First Trailer for 'Hoop Dreams' Director's Sports Doc 'Head Games'

August 1, 2012
Source: Thompson on Hollywood

Head Games

Back in June we learned the director of Hoop Dreams and The Interrupters was working on getting a new documentary together called Generation Food, a project focusing on the global food system in the 21st century and directly ties into food sovereignty activist Raj Patel's upcoming book of the same. But in the meantime, Steve James is returning to the world of sports again with Head Games, a film that looks at the overlooked effects of head trauma suffered by athletes in a culture that essentially demands that they leave that sort of concern on the field. Looks like yet another truly eye-opening documentary from James. Watch!

Here's the first trailer for Steve James' Head Games, found via Thompson on Hollywood:

From acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters) and award-winning producer Bruce Sheridan, Head Games takes a deeper look at the devastating and long-term effects of concussions in all sports. Inspired by events from the book of the same name written by Christopher Nowinski, the film offers eye-opening insight and cutting-edge science on head trauma from the nation’s leading medical experts.The film gets a limited release sometime in September, but you can also request a local screening through Tugg.

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Reader Feedback - 4 Comments


I adore Hoop Dreams and really enjoyed The Interrupters, but this looks like a fairly uninteresting topic for a feature length documentary to me. I can't judge until I see it, but rather than the unpredictable narrative James' other work appears to have, this seems to be a one note issue. One side says it's very bad for you, the other says it's an overreaction. Rinse & Repeat.

Luke Murray on Aug 1, 2012


You know, I rarely comment on here but felt compelled to do so. This would be an uninteresting topic to you because you have never had a family member or loved one go through this. I have and I find this movie to be needed in this day and age because the entities that profit from the effects of this hit do not want the truth be told. This will hopefully expose them and cause them to change. If not, at least the truth will be out there. This is extremely important and the affects of this injuries are devastating. My loved one suffered the this two years ago and to this day still suffers the effects of post concussion syndrome.

JP on Aug 1, 2012


This may be an important political issue, but it does look like a really boring documentary of people repeating themselves over and over again. I'll take Werner Herzog talking to death row inmates anyday over this.

Matt Peloquin on Aug 1, 2012


On the other hand, I think it is more of a public safety issue as opposed to a political issue.

JP on Aug 1, 2012

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