The Crash Reel
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THE CRASH REEL 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
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 (Devil’s Playground,
Blindsight, Countdown to Zero, Waste Land, The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom).