On December 25th, Sony Pictures will release CONCUSSION starring Will Smith. CONCUSSION is a truly remarkable film, starring Will Smith, based on the true and courageous journey of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant Nigerian American forensic pathologist, who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma caused by repeated concussions and fought for the truth to be known. Even as Dr. Omalu’s discovery put him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful institutions in the world – the NFL – he refused to back down.
The film speaks to those life-changing moments when we, as individuals, are brave enough to stand in our truth, even in the face of wrongdoing, and as a result, we change the world around us. From Dec. 25th – January
18th, we are partnering with Sony Pictures to launch the #GameChangers Campaign – an initiative to lift up the unseen everyday acts of courage that immigrants and people of color engage in daily to create change for their families, communities and the world – and to amplify Dr. Omalu’s courageous work. We want to celebrate those
who speak up despite difficult circumstances and stand as advocates for others who cannot speak for themselves.
During this time, we are asking labor, faith, community and civic leaders to engage your communities in celebrating those who speak up despite great personal risk and stand as advocates for others who cannot speak for themselves.
# G A M E C H A N G E R S C A M PA I G N
Celebrating stories of every day people who have courageously spoken truth to power under great risk.
- Upload a brief video message @ConcussionMovie to share your story or stories of other #GameChangers in your community!
- Host a #GameChangers Community Screening and forum by organizing your members, churches, community groups to go to the theater together to see CONCUSSION starting Dec. 25th – 27th, 2015 through Martin Luther King Day – January 18th, 2016.
- Share your love of football by taking the #ForTheGame challenge and posting a video message celebrating what you love about the game, your favorite players and why you support worker safety measures to protect those players!
About Dr. Bennet Omalu:
CTE Impacted Player Response:
The film also stars Alec Baldwin, Luke Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Arliss Howard, Paul Reiser, with David Morse, Albert Brooks and additional performances by Hill Harper, Richard T. Jones and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.
Columbia Pictures presentation in association with LStar Capital and Village Roadshow Pictures, the film is written and directed by Peter Landesman, based on the GQ article “Game Brain” by Jeanne Marie Laskas, and produced by Ridley Scott, Giannina Scott, David Wolthoff, Larry Shuman and Elizabeth Cantillon, and executive produced by Michael Schaefer, David Crockett, Ben Waisbren, Bruce Berman and Greg Basser.
The film is slated for release on December 25, 2015.