Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

The Cannons

Year: 2021
Country: USA
Language: English
Run Time: 90 minutes

The Cannons
The Cannons
The Cannons
The Cannons

In 1978 Coach Neal Henderson founded the first minority youth hockey program in the country. Today, still coaching at 81 years old, the legendary Coach Neal has 40 years worth of rosters full of alumni players who revere him. Henderson’s community-funded Fort Dupont Cannons Hockey Club in Washington, D.C. supplies predominately Black players with access to free equipment, skates, uniforms, and a glimpse of opportunity beyond the blocks of their inner-city neighborhoods. Best friends on and off the ice, Robert and Rayvon suit up for their final season as Cannons in their senior year of high school. In a city that continues to struggle with homicide, racism, and poverty, both boys fight to graduate and contemplate their next steps beyond their beloved ice arena. THE CANNONS offers the epitome of sport for these young players who find heroes in their dedicated coaches. It is through the athletes' most triumphant victories and devastating losses that they truly learn how to play the game. —A.B.

CIFF46 Screenings

Connor Palace

Saturday, April 02, 2022 at 7:15 PM

Sunday, April 03, 2022 at 11:45 AM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

Sidebars
Black Cinema
Teen-Friendly Films
Only at Playhouse Square

Competition
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition

Director Director

Directors
Steven Hoffner, AJ Messier

Producers
Steven Hoffner, AJ Messier

Screenwriting
Steven Hoffner, AJ Messier

Cinematography
Steven Hoffner

Editing
Steven Hoffner

Film Contact

Film Sponsors

Consulate General of Canada

Ciuni & Panichi

Community Partners

Monsters Community Foundation

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