Northern Banner Releasing presents THIS IS NORTH PRESTON, directed by Jaren Hayman, opens May 17

Northern Banner Releasing presents


directed by Jaren Hayman

Theatrical Full Week Run Begins

Friday May 17

Toronto – Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas

Halifax – Cineplex Cinemas Dartmouth Crossing




North Preston is the largest black community in Canada and started as a safe haven for escaped slaves but has more recently been painted as one of the biggest hubs of pimping & human trafficking in the nation.

This Is North Preston directed by Jaren Hayman (Bodyguards) explores how the town of 4,000 has dealt with generations of pimp culture, violence, economic struggle, and constant systemic racism through the eyes of the pimps, trafficking victims, politicians, police, and community members looking to change the narrative.

This Is North Preston not only tells a truly unique story, but also an incredibly important one. While the community has several deep-rooted issues it’s facing, including an accepted pimp culture and high levels of gun violence, the film explores how and why this is now a reality, as well as looks to the decades of racism the town has experienced and continues to experience.

This is North Preston is a revelatory and remarkable documentary.

Northern Banner handles Canadian distribution, and Virgil Films oversees the US.

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 past releases include: Jeremy LaLonde’s How To Plan An Orgy In a Small Town; 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; Rob Reiner’s LBJ starring Woody Harrelson; Academy Award nominated Embrace of the Serpent; Black Cop; North Mountain; Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts; and The Go-Getters.