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REQUIEM FOR A RUNNING BACK Reviews

REQUIEM FOR A RUNNING BACK Reviews

Requiem for a Running Back intelligently and empathetically examines the paradox of American football for families, spectators and athletes alike. Rebecca’s insider status as child of Lew Carpenter, a former football athlete and coach diagnosed with CTE, made her interviews with her film subjects intimate, honest, and appropriately complex.” DAVID MARANISS, NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS “COLLISION SPORT ON TRIAL”

“Riveting!” JEANNE-MARIE LASKAS, AUTHOR OF NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLER CONCUSSION

“Sensational... Poignant, informative, beautiful-looking. Sweet and (appropriately) brutal.” JON WERTHEIM, EXECUTIVE EDITOR, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

“Rebecca was at her home in Los Angeles when the call came from Boston. Your father had CTE. An advanced case. No signs of Alzheimer’s or any other neurodegenerative diseases. She was sick to her stomach. Didn’t believe it. Didn’t know a thing about CTE, either. Thought it might be bullshit, a made-up disease, hyped by opportunistic lawyers and overeager scientists. Football was the greatest thing in her father’s life, a sport that had lifted him out of childhood poverty, given him everything … and this was what it had done to him? No. Just no.” PATRICK HRUBY, “CUTTING THEM SHORT” SPORTS ON EARTH

“Not only did I find the exploration of the science and NFL “business” fascinating but on a much deeper emotional level I found her very personal journey of repair, discovery, and ultimately your need to honor extraordinarily touching… The relationship between what we know and don’t know about our own parental history - as well as what we often discover after the fact - is extremely poignant and relatable.” JON TENNEY, DIRECTOR, ACTOR

“Interviews are smart and tender… meaningful and resonant.” LESLIE URDANG, PRODUCER & FOUNDER, NEW YORK STAGE & FILM