THE CRASH REEL is a profoundly moving portrait of an extraordinary family confronted with a devastating injury coming together to help a gifted athlete re-discover himself and find purpose and meaning in the wake of a lost dream. 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. A blisteringly relevant film in the wake of the recent deaths of high-profile action sports stars, THE CRASH REEL takes a non-judgmental look at the nature of risk in sport. At what price the pursuit of our passions? How much risk is too much? Director /writer / producer Lucy Walker joins us for a conversation on this charismatic athlete and his close knit family who wants what’s best for him.
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“Audience Award at South By Southwest Film Festival” – SXSW Film Festival
“Documentary Audience Award” – Dallas International Film Festival
“The Crash Reel goes flying past all the clichés and treacle-soaked heroics embedded in this theme to a wondrously hard-edge life all its own. – Wall Street Journal
“By turns pulse-quickening and contemplative, thoroughly winning…director Lucy Walker (“Waste Land”) pulls off a spectacular feat of her own” – Variety
“Enthralling, exciting…Twice Oscar-nominated Lucy Walker is in her element with this enthralling story…an intelligent, exciting and compassionate film…” – Screen Daily