Tommy Haines holds degrees in Communications (University of Minnesota) and Film (University of Iowa). In 2005, Tommy discovered the underground culture of outdoor skaters, that soon blossomed onto the national stage, a nascent movement which was captured in the 2008 film POND HOCKEY. Hailed as The best and purest hockey movie by ESPN, the documentary soon became an instant classic within the North American hockey community and an important touchstone in the discussion on the over-structured world of youth sports. Over the past decade, he has directed FORGOTTEN MIRACLE and GOLD FEVER, while contributing the documentary series MIDTERMS, co-directing THE WATER IS MY SKY and creating the VINO VÉRITÉ series at FilmScene – programming some of the most innovative and thought-provoking work in the verité genre. In 2017, Haines directed, SAVING BRINTON which world premiered at AFI Docs, internationally premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and is lauded as one of The Best Movies of 2018 by The Washington Post. Haines is currently in production on two feature length documentaries, THE WORKSHOP and HOCKEYLAND.