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Steve James' Sports Doc 'Head Games' Coming to Theaters this September [Trailer]

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood July 31, 2012 at 4:28PM

Steve James' documentary "Head Games" has been acquired by Variance Films for a September 21 release. James ("Hoop Dreams," "The Interrupters") looks at the concussion crisis in American sports, and asks the question, “How much of you are you willing to lose for a game?” "Head Games" is inspired by the events in football star and WWE wrestler Christopher Nowinski's book of the same name, and features interviews with him, Bob Costas, Cindy Parlow Cone and Keith Primeau, among others. Trailer and synopsis below.
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Head Games
'Head Games'

Steve James' documentary "Head Games" has been acquired by Variance Films for a September 21 release. James ("Hoop Dreams," "The Interrupters") looks at the concussion crisis in American sports, and asks the question, “How much of you are you willing to lose for a game?” "Head Games" is inspired by the events in football star and WWE wrestler Christopher Nowinski's book of the same name, and features interviews with him, Bob Costas, Cindy Parlow Cone and Keith Primeau, among others. Trailer and synopsis below.

James says that he hopes the film reaches "in particular, amateur athletes and their families - who really need to become better informed on this huge public health issue.” After the initial limited release, the film will expand throughout larger markets in October, and will be available for audiences to request it in their towns through Tugg. Some screenings will feature guest speakers and panel discussions.

Synopsis below:

HEAD GAMES contrasts eye-opening evidence and cutting-edge science on head trauma from the nation’s leading medical experts with first-hand accounts from athletes, coaches, and parents who share their personal struggles in dealing with the devastating aftermath of these injuries, while treading the difficult balance between sports excellence and basic self-preservation. Fueled by a ‘leave everything on the field’ culture, the devastating and long-term effects of this silent epidemic are only recently becoming clear.

This article is related to: Steve James, Documentary, Genres, Variance Films


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.