An important movie event to support the brain injury association

Crash Reel, the story of Kevin Pearce, will be playing in Fernie on February 3.  - Photo submitted
Crash Reel, the story of Kevin Pearce, will be playing in Fernie on February 3.
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Crash Reel is the dramatic story of one unforgettable athlete: Kevin Pearce;  One eye popping sport: snowboarding.  One explosive issue: Traumatic Brain Injury.

A comeback story with a difference.  This beautifully shot documentary seamlessly combines twenty years of stunning action footage with new specially-shot footage and interviews as it follows U.S. champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce, his rivalry with Shaun White and exposes the irresistible but potentially fatal appeal of extreme sports.

The Vogue Movie Theatre is hosting The Crash Reel Monday, Febuary 3rd when the people of Fernie get the chance to watch the multi-award winning documentary which is being screened by Indie Films Fernie and in association with East Kootenay Brain Injuries Association.

Courtney Baker of The Arts Station said, “I am so excited to be involved in this screening.  I have seen the film and it is amazing and truly inspiring.  I urge everyone to come and see it.  You don’t even have to be interested in snowboarding, as the movie is so much deeper and more engaging than just the sport.  David, Kevin’s brother is so moving when he tries to talk Kevin our of returning to riding following his head injury, “I just don’t want you to die” he says, and the tight –knit Pearce family, who have nursed him through his recovery and the audience need to grab their Kleenexes at this point.”

Rachel Cline, EKBIA Outreach Worker for the Elk Valley and one of the organizers said, “I am so excited to be part of the screening of this movie in Fernie, it is the perfect sports-mad town to host this movie.  Head injuries affect 50,000 Canadians a year, prevention is the only cure for head injury, the impact of an injury affects not only the survivor but their family for the rest of their lives.  There will be a ticket draw to raise funds for EKBIA’s on-going work in the Elk Valley.  There are some amazing prizes, such as a helicopter ride for four donated by Ascent Heli, Fernie worth $400, and a $120 helmet courtesy of Edge of the World.

Tickets are available in person from The Arts Station, on line http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-crash-tickets-10069272465 or at the door.

For more information about The Crash Reel see www.thecrashreel.com for more information about Brain Injuries and support in the valley please see www.ekbia.org or contact Rachel Cline on 250-946-6322.

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