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The Crash Reel


This eye-popping film, stunningly edited from 20 years of verité footage, follows champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce and exposes the fatal allure of extreme sports. An escalating rivalry between Kevin and his nemesis Shaun White in the run-up to the 2010 Olympics culminates in Shaun winning Gold and Kevin in a coma following a training accident. Kevin's family help him rebuild his life as a brain injury survivor, but when he insists he wants to return to the sport he loves his eloquent brother David, who has Down syndrome, intervenes. As an elite athlete, Kevin was a professional risk-taker but now his skills are impaired and a small blow to the head will kill him. How much risk is too much?

Director: Lucy Walker

Executive Producer: Geralyn Dreyfous, Sheila Nevins

Producer: Julian Cautherley, Lucy Walker

Screenwriter: Lucy Walker, Pedro Kos

Cinematographer: Nick Higgins

Editor: Pedro Kos

Sound Designer: D. Chris Smith

Music: Lykke Li, Sigur Ros, Jose Gonzalez, Chemical Brothers, Underworld, Moby, Ryan Adams, Tiesto, M83, Ben Howard, The Hives, Stars of the Lid

Additional Credits: Supervising Producer: Sara Bernstein, Executive Producer: Dan Cogan, Co-Producer: Jenny Raskin, Co-Producer: Adam Pearce, Associate Producers: Diane Stewart, Sam Stewart, Martha Eidsness Mitchell, Sabrina Doyle

Principal Cast: Kevin Pearce, Shaun White, Sarah Burke, Mason Aguirre, Jack Mitrani, Danny Davis, Scotty Lago, Luke Mitrani, David Pearce, Simon Pearce


Lucy Walker has previously directed "The Crash Reel" (2013), "Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom" (2011), "Waste Land" (2010), "Countdown to Zero" (2010), "Blindsight" (2006) and "Devil's Playground" (2002), winning over fifty awards and two Academy Award nominations. She grew up in London, graduated from Oxford and NYU, and performed as a DJ.

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