New to DVD and VOD this week:
FLIN FLON: A HOCKEY TOWN
Northwest Fest, Oil Valley, Austin Revolution, Hamilton
A portrait of small Canadian mining town and its local junior hockey league.
Flin Flon, Manitoba – its unusual name borrowed from a character in a 1905 science fiction novel – is a typical remote Canadian town. With a population of approximately 5000, and mining as its main industry, the community does have one claim to fame: the Flin Flon Bombers. This junior hockey team counts among its alumni more than 40 NHL players, including some Hall of Famers. As more than one local explains, everyone in town is obsessed with the Bombers, and the Bombers – aged 18-20 years old, many coming from outside of the community – love their local fans. Dustin Cohen’s film offers up a slice of Canadiana, loosely profiling several members of the team, as well as some residents, resulting in a slight but affectionate profile of a small town and its young athletes.