Many years ago now, directors Spike Lee and John Singleton through their camera lens introduced audiences to new a perspectives of the African American experience in North America. The direction by these men and unique insights on the look and feel of blacks’ in movies was at the time groundbreaking.
Although films like Do the Right Thing, and Boyz in the Hood, were moderately successful, black filmmakers fought an uphill battle to direct films, and obtain funding to produce worthwhile projects.
With the new found profitability associated with black films like The Butler, The Help and Twelve years a Slave, which all received critical acclaim as well as box office success a beacon of hope has now cast its light of the black experience as it relates to film all over the world.
Now a new black filmmaker may be breaking new ground in Canada with a documentary about the sport of hockey through the eyes of people of African descent.
Mason will move forward on the groundbreaking work done by George Fosty who produced the Black Ice Project which revealed the little known history of black players in Canada and the innovations they brought to the game.
"I think it is a story that needs to be told" said Mason.
Just last year PK Subban made history by winning the Norris Trophy, and this year Seth Jones was selected as the number one pick by Central Scouting and is currently a leading contender for the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year.
Canadian radio personality Kwame Damon Mason goes on a journey exploring how hockey captivated him personally from an early age and his illumination as he learns about the rich history of blacks in hockey. He also explores how it has influenced current black players in the NHL and left a legacy for new black NHLers.
• Mason conducted In-depth interviews with players, hockey insiders and fans and investigate questions like; will we ever see an all-black line consistently in the NHL?
The documentary offers a unique view of who are these black men that play hockey?
• Who is Herb Carnegie who most of the general public is not aware once outscored NHL legend Jean Beliveau when they performed on the same senior team together.
• What kind of hardships did Willie O’Ree go through to open doors for players like Tony McKegney, Grant Fuhr, Anson Carter and Jarome Iginla?
• Why This Film? Why Now?
Mason points out that the number of black players in the NHL has never been greater in the history of the game.
From current young stars like P.K Subban and Devante Smith-Pelly with more on the way like Malcolm Subban and Jaden Lindo.
Soul On Ice: Past, Present & Future has filmed 35 plus hours of pre-production footage to date.
Mason has completed interviews from the late Herb Carnegie, Georges Laraque, Grant Fuhr, Tony McKegney, Kevin Weekes, Trevor Daley, Anthony Stewart, Joel Ward, Jaden Lindo to name a few.
The executive producer is Anson Carter, and Michael P, Douglas is the producer and co-director, Kwame Mason creator, writer, co-producer.
Mason has set a financial goal to help him with the production of tho-director.
With a goal to raise over $40,000 (Canadian), The Soul On Ice Team is currently utilizing an online Indiegogo Campaign.
If you are interested in donating, please see visit the Indiegogo link: