The Crash Reel


SIFF 2013 Best Documentary: Special Jury Prize

USA | 2013 | 109 minutes | Lucy Walker

The rise and brutal fall of world-renowned snowboarder Kevin Pearce. Battling with rival Shaun White as the Olympics approach, Pearce crashes and suffers a severe brain injury. His desire to return to snowboarding drives his recovery, but Kevin's family struggles with his selfish passion.

May 31, 2013
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The Crash Reel takes an unrelenting look at the meteoric rise and brutal fall of freestyle snowboarder Kevin Pearce. Battling with rival Shaun White as the Vancouver Olympics approach, Pearce seeks a trick that will earn him a gold medal—until he crashes during practice at Park City, Utah. Kevin is left with a severe traumatic brain injury, and even as his desire to get back on a snowboard drives his long recovery, Kevin's family struggles with the selfish nature of his passion. Where is snowboarding headed? How much further can athletes push their limits? While The Crash Reel explores the nature of risk and takes a critical look at the nature of action sports, the power of the film lies in the human drama. The love and devotion of Kevin's family, and our inclusion in their intense and difficult conversations, are the centerpiece of the film. A sobering counterpoint to the flash and hype of events like the X Games, The Crash Reel is clear-eyed and smarm-free, even when its characters aren't.

Director Biography
Lucy Walker grew up in London, England and attended Oxford before going on to NYU to study film. Her impressively successful filmography includes Sundance premieres Devil's Playground (2002), Countdown to Zero (2010), and the Academy Award® nominated Waste Land (2010).

Sponsored in part by W Seattle Hotel

Director: Lucy Walker
Country: USA
Year: 2013
Running Time: 109 minutes
Producer: Julian Cautherly, Lucy Walker
Screenplay: Pedro Kos, Lucy Walker
Cinematographers: Nick Higgins
Editors: Pedro Kos
Music: Chemical Brothers, Underworld, M83, Jose Gonzalez, Moby, Sigur Ros, Lykke Li
Filmography: Countdown to Zero (2010); Waste Land (2010); Blindsight (2006); Devil’s Playground (2002);
Language: English
International Sales: The Film Sales Company
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