Kevin Pearce presents this Hopkins Center Film Special. Discussion follows with Kevin and his family (Simon and Pia Pearce).
Kevin Pearce presents this special community screening. Discussion follows with Kevin and his family (Simon and Pia Pearce).
Premiering at Sundance and SXSW, this eye-popping, yet intimate, story of U.S. champion snowboarder (and local Upper Valley hero) Kevin Pearce uses years of vérité footage to expose the potentially high price of participating in extreme- action sports. Training to compete against his friend Shaun White 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. D: Lucy Walker, US, 2013, 108m
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