Steve James’ documentary “Head Games” has been acquired by Variance Films for a September 21 release. James (“Hoop Dreams,” “The Interrupters”) looks at the concussion crisis in American sports, and asks the question, “How much of you are you willing to lose for a game?” “Head Games” is inspired by the events in football star and WWE wrestler Christopher Nowinski’s book of the same name, and features interviews with him, Bob Costas, Cindy Parlow Cone and Keith Primeau, among others. Trailer and synopsis below.
James says that he hopes the film reaches “in particular, amateur athletes and their families – who really need to become better informed on this huge public health issue.” After the initial limited release, the film will expand throughout larger markets in October, and will be available for audiences to request it in their towns through Tugg. Some screenings will feature guest speakers and panel discussions.
HEAD GAMES contrasts eye-opening evidence and cutting-edge science on head trauma from the nation’s leading medical experts with first-hand accounts from athletes, coaches, and parents who share their personal struggles in dealing with the devastating aftermath of these injuries, while treading the difficult balance between sports excellence and basic self-preservation. Fueled by a ‘leave everything on the field’ culture, the devastating and long-term effects of this silent epidemic are only recently becoming clear.