Local hockey-marathon doc screens on Knowledge Network

If you haven’t seen the locally made documentary Lace Bite, about a Guiness World Records–ranked marathon hockey game, then make some time or set your recorder during the next two days.

The 2012 doc, made by local filmmakers Sharron Bates and Carmen Klotz, got its TV debut less than two weeks ago and Knowledge Network has scheduled four screenings for Tuesday (January 7; 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.) and Wednesday (January 8; 2 a.m. and 6 p.m.).

The heartwarming, funny, and engaging flick took the best-feature prize at last year’s Vancouver Queer Film Festival and has been warmly received on the international-festival circuit during the past year.

The game—played entirely by women, both rec-leauge vets and rank amateurs—was a fundraiser for cystic-fibrosis research and the result of a promise made by one of its organizers to a friend who died from complications related to CF, which is the most common inherited fatal disease in Canada.

The only thing more remarkable than the money raised ($165,000) by the 40 young women who took part in the record-setting game of shinny in Burnaby was the actual duration of the contest: 243 hours and five minutes. That’s 10 days, people.

The original 68-minute film has been trimmed to fit the TV time slot (an exercise that its makers, in a recent release, described as “excruciating” but something they reluctantly agreed to in order to further awareness of cystic fibrosis).

The original version (for which you can read a review here, or a preview feature here) is available for DVD purchase through Cystic Fibrosis Canada's Vancouver office here.

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