Full film now online!

The producers of RACE DAY have released the film online.

RACE DAY is a short documentary about harness horse racing, created with user-generated content. The film captures a typical day in the life of harness racing (where no day is typical) and offers a rare glimpse of the colour, emotion, character and characters of horse racing.

Iron Horse Photo Inc., the producers of RACE DAY, invited harness racing participants and enthusiasts to record their harness racing day on Saturday, August 6, 2011. Twenty people from across North America submitted more than 10 hours of footage. The film runs 23 minutes and includes Jody Jamieson, Doug McNair, Anthony MacDonald, Phil Hudon, Randy Waples, Rick Zeron, Bruce Gilkinson and Stephanie Horner.

The colourful characters and behind-the-scenes action runs the full gamut of the intriguing world of horse racing. Filmed at racetracks, farms and homes — and from race bikes, trucks and private jets — across North America, each contributor has a unique perspective: from pomp and polish and million-dollar races, to lush fields, pitchforks and elbow grease.

“We focused on crafting a film which showcases the personality of the sport through its characters,” explained producer Kelly Spencer. “We invited the characters to film themselves and each other with the intention of getting a true glimpse inside their days, and their love and passion for harness racing.

“A good film is a good story told by great characters, and this film has plenty. Audiences are captivated by good stories, regardless of their familiarity with the subject matter.”

RACE DAY debuted at the O’Brien Awards in Mississauga, ON in January of 2012. It was screened at the Galaxy Cinemas in Milton, ON a month later, and was featured at numerous equine events throughout 2012.

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Screening at GRFF very cool!

What a great screening and panel discussion at the Grand River Film Festival‘s Cantabrigians event on October 21 at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture Cambridge campus. (WOW! What an awesome space!)

Theatre at the University Of Waterloo School Of Architecture (Cambridge Campus)

Harness driver and RACE DAY star Jody Jamieson, and RACE DAY producer Kelly Spencer joined 16-year-old pro BMX bike rider Zach Kostigian and international sports liaison Martha Deacon for the panel discussion. The audience had plenty of great questions about how sport relates to community and individual identity.

It was great to see RACE DAY on the big screen! Thanks to the GRFF Board and Executive Director Tamara Loucks for including RACE DAY in this great event!

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Screening, Q&A at Grand River Film Festival

What do Jody Jamieson and Susan Sarandon have in common?

They’ll both be featured in-person and on-screen in the sixth annual Grand River Film Festival (GRFF), which takes place at various venues throughout Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge from October 16 – 21.

Sarandon will introduce the screening of Robot And Frank on October 20 at 1:00 p.m. at Empire theatre in Kitchener. Later that evening, at 7:00 p.m., she joins director Laura Archibald and musician Sylvia Tyson in a panel Q&A following the screening of the closing night gala presentation of Greenwich Village – Music That Defined A Generation.

The following day, Jamieson and Race Day producer Kelly Spencer will be part of a screening and panel Q&A during an event called The Cantabrigians (defined as a citizen of Cambridge). This new GRFF event focuses on aspects of community life. The theme for this year’s inaugural is Are You A Good Sport?, which explores through video and photos, how sport plays a role in people’s lives and the life of the community.

World champion harness driver Jody Jamieson

Jamieson was the city’s 2011 Athlete Of The Year at the 38th annual Cambridge Sports Awards banquet last November. He’s also a main character in the Race Day documentary which was produced in 2011 by Spencer’s company, Iron Horse Photo Inc., and released earlier this year.

Race Day was created with user-generated content. All of the footage used in the film was shot on Saturday, August 6, 2011 by the people who love, live and breathe harness racing. It’s an intriguing personal account of a typical day in harness racing — where no day is typical.

Race participants featured in the 23-minute film include Jamieson, Doug McNair, Anthony MacDonald, Phil Hudon, Randy Waples, Rick Zeron, Bruce Gilkinson and Stephanie Horner.

“We focused on crafting a film which showcases the personality of the sport through its characters,” explained Spencer. “We invited the characters to film themselves and each other with the intention of getting a true glimpse inside their days, and their love and respect for harness racing.

