Masters of Dox

The Crash Reel

Lucy Walker
Screening time  
25.02. / Tuesday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 5  
This eye-popping film, stunningly edited from 20 years of verité footage, follows champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce and exposes the fatal allure of extreme sports.

An escalating rivalry between Kevin and his nemesis Shaun White in the run-up to the 2010 Olympics culminates in Shaun winning gold and Kevin in a coma following a training accident. Kevin's family help him rebuild his life as a brain injury survivor, but when he insists he wants to return to the sport he loves, his eloquent brother David, who has Down syndrome, intervenes. As an elite athlete, Kevin was a professional risk-taker but now his skills are impaired and a small blow to the head will kill him. How much risk is too much?


Lucy Walker

Lucy Walker is a British film director who has twice been nominated for an Academy Award. Her films include feature documentaries The Crash Reel (2013, screened at 2014 ZagrebDox), Waste Land (2010, winner of Audience Award at 2011 ZagrebDox), Countdown to Zero (2010, screened at 2011 ZagrebDox), Blindsight (2006), Devil's Playground (2002) and short films notably The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (2011, screened at 2013 ZagrebDox) and The Lion's Mouth Opens (2014, in this year's ZagrebDox program). Her films have also been nominated for seven Emmys, an Independent Spirit Award, a DGA Award and a Gotham Award and have won over eighty other film awards.

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The Crash Reel

2013, 109', video

Directed by:
Lucy Walker

Screenplay by:
Pedro Kos, Lucy Walker

Nick Higgins

Edited by:
Pedro Kos

Lykke Li, Sigur Ros, Jose Gonzalez, Chemical Brothers, Underworld, Moby, Ryan Adams, Tiesto, M83, Ben Howard, The Hives, Stars of the Lid

Julian Cautherley, Lucy Walker

Produced by:
Tree Tree Tree Productions

Festivals & Awards:

Cinema Eye Honors 2014 – Best Nonfiction Film for Television Award; The Unforgettables Award for documentary subjects; SXSW Film Festival 2013 – Audience Award;  Seattle International Film Festival 2013 – Documentary Special Jury Award: Telluride Mountain Film Festival 2013 – Kids Film Award; Port Townsend Film Festival 2013 – Best Documentary Film; New Hampshire Film Festival 2013 – Best Documentary Film; Melbourne International Film Festival 2013 – Most Popular Documentary; Dallas International Film Festival 2013 – Audience Award; Hot Docs 2013 – Top Ten Audience Favourite; Directors Guild of America 2014; Sundance Film Festival 2013; Berlin Film Festival 2013; True/False Film Festival 2013; CPH:DOX 2013