The Cannons is a documentary feature film about the longest serving minority hockey program in North America. The film centers around legendary coach and philosopher Neal Henderson of the Fort Dupont Hockey Cannons in Washington DC. We will follow along with Coach as he balances his personal drama of the ice while struggling to maintain balance and order on the ice. This film will also follow three African-American seniors, as they pursue their goal of finishing high school, applying to college, and their last season as a Cannon. In this important make or break year of their lives, the boys come to grips with the fact that they will only play one game this season: versus their rival Newark, New Jersey. In a year of immense change in America, The Cannons is a story about hope; the power of sport; and the pursuit of the American Dream.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
Steven Matthew Hoffner
has been producing sports documentaries for over 12 years with the NHL including the critically acclaimed half hour NHL Network docu-drama “Behind the Stripes,” and the 10-part doc-drama series “NHL Life,” winning 7 w3 silver awards.
graduated from the University of Western Ontario with honors in Film Studies. In his 14 years in Toronto, AJ has shot for clients such as the National Hockey League, the Royal Ontario Museum, and TD Canada Trust. Some of his most enriching work to date has been with Save the Children Canada focusing on their projects in South America, and at the Standing Rock march in South Dakota in 2017.
is the founder and CEO of The Creative Mind Group (CMG), in addition to being a talented television and film producer with Live the Dream Entertainment. He has produced shows on top television networks including the OWN Network, Discovery Channel, Bravo, MTV the new Showtime doc series by Lebron James “Shut up and Dribble,” as well as the new Facebook series starring Steph Curry. As an accomplished producer and member of the Producers Guild of America, he remains on the pulse of the industry and connects emerging filmmakers with contacts and rewarding opportunities.
ABOUT THE FORT DUPONT
The Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club, founded in 1978 by Neal Henderson, is a developmental program that provides local and inner-city youth with the opportunity to participate in an organized ice hockey program. Skaters have a wide range of experience in skating and playing the game along with ages ranging from 8 - 17. Our goal is to provide educational purpose and teach young people discipline, via sports activities, to establish self-esteem, a sense of purpose, and to offer an incentive to excel academically.
Fort Dupont, named for Civil War naval hero Samuel Francis Dupont, is one of the forts that are collectively known as the Civil War Defenses of Washington, D.C. Our colors, contrary to popular belief, are not the Boston Bruins colors. The Black in our colors represent the Black soldiers who defended the fort. The Gold represents the brass buttons on their uniforms. The White represents the White officers.