From acclaimed director Steve James (Academy Award-nominated for “Hoop Dreams” and “The Interrupters”), “HEAD GAMES” is a revealing documentary about the silent concussion crisis in American sports.

Athletes from the professional to the youth levels share their personal struggles in dealing with the devastating and long-term effects of concussions, an epidemic fueled by the “leave everything on the field” culture so prominent in American sport.

Inspired by events from the book “Head Games” written by former Ivy League Football Player and WWE Wrestler Christopher Nowinski, the film contrasts eye-opening evidence and cutting-edge science on head trauma from the nation’s leading medical experts with first-hand accounts from the athletes, coaches, and parents who must tread the difficult balance between sports excellence and basic self-preservation.

“HEAD GAMES” will expose viewers to one of the leading public health issues of our time, raising the question: “How much of you are you willing to lose for a game?”

Variance Films announced plans to premier the documentary in New York City on Sept. 21, and then expand the release to top markets in October. Plans call for select screenings to feature guest speakers and panel discussions.

In addition, filmgoers have the opportunity to bring, “HEAD GAMES,” to their local movie theaters through Tugg, a web-based platform that empowers individuals to select a film, screening time, and nearby theater and spread the word to their online community. Once a necessary amount of people commit to attending, Tugg will reserve the theater and ensure the delivery of the movie. Also, people will be able to rent the film for $6.99 on Facebook and will have 48 hours to watch it.

DIRECTOR: Steve James
PRODUCED BY: Bruce Sheridan and Steve James
FEATURING INTERVIEWS WITH: Bob Costas (NBC Sports), Keith Primeau (NHL All-Star), Cindy Parlow Cone (Olympic Gold Medalist), Dr. Robert Cantu (Boston University), Dr. Doug Smith
RELEASE DATE: September 21, 2012 (NYC)
RUN TIME/FORMAT: 91 minutes – DCP Digital and Blu-ray
MPAA RATING: Not yet rated, appropriate for all ages