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Oxygen to Fly

The story of a mute teenager and his journey to record his first rap

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Isaiah Acosta

Born without a jaw, 17-year-old Isaiah Acosta, of Phoenix, Arizona, has never spoken a word. Yet, he just released his first rap song, “Oxygen to Fly.” The song speaks to his struggles of being born without the necessary pathways needed for oxygen to enter his body, and to his survival despite huge doubts. Isaiah is an advocate for Phoenix Children’s Hospital where he receives care and an ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals charity.

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Trap House

Rapping since the age of ten, Tikey Patterson, A.K.A. Trap House, is currently crossing-over all regions of hip hop culture and activism in Phoenix, Arizona. Known for his booming, grimy voice, and big heart, Trap is known for consistently giving 100% both artistically and in his community. Trap is constantly giving back to help others, leading toy drives, anti-violence campaigns, and hosting showcases to unite the Arizona rap community as active role models with a distinct “Southwest sound.” When approached for “Oxygen to Fly,” Trap admired Isaiah’s unbreakable spirit and was honored to record such a personal, raw, elegant track as the instrument that provides Isaiah’s voice.

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Torben Bernhard

Torben Bernhard is an award-winning director, editor, and cinematographer who has made films on subjects ranging from the disappearance of a town in Southern Utah, to the life of a trash picker in Thailand, to “Transmormon,” the story of a Mormon family’s gradual acceptance of their transgender daughter. He has directed and produced several critically-acclaimed short and feature documentaries that have been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Upworthy, People Magazine, The Huffington Post, and more.

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Phoenix Hospital

About Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Phoenix Children’s Hospital has provided hope, healing and the best healthcare for children since it was born in 1983, and has grown to become one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country. Phoenix Children’s providesm inpatient, outpatient, trauma and emergency care across more than 70 pediatric subspecialties, the most comprehensive pediatric care available in the state. The Hospital’s six Centers of Excellence have grown in size and expertise to place them on par with some of the most prestigious of their kind in the U.S. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals donations support the hospital’s Hope Fund which helps launch critical new programs, purchase essential equipment, conduct cutting-edge research, provide charitable care, and do much more for kids like Isaiah.

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Produced by Trap House

Directed by Iroc Daniels