with many truths, some merely uncomfortable and some devastating. An Accidental Life is a vulnerable look at the transition from a life of bigwall striving and achieving to finding peace, purpose and community even as a full recovery remains out of reach.

Production Team

Henna Taylor

Film Contact

Festival Screenings

Featured in the 2022 Mountainfilm Festival.

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