This Frontline documentary is powerful, moving and memorable. (1 hour 24 minutes) "Just a generation ago, it was adults, not kids, who changed genders. But
today, many children are transitioning, too -- with new medical
options, and at younger and younger ages. In Growing Up Trans,
FRONTLINE takes viewers on an intimate and eye-opening journey inside
the struggles and choices facing transgender kids and their families."
At 30, Patrick O’Brien was TransFatty, a New York City DJ, internet
personality, and filmmaker.
He spent his days as a beer-drinking creative force, making art films
about perverts, vulnerable souls, and Howard Johnson’s restaurants...
Then his legs started shaking.
Defying sentimentality, TRANSFATTY LIVES takes you on an
emotional rollercoaster from Patrick’s wild, fun-loving days into the dark
heart of ALS (a.k.a. Lou Gehrig’s disease).
Given 2 to 5 years
to live, Patrick first loses his ability to walk, then move his arms, then to
swallow, and even to breathe.
The sickening crunch of football players crashing against
each other, helmet to helmet, echoes through “Concussion” like an alarm.
There’s another appalling sound here, too, created by the collision of
corporate avarice — in the blurred form of the National Football League — and a
doctor fighting a righteous fight.
12/25/15: I just saw Concussion.A truly amazing film.The hero is Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian
neuro- and forensic pathologist, who had the courage to follow up on his unpopular findings.Will Smith and Alec Baldwin are powerful and
amazing in their roles.This film is a
great introduction to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and it won’t be
just football.Concussion addresses an
unfortunate truth.It’s great to see a
film where a pathologist, especially a forensic pathologist is the hero.DJE
Reference: Chronic traumatic encephalopathy in a National Football
League player. Omalu BI, DeKosky ST, Minster RL, Kamboh MI, Hamilton RL, Wecht
CH. Neurosurgery. 2005 Jul;57(1):128-34; discussion 128-34. Abstract. (This is where it all began!)
PBS/Frontline Documentary The National Football League, a multibillion-dollar
commercial juggernaut, presides over America's indisputable national pastime.
But the NFL is under assault: thousands of former players have claimed the
league tried to cover up how football inflicted long-term brain injuries on
many players. What did the NFL know, and when did it know it? In a special
two-hour investigation, FRONTLINE reveals the hidden story of the NFL and brain
This documentary is an amazing piece of journalism. It is the back-stroy ofthe movie Concussion. Each compliments the other. 60 minutes
From Amazon: "The movie is a road trip movie about three young people
finding themselves by addressing overdue personal and
The thing that sets it apart is that the
main cast of characters have some form of mental issue: Tourette's, anorexia/bulimia, OCD. It's interesting because not many films address how mental
illness affects family and other relationships."
Concussion, the drama, focuses on the issue of head injury
in the NFL, with Will Smith portraying real-life forensic neuropathologist Dr.
Bennet Omalu, who discovered that football players were dying as a result of
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy they got from playing the game. Of course, the
NFL was not happy about this discovery and has denounced Omalu's work.