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,” which 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. He has also directed Northland’s “Forgotten Miracle”, “Gold Fever” and “Husker Sand” while contributing to AJ Schnack’s documentary series “Midterms”. Tommy was the documentary programer for the Hardacre Film Festival for seven years, and most recently created the “Vino Verité” series at FilmScene, programming some of the most innovative and thought-provoking work in the verité genre. Currently, he is touring with Northland’s latest feature documentary “Saving Brinton” which world premiered at AFI Docs on June 17, 2017.