Duante’ Abercrombie and Nathaniel Brooks are hockey coaches. They are also Black men coaching a sport in which the number of those who look like them on a bench is still growing. Both were going about their lives when filmmaker Kwame Damon Mason reached out. The creator of the “Soul on Ice” documentary separately told Abercrombie and Brooks that he wanted to follow them with a camera crew to gain insight into what it was like to be a hockey coach for a day. Mason also asked them to keep a random week in September available on their calendars.
He could not explain why. At least not yet.
Abercrombie and Brooks agreed to all of it. Only to then have something else happen.