Bear in the Window Pictures is proud to announce that Why We Play is now available on VOD through MTS cable as part of MTS’ Stories From Home programming. Translation: If you live Manitoba, you can watch it if you have MTS cable by scrolling to the Stories From Home section. We’ll be rolling out wider distribution in August 2016.
I was introduced to touch football through friends of friends back in 2011. I was new to the city, and after spending the prior 4 years involved in coaching football or playing junior football after high school I was excited to get back to some form of the sport.
Then I was told of the game times. 1am in the morning. If you got lucky, you’d get a kickoff slot before midnight. Playing in the league tied up your weekend. It tested your fatigue. Despite the elements (keep in mind, I’m referring to the indoor portion of the league) thousands came out every season to play. We’re talking every skill set, from newcomer, to former tackle stars. If you wanted to play ball, there was a spot for you.
Being a filmmaker, I’m always looking for stories to tell. There wasn’t a shortage when it came to the players in the league, and how they fit playing touch football in their lives.
Lawson, plays the game at the age of 78, running with players in there twenties all summer long. He once told me that touch football kept his feet fresh for teaching line dancing. Jon Franklin, a Statistics Professor, once led a team to the national football championship at quarterback, despite not playing tackle in high school. For Marshall and Roxanna Cox, touch football offered a new way to compete and also make friends as they started a family.
Everyone has a different reason for playing touch football. In Why We Play, we see people continuing to enjoy competition at a time in their life when sports and being physically fit often becomes an afterthought.