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Amazing Grace

Grace Fisher was an active musician and dancer until a rare spine disease almost derailed her budding career. In this new 56 minute, award winning documentary we see grief transformed into gratitude and tragedy turned into opportunity.

Gracie was a brilliant musician, proficient at 3 instruments, and on her way to the world famous Berklee College of Music in Boston. At her 17th birthday party she developed a severe pain in her spine. By the time she got to the hospital, she couldn't walk. By that night, she couldn't breathe.

Grace Fisher was diagnosed as patient 101 with Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM), a rare polio-like disease, with no cure and no clear understanding of why this mysterious illness has ravaged the bodies of over 500 children in the US, most of them under the age of 7. AFM strikes every other year.

2020 is expected to be the worst year yet.

If this had happened 50 years ago, Gracie would be living in an iron lung, but due to medical progress and the astounding strength and perseverance of this brilliant musician, Grace is able to live a rewarding life as a composer of sublime musical scores for full orchestras, presented to sold out audiences.

Academy Award winning composer of La La Land, Justin Hurwitz, says, "Gracie is one of the most inspiring people I've ever met." He compares her symphony, Waltz of the Waves, to the scores of Nino Rota, Academy Award winning composer of The Godfather. Gracie says it best, "My only limitation will be my imagination."

This documentary follows Grace Fisher on her journey from "quadriplegic floating head" to triumphant composer relishing a thunderous ovation in the concert hall. With limitations come powers, and maybe sometimes those powers rise to the mastery of sublime harmonic beauty.

Praise for Amazing Grace:

"It's inspiring as I expected. Congrats to you, Gracie, and everybody who made this wonderful film.” - Justin Hurwitz, Academy Award Winning Composer, La La Land

Audience Reactions:

"Since seeing this documentary (at the third sold-out showing at the Lobero Theatre!) I've come to appreciate how, perhaps to cope with life's fragility, art becomes the expression of the human spirit's yearning for the divine. The takeaway is that there is indeed perfection even amidst the flaws."

"I felt enriched after watching your movie last night.
Love was in the air.
A breath of fresh air, purity, joy, hope.
Truly an Amazing Grace-ful evening!"

"Congratulations on making a beautiful film about hope,
passion, perseverance and most of all love.”

  • Lynn Montgomery
    Don't Sell My Guitars; The Torkelsons, Mrs Piggle-Wiggle; Child Abuse, The Day After; Storytellers and Old Timers; Spaces and Places
  • Alessio Morello
  • Grace Fisher
    Key Cast
    "Grace Fisher "
  • Justin Hurwitz
    Key Cast
    La La Land, First Man, Whiplash
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    55 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 3, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Santa Barbara International Film Festival
    Santa Barbara
    United States
    January 16, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Central Michigan International Film Festival
    Mt. Pleasant
    United States
    February 9, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Druk International Film Festival
    April 30, 2020
  • San Luis Obispo International Film Festival
    San Luis Obispo
    United States
    March 18, 2020
Director Biography - Lynn Montgomery

Lynn has been a writer since she was six years old and penned her opus, The Stinkopottamus. She has written for radio, print, television and film. She won a Writer's Guild Award and a LA Emmy. Amazing Grace is her feature directorial debut.

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Director Statement

I woke up Christmas morning 2018, with heart failure, respiratory failure, pancreatitis, and a large thrombus obstructing my aorta. Within a few weeks I also lost the ability to speak, balance and think clearly. After surgery, multiple hospitalizations, and scores of stumped doctors, I am more or less back to "normal." But what got me through this difficult year - is my fierce commitment to and passion for making this movie about the amazing Grace Fisher. Whenever I would think "I can't do this today," I would think of Gracie, who gets up every morning and composes beautiful symphonies with only the use of her mouth-stick. Telling Gracie's story became my balm and salvation. Thank you Gracie and the Fisher Family. And thank you to all the talented professionals as well as Emmy and Academy Award winners who volunteered their time and talents to make Amazing Grace a powerful film about music's ability to heal and transform.