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The Porter - BHM Event

Date/Time Details

Thursday, February 25, 2021 to
Thursday, February 25, 2021

Start Time: 6:30 pm (ends: 6:30 pm on the 25th)

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As part of Black History Month, the MFL is hosting an online panel discussion with three of the creatives behind the new CBC and BET+ original series The PorterSet in the roar of the 1920s and inspired by real events, The Porter follows the journeys of four ambitious souls who hustle, dream, cross borders and confront barriers in the fight for liberation, telling a gripping story of empowerment and idealism that highlights the moment when railway workers from Canada and the United States joined together to give birth to the world’s first Black union.

The Porter begins filming in Winnipeg this spring, and the location choice is no accident. Winnipeg was the first Canadian city to have a black railway workers' union in 1917 - the Order of Sleeping Car Porters. In 1919, the Order of Sleeping Car Porters joined with 30,000 other workers in the Winnipeg General Strike, later merging with the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.

Produced by Winnipeg-based Inferno Pictures Inc. and Sphere Media’s Sienna Films, The Porter is originated and created by Arnold Pinnock (Altered Carbon, Travelers) and Bruce Ramsay (19-2, Cardinal), with Annmarie Morais (Killjoys, Ransom, American Soul), Marsha Greene (Private Eyes, Ten Days In The Valley, Mary Kills People) and Aubrey Nealon (Snowpiercer, Cardinal). Morais and Greene are showrunners on the eight-part series, and Charles Officer (21 Thunder, Ransom, Coroner) and R.T. Thorne (Blindspot, Utopia Falls) are executive producers and directors. Pinnock and Ramsay are co-executive producers. The series is funded with the support of the Canada Media Fund and Manitoba Film & Music, and is distributed internationally by Abacus Media Rights (AMR) and Sphere Distribution. 

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