Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The Crash Reel at BU with Lucy Walker and Kevin Pearce
Thursday, November 14, 2013 Time 6:00pm until 9:00pm in EST
Directed by two-time Academy Award nominee Lucy Walker, this HBO documentary tells the story of an escalating rivalry between snowboarders Kevin Pearce and his nemesis Shaun White in the run-up to the 2010 Olympics that 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?
Lucy Walker, Kevin Pearce, and Dan Daneshvar, a postdoctoral researcher in behavioral neuroscience at the BU School of Medicine, will be in attendance. They will hold a Q&A after the event fielding questions from the audience about the film, the experience, and BU's involvement in the strides that have been made in the Traumatic Brain Injury field.
Presented by the Society for Professional Journalists.