Kevin Turner is a gentle but broken man of 42, a football superstar forced to reflect on the price he is paying for his glory years and to wonder whether in worshiping his sport he prayed to a false god. In the decade since he retired, he lost his job, his money, his marriage and even, he thinks, his mind. And in May 2010, doctors told him his once elite body was withering, consumed by ALS, a fatal disease. Still in love with football, Turner is fighting now to raise awareness of the traumas produced by the sport's inevitable concussions and head injuries. Does he dare continue to cheer his sons and other impassioned players? What will be his legacy?
Jon Frankel American Man is Frankel’s second feature length documentary. Hellfighters premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival and was featured on ESPN. Since 2006 Frankel has been a correspondent on HBOs REAL Sports with Bryant Gumbel. He began his career as a local sportscaster in West Palm Beach before moving to Miami and back home to New York City. Before long Frankel moved to the networks and spent ten years as a general assignment correspondent for NBC, ABC and CBS News. Once active in contact sports, Frankel now gets his kicks from cross-training. He competed in the Hawaii Ironman and is an avid skier. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and three children.
PRECEDED BY SHORT FILM
U.S.A., 2012, 10 mins, Color (Language)
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Director/Screenwriter: Richard Speight, Jr.
One man’s life becomes the lesson of the day when he takes a captive audience on a frenetic ride through his own twisted version of the American experience.