FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – JULY 24, 2018 – Directed by Don McKellar, THROUGH BLACK SPRUCE will have its World Premiere as a Special Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival. Starring Tanaya Beatty, Brandon Oakes and Kiowa Gordon, the film is produced by Tina Keeper, Robert Lantos and Barbara Samuels. Screenplay is by Barbara Samuels, adapted from the Giller Prize winning novel by Joseph Boyden. THROUGH BLACK SPRUCE is a Serendipity Point Films/Distant Horizon production. Anant Singh, Mark Musselman, Phyllis Laing and Ari Lantos are executive producers. Steve Solomos is co-producer.

“I am very proud of our film,” says producer Tina Keeper, “I’m thankful to the incredibly talented team of colleagues, artists, the people of Moosonee and the Moose Cree of Treaty No.9, who were part of its creation. It’s a story about identity and survival, family and love.”

Director Don McKellar says, “This film was a labour of love for the entire cast and crew and right now we are all looking forward to the natural conclusion of our journey — a screening at TIFF, before the world’s best and most discerning film festival audience.”

The THROUGH BLACK SPRUCE cast is led by Tanaya Beatty (Hochelaga, Hostiles) in the starring role of Annie, who goes searching for her missing sister. Brandon Oakes (Blood Quantum, Diggstown) takes on the role of Will Bird. Kiowa Gordon (The Twilight Saga) plays her lover, the photographer Jesse. Supporting cast includes Graham Greene (Dances With Wolves), Tantoo Cardinal (Wind River), Wesley French (Shadow Hunters), Roseanne Supernault (Blackstone), with Tina Keeper in the role of Lisette, Annie and Suzanne’s mother.

THROUGH BLACK SPRUCE explores the way a young Cree woman’s disappearance triggers events in two worlds: in Moosonee, the remote Northern Ontario community she fled years ago, and Toronto, where she modelled before vanishing. When her twin sister heads south to retrace her sibling’s steps, her uncle is left to deal with the repercussions at home … and comes up against the ghosts of his past. The two worlds collide in the fallout from the missing woman’s troubled life.

Distant Horizon handles International Sales. Cinetic Media handles US sales. D Films distributes in Canada.

THROUGH BLACK SPRUCE is produced by Serendipity Point Films in association with Distant Horizon, Telefilm Canada, The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, Ontario Media Development Corporation, CBC, The Movie Network a division of Bell Media, and The Harold Greenberg Fund.

Serendipity Point Films recent credits include “Remember”, Academy Award® Nominees “Barney’s Version,” “Eastern Promises,” “Being Julia” and Golden Globe Nominee “Sunshine.” For more information, please visit, www.serendipitypoint.com

Distant Horizon is an independent production, distribution and financing company. Its award-winning productions include the Academy Award® nominees “Yesterday” and “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom”; “Shepherds & Butchers”, “Remember” and “The First Grader”.


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