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The Crash Reel


The dramatic story of one unforgettable athlete, Kevin Pearce; one eye-popping sport, snowboarding; and one explosive issue, Traumatic Brain Injury. A comeback story with a difference.
This visually arresting film seamlessly combines twenty years of stunning action footage with new specially-shot verité footage and interviews as it follows U.S. champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce and exposes the irresistible but potentially fatal appeal of extreme sports.


  • Hollywood Reporter
    "Thrilling and compelling...REQUIRED VIEWING"
    Justin Lowe
  • Variety
    "By turns pulse-quickening and contemplative, thoroughly winning...a spectacular feat"
    Rob Nelson
  • Screen Daily
    "Enthralling, Exciting"
    Mark Adams
  • Film Threat
    "A superb documentary...uplifting, life affirming, and inspiring, three words that often seem sappy and clichéd. This time, they're entirely appropriate."
  • The Film Stage
    "Walker once again delivers...a joyous tribute to the fragility of life that will break you down and leave you a better person."
  • Seattle International Film Festival
    "We're giving a Special Jury Prize to Lucy Walker for The Crash Reel, a deeply emotional and nuanced look at snowboarder and Olympic hopeful Kevin Pearce, his inspiring journey back from traumatic brain injury, and the healing power of family."
    Jury Statement

Festival Participation

  • Director's Guild of America - 2014
    Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary
  • News & Documentaries Emmy Awards - 2014
    Outstanding Informational Programming - Long Form
  • Seattle International Film Festival - 2013
    Documentary Special Jury Award
  • SXSW Film Festival - 2013
    Festival Favourites
    Audience Award
  • Melbourne International Film Festival - 2013
    Most Popular Documentary
  • Dallas International Film Festival - 2013
    Audience Award

Additional Materials

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