Bell Rung: Help Dorsey Levens reduce the tragic effects of head trauma in sports

Bell Rung - A documentary about concussions in the NFL
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National Productions
Sports
Wilmington, North Carolina
United States
5 Team Members

Hi!

I'm Dorsey Levens, former All Pro Super Bowl champion with the Green Bay Packers.

I want to introduce you to my documentary Bell Rung, about concussions in the NFL. I am deeply concerned about the consequences of head trauma for all my friends and current players, for the boys just beginning, and even for myself. Every day we are learning new and alarming information about concussions and something needs to be done.

 

What is the documentary Bell Rung about?

We have already shot a 48-minute version of Bell Rung, but we need to do more.  We need to get you into the shoes of some of your favorite players, 24/7, so that you can witness firsthand what it is like to be a professional football player struggling to live your life in the aftermath of concussions. With our cameras, we want you to follow these dynamic athletes as they live their everyday lives, interacting with their families, their friends, and even their doctors. We want to make you a participant in an intimate and vivid experience that you will never forget.

Great Football Players have already shared their stories with me:

 

 > Takeo Spikes

 > Jamal Lewis                                        

 > Richard Seymour

 > Vonnie Holliday

 > Jamie Dukes

 > Wayne Gandy

 > Ellis Hobbs

 

Through the work of our Bell Rung team, these men are allowing you to witness their anxiety at a level of emotion they typically keep reserved because they know how important it is to bring our concerns for them and their debilitating dilemma to you, to everyone we can, in order to make sure people are aware of the consequences. Bell Rung asks the questions that need to be asked:

Is it acceptable for professional football players to remain neglected medically and economically by the league and owners as they confront post-professional football lives of disability and perpetual pain?

Should professional football players have to endure trauma-induced brain damage, early onset dementia, and Alzheimer's disease, often beginning well before the age of fifty? 

Is society content to allow these former warriors of the football field to be cast aside and forgotten when they are no longer part of our national entertainment? 

 

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Why are we dedicated to creating this documentary? 

WE BELIEVE that Bell Rung is an important documentary that must be viewed by professionals as well as by the general public. In order to maximize on its potential benefits, Bell Rung has to reach as many people as possible, giving us the means to fight together. Working together, as a team, we can make the world aware of the plight of these players, as well as help to determine and make the changes that are necessary. Concussions in Sports cause serious problems and the issue of brain injury needs to be addressed. People need to be aware of the consequences.


OF COURSE, WE LOVE FOOTBALL,
 and we know you do, too!  Football is an important part of our family lives and family traditions and that's why we think not only football players should see Bell Rung, but mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, friends, coaches, fans, teammates—EVERYBODY! 

 

Our Team

Executive Producer:  Dorsey Levens

Former Green Bay Packer Hall of Famer, retired NFL Player, and game analyst, Dorsey Levens is no stranger to performing under the spotlight.  As a Pro Bowl Running Back and a Super Bowl Champion, Dorsey has mastered a unique and crucial balance of leadership and teamwork, dynamics of his personality that underscore his amazing presence in person as well as on the stage and on the screen. While his personal attributes are foremost, Dorsey also brings an extensive repertoire of contributions to film projects.  In addition to his impressive background in sports, Dorsey has proven himself to be just as knowledgeable and tirelessly dedicated to the industries of film and entertainment. Author, producer and star of the celebrated play Stripped, Dorsey has been active in live theater and film productions in Atlanta, across the nation and, most recently co-starring in an anticipated comedy hit, Gridiron UK.

 

 

Director / Executive Producer:  Zach Herrmann

A film industry professional and aficionado for many years, Zach Herrmann has been involved in major productions as well as smaller ones.   

As a former college athlete and a current professional athlete in basketball, Zach has been able to bring a comprehensive knowledge of sports to the realm of cinematography. Having worked for many years as a sports coordinator on major projects including the television series One Tree Hill and full-length feature films such as Semi-Pro, Zach has had experience working closely with shot directions through script analysis and camera placements. 

In 2007, Zach finished his first documentary For Keeps which he directed and co-produced with friend James Lafferty. Now working on Bell Rung, he has gained National and International attention and has proven that his expertise for combining quality and cost effectiveness yields strong results in the industry.

 

More Cast & Crew

Director: Zach Herrmann; Written By: Dorsey Levens; Executive Producers: Dorsey Levens, Nick Basta, Tom McGee, Pete Gratale, Zach Herrmann; Director of Photography: Oliver Mellan; Edited by: Shane Callahan; Featured Players: Jamie Dukes, Takeo Spikes, Jamal Lewis, Ellis Hobbs, Ryan Stewart, Wayne Gandy, Deon Grant, Vonnie Holiday, Jonas Jennings, Richard Seymour, Jamie Winborn, Ovie Mughelli, Rod Coleman, Jeff Bryant, Ryan McNeil, Mario Haggan, Ronnie Brown, Lamar Campbell, Willie Clay, Michael Cheever, John Abbate; Medical Specialist: Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz. 

