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Project of the Day: 'The Maneuver'

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire June 10, 2014 at 11:1AM

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.
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Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"The Maneuver"

Tweetable Logline: Award-winning editor produces "The Maneuver" documentary - exploring the man behind the life-saving maneuver, Dr. Henry J. Heimlich.

Elevator Pitch:
In production is The Maneuver, the first documentary to examine the life and career of Dr. Henry J. Heimlich, the medical innovator behind the anti-choking, lifesaving maneuver that bears his name. Capturing the most extensive on-camera talk with Dr. Heimlich in his 70 year career, The Maneuver shares the incredible story of the man supporters call a creative pioneer and American Hero, while detractors claim he’s simply a publicity-seeker offering dubious and dangerous ideas.

Kickstarter fundraising campaign June 3 – July 3 in commemoration of the 40th anniversary (June 1974) of the Heimlich Maneuver’s introduction.


Production Team:

Directed and produced by Emmy Award-winner Jason Schmidt. With more than 15 years of experience, Schmidt has cut over 150 shows for nearly 30 series on 14 networks. He has won Emmy Awards for his work covering the Olympics (NBC), as well as for the HBO documentary “Brooklyn Dodgers: Ghosts of Flatbush.” He was awarded Peabody Awards for the CBS documentary “9/11” and HBO documentary “Billie Jean King: Portrait of a Pioneer.”

About the Production: “For a man whose name is in the dictionary, we surprisingly know little about him,” explains Schmidt. “Dr. Heimlich’s story is nuanced, complicated and largely unknown to the American public. The Maneuver tells the story of an ambitious doctor whose diligence, creativity and hard work made him a revered celebrity physician and household name, but must now defend a legacy threatened to be scrubbed from the national consciousness within a few generations.”

Current Status:

In production and fundraising

For more information and to support this project: Kickstarter Page


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