is a documentary of personal stories revealing the alarming plight of professional football players. Their emotions raw, their concerns unmasked, their lives on the line, players and their families reveal their experiences and their fears. Retired professional greats join today's stars of the game to tell it from their hearts as they converse with host and co-producer Dorsey Levens about what their lives are really like. Dorsey asks the questions that need to be asked to illuminate the disturbing dilemma of these incredibly dedicated professional athletes, more and more of whom suffer lifelong debilitating health issues resulting from trauma-induced brain damage. Compelling from beginning to end, Bell Rung
will move you to tears as it enlightens your awareness through the powerful, private stories and personal anecdotes of these legendary athletes whose lives have been committed to the game you love to watch.
*Filmmaker in attendance.
Screening with Cutting Loose
As director of the documentary Bell Rung, Zach Herrmann brings his unique style of intriguing
and intensifying techniques to a powerfully personal presentation of otherwise private
conversations between legendary athletes. His directorial debut For Keeps, which premiered in
2008, contains similar intensity combined with the individual characteristics he painstakingly
captures. Bell Rung, directed by Herrmann and co-produced with Dorsey Levens and Nick
Basta, has gained national attention both for impact of content and for recognition of style, with
showings to date in Atlanta, New York, and Boston. Currently, Herrmann has directed two more
films which are in pre-production.