Cool doc alert: 'The Crash Reel'

05:00 AM, Dec 09, 2013

The documentary 'The Crash Reel' follows snowboarder Kevin Pearce as he recovers from a traumatic brain injury. Handout/

Written By by Whitney Matheson, USA TODAY

Even though I’ve never dared to step on a snowboard, I do find it a fun sport to follow, particularly during the Winter Olympics.

In 2009 the sport made headlines when Kevin Pearce, a champion snowboarder and Shaun White’s biggest rival, was involved in a horrific accident leaving him with a traumatic brain injury.

Pearce’s accident and recovery are the focus of director Lucy Walker’s latest documentary, The Crash Reel. Not only does the movie contain brutal footage of the crash, it follows Pearce as he ultimately decides he wants to return to the sport that nearly killed him.

The trailer alone is pretty moving:

The Crash Reel aired this summer on HBO and was dubbed “the definitive film on brain injury.” On Friday it gets a theatrical release, boosted by a strong social media campaign and a website that contains resources relating to traumatic brain injury.

If you get HBO, you can still watch the movie via HBO Go. If you don’t, try to catch it in theaters or when it arrives on DVD/Blu-ray in February.

To learn more about the doc, head to and