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Director Steve Schmidt‘s The Road to Tophet is a feature film about sex and drugs, murder and betrayal in the frozen winter of northern Canada. Shot in Chapleau and Sudbury and featuring many¬†local cast and crew and narration by Adam Beach (Arctic Air, Windtalkers), the film recently screened at the Queens World Film Festival in New York and the Green Bay Film Festival where Schmidt was awarded Best Director. It won Best Micro-budget Feature at the Toronto Independent Film Festival in 2014.

Charlie, a french-Canadian kid, smuggles drugs over the American border into northern Ontario to make some extra cash. When he decides he wants out, his boss sets him up to lose a shipment. Now trapped in the job, he sees no way out … until his friend Johnny shows up with a bunch of gambling debts and one bad idea that leads them both down the Road to Tophet. – Road to Tophet on Vimeo

Here’s the trailer.


Here’s Katie Uhlmann‘s interview with director Steve Schmidt at the Toronto Indie Film Festival in September 2014.

The film begins a tour of Northern Ontario this Summer making stops in Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, North Bay and Chapleau starting on Saturday June 13th. Check listings.

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