The United States of Football opened in select theaters across the country yesterday.
The movie follows Sean Pamphilon – a father, football fan and filmmaker – as he struggles with the question, “Should I let my kid play?”
With insider access to coaches, players and healthcare professionals, Pamphilon’s film documents “a dark side of the game – increasing incidence of brain damage, dementia and slow death resulting from repetitive head trauma among professional athletes.” The United States of Football takes an intimate first-hand look into the lives of players – “once vigorous men with everything to live for, as they lose their minds, their functions and their lives. MRI’s, autopsies and medical research leave little doubt that Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy is a risk for many athletes.”
The United States of Football ends in pain and hope – some football legends wither away leaving angry and grieving families; others bravely continue fighting to reform football. Since it all started with kids, The United States of Football examines football coaching and training from Pee Wees to the pros and “looks at the steps that can be taken to protect players and ensure both the excitement and integrity of football.”
In conjunction with the movie, audiences can expect in-theater appearances from legendary football stars as well as a live Question and Answer Session with the filmmaker and featured former players opening night. A portion of box office proceeds will go to the Kevin Turner Foundation and the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund.
Theaters the documentary is being shown in can be found here: