Geoff Callan and Jeffrey Allard are proud to have been the lead producers on The Push and Geoff is very proud to have also co-directed the film with Grant Korgan and Brian Niles.
Mike Shaw, co-director with Geoff on the Award Winning film Pursuit of Equality, joined Geoff and Jeff as they embarked on bringing this film to fruition. Mike's creativity was instrumental as both he and Geoff joined with Grant and Shawna Korgan to rewrite the the outline and script of the film during the "rebirth" of the project in 2015.
Although Mike edited key creative themes of the film during the early stages, Brian Niles was later brought on and successfully edited the final cut.
For a partial behind the scenes look and factual account of the
post-production of The Push, please be sure to check out the
Post Production notes.
The Push is an inspirational documentary about the power of never giving up. Grant Korgan is a world-class adventurer, nano-mechanics professional, and husband. On March 5, 2010, while filming a snowmobiling segment in the Sierra Nevada back country, the Lake Tahoe native burst-fractured his L1 vertebrae, and suddenly added the world of spinal cord injury recovery to his list of pursuits.
On January 17, 2012, along with two seasoned explorers, Grant attempted the insurmountable, and became the first spinal cord injured athlete to literally PUSH himself ~nearly 100 miles (the final degree of latitude) to the most inhospitable place on the planet – the bottom of the glove, the geographic South Pole.
Grant and his guides reached their destination on the 100th anniversary of the first explorers to travel to the South Pole. Facing brutal elements, demanding topography and presumed physical limitations are just some of the challenges they faced along the journey.
With this inspirational documentary, THE PUSH continues to inspire people in all walks of life to achieve the seemingly insurmountable, to push their own everyday limits, and to live their ultimate potential.
This was a team effort and it couldn't have been done without the extraordinarily collaborative group of filmmakers, cinematographers, producers, editors, writers, designers, photographers and donors.