“A good film is a good story told by great characters, and this film has plenty. Audiences will be captivated by a good story regardless of their familiarity with the subject matter.”

The Race Day screening and Q&A Panel during The Cantabrigians event takes place Sunday, October 21 at the Cambridge Campus of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture at 2:00 p.m. This is a free event, but seats are limited. For complete information, see the film schedule on the GRFF site:

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Screening at Equine Expo

MacArthur hosts screening, discussion

DATE | JUNE 10, 2012
TIME | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
PLACE | Canada’s outdoor Equine Expo  ~ Iron Horse Equestrian Complex in Burlington, ON
TICKETS | Various Admission Prices
RACE DAY Associate Producer Darryl MacArthur will host a seminar at this event to screen RACE DAY and discuss how the Standardbred racing industry in Ontario benefits other equine disciplines.

RACE DAY Associate Producer Darryl MacArthur

 

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Watch RACE DAY on Rogers

The producers of RACE DAY are pleased to announce the 23-minute documentary will air on ROGERS TV in the following markets, on the following dates:

• Friday, May 11 at 2:30pm on Rogers TV in Waterloo, Guelph, Stratford and Brantford.
• Saturday, May 12 at 4:00pm on Rogers TV in Waterloo, Guelph, Stratford and Brantford.

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Launch Party PHOTOS

Wow. WOW! What a great Launch Party for RACE DAY last nigt at the Galaxy Cineplex Theatre in Milton. Special thanks to the I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club for co-hosting this great event!

RACE DAY Launch Party - Feb. 8/12 at Galaxy Cineplex Theatre in Milton, ON

More than 150 people attended from far and wide, including many of the film’s stars and footage contributors. Milton Mayor Gordon Krantz was there too to welcome the crowd prior to the screening. Thanks also to Randy Waples, Rick Zeron, Jody Jamieson, Phil Hudon, Doug McNair and Anthony MacDonald for posing for pics with fans, and participating in a Q&A.

Milton Mayor Gordon Krantz and the leading men of RACE DAY

Lots of laughs with the RACE DAY Uncut blooper reel. We’ll be posting that 4-minute bit of gold on the RACE DAY YouTube channel within the next few days.

PHOTOS of the event can be accessed HERE.

Thanks again, everyone!

 

 

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Last call for tickets!

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Recent Media Coverage

Lots of good coverage for RACE DAY in the past few weeks. Check out our PRESS page for the full scoop. Also, details coming soon about RACE DAY being broadcast on Cogeco and Rogers Television networks.

Spread in Canadian Sportsman Magazine

 

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O’Brien Awards debut for RACE DAY

RACE DAY made its debut at the O’Brien Awards Black-Tie Gala on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at the Delta Meadowvale in Mississauga, ON. Nearly 500 of harness racing’s biggest names were on-hand for the unveiling prior to the dinner and awards portion of the evening.

They laughed at the right parts, and clapped at the end! :)

O’Brien Awards audience watching the debut of RACE DAY at the Delta Meadowvale in Mississauga, ON on Jan. 28, 2012.

Congrats to RACE DAY stars Jody Jamieson and San Pail who both picked up awards on Saturday night. Jody earned his third O’Brien for Driver Of The Year, and San Pail was voted Older Trotting Horse and Horse Of The Year!

RACE DAY production crew at the O’Brien Awards debut: (l to r) Ben Kempel (Music & Audio Editor), Chad Bisch (Co-Director & Editor); Kelly Spencer (Producer & Co-Director); Darryl MacArthur (Associate Producer)

The next event for RACE DAY is the Launch Party on Feb. 8/12 at Galaxy Cineplex Theatre in Milton, ON. Limited tickets are still available for $12 and can be purchased online.

 

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O’Brien Time

RACE DAY premieres at the O’Brien Awards this Saturday night, before 400+ of the biggest names in harness racing.

We wish all of the nominees the best of luck, including the following RACE DAY contributors and stars: Jody Jamieson (Driver Of The Year), Randy Waples (Driver Of The Year), Broad Bahn (Three-Year-Old Trotter), San Pail (Aged Trotting Horse Of The Year – winner by unanimous vote) and Seelster Farms (Breeder Of The Year).

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