October 24, 2014

Full RACE DAY Documentary Released Online

The producers of RACE DAY have officially 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, Ont. in January of 2012. It was screened at the Galaxy Cinemas in Milton, Ont. a month later, and was featured at numerous equine events throughout 2012.

In October, the Grand River Film Festival included the documentary in its sixth annual lineup where producer Kelly Spencer and driver Jody Jamieson were part of a panel Q&A following the screening.

RACE DAY enjoyed several showings on local television stations throughout Ontario, the U.S. and New Zealand.

For more information about the film, visit www.racedaydoc.com or the project’s YouTube Channel.

(Standardbred Canada)

RACE DAY Documentary Hits the Big Screen

 

Be sure to mark Wednesday, Feb. 8th on your calendar for Launch Party for the RACE DAY documentary at the Galaxy Cineplex Theatre in Milton from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

The I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club and Iron Horse Photo are putting together an event not to be missed. Tickets are definitely limited and must be purchased ahead. There’ll be no sales at the door.

It’ll be a fun-filled evening with photos on the red carpet with some of the cast members, fantastic prize draws, and the RACE DAY documentary, an exclusive screening of the Race Day Bloopers Reel and a Q & A with some of the cast including Jody Jamieson, Anthony MacDonald, Randy Waples, Doug McNair, Rick Zeron and Phil Hudon.

RACE DAY was created with user generated content. All of the footage used in the film was shot on one day, Saturday, August 6, 2011, by the people who love, live and breathe harness racing. RACE DAY tells a story filled with colour, emotion, and characters of the greatest game in the world.

Tickets are available for purchase online for just $12. Tickets are also available from Standardbred Canada’s Industry Marketing Department (905-858-3060) or Kelly Spencer at Iron Horse Photo at kelly@racedaydoc.com or (519-886-7041).

The RACE DAY documentary is being previewed at the O’Brien Awards on Saturday, January 28.

For more information on the RACE DAY Launch Party, contact Iron Horse Photo or Standardbred Canada’s Industry Marketing Department at the numbers listed above.

 

Race Day Documentary to Debut at O’Brien Awards

Race Day, a short documentary about harness racing , will  premiere at the 2011 O’Brien Awards Black Tie Gala on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel in Mississauga, ON.

Guests at the national gala, which honours the sport’s champion horses and horse people from the past season, will be able to watch the entire Race Day documentary, courtesy of its producers, Iron Horse Photo Inc., in co-operation with Standardbred Canada.  All guests will also be given a complimentary DVD copy of Race Day to take home.

“We (Standardbred Canada) jumped at the opportunity to premiere Race Day at the O’Brien Awards when Iron Horse approached us,” commented Kathy Wade Vlaar, Standardbred Canada’s Manager of Industry Marketing, “I can’t think of a better racing event to showcase this much anticipated production.   This is a great feature for us and it will be very exciting for Iron Horse to see the fruition of their efforts on the big screen and to get the reaction of the industry.  I’m also guessing that we might catch a glimpse of some of the O’Brien Award nominees in Race Day.”

Race Day, which was partially funded by the Ontario Standardbred Revenue Allocation Marketing Fund, is 23 minutes in length.

Here’s a sneak preview:

 

Iron Horse Photo Inc., which is owned and operated by Kelly Spencer, an award-winning harness racing publicist and photographer, specializes in equine photography and video production.  Spencer is also the Director Of Marketing & Communications at Grand River Raceway in Elora, ON Canada.

“We’ve focused on crafting a film which showcases the personality of the sport through its characters,” explained  producer/director  Spencer. “A good film is really just a good story told by great characters, and this film has plenty. Audiences can be captivated by a good story regardless of their familiarity with the subject matter.

My hope for Race Day is exactly that – to raise awareness of the sport and broaden its appeal by facilitating a connection to its characters. After its premiere at the O’Brien Awards, we’ll work hard to maximize the usefulness of this film in achieving that goal by plugging it into film festivals, local TV programming, online views, and other tactics that fit the specs.”

The inspiration for Race Day came from the global experimental feature documentary Life In A Day.  A call went out to YouTube users in May 2010 to take a video camera and record their day on Saturday, July 24, 2010. The producers received 80,000 videos containing 4,500 hours of footage. The final piece was 90 minutes in length and premiered on YouTube during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Race Day was also 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.   Race Day tells a story filled with colour, emotion, and characters of the greatest game in the world.

Race Day will be played for guests prior to the awards in Graydon Hall, and will kick off the evening’s celebration of Canadian harness racing.

Following its premiere, Race Day will be available at www.RaceDayDoc.com and on the Race Day Doc YouTube channel. RACE DAY will be supported by a publicity campaign which will promote the film for inclusion in film festivals and contests, and for distribution across the country.

(Standardbred Canada)

 

 

 

 

RACE DAY Documentary Wants YOUR Harness Racing Footage from August 6, 2011

 

RACE DAY Documentary is looking for harness racing enthusiasts to shoot video for a unique project.

Iron Horse Photo Inc. intends to create an innovative documentary about the sport using material submitted by contributors.

All those who love, live and breathe harness racing are encouraged to submit their video footage.

Saturday, August 6, 2011 has been designated as the day for videos to be created. The Producers are hoping  those involved in the sport will provide a refreshing, candid and honest look inside the characters and essence of the best sport on earth.

The final product will edit together the most compelling and unique contributions to create a 20-30 minute docmentary illustrating the highest highs and the lowest lows of harness racing, all shot on a single day.

RACE DAY will premiere at the black-tie O’Brien Awards gala on January 28, 2012 in Mississauga, ON. Following its premiere, RACE DAY will be available online at www. RaceDayDoc. com and on the RACE DAY Doc YouTube channel.

A publicity team will actively promote the finished product in film festivals, contests and for global distribution.

RACE DAY will be used as a tool to increase exposure for harness racing through the power of film. Iron Horse Photo is hoping for submissions from around the globe, and is accepting footage from anyone 13 or older.

Snippets of footage from all contributors will be included in a RACE DAY MashUp video montage to be released online two weeks before the release of the final film.

Contributors who make the final cut will be acknowledged in the final film credits. There is no monetary reward for footage submission.

TIMELINES:
-All footage must be shot on one day: Saturday, August 6, 2011.

-Footage must be submitted to RACE DAY producers by August 31, 2011.

-A trailer for RACE DAY will be released online on January 1, 2012.

-A RACE DAY MashUp video montage (includes clips from all contributors) will be released January 14, 2012.

-The final film will premiere at the O’Brien Awards in Mississauga, ON and will be released online on January 28, 2012.

-Publicity efforts to maximize exposure for the film, and the harness racing industry, will be ongoing throughout 2012.

This project was inspired by last year’s global experimental feature documentary “Life In A Day” which invited YouTube users to take a video camera and record their day on July 24, 2010.

RACE DAY is produced by Iron Horse Photo Inc. , which is owned and operated by Kelly Spencer, an award-winning harness racing publicist and photographer.

Iron Horse Photo Inc. specializes in equine photography and video production and has, for the past decade, served as the track photographer at five tracks throughout Ontario.

Spencer is also the Director Of Marketing & Communications at Grand River Raceway in Elora, ON.

For complete details about the RACE DAY project, visit: http://www.racedaydoc.com