INSPIRED BY THE TRUE STORY OF A SPORTS VICTORY IN THE WAKE OF TRAGEDY, THE PHANTOMS IS A HEART-WARMING TALE OF TRIUMPH OVER ADVERSITY
Nov 5, 2012
THE PHANTOMS airs Sunday, November 18 at 8 PM on CBC Television
CBC Television presents an inspiring real-life story of triumph in a small town, as one high school basketball team bands together to rebound from tragedy in THE PHANTOMS, airing Sunday November 18 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT). Inspired by the events surrounding the 2009 New Brunswick provincial championship season of the Bathurst High School varsity basketball team, THE PHANTOMS recounts the team's difficult road to success after a devastating road accident took the lives of seven players and the wife of the Coach.
In the following year, as tragedy hung over the community, the BHS Phantoms returned to the court to honour the members they had lost. Against the odds, the ragtag group of players gelled as a team, and lifted not only their school ranking, but the spirit of their community. THE PHANTOMS is an inspiring Canadian story about determination, courage and the power of community.
Penned by Gemini award-winning screenwriter Andrew Wreggitt (Mayerthorpe; The Don Cherry Story,) THE PHANTOMS is directed by acclaimed director Sudz Sutherland (Guns; Love Sex & Eating the Bones) and produced by Timothy M. Hogan and Rick LeGuerrier (Canada Russia '72; Sticks & Stones).
The ensemble cast includes Tyler Johnston (The Killing, Keep Your Head up Kid: The Don Cherry Story, Less Than Kind), Kyle Mac (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Wesley MacInnes (Heartland), Holly Deveaux (Less Than Kind), Joy Tanner (Degrassi: The Next Generation) Wally MacKinnon (Canada Russia '72), Greg Bryk (History of Violence), Tammy Isbell (The L.A. Complex) and Wendel Meldrum (Less Than Kind).
The Phantoms is produced by Dream Street Pictures, in association with CBC, and with the participation of the Canadian Media Fund, the Shaw Rocket Fund, the COGECO Program Development Fund, and, the New Brunswick Film Tax Credit.
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About Dream Street Pictures Inc.
Dream Street Pictures Inc. is an award-winning full service independent film and television production company specializing in drama, documentary and arts programming. Based in Fredericton, Dream Street has produced the Gemini Award-winning mini-series Canada Russia '72, the Gemini-nominated MOW Open Heart, and the television movie Sticks & Stones, which captured the prestigious Shaw Rocket Prize and was named Best Picture by the International Family Film Festival in Hollywood. www.dreamstreetpictures.com
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