The Eduardo Garcia story
Dir. Phillip Baribeau
Documentary | U.S.A. / Mexico | 2017 | 83 min.
Discussion to follow with director Phillip Baribeau and film subjects Eduardo Garcia and Jennifer Jane
SATURDAY, March 18, 2017 - Chilmark Community Center
This extremely personal film recounts the journey of chef and outdoorsman Eduardo Garcia, who was jolted by 2,400 volts of electricity in Montana’s backcountry. Near death, alone, and miles from help, Garcia took his first steps toward what would ultimately be years of life-altering recovery, change, and acceptance. His hand was amputated, he lost ribs and muscle mass—and nearly his life—but what he found was more important than what he surrendered on the surgeon’s table. With the help of loved ones and friends like Jennifer Jane, he was able to leave the shell of the man he was on the forest floor and transform into the man he is today.
Phillip Baribeau earned a degree in media and theater arts from Montana State University. Following his passion for film, storytelling, and adventure, he went to work in television and documentary filmmaking. His most credited broadcast series are Destination Extreme on National Geographic (field producer/DP/editor), Ax Men on the History Channel (field producer/camera operator), MeatEater on the Sportsman Channel (DP), and Mountain Men on the History Channel (camera operator).
Chef Eduardo Garcia is the co-founder of the food brand Montana Mex, the subject of the feature-length documentary Charged, and the presenter of a series of outdoor cooking films known as A Hungry Life.
Jennifer Jane is Eduardo’s closest friend and has been his primary caregiver throughout his ordeal. During Eduardo’s immense recovery she kept the camera rolling, generating a library of unique footage.
Thank you to the screening sponsor