Exhausted but never tired, a woman living with Multiple Sclerosis pushes from one activity to another trying to better herself while fighting a disease.
Making the best of what she can, she still wonders if her life can ever be normal.
Exhausted but never tired, a woman living with MS pushes from one activity to another wondering if life can be normal.
Patrycia was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2012 after losing sight in her left eye. Since then, Patrycia has figured out her life’s purpose: eliminating the disease. Today she is one of Edmonton’s most active spokespersons for the MS Society. Patrycia stays active to combat her MS by participating in walks, bike tours and fundraisers, earning her a National Philanthropy Day Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Even with all this success, Patrycia has sacrificed a lot. Through her unattainable dream to work in law enforcement and the fact that living with a chronic illness has stigma attached to it, how is it possible to live a “normal life”? This documentary will show how Patrycia navigates her difficult yet amazing life, living for others, and giving back.
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When something unexpected drastically changes your life, living a “normal life” again seems to be out of reach. Somebody who may look normal on the outside may be fighting to feel normal on the inside. Patrycia’s story will show that struggle and how an individual can create a new “normal” life, making the best of their situation, and striving to inspire others and sometimes even themselves to a place of accepted self-worth.
One purpose for this film is to create awareness for Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a disease still without a cure and symptoms and causes yet to be discovered. How does somebody live will a disease that may never be cured? How does that disease affect your family, friends, and romantic relationships? And how does a person push past all the self-doubt and negativity to grow. Patrycia is doing her best to find answers to those questions. “MS’ed With The Wrong Girl” will look deep into life with MS, creating awareness and knowledge of the disease through an intimate, honest, experience.
Patrycia’s story is one of perseverance through extremely difficult and often lonely moments. We will tell an inspiring story that reminds people they are not alone, have a community of support, and “heros” to lead the way. With addressing care for one’s mental health so prevalent in today’s world, this film will portray real-life challenges that diseases do not define who people are and that those with chronic illness have supporters and advocates able to help.
This film will be shot with a cinéma vérité style to give the audience a first-hand experience into Patrycia’s life living with Multiple Sclerosis. While cinematic interviews of Patrycia’s, her family, and her friends will drive the story forward and discover context and depth to her story, our goal is to keep the audience freeing they are alongside Patrycia as much as possible. If a filmmaker can make their audience feel like they have lived a moment with the central character, empathy will make the experience and impact more powerful.
The crew will use high quality acquisition with UHD, Sony FS7 cameras to capture Patrycia’s story as much as possible. Living with MS is a 24/7 battle that consists of ups and downs through every day of Patrycia’s life, and while we want to be there to capture her everyday reality, that is not always possible. For those moments, Patrycia has agreed to use her iPhone to create a diary of sorts and she will film herself in those moments we are not there, adding another layer of intimacy between her story and our audience.
“MS’ed With The Wrong Girl” will be a character-driven film with a focus on showing an honest insight into Patrycia’s life at the best of times and at the rock-bottom worst. Multiple sclerosis is a challenging condition since some of those affected don’t look like they have health challenges. We are going to transcend those barriers and show the challenges of living with MS. This insight will give context to our hero’s vulnerability, adaptability, and strength, and inspire those who also struggle to stay positive and keep fighting.
This documentary is for anyone struggling with a daily chronic illness. Many people can identify with Patrycia’s struggle but there are an estimated 77,000 Canadians living with Multiple Sclerosis and they would identify with this most. Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the entire world, and can affect anyone from children to middle-aged, to older adults. This documentary hopes to inspire the families and friends who constantly care for and support their loved ones who have MS. This documentary is also for those needing to see someone struggle and succeed, to serve as inspiration.
Patrycia Rzechowka is, outwardly, an ambassador fighting to end MS. Her values are based on her connections to the important people in her life – family, friends, supporters, mentors and mentees. She’s received recognition for her selfless efforts including recognition from the Alberta Government as well as being named to Avenue Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40” list at the age of 28. She supports other causes and it’s other organizations that want to see her thrive in her quests. Being a local fundraising celebrity allows her to connect with many Edmontonians to showcase the city’s giving spirit.
Patrycia hopes that those who see her speak or follow her challenges with MS can remember one thing: everyone is going through something. Nobody wins a medal for how badly they are suffering, and just because you don’t have MS, doesn’t mean that your problems don’t matter. It’s that empathy that we want to share with our audience so they don’t feel like they are alone but instead feel like sharing their trials and tribulations is the best way to heal.
Facebook and Twitter pages have already been created for MS’ed With The Wrong Girl. Using all major sources of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) will allow Patrycia, Patrycia’s followers, the MS Society, and other supporters of the film to link, tag, and share the content we create to not only promote the film, but also to use the film to create awareness for MS.
Our initial plan will be to connect with the people that already follow Patrycia on her social media pages. We will begin by engaging with people that already know about Patrycia, her diagnosis, and her story, prepping them with our rollout plan for voting so they can share the film’s page/posts and start a conversation with their friends to boost our audience ahead of the voting period for STORYHIVE.
As Patrycia is a spokesperson for the MS Society, we have already begun introducing them to the film. They will be included in making of the film via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram Live videos. We are working on having them promote the film to their supporter base via their social media channels as well as there donor list and e-newsletter lists. They have a network of incredible people, all linked through this terrible disease that will want to promote the telling of Patrycia’s story.
More than a week before the voting period commences, we will be inviting and assembling a group of Edmonton’s most supported Influencers. We will hold a roundtable introduction for about 10-15 of the most connected individuals, promote this gathering, introduce the project to them, explain why we need their support, and how they can assist us in the crucial voting stage of the documentary edition. We believe with this approach as well as the approaches listed above that we will get strong representation in Edmonton as well as representation across the country.
If the film gets funded, we plan to start a traditional media campaign with Patrycia. Media releases will be sent to all major local news stations to get the film coverage through their broadcasts and social media, ultimately driving additional traffic to our film’s social pages. Content for our social media accounts through production will include weekly check-ins on the status of production, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, photos, and stories that will add to the story that will be told giving deeper access to Patrycia’s story and adding additional depth to the film.