Screening of “Requiem for a Running Back”
This film features the story of Lew Carpenter who suffered from CTE due to his career as a college and professional football player. The screening will be held on February 13 at 6:30 pm in the student center theater. It will be followed by a panel discussion and talk back featuring the film's director Rebecca Carpenter who is also Lew's daughter as well as our own Matt Ventresca. Von DuBose who has been involved in concussion litigation will also speak on the panel.
Requiem for a Running Back
Post-Film Panel and Talk Back
Monday, February 13 @ 6:30 pm
Student Center Theater
Georgia Institute of Technology
Free and Open to the Public
Requiem for a Running Back Synopsis
Director Rebecca Carpenter’s father, Lewis Carpenter, was a running back for Vince Lombardi's NFL Champion Green Bay Packers. When he dies, her family receives a surprise call from Boston University’s brain bank requesting his brain – with shocking results. Lew becomes the 18th NFL player diagnosed postmortem with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative neurocognitive disorder that can cause episodes of rage, social withdrawal, and other unusual behaviors. Carpenter finds herself at ground zero of an unfolding public health controversy and embarks on a three-year odyssey across America to explore the far-reaching implications of this “new” disease in football players.