37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

Requiem for a Running Back

The director’s father, Lewis Carpenter, was a World Championship running back for the Detroit Lions and Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers. After his death, Boston University requests his brain, and he becomes the 18th NFL player diagnosed postmortem with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a degenerative neurocognitive disorder that can cause episodes of rage, social withdrawal, and other unusual behaviors. Documentarian Rebecca Carpenter embarks on a three-year odyssey across America to explore an unfolding public health controversy and the far-reaching implications of the disease caused by repeat blunt force trauma to the brain. Discussion with director Rebecca Carpenter and producer Sara Dee, moderated by Jacob Resch (UVA)


Sunday, November 12


7:30 PM


Other : PVCC Dickinson Center

Film Info

Director: Rebecca Carpenter

Runtime: 89 min.

Genre: Documentaries

Year: 2017

Country: USA

Featuring: Julian Bailes, Chris Borland, Lew Carpenter, Mike Ditka, Bennet Omalu.