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Beyond the Break


Director: Missy McIntosh
Origin: Canada
Duration: 43 minutes

This film was part of the VIMFF 2021.


Beyond the Break is a documentary about Sam Danniels, a multi-sport professional athlete in three para-skiing disciplines, as well as cycling, snowmobiling and paragliding. Sam refuses to let his life-changing spinal cord injury become a barrier to the many outdoor sports that he loves. Sam’s most recent athletic obsession is surfing, and since existing adaptive surfboards don’t work with his high level of paralysis, he’s learning to craft his own. Beyond the Break follows Sam as he designs and builds a new board to tackle the unpredictable waves of the Pacific Northwest. Sam’s story is one of tenacity, ingenuity and refusing to accept limitations.



vimff beyond the break director Missy McIntosh

Missy McIntosh

An enthusiastic storyteller, Missy’s Career in television and video production spans over twelve years. After graduating from BCIT’s Broadcast Journalism program, Missy’s passion for story took a curve away from news and towards a career in un-scripted, lifestyle and documentary television. She’s been involved in a wide range of series, everything from fun & frothy series like Food Network’s Eat St. and Slice’s Real Houswives of Toronto to hard hitting documentary series like Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH.

Missy has been with Pink Buffalo Films and True Calling as a director/producer for nearly three years. “I feel so lucky to be able to connect with so many people, doing amazing things. I feel so privileged to be let into their lives and given permission to tell their stories.”