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(Park City, UT) – January 20th, 2020 － Inspired by the true stories of numerous South Asian truck drivers arrested and convicted of trafficking narcotics into Canada through the Detroit/Windsor border, web series The 410, created and written by Supinder Wraich, will have its international premiere at the 2020 Slamdance Film Festival, in the Episodic Category.
In this bold and diverse drama, Wraich has penned a gripping story that celebrates her own culture and filmed in an environment she’s very familiar with, the trucking community. After airing on CBC Gem, a Canadian digital platform, the second episode of this 3-part mini series is the one to be screened at the festival.
In The 410, a daughter comes face to face with her community’s underworld, as she desperately tries to bail her father out of jail. The story takes a fast-paced, fictionalized dive into the underbelly of Brampton ON, a mostly blue-collar South Asian suburb just outside Toronto, Canada.
Supported by Telefilm Canada’s Talent to Watch program and featuring an all-star diverse cast including Jade Hassouné (Shadow Hunters) Cas Anvar (The Expanse) and Hamza Haq (Quantico), the series shines a light on real issues facing the South Asian Community under the guise of a crime/thriller.
“It was very important for me to write not just a female protagonist, but a South Asian female anti-hero. So often as an actor, the characters I’m asked to play are very much written as a ‘good girl, educated, follows the rules’ sort of archetype,” says creator and leading star Supinder Wraich. “This time, I wanted to play a lead character that was messy, nuanced, and troubled and often you don’t see those roles cast with South Asian women, so I wrote it for myself,” she adds.
“It was also a blast to work with an all-South Asian cast (a rarity!) and to craft characters that were conflicted, messy, and deeply flawed,” comments director Renuka Jeyapalan.
Screening I: Mon, Jan 27 • 10:00pm • Ballroom, Treasure Mountain Inn
Screening II: Wed, Jan 29 • 11:15am • Gallery, Treasure Mountain Inn
Writer-creator-lead Supinder Wraich, director Renuka Jeyapalan and executive producer Matt Power of Mad Ruk Entertainment will be present for the Q&A.
The 410 is written and created by South Asian Actress, Supinder Wraich (The Good Doctor, The Expanse). Directed by fellow South Asian filmmaker Renuka Jeyapalan (Kim’s Convenience, Workin’ Moms). Produced by Iva Golubovic and Gabriel Badejo. Executive producers: Matt Power, Rey Mendoza, Mauricio Ruiz, Adam Rodness and Stuart Stone. Cinematography by Ian Macmillan. Production Design by Noelle Hindi. Editing by Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux and Kat Webber. Original music by Stuart Stone and Duwayne A. Wright.
Supinder Wraich is presently based in Los Angeles and writing season two of The 410. The series is looking for US and International distribution.
To know more about The 410, please visit the following links:
CBC Gem: gem.cbc.ca (show only available in Canada)
Twitter / Instagram:
The 410 @The410_Series
Hashtag: #The410 #Slamdance2020
Minorities don’t want to be depicted as bad people on screen, because we face enough discrimination in real life… And in the South Asian culture, a community afflicted with the ‘What will people say?’ syndrome this is especially true.
So when I decided to write a story about an Indo-Canadian family involved in drug trafficking, I was scared. ‘What will they say?’
But coming from a trucking family myself, I couldn’t ignore the large number of South Asian truck drivers being arrested and convicted of trafficking drugs within my own community. When I saw pictures of them, they reminded me of my dad. They were so familiar and unfamiliar to me at the same time.
And I didn’t think they were bad. And I believed they deserved to have their story told. As a South Asian Actress, quite frankly, I was tired of always playing the good girl. The darker, more complex & conflicted roles, never really seemed to lean toward minority casting…
So that’s where The 410 came from; my desire to inhabit a darker more complex character and this dark, true-come story that was happening within my own community.