Sports and politics clash in this compelling historical documentary about five Russian hockey stars who defected to America to join the Detroit Red Wings in the 1980s, leading to the team's back-to-back Stanley Cup championships.
- Golden Space Needle Award for Best Documentary (Fourth Runner-up) - Seattle IFF
- Chris Rosik
- Pavel Belyavsky
- David Fabelo
- Wayne Kramer
- LUCKY HAT ENTERTAINMENT
Joshua Riehl was born and raised in the small town of Port Huron, Michigan and credits his inspiration for filmmaking to Kevin Smith's CLERKS (1994), which made him realise that a successful film only needs a small budget and supportive friends. During the recovery from three back surgeries, he honed his taste for style and went on to study filmmaking at the University of Texas in Austin. The influence for the documentaries he creates are stories he cannot stop thinking about, claiming fame and money are not on his radar in the filmmaking process. His most recent documentary THE RUSSIAN FIVE was screened at Seattle IFF 2018.