Athletes in Motion

10 Short Films / 1 TV Hour / Web & Mobile

A cross-platform series of 10 x 2:00 minute short films bringing together the brightest directors, actors, musicians, cinematographers, designers, animators, and choreographers with world class athletes to celebrate the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

 

Winner Best Drama/Fiction at the European Video and Mobile TV Forum, Paris, January 27, 2010.
Nominated Best Branded Entertainment, Banff International Television Festival, June 2010.

Co-produced with Crowsnest Films in association with Bravo!Fact for Bravo! and CTV. Produced by Srinivas Krishna and John Kerr, Executive Producer Judy Gladstone.

Some of the talent signed on to the project include: Douglas Coupland (Writer); Jennifer Jones (Curling); Jason Priestley (Director); Gordon Downie (Composer); Jan Hudec (Alpine Ski Racing); Warren Shouldice (Freestyle Aerials); Katie Willis (Ski Jump); Sara Reid (Skeleton); Jay Malinowski (Composer); John Kerr (Director); DJ Deadmau5 (Composer); Myriam Bouchard (Director); Cam Christensen (Director/Animator); Megan Imrie (Biathlon); Rosanna Crawford (Biathlon); Srinivas Krishna (Director); Nicole Mion (Director); Clarence Ford (Director/Choreographer); Michael Maxxis (Director); Regan Lauscher (Luge); Heather Moyse (Bobsleigh); Michelle Kelly (Skeleton); Mark Adam (Director); Josh Dueck (Paralympic Ski Racing); Murray Siple (Director); and Elizabeth Manley (Figure Skating).

A one hour television program with an eleventh short film “In The Groove” premiered nationally on CTV on Saturday, February 6th, 2010.

Athletes In Motion can also be viewed on demand at www.CTVOlympics.ca, accompanied by bonus elements including bios, photos, and daily captioned snapshots inspired by winter sports and the Olympic Games, sent in by commentators from across Canada.

The Films

Just Beat It

Jason Priestley directs downhill skier Jan Hudec in a drum performance that tells the poignant story of a grueling and determined recovery from serious injury.

 

Fight For FlightWatch it!

In this animated short film, filmmakers Cam Christensen and Nicole Mion explore the question, “How does it feel to fly?”, capturing the remarkable world of 18-year-old Calgary ski jumper Katie Willis, known for her fight against the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the right for women to compete at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.

 

Bring It Home

Starring Rosanna Crawford and Megan Imrie, a new track from Bedouin Soundclash frontman Jay Malinowski underscores the fictional pre-history of biathlon as seen by Edmonton filmmaker Michael Maxxis.

 

Hardcore Bonspiel

Small town Tuesday night Ladies’ League curling couldn’t be more humdrum until iconic writer Douglas Coupland offers an accidental glimpse into the strangely beguiling daydream of local skip Jen, played by World Champion Curler Jennifer Jones. Directed by John Kerr, various touchstones of our shared experience are thrown down the ice to the idiosyncratic rhythms of Gordon Downie in a wry and blissful celebration of nothing less than what it is to be Canadian.

 

Stand Tall, Watch The JumpWatch it!

These are the words that run through the mind of Freestyle Aerialist Warren Shouldice as he prepares to jump. These words also form the core of filmmaker Srinivas Krishna’s cinematic meditation about a young boy’s dreams of flight.

 

Hockey T’NiteWatch it!

Drills become choreography through the lensing of filmmaker Mark Adam, as players from the Nepean Minor Hockey Association skate to the familiar notes of The Hockey Theme.

 

In The GrooveWatch it!

Directed by Clarence Ford, this film is the template for all of the Athletes In Motion short films. It is a combination of hockey, dance, figure skating and rock/funk set in an outdoor ice rink and featuring four-time World and Canadian National Champion figure skater and choreographer Kurt Browning.

 

Let Yourself SlideWatch it!

World Junior Champion Skeleton slider Sarah Reid joins forces with prolific dancer, choreographer, teacher, and film director Clarence Ford to create a fusion of street and hip hop choreography with the movements of skeleton to tell the story of a young choreographer preparing and rehearsing a dance routine for an upcoming production.

 

Sit On ItWatch it!

The mountains emerge in all their majesty and paralympic ski racer Josh Dueck in all his humanity in this beautiful montage by filmmaker Murray Siple.

 

Figures

Filmmaker Myriam Bouchard explores with figure skater Elizabeth Manley the frozen moment before a public performance. Figures is about a solo act, an athlete trying to turn back time, to find footing, to catch her breath, to reclaim her identity and face destiny head first.

 

Slide ShowWatch it!

In this film from Clarence Ford featuring the beats of DJ Deadmau5 and Dr. Draw on electric violin, couture meets champions on the runway of a fashion show where the designs of Paul Hardy are modeled by national Bobsleigh, Luge, and Skeleton sliders Heather Moyse, Regan Lauscher, and Michelle Kelly.

 

Athletes In Motion is a co-production between Divani Films and Crowsnest Films, produced by Srinivas Krishna and John Kerr in association with Bravo!FACT, Bravo!, and CTV. The program is made possible with financial assistance provided by the Government of Alberta, Alberta Film Development Program; the Canadian Film Centre, Administrator of the Telus Innovation Fund; Rogers Telefund; and the Canadian Audio Visual Certification Tax Credit Program. “Figures”, “Sit On it” and “Hockey Tonight” are produced in part through a containR commission made possible by containR; Springboard; Cineworks; Bravo!FACT; CTV; BCAC Unique Opportunities; Arts Partners In Creative Development.