Lucy Walker Retrospective

The Crash Reel

Lucy Walker

The growing rivalry between Kevin and his fiercest enemy in snowboarding, Shaun White, in the finals of the 2010 Olympics resulted in Shaun’s gold medal and Kevin’s coma after a training accident. And while Kevin’s family is helping him rebuild his life after a brain injury, he persists in his desire to return to his favourite sport. Kevin’s eloquent brother David, who has Down syndrome, jumps in. An elite athlete, Kevin’s life was all about risk, but his abilities are damaged now and even the slightest kick in the head might kill him. How much risk is too much? 


Lucy Walker

Lucy Walker is an Emmy-winning British film director who has twice been nominated for an Academy Award and is renowned for creating riveting, character-driven nonfiction that delivers emotionally and narratively. The Hollywood Reporter has called her ”the new Errol Morris” and Variety has praised her unique ability to connect with audiences. Lucy grew up in England and attended Oxford University, where she graduated with top honors in literature, and directed theater and musical theater before winning a Fulbright Scholarship to attend the Graduate Film Program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. There she earned an MFA and directed award-winning short fiction films. While living in New York, she also enjoyed a successful career as a DJ and musician. Lucy's films include feature documentaries The Crash Reel (2013), Waste Land (2010), Countdown to Zero (2010), Blindsight (2006), Devil’s Playground (2002) and short films, notably The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (2011) and The Lion’s Mouth Opens (2014), most of them screened at ZagrebDox, with Waste Land winning the Audience Award. Her films have been shortlisted for five Oscars (nominated for two), nominated for seven Emmys (winning one), an Independent Spirit Award, a DGA Award, a Gotham Award, and have won over one hundred other film awards. For her advertising work she has been recognized with awards including three Cannes Lions, two Clios and two Association of Independent Commercial Producers awards. Lucy is also an acclaimed virtual reality director. Her first VR experience, A History of Cuban Dance (2016), premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and showed at SXSW and the Toronto International Film Festival. She has directed branded VR experiences for AirBnB, Toms Shoes, Vaseline, Vice, and the Buena Vista Social Club.

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The Crash Reel

2013, 108'

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; News & Documentary Emmy Awards 2014 – Emmy for Outstanding Informational Programming, Long Form; SXSW 2013 – Audience Award; Seattle International Film Festival 2013 – Documentary Special Jury Award; Telluride Mountainfilm 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; Whistler Film Festival 2013 – Best Mountain Culture Film; Hot Docs 2013 – Top Ten Audience Favourite; Directors Guild of America 2014; Sundance Film Festival 2013; Berlin International Film Festival 2013; True/False Film Festival 2013; CPH:DOX 2013


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