Friday, October 4, 2013

PBS film looks at football, concussions

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     A distinguished documentary filmmaker from Idaho has made a documentary about the National Football League and the impact of concussions and brain damage on its athletes.

     The public television program “Frontline,” will present a two-hour investigation of the NFL and brain injuries on Tuesday, Oct. 8 starting at 9 p.m. Mountain Time on local cable channel 10.

     The film is called “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis.” It is directed, co-written and co-produced by former Idahoan Michael Kirk.

     The film draws from a forthcoming book, “League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth,” by journalists Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru.

     A 1965 graduate of Boise’s Bishop Kelly High School, filmmaker Michael Kirk graduated in 1971 from the University of Idaho with a degree in journalism. He began his career as a documentary writer, producer, and director at the university's public television station, KUID-TV, until 1977.

     Kirk became a Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University in 1979. He helped to create the PBS documentary series Frontline and was Frontline's senior producer from 1983-87. He now runs The Kirk Documentary Group, and over the years has produced more than 100 national television programs and documentaries.

     The Michael Kirk Award in Broadcast News is awarded every spring to the outstanding senior in the field at The School of Journalism and Mass Media at the University of Idaho. In 2000, he was named to the University of Idaho Hall of Fame.

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