Only the heartiest moviegoers would brave the elements of February to watch a movie outside -- literally projected on a block of snow.
Fortunately, hearty sports fans and athletes will be the most likely audiences to attend the Canadian Sport Film Festival with its scheduled 10 screenings on Feb. 7 and 8. The first night of screenings take place in the relative warmth of the Park Theatre. The second night takes place outside at The Forks in a revival of the "Snowscreen," a chilly venue once popular at the late lamented FilmExchange festival.
The sixth annual fest kicks off its opening night Friday Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. with The Crash Reel, a profile of snowboarder Kevin Pearce and his attempted comeback from brain injury. It is followed with Tailwind: Prairie Harvest, a doc following four friends embarking on a 17-day, 1200-km unsupported bike tour around Manitoba to meet local food producers and consume only food sourced within the province. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
On the second night of the festival, the admission is free to Snowscreen showings of eight short films, at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., including:
- Faith’s Goal, a five-minute profile of 11-year-old Faith Walker as recounts her experiences playing in a previously all-boys’ hockey league.
- The Toilers of ’33, director Kevin Nikkel’s doc telling the tragic story of the Winnipeg Toilers, the 1933 men’s Canadian basketball champions who suffered a disaster upon returning from a triumphant trip in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
- Away, a 14-minute doc about the subculture of New York City surfing from the perspective of three women who surf at Rockaway Beach.
For more information on the Canadian Sport Film Festival and to purchase tickets, log onto www.sportfilmfestival.ca.