– film about Jamaican running phenom
CaribanaTM Arts Group, Members of the public are invited to join the CaribanaTM Arts Group, The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and writer-director Storm Saulter for an exclusive preview of Saulter’s coming-of-age drama, Sprinter — executive produced by Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith — about a Jamaican track-and-field sensation running for his family and future.
According to Geraldine Stafford, Chair of the CaribanaTM Arts Group (CAG), “The Arts are a significant part of our culture – Canada is dubbed Hollywood North and with a significant number of Caribbean people living in Toronto (and a significant amount of people in general coming to Toronto for the carnival activities), it is only fitting that we have the opportunity to preview it here in Toronto, during this period.”
An important part of the CAG mandate is youth engagement, and the CAG has also partnered
with the Flying Angels Track and Field Academy (which is the home club to several young
Canadian National Track and Field athletes). Stafford, adds, “the Sprinter story hits close to
home for a lot of our athletes who are of Caribbean descent”.
Storm Saulter is a filmmaker and visual artist from Negril, Jamaica. He served as writer, director,
and cinematographer on the award-winning feature Better Mus’ Come (2011). He is also a
founder of the collective New Caribbean Cinema. His experimental video and photography has
been exhibited at the British Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, and the National Gallery of
Jamaica, and his photos have been published in Rolling Stone, The FADER, and Billboard. He
has directed commercial campaigns, and he recently captured visuals for Beyoncé and Jay Z’s
On the Run II tour. He wrote and directed Sprinter (2019), his second feature film.
Tickets for this sneak peek of Sprinter can be purchased at tiff.net or at TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350
King St. W. Toronto.