Organizers of the Canadian Sport Film Festival figure if Winnipeggers play hockey outdoors in February, they’ll probably watch films about hockey outdoors, too.
The festival makes a two-night stop in Winnipeg this weekend. The puck drops at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at The Forks with five short films on hockey to be viewed on a snowscreen.
Among the short films to be shown are Champion City: The 1896 Winnipeg Victorias, a 25-minute 2012 docudrama that retells the story about how the team defeated the Montreal Victorias for the Stanley Cup, and Night Work: A Sawchuk Poem, about one man’s goal against Hall of Fame goalie Terry Sawchuk.
The festival moves indoors to the Park Theatre Saturday night at 7 p.m., when it will show the Manitoba première of Awaken the Dragon, an American documentary feature that focuses on a group of cancer survivors that form a dragon boat racing team.
At 9 p.m., it will screen Fordson: Faith, Fasting and Football, another American doc, about a predominantly Arab-American high school in Detroit that prepares for a football game during Ramadan against cross-town rivals.
Question and answer sessions with the filmmakers are scheduled after the screenings via Skype, a festival organizer said today.