By Lionel Goddard
National Film Board of Canada
Brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability for men under the age of 35. Narrated by Olympic gold snowboarder Ross Rebagliati, Wipe Out tells the story of three young men living with permanent brain damage as the result of head injuries they suffered pursuing extreme sports. Chris Dufficy, a professional snowboarder, is coming to terms with ongoing memory problems resulting from multiple concussions and a traumatic brain injury he suffered when he crashed after landing a monstrous jump for a film shoot. Jon Gocer dreamed of following in Chris’s tracks until a skateboard wipe-out almost ended his life and did wipe out most of his memory. Jon struggles to discover his new identity while having to relearn the most basic life skills.
Chris Tutin’s doctors said he would never walk again after his cerebellum was crushed in a dirt-bike accident. Like Chris and Jon, he is sharing his story hoping that it will encourage kids to wear helmets, and avoid reckless risk-taking. Wipe Out offers viewers unprecedented insight into the lives of people who are part of what some doctors have called an invisible epidemic.
Purchase $248.00 DVD
Order No. QA-517
ISBN (DVD) 1-57295-517-1
"Recommended!" Educational Media Reviews Online
"Despite their nearly fatal injuries and long struggles to heal, these three thrill-seekers still long to return to exciting downhill plunges. Researchers hope that increasing understanding of the young male mind will change the way society sanctions risk-taking sports. Meanwhile, this film is a provocative and effective tool." Cathi Dunn MacRae, Youth Today
Awards & Conference Screenings
2010 ALA Notable Children's Video
Yorkton Film Festival,
Best Documentary Science/Medicine
Superfest International Disability Film Festival,
DOXA, Documentary Film Festival
2013 Sprout Film Festival at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
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