Active and life loving David ‘Barney’ Miller was a passenger in a tragic car accident that left him a quadriplegic, unable to use his arms and legs ever again.
As expected he enters a dark time in his life, but through the love and support of his family, friends (world surfing champion, Mick Fanning) and finding his soul mate, Kathryn ‘Kate’ Southwell, he takes on the impossible.
He makes it his mission to kneel when he proposes to Kate, stand at the altar as they get married and dance with her as husband and wife.
When Barney meets and falls in love with Kate, a girl with her own dreams of being a singer, he makes it his mission to only ask Kate to marry him when he can kneel down to propose, stand at the altar and dance at their wedding together.
With the help and support of loved ones, the innovative work of Neurophysics Functional Performance trainer Ken Ware and close friends including 3X World Champion surfer Mick Fanning, Barney is back surfing, fundraising for others with spinal injury through the Barney Miller Surf Classic, and the Wings for Life World Run and is working towards his ultimate goal – to walk, run and surf standing up again.
YOU and ME THE MOVIE follows the incredibly powerful and emotionally uplifting journey through the struggles and obstacles Barney and Kate face in achieving their collective goals. Prepare to be inspired by their resilience, unwavering love for each other and the support network of their family and friends.
Young twenty- something American Filmmakers Taylor Montemarano and Lorenzo DeCampos say,
“We met Barney Miller in 2011 and through the great support of many amazing people, we’ve had the opportunity to not only share Barney’s story but also raise awareness for spinal cord injury. YOU and ME THE MOVIE has allowed us to learn what it takes to be filmmakers, from financing it ourselves on multiple credit cards, traveling abroad to film, to turning down steady jobs and letting go of old dreams. It has given us valuable experience in fundraising, crowdsourcing, and gaining sponsorships and investors. Moreover, YOU and ME and Barney and Kate themselves have taught us what is possible when you follow your passion and don’t take no for an answer. This film has been our entire lives for the past four and a half years, but through the good and difficult times alike, we would do it again in a heartbeat. We could not be more proud of how YOU and ME has evolved and what it has become throughout the years. We’ve created something that has helped shape who we are today, and that we hope touches the lives of all who watch it as well.”
Michael Lawrence filmmaker, producer and studio owner says “When Lorenzo and Taylor came to me with YOU and ME - I said yes immediately. Barney and Kate’s love story and their life and struggles will resonate with global audiences. I am very proud to be a part of it and help get their message out into the world.”
New Australian/American co-pro feature documentary from the makers of BRA BOYS & FIGHTING FEAR premiered in cinemas April 26 2016
After four and a half years shooting 50 interviews, 500 hours of footage across 2 continents, cinema audiences will be inspired by the incredible on screen and behind the scenes story of YOU and ME a new feature documentary that will hit cinemas across Australia and New Zealand on April 26 2016.
YOU and ME heralds the return of the producer behind Australian box office hit BRA BOYS and two-time AACTA - winning feature documentary FIGHTING FEAR.
YOU and ME follows the extraordinary true story of Barney Miller, an active, life loving guy who became a quadriplegic 17 years ago as an emerging Pro Surfer when the car he was a passenger in, hit a tree at over 120kms an hour. Told by doctors he would never breathe independently or be able to use his right arm or legs again, Barney has defied all medical assessments through grit, self-belief, hard work and sheer guts.
Barney Miller says “ I really hope that the message of the film that It’s never too late to live your dreams and make a change really gets out there. Despite those 10 years in the chair before I made my rehabilitation my priority, I just keep moving forward towards my goal of walking again. I know I will get there because not only do I believe in myself and am prepared to put in the training required, but I am surrounded by supportive loved ones who are right there beside me cheering me on every step of the way!”
GARAGE ENTERTAINMENT presents a GARAGE PRODUCTIONS and WAY BACK FILMS production
a film by LORENZO DECAMPOS and TAYLOR MONTEMARANO and MICHAEL LAWRENCE
starring BARNEY MILLER, KATE MILLER, MICK FANNING and DARREN HANDLEY
edited by LARA BENWELL
produced by SHAYLEE GOMES and MICHAEL LAWRENCE
original music by MIKEY B and KADA
music supervisor JAMIE HOLT
cinematography by LORENZO DECAMPOS and TAYLOR MONTEMARANO and CURTIS REDDEN and DAMON BANNING and JESS HAYHOW
executive producers KEVIN MALONEY, MARK MALONEY, NICHOLAS COOK , MICHAEL LAWRENCE, LORENZO DECAMPOS, TAYLOR MONTEMARANO, BARNEY MILLER, KATE MILLER
co-written by LORENZO DECAMPOS and TAYLOR MONTEMARANO and SHAYLEE GOMES
story by BARNEY MILLER, KATE MILLER and MICHAEL LAWRENCE
Directed by LORENZO DECAMPOS and TAYLOR MONTEMARANO
Co-directed by MICHAEL LAWRENCE and SHAYLEE GOMES