pbs north carolina and riverrun present a preview screening and community conversation - move me

Join us for a preview screening of an exclusive hour-long excerpt of Move Me, followed by a virtual discussion. You are invited to ask questions and engage with the panelists via the virtual chat.

This upcoming episode from the acclaimed PBS documentary series Independent Lens, Move Me introduces us to Kelsey Peterson, a dancer paralyzed with a spinal cord injury who tests the limits of her recovery while adapting to life with a disability.

Virtual Event Details:

  • Reserve your space HERE
  • Date: Thursday, November 3, at 7 PM
  • Time: 7-8:45 PM
  • Discussion topics: art as healing, understanding ableism, lived experiences of people who have a disability
  • Virtual link to join the event can be found in your registration confirmation

Moderator: Shannon Vickery, director of corporate engagement, PBS North Carolina


  • Davian “DJ” Robinson, founder of Empower23 and featured on myHomeNC
  • Eileen Bagnall, executive director, Arts Access Inc.
  • Sarah Wilbur, Ph.D, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Graduate Studies in Dance, Associate Professor of the Practice of Theater Studies and Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

About the film:

Move Me takes us beneath the waters of Lake Superior, off the shore of Wisconsin, wherein Kelsey Peterson underwent a transformation. On the eve of Independence Day 2012, she dove in and hit the lake bottom headfirst, suffering a life-altering spinal cord injury that takes away both function and sensation from the chest down, essentially robbing Kelsey of her self-identities as an athlete and dancer. Alongside peers and allies in the spinal cord injury community, she seeks to answer the question “Who am I now?” As she grapples with the ebb and flow of hope and acceptance, Kelsey talks to researchers and meets with people who belong to this community and who help give her the strength and the will to return to dance. When a cutting-edge clinical trial surfaces, it tests her expectations and her faith in the possibility of a cure, forcing her to evaluate the limits of her recovery—in body and spirit.

When and Where to Watch:

Move Me premieres Monday, November 7, at 10 PM(EDT), on PBS NC.

Watch Independent Lens Mondays, at 10PM, on PBS NC, and stream any time online and or on the PBS Video app.