ABOUT THE PROJECT
After current US Olympic Bobsled Captain Steven Holcomb suddenly dies from a lethal combination of pills and alcohol just days after he interviews him, veteran sports filmmaker Brett Rapkin ventures to interview other top Olympic athletes and mental health professionals to find out why so many of our nation’s top athletes suffer from these issues.
SYNOPSIS / DESCRIPTION
Over 3.6 BILLION people globally will tune in to the upcoming Winter Olympics in February. What most of these viewers do not know is that many of these athletes are suffering from mental health issues. THE WEIGHT OF GOLD is a new documentary project by Emmy Award-winning writer/director Brett Rapkin slated for release in February 2018, just in time for the Winter Olympics. The film will feature interviews and footage from some of the world’s best Olympic athletes and gold medal winners including Michael Phelps, Lindsey Vonn, Caitlyn Jenner, Bode Miller, Amanda Beard, and many others.
The genesis of the documentary was a difficult one: Brett conducted an emotional interview with US Men’s Olympic Bobsled Captain Steven Holcomb in late April 2017, just twelve days before he took his own life. Rather than abandon the project after Steven’s unexpected death, the filmmakers decided to broaden the subject and honor his legacy by telling not only Steven’s own story but those of some of the staggering number of his Team USA brothers and sisters who have also struggled with mental health.
Because our Olympians are held in such high esteem, the honest sharing of their personal stories is certain to have broad appeal and lasting impact.
GENRE Documentary Feature
DIRECTOR Brett Rapkin
SCREENWRITER Brett Rapkin
PRODUCER Brett Rapkin, Amber Theoharis
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