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THE REBOUND is an award-winning independent documentary (76 min) following the underdog journey of the Miami Heat Wheels wheelchair basketball team in their quest for their first NWBA National Championship. The movie has screened at more than twenty film festivals, received numerous awards, and piloted successfully in schools and university research studies.

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Mario Moran 

Mario Moran is a passionate athlete who moved to Miami after being shot during a street altercation in his tough northern New Jersey hometown. Dealing with the separation from his family and physically challenged in a new city, Mario found a place with the Miami Heat Wheels through a spinal cord injury support group, and realized that it was his way to a new beginning.

Jeremie “Phenom” Thomas

A bright, optimistic adaptive athlete hailing from South Florida, Jeremie was born prematurely and diagnosed with cerebral palsy and spina bifida due to a prenatal injury. Nevertheless, his single mother and brothers supported aspirations of living an extraordinary life. Steadfast determination allows Jeremie to stand out as he challenges society’s misconceptions of people with disabilities and pushes for his chance in the top ranks of the league, the stage, and the billboard charts.

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Orlando Carrillo

Orlando came to Miami after moving to the U.S. for a series of life-changing surgeries following a severe spinal cord injury in Venezuela. He’s quiet and soft-spoken, but his personality is charming and warm. After seeing friends and role models transform tragedy into opportunity, Orlando set his sights high on a college education supported by wheelchair basketball. Through rigorous training and rehabilitation, Orlando is building a foundation for a successful career.

Miami Heat Wheels

The only wheelchair basketball program in a city known for legendary sports teams, the team is underfunded and often overlooked. Following several years of early defeats at the National Championships, the Heat Wheels set their sights on a NWBA title. First the team must figure out how to survive through the season. The program provides life-changing opportunities, yet doesn’t have the necessary equipment or funding. As the team and its players face these challenges head-on, their steadfast grind builds strength, character, and a reputation.