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CONCUSSION Gets Coveted Slot at Movie Festival

The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced that the World Premiere of Sony Pictures’ CONCUSSION — starring two-time Academy Award® nominee Will Smith, written and directed by Peter Landesman, and produced by Ridley Scott, Giannina Scott, David Wolthoff, Larry Shuman and Elizabeth Cantillon — will be the Centerpiece Gala of AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi. The honored event will take place at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California on Tuesday, November 10. Available now at AFI.com are festival passes for purchase, which ensure reserved seats for sold-out Galas and other high-demand films and events.

“AFI FEST is the perfect stage to unveil CONCUSSION, and we are privileged to have been chosen as the Centerpiece Gala,” said Ridley Scott and Giannina Scott, two of the film’s producers. “CONCUSSION is a powerful and uncompromising film about an issue that was ignored for far too long and continues to play out today. It’s a story that had to be told, and we were determined to tell it right.”

“Although the film doesn’t open until Christmas, with all of the recent debate about it, we are excited to show it sooner so that the discussion can be more informed,” added Tom Rothman, chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group. “CONCUSSION is a great American immigrant story. An outsider, whose greatest aspiration is to belong, takes on an American corporate Goliath at incredible personal risk. His only weapon is the knowledge that he is right and his belief that in America, truth will prevail. We are so grateful to AFI FEST for giving us this opportunity.”

The trailer for the film can be viewed here:

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Ex-Players Use Crowdfunding to Raise Concussion Awareness

Ex-NFL football players Dorsey Levens and Kyle Turley are on a mission.

They are tackling football’s concussion issue through music and a documentary film respectively. In an effort to raise awareness and financial resources for their respective projects, they are the first professional athletes to use Indiegogo’s icrowdfunding platform.

Taking advantage of today’s technology, Turley “is using Indiegogo.com to support his upcoming country music album, ‘Skull Shaker,’ and to assist his tour to spread awareness of the long-term effects of concussions. As an independent artist, he is turning to crowdfunding to deeply engage with fans.”

Likewise Levens has opted for crowdfunding as an alternative “to engage sports fans in the creation of his documentary ‘Bell Rung,’ which paints a vivid warning of the effects of repeated head trauma. By offering fans personalized memorabilia and one-of-a-kind experiences, Levens and his team are confident his fan base will share in spreading the film’s urgent message. Funds gathered through the Indiegogo platform will be used to produce a more powerful and compelling film for viewers.”

If the word crowdfunding is new to your vocabulary, an explanation is in order. “Crowdfunding is the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their money to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations.” As an example, through “Indiegogo the HONY & Tumblr Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser generated three times their original goal, resulting in nearly $320,000 for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.”

Two-time All-Pro offensive tackle Turley, now turned country musician, lives in Nashville. “All proceeds from his single ‘Fortune and Pain’ have been going to the Gridiron Greats Association Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support for retired NFL players in need. With his new album, Turley will continue to be a prominent voice in the fight to raise concussion awareness throughout the sport of football.”

In Levens case, following his retirement, “he has become a strong advocate for concussion awareness and proponent for lifetime health insurance for professional football players of all ages. His documentary is currently 48 minutes, and he wants to expand it to 90 minutes in order to include some critical features on former athletes dealing with the debilitating affects of repeated head trauma.”

For both players, getting involved is their solution for making a contribution. 

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