February 11, 2014 – A television movie inspired by the real-life story of triumph in a small town on Canada’s east coast has won an International Emmy for producers Rick LeGuerrier and Timothy M. Hogan of Halifax-based, Dream Street Pictures.  Their two-hour dramatic film, THE PHANTOMS, premiered in 2012 on CBC Television.  Inspired by the events surrounding the 2009 New Brunswick provincial championship season of the Bathurst High School varsity basketball team, THE PHANTOMS recounts the team’s difficult road to success after a devastating road accident took the lives of seven players, and the coach’s wife. 

In the following year, as tragedy hung over the community, the BHS Phantoms returned to the court to honour the members they had lost.  Against the odds, the ragtag group of players gelled as a team, and lifted not only their school ranking, but also the spirit of their community. Filmed entirely on location in Bathurst, THE PHANTOMS is an inspiring Canadian story about determination, courage and the power of community.

THE PHANTOMS won for Best TV Movie or Mini-Series in the International Emmy® Kids Awards from the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.  The Canadian movie was up against projects from Germany, China and the Netherlands.   Winners received their awards at a gala on February 10 in New York City.  In accepting the award, Hogan dedicated it to the people of Bathurst, as the town’s mayor, Stephen Brunet, looked on from the audience.  “We’re so very proud of this movie,” added LeGuerrier, “and delighted that this international recognition will help us bring this heartwarming story to a global audience”.

Penned by Gemini award-winning screenwriter Andrew Wreggitt (Mayerthorpe; The Don Cherry Story,) THE PHANTOMS is directed by acclaimed director Sudz Sutherland (Guns; Love Sex & Eating the Bones) and produced by Hogan and LeGuerrier (Canada Russia ’72; Sticks & Stones).

The ensemble cast includes Tyler Johnston (The Killing, Keep Your Head up Kid: The Don Cherry Story, Less Than Kind), Kyle Mac (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Wesley MacInnes (Heartland), Holly Deveaux (Less Than Kind), Joy Tanner (Degrassi: The Next Generation) Wally MacKinnon (Canada Russia ’72), Greg Bryk (History of Violence), Tammy Isbell (The L.A. Complex) and Wendel Meldrum (Less Than Kind).

THE PHANTOMS is produced by Dream Street Pictures, in association with CBC, and with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Shaw Rocket Fund, the COGECO Program Development Fund, and, the New Brunswick Film Tax Credit.

About Dream Street Pictures

Dream Street Pictures is an award-winning full service independent film and television Production Company specializing in drama, documentary and arts programming.  Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Dream Street’s other dramas include the Gemini Award-winning mini-series, Canada Russia ’72, the Gemini-nominated Open Heart, and, Sticks and Stones, which captured the prestigious Shaw Rocket Prize and was named Best Picture by the International Family Film Festival in Hollywood. 

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Rick LeGuerrier
Producer / Partner
Dream Street Pictures