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MSPIFF: The perils of shooting "Pond Hockey"

Posted at 6:16 PM on April 21, 2008 by Euan Kerr

Tommy Haines and Andrew Sherburne, part of the team behind "Pond Hockey"

Tommy Haines and Andrew Sherburne say they got a little more than they bargained for when they decided to use a helicopter to shoot the opening scene for their movie "Pond Hockey."

The film gets its world premier at the MSPIFF on Thursday evening. It features players from the first ever US Pond Hockey championships, and interviews with a host of NHL stars who credit their skills on the time they spent playing on outdoor rinks on lakes, in parks, and in backyards.

Haines, the films director, says it was a blast, but admits to having second thoughts when that helicopter arrived. For one thing, they'd never been up in a chopper before and it was much smaller than they had expected.

"And we are hanging out of this little 4 person helicopter with our camera, and it was - 15 outside with negative whatever windchills," he says.

"And we were going 120 miles an hour," Sherburne adds. He is one of the producers on the film.

"Yeah, not easy conditions," Haines grins.

What they found making their documentary was a growing uneasiness about how many youngsters only play in structured practices as part of teams, and the film makers believe this is draining the creativity and fun out of the game.

They hope the film will enjoy a run on the festival circuit and then a whole new life on DVD when it comes out in the fall - just in time for hockey season.

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