SAT OCT 15 I 4:45PM I STUDIO THEATRE
NARRATIVE I CANADA 2015 I 86 MINS. I ENGLISH
ACROSS THE LINE
Mattie Slaughter is a black teenager poised for hockey greatness. About to be considered for the NHL, Mattie is under extra pressure from his agent to keep his reputation clean. But when race riots erupt at his school and his brother’s criminal life inches closer to home, Mattie’s reputation – and hockey dreams – are at risk. Inspired by the 1989 Cole Harbour District High School race riots, Across the Line explores racial tensions in North Preston, Nova Scotia. Equal parts beautiful and unsettling, the film sheds critical light on racism in Canada and the struggle to find one’s identity in a society eager to define.
Director X (formerly known as Little X) was born on October 31st, 1975 in Toronto, Canada, and is of Trinidadian and Swiss descent. Moving to New York City he became the protégé of pioneering hip hop director Hype Williams. X has been noted for directing high-budget, visually distinctive videos for popular artists, including Drake, Rihanna, Jay Z, Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa, Usher, John Mayer, Korn, Iggy Azalea, Kendrick Lamar and many more. His work has been nominated and awarded by the MTV Music Video Awards and Much Music Video Awards. X has directed commercials for Mercedes-Benz, Mc Donald's, Ikea, Directv, Nintendo, Bacardi, Guinness and Yeo Valley. Across the Line is Director X's feature film debut.
Join us after the screening for a panel and Q&A with producer Floyd Kane, actress Sarah Jeffery and our partners 100 STRONG – a local nonprofit dedicated to making more opportunities for empowerment in the young black community. We’ll unpack the film, discuss diversity in Canada and the changes we need to make today.
Plus visit the CONVERSATION ROOM after the film and learn how you can turn your passion into action. Stop in for coffee and snacks, discuss the issues, sign petitions, volunteer and become more knowledgeable about the things you care about.
Producers: Amos Adetuyi, Floyd Kane Michael Donovan Mark Gosine
Editor: Dev Singh
Writer: Floyd Kane
Cinematographer: Samy Iyaneh
Principle Cast: Stephan James, Sarah Jeffery, Shamier Anderson, Steven Love, Cara Ricketts
Production Company: Cole Harbour Productions Inc./DHX-Cole Harbour Productions Inc.