This Wednesday, April 19 is National Canadian Film Day, a time to celebrate Canadian cinema and what makes it special.
"The kinds of stories that we're talking about are the ones that matter," stated Calgary feature filmmaker Benjamin Ross Hayden. "They're accessible and they elevate by showing the diversity of our people and our geography to tell great stories and to have a heart and soul."
"They go the distance and by going further, that's I think what sets Canadian films apart in terms of how we strive to tell exceptional stories that have something else to them," he added.
Hayden filmed most of the post apocalyptic movie The Northlander in the Drumheller Valley and held a special premiere in Drumheller last December (2016). It's opening in ten cities across Canada on Wednesday as part of National Canadian Film Day celebrations.
"It's very important to have Canadian theatrical movies on theatrical screens in Canada and this initiative is a great one," he opined. "It's exactly what our country needs for national theatrical cinema."
Hayden is putting the final touches on the script for a new film he calls a sci-fi psychological thriller about a young clairvoyant who must search her memory to try to stop a killer from striking again.