A conflicted black police officer resorts to shoe-on-the-other-foot justice
the riveting feature film from director Cory Bowles
Opens June 1
Cineplex Special Event Screening
Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary, Winnipeg, Halifax
It’s not easy being a black cop. Your community doesn’t trust you, your colleagues are wary of you, being patronized by the people you protect is constant. And when the world is on edge waiting for a grand jury verdict on a high-profile police case involving unarmed youth, you can bet all eyes are on you.
For one officer already struggling between duty and moral obligation, things take a drastic turn when he is profiled by his colleagues off-duty, pushing him over the edge. Armed with the power of his badge, an antagonizing radio show for company, and some good old-fashioned rage, the stage is set for a whirlwind day filled with vendetta and just desserts, as Black Cop targets the community he’s sworn to protect.
Black Cop (played with ferocity by Ronnie Rowe Jr.) is an intense and timely political satire from Actor-Director Cory Bowles (Trailer Park Boys), that provocatively takes on issues of race, class and power.
Northern Banner is releasing Black Cop in Canada, June 1 as a Cineplex Special Event Screening in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary, Winnipeg, Halifax, then June 5 an exclusive iTunes run, with a wide VOD release on June 19.
Coming on the heels of the Black Lives Matter movement, Black Cop, “Is unfortunately timely, but it’s also not timely for a lot of people. For them, police interaction is an old, recurring story,” says Bowles, best known as the Trailer Park Boys character Cory, and a director of 11 episodes of the series.
Bowles first made Black Cop as a short in 2015, “but the character kind of haunted me. He was in my head and I had to let him out.” He says he was further inspired by what passes for discussion on social media in recent years.
“People have hard opinions and positions and often do not take the time to truly understand other human experiences. That’s the nature of social media. It didn’t happen to me, so it didn’t happen.
“Our engagement with these issues starts and ends in these echo chambers. So, with Black Cop, I’m saying, ‘No, you don’t get to walk away. You’re going to sit with this man. You’re going on a roller-coaster ride after this man’s trauma. It will unfold and you will watch it. It may get uncomfortable.”
About Northern Banner Releasing
Northern Banner Releasing is Raven Banner Releasing’s specialty distribution arm with a singular vision to distribute quality, award-winning indie films. Northern Banner’s recent slate has included: Kevan Funk’s Hello Destroyer; winner of Cannes Un Certain Regard, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki; Cannes Critic’s Week Grand Prize winner, Mimosas; Academy Award nominated Embrace of the Serpent; Jeremy Lalonde’s How To Plan An Orgy In A Small Town; and Sean Garrity’s Borealis. Upcoming releases include Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts, North Mountain, and Luk Luk’I.