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Are hockey and football players risking brain damage from repeated blows to the head?  The Passionate Eye presents the World Premiere of HEAD GAMES, from acclaimed director Steve James (Academy Award-nominated Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters). The documentary is a wake-up call for parents and athletes who think concussions are just part of the game. Told through the personal stories of professional and amateur athletes who share their struggles in dealing with the devastating and long-term effects of concussions, and medical experts who want to reduce the risks to young players.

HEAD GAMES is a revealing documentary about the concussion crisis, an epidemic fueled by the "leave everything on the field" culture so prominent in North American sports. Inspired by events from the book 'Head Games' written by former Ivy League Football Player and WWE Wrestler Christopher Nowinski, the film contrasts the latest 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.
Canadian former National Hockey League player Keith Primeau reveals his struggles with the multiple concussions that forced him into early retirement. Former Olympian and U.S. professional soccer player Cindy Parlow Cone who lives with the aftermath of concussion, is an example of the risk of head injury for young soccer players, especially female players, who are at greater risk from heading the ball.

Featured in the film is the research of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University. Their latest findings, released last week, identified four stages of a degenerative disorder in the brains of some deceased athletes, including NHL players. It offers a glimpse into the potential long-term impact of brain injuries for athletes. And, earlier this week, a new Canadian study suggested that restrictions on bodychecking in minor hockey could help reduce injuries.

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?"

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Directed by STEVE JAMES Produced by BRUCE SHERIDAN STEVE JAMES Edited by DAVID E. SIMPSON Cinematography by KEITH WALKER DANA KUPPER Original Music Composed by BILLY CORGAN CRAIG J. SNIDER Music Supervisor HANK NEUBERGER Production Manager & Researcher EMILY HART Sound Recording RICH POOLER JOHN MATHIE Executive Producers ANTHONY ATHANAS CASEY COWELL JON CRONIN STEVE DEVICK Executive Producers ANDREW E. FILIPOWSKI FRANK MURNANE HANK NEUBERGER HEAD GAMES CREDITS JIM O‘DONOVAN CREDIT ROLL: Post Production Supervisor NORA GULLY Associate Producer ALAN SCHWARZ Assistant Editors NORA GULLY JUSTINE GENDRON Visual Effects Supervisor DAVID TARLETON Visual Effects Compositors THOMAS JURGENSEN MICHAEL LUKASEK TUCKER PENNER MICHAEL PHIPPS ANDREA PULLEY KEITH PULLMAN JACOB SADOWSKI DAVID TARLETON KRISTOPHER WADE-MATTHEWS Animation Supervisor JIM ROHN CG Animation EMILY BERVEILER DAN COMELLA BRIAN GROSS MARTY HON STEVE KIRKISH JUSTIN PETRICK MICHELLE TIMPONE 2D Animation JAMES ABRAMS HEAD GAMES CREDITS Additional Cinematography by ADAM JONES P.H. O’BRIEN MIRKO POPADIC KATE GEIS STEVE JAMES Green Screen Unit COLIN PRALL CASEY TOMPKINS BEN McBURNETT PHIL JACKSON Additional Sound Recording JOHN FECILE LARRY KAPSON ZAK PIPER PAT TILLMANN MATT VOGEL TOM ZIMMERMAN Technical Supervisor JIM MORRISSETTE Technical Consultant LIZ KAAR Additional Assistant Editing JEFF PERLMAN R. PATRICK LILE Post Production Edit Suite and Support KARTEMQUIN FILMS High Definition Finish NOLO DIGITAL FILM Digital Colorist MIKE MATUSZAK Engineer BORIS SEAGRAVES Producer JOE FLANAGAN Online Edit HEAD GAMES CREDITS BORIS SEAGRAVES ELLIOT RUDMANN Audio Post Production MIX KITCHEN Sound Design & Re-Recording Mixer SAM FISHKIN Dialog Editor BRIAN LEITNER Sound Effects Editor ANDREW TWISS Production Accounting Manager CATHY GIANGRASSE Production Accountant TYLER LAUX Production Marketing Coordinator SAMANTHA FIGUEROA Titles and Graphics Facility DIZZY GIANT Graphic Designers DAN SHARKEY AND MATT SHARKEY Grip / Production Assistants ADAM ASLAN ERIC CAMPANA SARA KRUPNICK R. PATRICK LILE GABRIEL MUNITZ-ALESSIO MIKE PANCZENKO ETHAN SCHWARTZ JEREMY STARK Transcribers LESLIE ONSTOTT JEFF PERLMAN JONATHAN VOGEL CARLA ENGLOF ORION PAHL NAOMI KOTHBAUER HEAD GAMES CREDITS DYLAN JAMES ERICA STREET SARA BICE MORGAN JOHNSON Special Thanks EGNECHLES BROWN TINA CANTU DR. WARRICK L. CARTER CHARLES CELANDER ROBERT CHONG GINA DIGRAVIO JACKIE ECKHOUSE JAMES FRAZIER GLENN KRAMON CYNTHIA HARRIG MARYSE HATCH PHILIP HERSH SHARON HOOVER ROBERT LABATE BARBARA JONES TOM KESLING JENNY ERICKSEN LEARY MEGAN MCCHANN TIM MOORHEAD JUSTINE NAGAN JOHN NOVAK THE NOWINSKI FAMILY KRISTIN PRESSLY GORDON QUINN EMILY REIBLE NICOLE RODERMAN ANTHONY SANTIAGO MATT SKONICKI FRANK SPARANO LYNDSEY STROHL ALAN TURNER BEDFORD VA MEDICAL CENTER BOSTON MEDICAL CENTER BOSTON UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF CHRONIC TRAUMATIC ENCEPHALOPATHY HEAD GAMES CREDITS CHICAGO CHAPTER, RETIRED NFL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF PHILADELPHIA COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO DAUFENBACH CAMERA FLYERS SKATE ZONE EDITH NOURSE ROGERS MEMORIAL VETERANS HOSPITAL HARVARD STRENGTH & CONDITIONING HARVARD UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL PROGRAM ILLINOIS EYE INSTITUTE MEDIA PROCESS GROUP MIKE BOYLE’S STRENGTH & CONDITIONING NEAR NORTH RAIDERS NORTHWESTERN HOSPITAL PERELMAN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE SPORTS LEGACY INSTITUTE THE NEW YORK TIMES WILDCATS FOOTBALL TEAM Archival Footage and Stills Courtesy of ABC NEWS VIDEOSOURCE AP/WIDE WORLD PHOTOS APA PHOTOGRAPHY AUSTRALIAN RUGBY LEAGUE COMMISSION LIMITED PAUL BEAHM BOSTON UNIVERSITY KATHERINE BREARLEY AND TOM THOMAS CNN IMAGE SOURCE THE COLBERT REPORT COURTESY OF COMEDY CENTRAL ©2012. 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