Kickstart This: Football Doc 'Konkussion Stories' About NFL Injuries
by Ben Pearson
November 16, 2012
Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about indie projects around the world that need your help to become a reality. This week, we're featuring Konkussion Stories, a documentary that explores injuries that pro football players experience and are sometimes forced to deal with for years after they've retired. It's hailed as a documentary "for the players, by the players" and hopes to shed some light on a topic that the NFL would much rather ignore. Take a look, sound off in the comments, and don't forget to toss these filmmakers a few bucks if you can.
The National Football League is obviously a gigantic business, generating around $9 billion annually, so from the league's standpoint, they'll do just about anything to keep their star players on the field so they can keep dazzling audiences left and right. But when injuries rear their ugly heads, the price the players can pay has the potential to be much higher than their salaries. Konkussion Stories hopes to help raise awareness of the growing number of traumatic brain injuries that occur every year by turning the statistics into personal stories from professional players and their families.
The feature length doc is being narrated by the Oscar-nominated James Caan (who memorably played football player Brian Piccolo in Brian's Song) and produced by former Dallas Cowboys linebacker (from 1982-1989) Jeff Rohrer, former All-Pro Cowboys Tight End (from 1979-1988) Doug Cosbie, so there's definitely some league pedigree involved behind the scenes in this. "CSI:Miami" Executive Producer Barry O’Brien is on board as well, helping to bridge the gap between the players and today's tricky film industry.
While most of the money raised for this documentary will aid the crew in production and travel costs, the filmmakers need help procuring footage from the NFL itself that they'll be able to intersperse with all of their interviews. This is integral to the overall aesthetic of the project, and in a weird way, it's representative of the sort of gladiatorial spirit of professional football as a whole: why would the audience for this want to just listen to these guys talk about injuries when we could see them in archived footage, too? Take a look:
For more on Konkussion Stories, or to help fund the project, visit its Kickstarter page. Director Peter Rodger is and his team are looking to raise a staggering $375,000 by Sunday, December 9th, and they absolutely need your help to make that happen. Please support them if you can, but if you're all out of cash, maybe you could help them out by spreading the word on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or wherever else.
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