Acclaimed documentarian Lucy Walker will speak and answer questions at the Ojai Film Society May 18th screening of her latest film, The Crash Reel, the dramatic comeback story of snowboard champion Kevin Pearce, who suffered a traumatic brain injury while training for the 2010 Olympics. The dynamic filmmaker has been nominated twice for an Academy Award for her groundbreaking documentaries Waste Land (2010) and The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (2011). The screening will take place at Ojai Playhouse at 4:30 pm.
RECEPTION AT SPACEMONKEY TO FOLLOW SCREENING: Lucy Walker will also speak at a reception following the film at Spacemonkey, 105 S. Montgomery. Appetizers are to be catered by Osteria Monte Grappa.
Tickets: $35/$30 for OFS Subscribers. Space is limited. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.
NOTICE TO TICKET HOLDERS: Theater seats will be reserved only until 4:15 pm. Please arrive early to get a seat. After 4:15 pm the general public will be allowed in.
ABOUT THE MOVIE
The Crash Reel: The Fall and Rise of Kevin Pearce is a gripping film about the power of the human spirit. Director Lucy Walker tells the story of extreme sport and how it changed the life of champion half-pipe snowboarder Kevin Pearce. Compiled from 15 years of footage from the athlete’s life, the documentary shows Pearce’s rivalry with Shaun White as they trained for the 2010 Winter Olympics and the disastrous accident that derailed his dreams. Walker’s film reveals how the athletes compete to perform at ever higher and more dangerous speeds and heights in pursuit of greatness.
Pearce’s story is about the love and thrill of competition, the tragedy that can occur and the devotion and support of family and friends. We are inspired by Pearce’s can-do attitude as he slowly recovers from his brain injury. But his family’s relief is put to the test when Kevin expresses a desire to try the slopes again, knowing that any further injury to his head could cause his death. His devoted younger brother David, who was born with Down syndrome, passionately pleads with Kevin not to go back to snowboarding.