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Ice, Sweat and Tears A film by Michael McNamara An inside look at what it takes to be a champion Starring Patrick Chan, Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir Paige Lawrence & Rudi Swiegers Kurt Browning & Elvis Stojko World Broadcast Premiere on CBC Television’s Doc Zone Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 9pm (9:30 NT) “When they're slapping on the skates, not every kid dreams of hockey greatness. For some there's a dream that's just as big, just as thrilling and maybe even more challenging - the world of competitive figure skating, where the young competitors at the top enjoy the status of rock stars.” - from Ice, Sweat and Tears Toronto, Monday, February 4, 2013: Markham Street Films is pleased to announce the world broadcast premiere of their new documentary, Ice, Sweat and Tears, on the eve of the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ontario. Written and directed by Gemini Award winner Michael McNamara, Ice, Sweat and Tears features some of figure skating’s biggest names and shows a side of the sport that is rarely seen. “My wife (and producer/partner) Judy Holm has been a devoted figure skating fan for as long as I've known her. But it wasn't until making this film that I really understood why, and came to appreciate how exciting it really is –great athleticism, great courage, great characters. Now I'm hooked.” – Michael McNamara, Writer/Director Competitive figure skating was once all about carving compulsory patterns into the ice, but today's athletes have gone miles beyond Figure 8s, pushing limits, breaking records and going places never imagined.

 

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Death-defying stunts, spectacular athleticism, and intense rivalry – that’s competitive figure skating. But what does it really take to win? Ice, Sweat and Tears is an insider’s look – from the science of landing a “quad” to the art of choosing the right coach or partner. “How high do skaters jump?” “How are they marked?” “How do they train for dangerous lifts and throws?” These are some of the questions Ice, Sweat and Tears answers for both super fans and newbies. Filmed over the course of the 2011-2012 season, the documentary also follows an elite group of skaters from backstage jitters to on ice triumph – and heartbreak. Ice, Sweat and Tears goes behind the scenes with Olympic, World and Canadian Ice Dance Champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. At competitions and at their home rink in Canton, Michigan, viewers will see how they mitigate the pressure cooker of sharing the same rink and the same coach (Marina Zueva) with their greatest rivals – Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White. The film also follows two-time World Champion Patrick Chan as he smashes records and builds a program with new choreographer (former World and Canadian Champion) Jeffrey Buttle. Unlike pairs skaters, Patrick must handle the pressure of being the best without the support of a partner. And Canadian pairs medalists Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers are taking an alternative route to the podium. In Virden, Manitoba, these hometown heroes train without nearby competitors or other distractions, save for the legions of local supporters. But before they can reach the world championships they must first place in the top two at the Canadian nationals. But at the last minute, Paige suffers a concussion. Ice, Sweat and Tears also features exclusive interviews with skating luminaries like Kurt Browning and Elvis Stojko, and legendary coaches and choreographers Lori Nichol, Marina Zueva and Christy Krall. Through these voices, Ice, Sweat and Tears brings viewers up close and personal with the best in the sport to show how today’s athletes are pushing skating to new heights. -30Markham Street Films Inc. is a media company in Toronto, Canada, producing feature films, documentaries and television series. Genie-nominated feature drama Victoria Day premiered at Sundance 2009. Their film Acquainted With the Night won the Spirit Award at the Sedona Film Fest 2012, a Gemini Award for best direction and four other Gemini nominations. Markham Street recently produced The F-Word (CBC), Fanboy Confessional (SPACE) and Lights Out! (CBC). Co-presidents Judy Holm and Michael McNamara are award-winning producer/writer/directors. Ice, Sweat and Tears was made in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and with the participation of the Rogers Documentary Fund, Ontario Film & Television Tax Credit, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, Canadian Media Fund and Markham Street Films Inc. CBC Link: www.cbc.ca/doczone

 

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+++Available for interviews+++ Michael McNamara – Director, Writer++++++ For screener or Vimeo link for review, to book interviews and for further information, please contact: V Kelly & Associates, 416-466-9799, info@vkpr.ca Virginia Kelly - virginia@vkpr.ca Nancy Yu – nancy@vkpr.ca For images: www.vkpr.ca/press.html username: images password: vkpr

 

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Ice, Sweat and Tears Press Release  

Press release for Markham Street Films' new documentary about the colourful and highly competitive world of figure skating: "Ice, Sweat and...

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