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From The Fanlight Collection
Wipe Out
Directed by Lionel Goddard
Produced by the National Film Board of Canada
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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.

2013 Sprout Film Festival at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

50 minutes / Color
Release: 2009
Copyright: 2008

For colleges, universities, government agencies, hospitals and corporations

This DVD is sold with a license for institutional use and Public Performance rights.

Study guide available

Subject areas:
Adolescence, Closed Captioned, Community & Public Health, Disabilities, Disabilities & Parenting, Family Relations, Fanlight Collection, Healthcare, High School Use, Issues & Ethics, Mental Illness, Brain Disorders, Neuroscience & Neurology, Suicide / Self Injury

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