Sport Film Festival Debuts Friday Night

By Brian Schultz

The first-ever Canadian Sport Film Festival is screening a number of documentaries on Friday, including its feature piece, “Pond Hockey.”

Directed by Tommy Haines, “Pond Hockey” is the perfect complement for those people whose minds have already turned to Manitoba’s soon-to-be-frozen ponds and rivers. The film chronicles one of the world’s largest pond hockey tournaments, while recalling the lost joy of playing outdoors through the memories of hockey greats such as Wayne Gretzky and Neal Broten.

Also showing is “Night Work: A Sawchuk Poem” — a fanciful look at one man’s brush with fame, recalling a goal scored on East Kildonan’s Terry Sawchuk. Based on the poetry of Randall Maggs.

Also screening is “Inuit High Kick” and “Arctic Hip Hop,” two films that capture life in the Canadian north. The world premiere of “Tin Town” will also play, which is a documentary show in South Africa during the recent 2010 FIFA World Cup that highlights some of the unintended social costs of the world’s largest sporting event.

All films are screening at the Manitoba Museum, 190 Rupert Avenue.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors at or at the box office 30 minutes prior to the first screening at 7 p.m.

Proceeds from the film festival go to support KidSport.