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The Crash Reel

The Crash Reel is part of The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival's annual series of wintertime screenings showing in Fletcher Hall at the Carolina Theatre. Film starts at 7:30pm, doors open at 7:00pm. The Winter Series is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. No ticket required.

This eye-popping, yet intimate, story of U.S. champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce uses years of vérité footage to expose the excitement and appeal, as well as the high stakes, of participating in extreme-action sports. Training to compete against longtime rival Shaun White at the 2010 Winter Olympics, Kevin suffered severe traumatic brain injury from a 2009 accident in Park City, Utah. His tight-knit Vermont family flew to his side, and together they began an intensive process of trying to rehabilitate him and help him rebuild his permanently damaged life. Kevin’s determination and the tireless support of family and friends kept him focused on recovery. But when he insisted he wanted to return to the sport he loved, his family objected. As an elite athlete, Kevin was a professional risk taker, but as a brain-injury survivor, his skills were now impaired, and even a small blow to the head could kill him.

Academy Award–nominated director Lucy Walker’s latest film (Waste Land won the World Cinema Documentary Audience Award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival) sheds light on the alarming trend of athletes pushing the boundaries of their sports past the limit. How much risk is too much? Her thoughtful and probing treatment of her subject enables us to share one family’s remarkable journey. {synopsis courtesy sundance}

Film Website + Trailer

Free screening

Running time: 1 hr 48 mins

*If we don't all get seats together, let's regather in the lobby afterwards and think about heading to Mateo Tapas or Pizzeria Toro for food/drink/discussion.

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  • Jay

    I really enjoyed the film. Thanks to everyone, especially Steve and Shawna, for making me feel welcome at my first meet-up experience. I look forward to seeing more great films with the group.

    February 1, 2014

  • Steve S.

    A terrific documentary about the epic rivalry between half pipe snowboard champions, Kevin Pearce and Shaun White. In the runup to the 2010 Winter Olympics, Kevin crashes and the implications for him, his family, friends, rivals, and ultimately the sport are examined in extraordinary detail without being preachy or judgemental. I don't think you need to be a fan of extreme sports to enjoy this film.

    January 31, 2014

  • Shawna

    The film also touches upon healthcare coverage for athletes. As in Sarah Burke's case, coverage was not put in place and crowdfunding resources were used to cover her medical expenses after her death ( Rallyme is another crowdfunding website which helps Olympians achieve their dreams, as most competitors must pay their own way. Love your Brain also provides information on health insurance for athletes.

    Great soundtrack too: Sigar Ros, Lykke Li, Chemical Brothers, Jose Gonzalez, Moby, Bon Iver.

    1 · January 31, 2014

  • Shawna

    This was an amazing documentary. I urge everyone to see it. A passion for snowboarding or adventure sports is not needed to appreciate this inspiring film. (Although it helps, there is stunning action footage and scenery).
    This film is also about the immense love and support from family, the relationship between Kevin and his brother, David (who has Down syndrome), and Kevin's transformation and healing from his accident.
    Kevin has become an inspirational leader in his community, helping and supporting others with TBI. He established Love Your Brain, a campaign dedicated to providing resources and support for the 1.7 million people in the U.S. who suffer traumatic brain injuries each year, as well as their families.

    1 · January 31, 2014

  • Paul S.

    Loved it. The film lent some good history to the sport of half-pipe snowboarding. It was thoroughly entertaining to see the video of Shaun White at a young age. Well put together. When I started competing in amateur snowboarding the half-pipe size was about 6-8' high walls. How things have changed. I talked to a ski-resort person on the chairlift many years ago, about the size of the pro-park obstacles (enormous gap jumps, long rails etc), and she made the comment that 4 people had been made paraplegic as a result of riding those size features in just that season. The film covers the sport's assumed risk in a good way without being preachy or dumbing it down.

    2 · January 30, 2014

  • Paul S.

    Pizzeria Toro is closed (due to fire), so Mateo may be a better choice for post-film. Not sure if I can make the post-discussion, but I will see (have to pack for a trip this coming weekend).

    January 30, 2014

  • amnon

    I'm sure if I can make it but Ill try.

    January 30, 2014

  • David

    Sorry, really wanted to see this, something came up.

    January 30, 2014

  • Shawna

    I will be in the main lobby (first floor) outside of Fletcher Hall at 7:00 PM. Look for me in a black wool pea coat and a dark blue knit hat (or toboggan as it's referred to in the south). :-)

    January 30, 2014

  • Jacqui

    Remembering just how compelling Wasteland was, I am sorry to have to miss another film by this director.

    January 30, 2014

  • Zoe

    Sorry, have hula practice. Have fun!

    January 27, 2014

  • jillery!!!

    I heard this interview on NPR- interesting. Sorry to miss this. Enjoy!

    January 24, 2014

  • Heather V.

    My apologies for changing my RSVP to no. Just realized I have a prior commitment.

    January 19, 2014

  • Paul S.

    Good find Shawna!

    December 23, 2013

    • Shawna

      Yeah, I missed this one at Full Frame and now it's getting some buzz.

      December 23, 2013

    • Susan M.

      I missed it at FF too but saw it on HBO. It's definitely worth seeing.

      December 24, 2013

  • justin

    nice, don't think I can though..if I get out I HAVE to see Queens of the stone age w/Chelsea wolfe in Raleigh hahaha...

    December 23, 2013

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