April 07, 2022 – (Toronto, ON) “HERO” the raw and inspiring story inspired by the life and times of Ulric’s Cross (Philip Louis Ulric Cross) returns home. the Frances Anne Solomon movie makes a triumphant and highly anticipated return to Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) with a Gala Red Carpet Session, April 7, 2022 broadcast live on national station of the twin republic TT Live Online The Never-Before-Seen “New Director’s Cut” version of “HERO” screened at Movie Towne in Port of Spain before opening in cinemas nationwide. The film is produced by CaribbeanTales Media Group and Imagine Media International Limited with the support of Telefilm Canada.
Republic Bank Limited is “HERO T&T gala Platinum and Presenting Sponsor, as part of their “Power to Make a Difference” program. Director of the Bank of the Republic, Nigel Baptist said, “HERO” tells the story of an ordinary man enduring the pain of obstacles and finding the strength to persevere. Mr. Cross found the power within himself, the power to succeed and navigate through difficult times. This impressive film serves as a model for how we can use resilience to overcome life’s many challenges.
“HERO” inspired by the remarkable and adventurous life of Ulric’s Crosscreated a buzz in Hollywood at the opening of the 2020 Pan-African Film and Arts Festival, at the end of a successful 5Tour of 0 cities in England, Scotland and Wales, with additional screenings in Durban, USA and Bell TIFF Lightbox in Canada. “HERO” was picked up by Amazon Prime, Showtimeshow time online etcineplex.com in Canada before heading to the Cannes Film Market. The demand kept coming, even as cinemas closed around the world and the lives of filmmakers changed dramatically due to the pandemic. “HERO” will debut on Netflix this spring.
“We had to immediately shift into high gear into virtual space and capitalize on the momentum that was there. Everyone wanted the movie. I felt so happy to see the reaction from people from all walks of life around the world. »
Director member of the Academy
“HERO the global appeal comes from a broad cross-section of society, those committed to social change, the scholar and the adventurer, the embodiment of Ulric Cross, a true hero. A story of love, loss, rejection and redemption, meticulously told by Frances Anne Solomon. Through the brilliant use of archival footage interwoven with dramatic shots, Frances-Anne tells Cross’s story with authenticity and dignity. This film celebrates resilience, so appropriate for this era. Fans waiting, calling and messaging, when is ‘HERO’ coming back?… Executive Producer, Lisa Wickham.
HERO been Ffilmed in Canada, Ghana, UK and Trinidad & Tobago. It has been brought to life through an international cast that includes, Trinidad‘s Nickolai Salcedo in the lead role of Ulric Cross, Peter Williams (Stargate SG1), British actor Joseph Marcel (Fresh Prince of Bel Air), Jimmy Akingbola (The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Reboot) and Ghanaian stars John Dumelo, Adjetey Anang and Prince David Oseia
Ffinancial support for “HERO” came from ordinary individuals committed to this inspiring story, as well as agencies such as Telefilm Canada, The Government of Trinidad and Tobago, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Sport and Culture Fund, FilmTT, National Gas Company, NLCB and Civil Aviation Authority of Trinidad and Tobago.
Frances Anne Solomon
A pioneer in the film and television industry, Frances-Anne Solomon is an award-winning screenwriter, producer, director, curator and distributor in film, television and radio. She began her professional life at the BBC in England before moving to Canada where in 2001 she founded the CaribbeanTales Media Group. The group produces, exhibits and distributes Caribbean-themed content from around the world. Frances-Anne’s work as a director includes feature films What My Mother Told Me, Peggy Su! and A Winter Tale, and the Lord Have Mercy and Heartbeat series. His most recent film Hero: Inspired by the Extraordinary Life & Times of Mr Ulric Cross has won numerous international awards and is currently available on platforms around the world. Solomon is a Director member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the Directors Guild of Canada and the BAFTA.
About CaribbeanTales Media Group
CaribbeanTales Media Group (CTMG) is a multifaceted group of media companies that produces, markets and sells culturally diverse film and television content from the Caribbean and its vast diaspora. Founded by Frances-Anne Solomon, CTMG includes: CaribbeanTales Inc., a registered Canadian charity, CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution, a film distribution entity, the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival celebrating its 16th anniversary, CaribbeanTales-TV, a streaming VOD, the creators of Color Incubator, a year-round development and production facility, and CaribbbeanTalesFlix, our production arm. In 2014, Frances-Anne Solomon founded CineFAM, to amplify the voices of women of color designers around the world. In 2020 the Windrush Caribbean Film Festival was launched, a UK-based charity co-founded by CaribbeanTales-UK.
About Imagine Media International Ltd:
Imagine Media International Limited is a full-service production company, based in Trinidad and Tobago and South Africa. Founded by award-winning producer-director and media personality Lisa Wickham, the company creates content across all media platforms. Imagine Media has developed and coordinated projects in Europe, North America, Africa and several Caribbean countries, working on projects for agencies such as Warner Brothers/COMPLEX, ITV-UK, VIACOM/VH1, Hungry Eyes Media , Canada, MTV-UK and Bobbcat Films, TV-One and BET in the United States.
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