About

Based in Minnesota and Iowa, Northland Films has been successfully making award-winning documentaries since 2008.

Formed by partners Tommy Haines, JT Haines and Andrew Sherburne, Northland Films is an award-winning production company devoted to producing beautiful and engaging documentaries. With works lauded by critics from The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Washington Post, The Hollywood Reporter, Indiewire, ESPN, CBS, and NBC, the team at Northland Films expertly uncovers themes of nature, history and community in unexpected places.

Northland Films’ most recent feature, Hockeyland, a coming of age story set in Minnesota’s north country, was a 2022 Critics Choice Nominee for Best Sports Documentary and reached the #1 documentary spot at the US box office and VOD rental charts. Saving Brinton, a film about holding onto things that matter, broadcast nationwide on PBS’s America Reframed series and was hailed as one of the Top 10 Nonfiction Films of 2018 by The Washington Post’s Ann Hornaday. Gold Fever, an examination of invasive mining in indigenous Guatemala communities was awarded the 2013 International Federation for Human Rights Film Award and played in 35 countries. The company’s debut nonfiction feature, Pond Hockey, was broadcast on Air Canada, PBS and the NHL Network and described by ESPN’s John Buccigross as “the best and purest hockey movie ever.”  Their films have played in over 80 festivals including IFF Rotterdam, DOC NYC, AFI Docs, Thessaloniki, Edinburgh, Jeonju, BAFICI, Doclands, Seattle and Big Sky. They are at work on The Workshop, a patient portrait of the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop and The Baby Didn’t Block Her Jump Shot, the story of one teen mother’s fight to play basketball in the days leading up to Title IX.