Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Requiem For A Running Back

2016, Rebecca Carpenter, USA, 89 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Nov 10th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Nov 11th 7:30pm
  • Sun, Nov 12th 5:15pm
  • Mon, Nov 13th 8:00pm
  • Tue, Nov 14th 7:45pm
  • Wed, Nov 15th 8:15pm
  • Thu, Nov 16th 6:00pm
Chicago premiere! Filmmakers and special guests in person!

The Friday, November 10 screening is now SOLD OUT!


As the controversy over sports concussions heats up, director Carpenter, daughter of former NFL running back Lew Carpenter, delves into football’s shocking history of players whose lives were cut short as a result of blunt force head trauma. After Lew’s death, his family was forced to come to grips with the diagnosis of the degenerative cognitive disease CTE, reworking their memories of his depression, forgetfulness, and inexplicable rages as caused by a disease he didn’t know he had. Interviews with experts including Dr. Bennet Omalu and Dr. Julian Bailes, and with players including Hall-of-Famers Mike Ditka and James Lofton, Lew’s former teammates, and more, tell a story that desperately needs to be told by those inside the game. DCP digital. (BS)

Friday, 11/10: Director Rebecca Carpenter and producer Sara Dee will introduce the film.

Saturday, 11/11: Director Rebecca Carpenter, producer Sara Dee, esteemed neurosurgeon Dr. Julian Bailes, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Maraniss, and former San Francisco 49er Chris Borland are scheduled to appear for audience discussion.

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