September 21, 2012
Studio: Variance Films
Director: Steve James
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for thematic elements involving sports violence and injuries)
Starring: Christopher Nowinski, Bob Costas, Keith Primeau, Cindy Parlow Cone, Dr. Robert Cantu, Dr. Ann McKee, Dr. Doug Smith
Copyright Holder: N/A
From acclaimed director Steve James (Academy Award-nominated "Hoop Dreams," "The Interrupters"), "Head Games" is a revealing documentary about the silent concussion crisis in American sports. Athletes from the professional to the youth levels share their personal struggles in dealing with the devastating and long-term effects of concussions, an epidemic fueled by the 'leave everything on the field' culture so prominent in American sport. Inspired by events from the book "Head Games" written by former Ivy League Football Player and WWE Wrestler Christopher Nowinski, the film contrasts eye-opening evidence and cutting-edge science on head trauma from the nation's leading medical experts with first-hand accounts from the athletes, coaches, and parents who must tread the difficult balance between sports excellence and basic self-preservation. "Head Games" will expose viewers to one of the leading public health issues of our time, raising the question: "How much of you are you willing to lose for a game?"