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Don McKellar finds truth and reconciliation Through Black Spruce

Interview: Don McKellar The award-winning writer, actor and director says bringing Joseph Boyden’s bestselling novel about a Cree woman in search of her missing twin to the big screen felt like the right thing to do -- because it wasn’t his idea.

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(April 5, 2018) The first trailer for Gabe Polsky’s new film hit the Googleverse this week. In Search of Greatness is described as an intensive look at what makes a champion. Featuring interviews with undeniable winners such as Wayne Gretzky, Pele and Jerry Rice, In Search of Greatness may not offer the standard jock quotes as far as teamwork and discipline, hints Polsky. “These icons’ trajectories prove that mastery cannot be manufactured,” says Polsky in the press release. “That the systems meant to cultivate us often stifle us instead, discouraging qualities that typically define those who leave a mark on the world: imagination, instinct and individuality.  In a culture at risk of losing its soul to systems of all varieties, these ideas seem more vital than ever.  How can a society so obsessed with success fail to understand its essence?  Too many coaches, teachers and CEO’s misunderstand what makes a person thrive.  They can’t see when the next Mozart stands before them.”

“In this film, Gabe Polsky has unearthed an important learning on what it is that breeds success in any field, and it isn’t the same daily practice drills, or the ability to follow orders, or being adept at learning a system: instead, it’s creativity,” says prodution executive Will Staeger in the statement. “Imagination. Innovation. Risk-taking. Some of the greatest figures in sports and education populate Gabe’s storytelling, and it will surprise you. It’s fascinating, and IMG is fortunate to play a part in bringing this story to viewers.”

Gabe Polsky translated his love of hockey and his fascination for the success of the Soviet hockey system into his first documentary feature, Red Army. Released in 2014, it painted an in-depth and tormented picture of the national team. It also highlighted the importance of creativity in the Soviet game style.

No release date has been set, but chances are it will follow the same release strategy as Red Army, and hit festivals first. Look for it some time in September, when the sporting and cinema season restart in earnest.

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