"Everybody in America needs to see this film” - Mike Ditka, President, Gridiron Greats
Pro Football Hall of Famer, Harry Carson asked me to get the word out to former players - especially the guys living in the Atlanta area - regarding the premier screening of 'Requiem For A Running Back.'
It will be shown at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday, August 18th. There will be a panel discussion held immediately following the screening and they are hoping that a large contingent of former players will be there to watch the film and join the discussion.
Here is what the film is about:
After learning that her father suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), filmmaker Rebecca Carpenter goes on a journey of interviews and investigation to try and understand the impact of the disease on football players and their families.
Here is a link to the website regarding the documentary: Requiem For A Running Back
The website describes the documentary saying “Director Rebecca Carpenter’s father, Lewis Carpenter, was a world championship running back for Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers. When he dies, her family receives a surprise call from Boston University’s brain bank requesting his brain – with shocking results. Lew becomes the 18th NFL player diagnosed postmortem with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative neurocognitive disorder that can cause episodes of rage, social withdrawal, and other unusual behaviors. Carpenter finds herself at ground zero of an unfolding public health controversy and embarks on a three-year odyssey across America to explore the far-reaching implications of this “new” disease in football players.”
The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by August 15th here, or email Berkeley Arakawa at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. The event will take place from 7:00 to 9:00 in the Chapel of the Ivan Allen Pavilion at The Carter Center located at 453 Freedom Parkway NE, Atlanta, GA, 30307. Free parking is available in The Carter Center parking lot.
Please feel free to download the flyer regarding the event here and post it, or email it out to other former players that you know.
Here is a short preview of the film......