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Northern Banner acquires “This Is North Preston”

Prior to its world premiere at the Whistler Film Festival tomorrow (Nov. 30), Northern Banner Releasing has acquired writer/director Jaren Hayman’s documentary This Is North Preston. The feature tells the story of ...
November 29, 2018

Prior to its world premiere at the Whistler Film Festival tomorrow (Nov. 30), Northern Banner Releasing has acquired writer/director Jaren Hayman’s documentary This Is North Preston.

The feature tells the story of North Preston, N.S., the largest African Canadian community in Canada and how it is contending with past generations of violence, economic struggle and systemic racism. This Is North Preston is Hayman’s second documentary following Bodyguards: Secret Lives from the Watchtower, which was released globally by Netflix in 2017.

Raven Banner Entertainment’s specialty distribution arm has slated the doc for a spring 2019 limited theatrical release in Canada. Meanwhile, This Is North Preston will also be distributed digitally in the U.S. in the new year by New York-based distributor Virgil Films & Entertainment.

Producers on the film include Brad Keast, Mike Bean, Sarit Chandaria, Steve Cameron and Steve Keyzer. Noorez Lalani is an exec producer on the project.

(By Lauren Malyk, Playback Daily)

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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