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?"
- Steve James
- Christopher Nowinski, Bob Costas, Keith Primeau, Cindy Parlow Cone, Dr. Robert Cantu, Dr. Ann McKee, Dr. Doug Smith
"Head Games" gains credibility and power from compassion for athletes and respect for their accomplishments. But it also tries to open the eyes of sports lovers to dangers that have too often been minimized and too seldom fully understood.A.O. Scott, New York Times, 09.20.2012
One of the more fascinating aspects of a thoroughly entertaining movie is how incomprehensible James' proposed changes are in a country where many would list their necessities as food, shelter and Monday Night Football.John Anderson, Variety, 09.21.2012
A complex, determined look at one of the most pernicious problems facing organized sports on all levels ...Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 09.20.2012
[A] powerful documentary about the devastating effects of head injuries in sports.Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, 09.20.2012