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'Charged': A story of love and recovery by Hudson native

“Charged,” a film by Hudson High School graduate Phillip Baribeau, may show here at the Hudson 12 Theater. The showing needs 63 tickets purchased for it to be guaranteed. Photo courtesy of Phillip Baribeau1 / 3
Phillip Baribeau, left, directed a documentary about Eduardo Garcia, right, and his recovery after being shocked with 2400 volts, an accident that caused him to lose his arm. Baribeau had been working with Garcia on a trailer for a cooking show before the accident. Photo courtesy of Phillip Baribeau2 / 3
Phillip Baribeau, fifth from right, is shown with the cast and crew of “Charged.” Along with footage from before the accident and in the hospital, the crew spent an additional two years filming and editing the documentary. Photo courtesy of Phillip Baribeau3 / 3

Eight years ago, Hudson High School graduate Phillip Baribeau set out to film a trailer for Eduardo Garcia, a chef and outdoorsman looking to pitch a TV show about cooking in the outdoors. On the day he was supposed to sign papers for the show, however, Garcia was undergoing an amputation of his arm after being shocked with 2400 volts while out hunting, an accident that nearly killed him.

What started as a trailer for a cooking show transformed into a tale of loss, love and survival culminating in Baribeau's documentary "Charged."

"It's a survival story but more than that it's a love story," Baribeau said. "And it involves one guy's journey of overcoming this near-death incidence while using this second chance in life to become a new person and a better person."

After the injury, Garcia spent 50 days in the ICU. The recovery was documented on camera by him and friend Jennifer Jane. With that footage and the footage for the TV show trailer filmed before the accident, Baribeau had a unique opportunity to bring the documentary together.

"I don't think many survival stories have footage before the injury started," Baribeau said. "We were fortunate to have this crazy archive of footage."

From there Baribeau continued to film Garcia in his recovery as he started cooking again and heading back outdoors to hike and fish.

"Basically using the outdoors for his recovery," Baribeau said.

He still wasn't sure what he'd use the footage for exactly, but Baribeau said he was just inspired watching Garcia.

"He has a smile on his face, was getting up every day to get outside and just get after life," Baribeau said. "Jennifer and I just kept filming knowing that this story could be inspirational, could potentially help others down the line."

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, and another two years of filming and editing, the story was ready to inspire audiences.

"It really relates to any challenges in life, relationships, your job," Baribeau said. "Everybody faces different challenges and it's just kind of your attitude and what to do with it."

The film premiered Feb. 1 at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival as the opening night film, and has since picked up more than 10 other awards along the way.

Now Baribeau and his parents Gary and Kathie are hoping to get the film shown here at the Hudson 12 Theater on Wednesday, April 18. To do so, 63 tickets must be sold. To purchase tickets for the screening, go to https://gathr.us/screening/22656.

"I'm super proud to bring it home back to Hudson," Baribeau said.

This would be the second of Baribeau's films to be shown in his hometown, with his film "Unbranded" shown in 2015.

For Baribeau, his adventure into filming started with his love for the outdoors.

"It kind of just came together more from my passion to be outside," Baribeau said.

Gary and Kathie said their son was always artistic, and would do claymation projects and fun videos with friends as a kid. As an adult, Baribeau started filming a friend skiing, and then made his way to the film program at Montana State University. He now owns his own production company Implement Production based out of Montana.

Baribeau said he's grateful to see the support of his family in his filmmaking career.

"It feels great to get some love from back home," he said.

Baribeau said that anyone from the community that attends the showing won't be disappointed.

"This is a story anyone can relate to," he said, "and it's a human story."

Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism. 

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