2013 was one of the best years for documentaries in some time – there were over two dozen films on my short list for our year-end Poppies and Roses awards. And in the end, Kim and I ended up tying two amazing films for Best Documentary of 2013, and now they are both coming to your home.
Director Lucy Walker’s “The Crash Reel” tells the story of snowboarder Kevin Pearce, and his battle back from a life-threatening traumatic brain injury after an accident on New Years’ Eve 2009 left him without the career he loved so much. Hailed as the one person who had a chance to beat his longtime friend Shaun White at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, it all ended in a split second. The film looks at Kevin’s struggle to come to grips with the fact that snowboarding, once his life blood and still a driving force in his life, could also be the thing that ended his life should he have even a small accident while doing it.
The Oscar-shortlisted “The Crash Reel” is now available for digital download from iTunes, and will be available on DVD and BluRay on Feb 4th. If you have any doubt what an amazing film this is, I think the trailer should convince you…
You can also go over to their website at http://thecrashreel.com, enter your email address, and get a free download of “One Track Mind“, the very first snowboard video created by Burton. And be sure to talk to director Lucy Walker – you can tweet her at @thecrashreel.
The story of Pittsburgh native Rocky Braat and how a trip to India changed his life forever is documented by his best friend, filmmaker Steve Hoover. Rocky and the kids he’s now devoted his life to taking care of will seep into your soul and make you believe that there IS hope for humanity in the world. Take a look at Rocky’s world…
“Independent Lens” showcases the best docs by the best filmmakers around the the world, and “Blood Brother” is definitely a film that falls into that class. “Blood Brother” will also be available on DVD on February 4 (no BluRay as yet), and is 100% worth adding to your collection. You can also book a big screen viewing of the film by going to http://tugg.com and signing up to show it in your area. and hook up with director Steve Hoover at @bloodbrotherdoc on Twitter.
Both of these films touched our lives forever, and will rank high on any list of the greatest documentaries of all time that we might eventually make. And we don’t want you to miss either of them. And be sure to let us know what you think – email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us your thoughts about “The Crash Reel” and “Blood Brother“!