This eye-popping, yet intimate, story of U.S. champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce uses years of vérité footage to expose the potentially high price of participating in extreme- action sports. Training to compete at the 2010 Winter Olympics, Kevin suffered massive head trauma from a 2009 accident in Park City, Utah. His tight-knit Vermont family flew to his side, and together they began an intensive process of trying to rehabilitate him and help him rebuild his permanently damaged life. Kevin’s determination and the tireless support of family and friends kept him focused on recovery. But when he insisted he wanted to return to the sport he loved, his family objected. As an elite athlete, Kevin was a professional risk taker, but as a brain-injury survivor, his skills were now impaired, and even a small blow to the head could kill him.
Two-time Academy Award nominee Lucy Walker (Waste Land, Countdown to Zero, Devil’s Playground, The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, Blindsight) sheds light on the alarming trend of athletes pushing the boundaries of their sports past the limit. How much risk is too much? Her thoughtful and probing treatment of her subject enables us to share one family’s remarkable journey.
This projet was made possible through the generous support of Impact Partners and its following members:
Steiner-King Foundation, Fledgling Fund, Zehner Foundation, Steven Cohen, Ian Darling, Barbara Dobkin, Lisa Kleiner Chanoff, William S. Price, Beth Sackler, Juliette Feeney-Timsit, Jim & Susan Swartz and Gib & Susan Myers
and with support from
The Fledgling Fund. Mountain Film, CHP:DOX Forum, IDFA Forum, Puma Creative Catalyst Award and the Utah Film Center.