Steen: The Crash Reel is honest, unapologetic and quite unforgettable.

The Crash Reel

The film The Crash Reel is honest, unapologetic and quite unforgettable.

In 2009, Kevin Pearce was favoured to make the U.S. Olympic team in snowboarding, a sport that he loved and one in which he excelled. Rivalling the skills of the more famous Shaun White, whom he knew from childhood, Kevin was podium ready.

A single moment on New Year’s Eve, 2009 changed Kevin’s life forever. The horrific snowboarding accident was so devastating that Kevin sustained a brain injury, eye injury, memory impairment, spent months in a coma and underwent years of rehabilitation.

The Crash Reel is one of those films that one doesn’t easily forget—not the content, the people, the situation, or the ending—no, this one stays with you.

The Crash Reel will be in Kelowna for one day only; March 27 at the Kelowna Community Theatre. Special guest is Kelowna's Kelsey Serwa who knows the Olympics well and has won a silver medal in her intense sport of ski cross.

This is being brought to us by Braintrust Canada. Doors open at 5:30 and tickets are $12. You may purchase tickets at or at any Bank of Montreal Branch either here in Kelowna or in Vernon.

There is an advisement that children under 13 might find this disturbing, but I personally don’t think it’s too young to see honesty, reality and people who really care. Please see it.

The message is multi-faceted—life can change in a heartbeat, but there is opportunity for awareness, education, prevention and the realization that injuries such as this one might be avoided.

Kevin Pearce was, despite his life changing incident, a lucky man. His family is incredible, his recovery remarkable and Kevin himself is an inspirational young man who took life’s hard lesson and created a vehicle by which others may learn much.

Take the whole family to this film and talk about it afterwards. Kevin’s lessons might just change your life.

I give The Crash Reel 5 reels.


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