THE CRASH REEL | THURSDAY, JANUARY 16 | 7 PM
Join us for this astonishing story of gold medal-winning, snowboarder Kevin Pearce's injury and recovery in The Crash Reel. This 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 following 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? Directed by twice Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Lucy Walker (Waste Land, The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom).
Takes place at The Center for the Arts, 606 6th Street. $10 ticket at the door.