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4 The Love of Puck

4 The Love of Puck is a documentary that explores the unique culture behind the sport of hockey, in all its forms.

4 The Love of Puck

4 The Love of Puck is a documentary that explores the unique culture behind the sport of hockey, in all its forms.

$9,581
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Funding Unsuccessful
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Last updated August 1, 2019

About

4 The Love of Puck is a feature length documentary that takes a behind-the-scenes look into a unique sporting culture and the social community that naturally develops from this beloved game.

This film will tell personal stories from a variety of individuals from all walks of life who share the love of hockey... men’s, women’s, coed and sled from the State of Hockey to the California ponds (roller) to the European game in the Alps. 

This film will be part travel documentary and part subculture exploration. It will be high-energy, fun, funny, motivational, uplifting, and will focus on the positives of the human spirit and highlight stories that bring people together.

Based in St. Paul, MN, two men--Adam Howard and Casimir Semlak, lifelong hockey players and friends--will stop at nothing to make connections across the globe in order to dig into unexpected areas and interesting locations where the sport they love is being played.  

In the Spring of 2019 Adam and Cas began this project by embarking on global travel in search of pickup games, cold beverages and meaningful connections. They intend to show that no matter who you are, where you go, or which locker room you’re in, hockey culture is comprised of lovable characters--good-natured athletes who are generally a little outside of the box.

Adam and Cas will show that this sport transcends age, gender, race and region. They will interact with a variety of characters from around the world and explore their connections to the game and what it is that keeps them coming back. They will research each individual's hometown hockey scene to learn the similarities and differences within hockey culture across borders. They will explore the reasons why people play as adults, into middle age and beyond; why it’s a culture that naturally forms bonds; and why it’s addicting to those who connect within this game.

Where did this story come from?

This story was born from love, respect and addiction. 

Love--for the sport, for teammates and camaraderie. 

Respect--for the game, its values and opponents. 

Addiction--to healthy competition and a welcoming, fun and bizarre community. 

Production schedule:

  • March 2019 - May 2019: Pre-production and planning
  • April 2019 - present: Assemble film crew and production team
  • June 2019 - present: Funding and sponsorship procurement
  • June 2019: Production begins in St. Paul, MN
  • June 2019: Location shooting in Los Angeles, CA
  • July 2019: Location shooting in Toronto, ON
  • August 2019: Location shooting in Madison, WI
  • September 2019: Location shooting in Munich, Germany 
  • September 2019: Location shooting in Innsbruck & Salzburg, Austria
  • September 2019: Location shooting in Bolzano, Italy
  • September 2019: Location shooting in St. Moritz, Switzerland
  • October 2019: Location shooting in Zurich, Switzerland
  • October 2019: Location shooting in Orlando, FL
  • November 2019: Location shooting in St. Paul, MN
  • November 2019 - December 2019: Post-production
  • 2020: Promotion and distribution

Why we need your help... 

This is a passion project. These are stories worth telling. Filmmaking is expensive. We are not rich. 

We’re willing to invest our own time, money and effort, but we can’t do it alone. Please help us accomplish our goal of making this film and putting truly interesting and inspiring people on camera for the world to get to know. 

To tell this story the right way, we need financial assistance with the following: 

  • Permits for location shooting
  • Location & studio rentals
  • Equipment purchases and rentals
  • Labor costs for production team 
  • Travel expenses for production team
  • Labor costs for post-production (editing)
  • Licensing/music rights
  • Distribution
  • Insurance

Why is this important? Why do we care?

Adam and Cas are energized by the growing diversity in the sport of hockey, however, they realize there is still a lot of progress needed in this area. They hope that in some (small or big) way, this film, this project will inspire more diversity and inclusion in the game they love. 

The larger message they will deliver: While similarities and similar interests bring us together, it’s our differences that should be explored and celebrated, not only in hockey but in life.    

To accomplish this they will share a behind-the-scenes look at a culture that promotes the motto to all girls, boys, men, women, disadvantaged, disabled and people from all walks of life: "there is no such thing as a former or different hockey player". 


"In this community we are all one, we're all connected."

-Cas


"When you enter into this sport, you're accepted into a community. When you connect within this culture, strangers feel like old friends."

- Adam 

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Risks and challenges

A risk this film faces is not being able to tell this story the right way. Fidelity to this topic is important to us. To fully explore this story, to delve into diverse areas, to speak with a diverse group of people, to explore the sport of hockey in its different forms, we need your financial assistance to dig into locations outside of Minnesota.

Please help us overcome these challenges; please join us and be a part of this project.

Thank you.

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    Have you met Tara? Well no one I have met in past years is more enthusiastic about hockey (besides myself) than Tara. She plays a lot of hockey and cannot get enough! She plays a lot locally and would love to play with you but wants to dedicate to this movie. So make a $25 donation and she will play locally for you in the Boardman Ohio, New Castle Pennsylvania or Pittsburgh areas! Please contact us for other locations! And don't worry about Skill level, Tara jsut got asked to try out for the Buffalo Beauts woman's professional team. So she has you covered! She will be traveling to Europe with us this fall! Feel free to ask further questions! She is available Immediately.

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