A movie shot partly in the Drumheller Valley last year returns to the valley this Monday.
The Northlander is a film by Calgary based Metis director Benjamin Ross Hayden. It's set in the year 2961, after civilization has ended.
"It took a year to complete from start to finish and (when) we wrapped in November (2015) we beat the snow by three days," he recalled. "It's kind of funny how the snow is coming to Drumheller the same night that we're coming into town, and I thought what a better way to keep warm than to come and see a movie that actually has all the Badlands as you can see them in the summer time."
The Northlander tells the tale of a hunter named Cygnus who tries to protect his tribe against a group of heretics led by Torik, who is played by aboriginal actor Julian Black Antelope.
"He's an outcast living with his heretics and he's managed a little following of other heretics and leads them to a false promise of power, when really Torik is just a guy who is full of a lot of pain and just wants to watch the world burn," explained the actor.
Black Antelope and Hayden will both be among the celebrities to show up for Monday's Drumheller premiere. Hayden is already pursuing other projects.
"I'm proud to annouce that I'm co-writing a new movie that's sponsored by Telefilm Canada in collaboration with a brilliant writer, Carla Campusano, set between 1885 and the present, that we know too will enjoy the amazing vistas of the Drumheller landscape."
Monday's premiere of The Northlander screens at 7:00 p.m. at the Napier Theatre. Photo ops with the stars will be held at 6:30. Tickets are $11 general admission and $8 for seniors and students.