 

What do we need?

We need YOU!

Football players play together on the field and filmmakers work together on the set. It's all about teamwork, AND WE WANT YOU ON OUR TEAM!

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In order to finish the documentary Bell Rung and be able to follow football players 24/7 to give you a genuine and in-depth experience, we need contributions that will go towards:

 

       > Copyrights 

 > Film Crew

 > Travel

 > Cameras

 > Medical Appointments

 > Music

 > Research

 > Equipment

 > Editing

 

Here is how you can join our team and help us score!

 

Contribute and get some UNIQUE and PERSONALIZED perks!

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BE PART OF OUR TEAM!

MAKE OUR TEAM YOUR TEAM AND 

LET'S DO SOMETHING GREAT TOGETHER!

 

THANK YOU!

 

Yours,

Dorsey Levens

 

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    After the movie is finished, you will get a download of Bell Rung and the film soundtrack! Plus all of the above. Download of Bell Rung + Download of the Soundtrack to Bell Rung + 8x10 Autographed Photo + Team Bell Rung Certificate + Thank You Credit

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    Allright Packer fans, get a Cheesehead signed by Dorsey Levens to wear at your next game or an autographed Football, you can have that instead, plus we will throw in a cool Bell Rung t-shirt! And of course everything above! CHOICE of an Autographed Cheesehead OR Autographed Football + Bell Rung T-Shirt + Bell Rung Download + Soundtrack Download + 8x10 Autographed Photo + Team Bell Rung Certificate + Thank You Credit *please add $10.00 for USA shipping / $20.00 for international shipping

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    Get a personalized video from Dorsey Levens. Ask him anything you want! Personalized Video + CHOICE of an Autographed Cheesehead OR Autographed Football + Bell Rung T-Shirt + Bell Rung Download + Soundtrack Download + 8x10 Autographed Photo + Team Bell Rung Certificate + Thank You Credit *please add $10.00 for USA shipping / $20.00 for international shipping

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    Get a football Jersey signed by Dorsey Levens plus everything above! Autographed Jersey + Personalized Video + CHOICE of an Autographed Cheesehead OR Football + Bell Rung T-Shirt + Bell Rung Download + Soundtrack Download + 8x10 Autographed Photo + Team Bell Rung Certificate + Thank You Credit *please add $10.00 for USA shipping / $20.00 for international shipping

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    Get a personalized call on Skype with Dorsey Levens. Reminisce about his days with the Packers! Plus, get a download of special deleted scenes from Bell Rung! Skype w/ Dorsey + Deleted Scenes + Autographed Jersey + CHOICE of an Autographed Cheesehead OR AutographedFootball + Bell Rung T-Shirt + Bell Rung Download + Soundtrack Download + 8x10 Autographed Photo + Team Bell Rung Certificate + Thank You Credit *please add $10.00 for USA shipping /$20.00 for Int'l

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    Receive an Associate Producer Credit in the movie and get an invite to the premiere an after party of Bell Rung, where you can meet and hang out with Dorsey Levens and others! Associate Producer Credit + Premiere/After Party Invite + Deleted Scenes + Autographed Jersey + CHOICE of an Autographed Cheesehead OR Autographed Football + Bell Rung T-Shirt + Bell Rung Download + Soundtrack Download + 8x10 Autographed Photo + Team Bell Rung Certificate + Thank You Credit

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    You will receive a Producer Credit in Bell Rung. A football Jersey signed by Dorsey and by football players from the movie. You are also personally invited to have dinner with Dorsey himself! Producer Credit + Autographed Jersey + Dinner with Dorsey + Premiere/Afterparty Invite + Deleted Scenes + CHOICE of an Autographed Cheesehead OR Autographed Football + Bell Rung T-Shirt + Bell Rung Download + Soundtrack Download + 8x10 Autographed Photo + Team Bell Rung Certificate + Thank You Credit

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    You will receive an Executive Producer Credit, 2 tickets to a Green Bay Packer game with Dorsey Levens (travel,accommodations included), and a tour of the locker room! Executive Producer Credit + 2 tix to Packer game + Locker Room tour + Autographed Jersey + Premiere/Afterparty Invite + Deleted Scenes + CHOICE of an Autographed Cheesehead OR Football + Bell Rung T-Shirt + Bell Rung Download + Soundtrack Download + 8x10 Autographed Photo + Team Bell Rung Certificate + Thank You Credit

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