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ASIA A is a feature film being developed with the support of the Tribeca Film Institute, Film Independent and Sloan Foundation. The feature is an expansion of Andrew Reid’s award winning USC thesis film.

The idea for this film spawned in 2011, when director Andrew Reid (age 21) became paralyzed from the chest down.

After suffering a spinal cord injury, a college basketball player struggles between hoping for recovery and accepting his new life as a paraplegic.


ASIA A refers to the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) , who developed a system of tests used to define and describe the severity of a patient’s spinal cord injury to help determine future rehabilitation and recovery needs. The patient’s test grade is based on how much sensation he or she can feel at multiple points on the body, as well as tests of motor function.

ASIA Grade A – Complete lack of motor and sensory function below the level of injury

ASIA Grade B – Some sensation below the level of the injury

ASIA Grade C – Some muscle movement is spared below the level of injury, but 50 percent of the muscles below the level of injury cannot move against gravity.

ASIA Grade D – Most (more than 50 percent) of the muscles that are spared below the level of injury are strong enough to move against gravity.

ASIA Grade E – All neurologic function has returned.

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