Director/Writer: Cory Bowles | 91-mins.. | Canada | 2017 | Satire | TRAILER BLACK COP has won our 2017 EIFF Feature Film Award for Best Canadian Drama. Congratulations! Edmonton Premiere. It’s not
Director/Writer: Cory Bowles | 91-mins.. | Canada | 2017 | Satire | TRAILER
BLACK COP has won our 2017 EIFF Feature Film Award for Best Canadian Drama. Congratulations!
Edmonton Premiere. It’s not easy being a black cop. Your community doesn’t trust you, your colleagues are wary of you, and everyone assumes you hate NWA. 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 black cop already struggling between duty and moral obligation, it only gets worse when he is profiled by his colleagues off-duty, nearly getting himself killed in the process – 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 very community that justifies his colleagues –on a collision course with his own identity. Racial tension, law enforcement, and social media are the focus in this hyper active satire. Guests: Cory Bowles (Director/Writer) attending.
About the Director:
Cory Bowles is a multidisciplinary artist from Nova Scotia, Canada. He has appeared as an actor in a number of film, radio, and television shows, receiving a Gemini for the role of “Cory” in the TV series TRAILER PARK BOYS, which he currently serves as a Director, receiving a nomination for the 2016 DGC award for Outstanding direction in a comedy series. As principal choreographer and director of the companies Verve Mwendo Dance, and Black Rabbit Entertainment, he has created over 70 works/choreographies for stage and film – his work reflecting his fascination to racial identity, social and cultural structures. He serves on the Board for Arts Nova Scotia Board, Screen Nova Scotia, was faculty at the Bishop’s University Drama Program and is an alumnus of the 2012 Directors’ lab at the Canadian Film Centre. Most recently in 2017 he returned to Decidedly Jazz Danceworks for an ambitious collaboration and adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.
BLACK COP stems from a simple question — what if a black cop, frustrated about the current stigma surrounding law enforcement, is driven to take action? The problem is this man lives on the edge of a coin, and each side has troubling consequences. I think of BLACK COP as an opera of sorts ‐‐ a story where one character takes us on a roller coaster of grandiose melodrama. It’s a mix of real footage, narrative storytelling, with a touch of live theatre setting added in. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t profoundly affected by the current situation and relationship between my community and law enforcement. And sometimes it can be so scary it’s funny. Tackling a story rooted in social issue can be daunting, but it can also be fun. It can be humorous, ironic, and entertaining‐ even if it may be uncomfortable at times. And, of course, there has to be a few biting questions in there too. Like any satire, it should pull no punches. But that’s what I do. I try to make work that asks hard questions, and sits in the grey. That’s what made me an artist in the first place. To ask, to question, and maybe even help something somewhere.
Age appropriate for: 14+ (Violence and coarse language)
Festivals: Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
Guests: Cory Bowles (Director/Writer)
Media: Cory Bowles is interviewed by CJSR’s Christian Zyp. Listen here.
(Friday) 7:00 pm
Landmark Cinemas 9 City Centre
10200 102 Ave NW , Edmonton, AB, T5J 4B7