The Crash Reel

The Ski Patrol and Department of Neuroscience are co-hosting a screening of The Crash Reel and fundraiser for LoveYourBrain foundation at Middlebury College in Dana Auditorium January 29 at 7:00 pm.

The Crash Reel

The Crash Reel is the dramatic story of one unforgettable athlete, Kevin Pearce; one eye-popping sport, snowboarding; and one explosive issue, Traumatic Brain Injury.

This eye-popping 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.
An escalating rivalry between Kevin and Shaun White in the run-up to the 2010 Olympics leaves Shaun on top of the Olympic podium and Kevin in a coma following a training accident in Park City, Utah. Kevin’s tight-knit Vermont family flies to his side and helps him rebuild his life as a brain injury survivor.
But when he insists he wants to return to the sport he still loves, his family intervenes with his eloquent brother David speaking for all of them when he says, “I just don’t want you to die.” Kevin’s doctors caution him that even a small blow to the head could be enough to kill him. Will Kevin defy them and insist on pursuing his passion? With his now impaired skills, what other options does he have? How much risk is too much?


LoveYourBrain (LYB) Foundation was established by brothers, Kevin Pearce and Adam Pearce, in 2014. This marked the fourth year since Kevin Pearce suffered a near fatal traumatic brain injury while training for the 2010 winter Olympics. Kevin’s remarkable road to recovery has inspired millions through the HBO documentary “The Crash Reel,” Kevin’s speaking engagements, and now, through the programs pioneered by the LoveYourBrain Foundation.  LoveYourBrain is a non-profit organization that aims to improve the quality of life for people affected by traumatic brain injury.

LYB is launching a nationwide gentle yoga and meditation program for traumatic brain injury survivors. They are hosting yoga teacher training workshops to equip teachers with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to tailor their yoga and meditation classes for this population. LYB believes that yoga has the potential to transform the wellbeing of those living with traumatic brain injury by improving their ability to strengthen and reconnect their mind and body.