What was this? Bravo's "Athletes in Motion"

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Congrats to blogreader ALBERTA, who weighed in on our What is this? Clue no. 2 posting on Thursday.

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ALBERTA was the first to guess, correctly, that these interesting Colin Smith images were shot at Alberta's High River Curling Club as part of a Bravo! series of Vancouver Olympic film shorts entitled Athletes in Motion.

This was hinted at way back on September 30 right here on the blog, as we put out a Curling Casting Call for the Calgary area, inviting you to participate in a film shoot involving Jennifer Jones (another JJ Bravo! image at left, click to increase size).

True, we didn't mention the name of the series nor precisely what was being shot, but ALBERTA managed to put the pieces together.

Anyway, you can see the finished curling short, entitled Hardcore Bonspiel – which was directed by John Kerr and written by famed Canadian novellist Douglas Coupland – twice this weekend on Canadian television.

Saturday, Feb. 6 will see the hour-long collection of shorts kick off a six-hour block of Olympic-themed programming on CTV. Athletes in Motion starts it off at 4:00pm ET.

Then on Sunday, Feb. 7 the Bravo! channel itself showcases Athletes in Motion at 7:00pm ET.

Athletes in Motion is a series of 11 original Canadian short films combining the brightest homegrown directors, actors, musicians, cinematographers, animators, and choreographers with world-class Canadian athletes. The series recently won the Best Drama/Fiction award at the 2010 European Video and Mobile TV Forum in Paris.

Athletes in Motion includes commentary and introductions by both filmmakers and athletes, as cameras go behind-the-scenes to capture athletes and artists collaborating in action. Here is the full list of 11 films:

BRING IT HOME: Directed by Michael Maxxis; featuring biathletes and 2010 Olympians Rosanna Crawford (Canmore, AB) and Megan Imrie (Falcon Lake, MB).

HOCKEY T’NITE: Directed by Mark Adam; featuring Wayne Gretzky (Brantford, ON) and The Nepean Raiders (Nepean, ON)

HARDCORE BONSPIEL: Directed by John Kerr and written by Douglas Coupland; featuring Canadian and World curling champion Jennifer Jones (Winnipeg)

SIT ON IT: Directed by Murray Siple; featuring Paralympic sit-skier Josh Dueck (Vernon, BC)

JUST BEAT IT: Directed by Jason Priestley; featuring World Championship silver medallist and Olympic alpine skier Jan Hudec (Calgary)

FIGHT FOR FLIGHT: Co-directed by Nicole Mion and Cam Christiansen (animator); featuring ski jumper Katie Willis (Calgary)

IN THE GROOVE: Directed by Clarence Ford; featuring four-time World and Canadian National Champion figure skater and choreographer Kurt Browning (Caroline, AB)

LET YOURSELF SLIDE: Directed by Clarence Ford; featuring skeleton racer Sarah Reid (Calgary)

STAND TALL, WATCH THE JUMP: Directed by Srinivas Krishna; World Championship bronze medallist and Olympic aerialist Warren Shouldice (Calgary)

FIGURES: Directed by Miryam Bouchard; featuring Olympic silver medallist Elizabeth Manley (Ottawa)

SLIDE SHOW: Directed by Clarence Ford; featuring Olympians Heather Moyse (bobsleigh, Summerside, PEI), Regan Lauscher (luge, Red Deer, AB), and Michelle Kelly (skeleton, Fort St. John, BC)

Musical artists contributing scores/soundtracks include Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip, Jay Malinowski of Bedouin Soundclash, Deadmau5, and JUNO award-winning bass guitarist/music producer Orin Isaacs. Additionally, one of the shorts features CTV’s The Hockey Theme while another features fashions from Canadian designer Paul Hardy.