Forever a Champion

This short documentary explores the life of wheelchair racer, Claire Connon. Despite her numerous medical struggles, she is dead set on racing in the Tokyo Paralympics.

  • Carmen Vincent
  • Carmen Vincent
  • Claire Connon
    Key Cast
  • Evan Knowles
    Production Assistant
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Student
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Human Interest, Short Documentary
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 8, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Anglia Ruskin University
  • Georgia Documentary Film Festival
    Atlanta, Georgia
    United States
    November 11, 2019
    Best International Director Award
  • Oregon Documentary Film Festival
    Portland, Oregon
    United States
    December 7, 2019
    Nominated for Best International Film
  • International Portrait Film Festival

    November 21, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Wales International Documentary Festival

    United Kingdom
    March 30, 2020
    European Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Chicago Film Scene TV
    United States
    May 31, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Film Girl Film Festival

    United States
    November 20, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Tietê International Film Awards
    São Paulo
    May 10, 2022
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Carmen Vincent

Carmen Vincent is a documentary filmmaker with a passion for empowering people to tell their own stories. Thus far, Carmen has made documentaries about mental illness, sexuality and gender, and disability. Her work is fueled by Maya Angelou's quote, "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." Her goal is to relieve that agony for her storytellers, and introduce her audience to new perspectives.

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Director Statement

When my path crossed with Claire's, it was serendipitous. Her story is not just inspiring, it's motivating. We all need a little Claire in us.