The Crash Reel
A film by Lucy WalkerThe Mind Has Mountains
A film by Lucy Walker
Running time: 109 minutes
The dramatic story of one unforgettable athlete, Kevin Pearce; one eye-popping sport, snowboarding; and one explosive issue, Traumatic Brain Injury. A comeback story with a difference.
This eye-popping film seamlessly combines twenty years of stunning action footage with new specially-shot verité footage and interviews as it follows U.S. champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce and exposes the irresistible but potentially fatal appeal of extreme sports.
An escalating rivalry between Kevin and his nemesis Shaun White in the run-up to the 2010 Olympics leaves Shaun on top of the Olympic podium and Kevin in a coma follow- ing a training accident in Park City, Utah. Kevin's tight-knit Vermont family flies to his side and helps him rebuild his life as a brain injury survivor. But when he insists he wants to return to the sport he still loves, his family intervenes with his eloquent brother David speaking for all of them when he says, “I just don’t want you to die.” Kevin’s doctors caution him that even a small blow to the head could be enough to kill him. Will Kevin defy them and insist on pursuing his passion? With his now impaired skills, what other options does he have? How much risk is too much?
"Thrilling and compelling...REQUIRED VIEWING" - Hollywood Reporter
"By turns pulse-quickening and contemplative, thoroughly winning...a spectacular feat" - Variety
"Enthralling, Exciting" - Screen Daily
"A superb documentary...uplifting, life affirming, and inspiring, three words that often seem sappy and clichéd. This time, they're entirely appropriate." - Film Threat
"Walker once again delivers...a joyous tribute to the fragility of life that will break you down and leave you a better person." - The Film Stage