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Film describes power of sports for amputees

Marci Krown is working on a documentary about how amputees can acquire prosthetics so they can compete in sports. (courtesy photo)

Film describes power of sports for amputees

By Terry L. Wilson

Marci Krown, a mother of a local high school senior, focuses her attention and talent to get prosthetics for athletes in need. Her sense of community spirit can be recognized through the documentary films she has produced. They all address a universal subject or problem that can affect residents in any ZIP Code in the country. 

“Krown Family Films is my company,” she said. “I like to produce family friendly films with a positive message that everyone can watch and learn from at the same time. I want to make a difference, not only in the Scripps Ranch community but also throughout San Diego and beyond.”

Krown’s current project is a feature titled “The Power of Sports for Amputees.” This film features three individuals who have lost their legs and want to compete in sports.

“These three athletes want to compete, but to do that they each have to get a prosthetic that is adapted for their particular sport,” Krown said. “They can’t use their walking legs because it won’t provide them with enough ability to compete. Unfortunately, the adaptive leg isn’t covered by insurance. An adaptive leg is very expensive, so there are lots of people out there who can’t afford one. Subsequently, they don’t have the opportunity to compete in sports.”

The veteran filmmaker’s goal is to raise awareness with her documentary. Krown wants athletes to know about the programs that can help them achieve their dreams of shooting competitive hoops, swimming or even being a gymnast.

“We have the CAF, which is the Challenged Athletes Foundation,” Krown said. “They provide so much to the community in terms of grants so that a person can apply and perhaps get that sports leg they need. It’s also for the able bodied community – we call it, ‘non-isabled.’ This is to get able-bodied people to change their perception when they see a person in a wheelchair or are missing an arm or a leg. It’s about getting them not to look at a disabled person and see their abilities, not their disabilities.” 

Krown plans to be in post-production by June, and is currently seeking funds to complete her film. She is hoping to find a sponsor for one or more of the athletes featured in the movie. 

Meanwhile, Krown continues to be an active local school volunteer and mother of a Scripps Ranch student.

“My son Ryan attended Ellen Browning Scripps to Marshall, and he is now a senior at Scripps Ranch High School,” she said. “I’ve been on the PTA board at both schools, and I am currently a Band Booster Mom. My son is in the Scripps High School marching band and the Booster Moms help raise funds for helping to finance tournaments the band has every year.”

For more information, visit krownfamilyfilms.com.

Marci Krown monitors video equipment. (courtesy photo)