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World-renowned street performer gets his own documentary with 'Crutch'

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Garrett Jones

Bill Shannon, a world-renowned street performer who was diagnosed with Legg–Calvé–Perthes Disease at 5 years old, is the subject of a new documentary called Crutch, from the producer of Dogtown and the Z-Boys and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

“I am an interdisciplinary performance artist. Dancing for me happens on crutches. I rebuilt my crutches multiple times until they could survive the centrifugal forces of my more kinetic dance moves,” Shannon said in a statement about the film. “This relationship between my creative needs and my ability to meet those needs through my own ideas, designs and fabrications is what has kept me acquiring new skills, learning new tools and experimenting with new materials and processes over the extent of my 25-year career as an artist.”

Directed by Sachi Cunningham and Chandler Evans, Crutch is now seeking crowdfunding via a Kickstarter page.

“During this process of sharing I attempt to translate the details of my work and life onto the lives of others in ways that illuminate their understanding of themselves and their own place,” Shannon said. “I give people handles where there was none. The richest rewards that have come back to me personally have been through the empowerment of people who have faced or are facing similar challenges as I have.”

Watch the trailer for Crutch below. Head here for more on its Kickstarter campaign.