Requiem for a Running Back
2016, documentary, US, 89 minutes, director: Rebecca Carpenter
Saturday, June 10, 2017 | 4:00PM | CANADIAN PREMIERE | TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX
Lewis Carpenter was a running back for the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers before becoming a successful coach. When he died, his family was shocked to learn that Lew was the 18th NFL player to be diagnosed post-mortem with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative neurocognitive disorder. In re-evaluating her often complicated relationship with her father, Rebecca Carpenter learns that depression, obsessiveness, forgetfulness, and an unpredictable temper are common side effects of CTE and perhaps of football itself.
2015, documentary, US, 8 minutes, director: Ben Steinbauer
As an under-graduate Beth struggled with mental health challenges while balancing school and competitive sports. She has since emerged stronger than ever, as the admired captain of the women's water polo team.