Writer-Director-Producer Gretchen Kelbaugh
My goal was to make a feature using mainly members of my hockey team, Moms in Gear. I wonder if this is the first feature film made within a real hockey team? As we’re a team of women over 40, it is, of course, a comedy.
I didn't have much time to direct actors on
this crazy project, as I usually had to do camera and audio at the same time.
Once I had to set up the camera on a tripod and film myself, without anyone
behind the camera. A true No-Budget. While not a professional cinematographer,
I am pleased with the way the interviews, which are the backbone of the movie,
With amateur actors, I decided to write some of the characters based, in part, on the women playing them, often exaggerating their traits. My first direction to all the actors was "Don't laugh, don't even smile, when you say your ridiculous lines." Many of the ‘facts’, and some of the funniest lines, are true. For example, there was a time when we celebrated a 6-1 loss as a close game; we do, indeed, have only one fan; and Cindy was a contestant on Wipeout Canada.
To save money on locations, I wrote the players' places of work into the script. Thus we shot at the offices of a family doctor, a dentist and a massage therapist, all characters within the story. I used as much old team footage as I could, scanning back over a decade of videos and photos we had taken for fun.
My team was shocked with the news in October, 2017, of the murder of team member Cindy McCormick, one of the leads. This Saint John dentist with a big personality -- plus two children and a huge number of friends -- would have wanted the show to go on. We had shot the last scene a few weeks before she died, a victim of Intimate Partner Violence. I dedicate the film to her memory.