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Fighting MSA: Austin Crawford’s Story

An endearing documentary of endurance amid a medical setback.
4/5

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Directed by Phil Gioja, ‘Fighting MSA: Austin Crawford’s Story’ is a short semi-biographical documentary film that presents the awe-inspiring perseverance of a man suffering from Multiple System Atrophy (MSA). Throughout the 15-minute runtime, viewers are guaranteed to absorb Crawford’s steely determination, charm and life-embracing attitude – an enthusiasm that would rival most of us. Set in Milford, Illinois, the documentary exhibits the benevolence of Crawford’s local community – as well the abiding support from his family and friends.

In spite of Austin’s life-limiting set back, his endearing character and psyche doesn’t shy away from flourishing. The audience can also expect a layman’s-terms education about his condition. MSA is a rare condition of the nervous system that causes gradual damage to nerve cells in the brain. This affects balance and movement which controls several basic functions – breathing and digestion. Irrespective of Crawford’s medical circumstance, his positive outlook and life passions – an avid motorcyclist – exhilarates every fiber of his being.

Phil Gioja’s technical craftsmanship and subject matter calls for applause and admiration. The film intentionally breaks-free from the pity-party normality of similar subject matters, and adopts an optimistic approach that is certain to connect, intrigue and inspire. Sound, post-production and cinematography are of a professional standard that will ensure engagement throughout. Highly recommended viewing.

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Fighting MSA: Austin Crawford’s Story

An endearing documentary of endurance amid a medical setback.
4/5

Review

Directed by Phil Gioja, ‘Fighting MSA: Austin Crawford’s Story’ is a short semi-biographical documentary film that presents the awe-inspiring perseverance of a man suffering from Multiple System Atrophy (MSA). Throughout the 15-minute runtime, viewers are guaranteed to absorb Crawford’s steely determination, charm and life-embracing attitude – an enthusiasm that would rival most of us. Set in Milford, Illinois, the documentary exhibits the benevolence of Crawford’s local community – as well the abiding support from his family and friends.

In spite of Austin’s life-limiting set back, his endearing character and psyche doesn’t shy away from flourishing. The audience can also expect a layman’s-terms education about his condition. MSA is a rare condition of the nervous system that causes gradual damage to nerve cells in the brain. This affects balance and movement which controls several basic functions – breathing and digestion. Irrespective of Crawford’s medical circumstance, his positive outlook and life passions – an avid motorcyclist – exhilarates every fiber of his being.

Phil Gioja’s technical craftsmanship and subject matter calls for applause and admiration. The film intentionally breaks-free from the pity-party normality of similar subject matters, and adopts an optimistic approach that is certain to connect, intrigue and inspire. Sound, post-production and cinematography are of a professional standard that will ensure engagement throughout. Highly recommended viewing.

Fighting MSA Short Film

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