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A partnership between Bandwidth Digital Releasing Inc., and the Adam Beach (pictured) Film Institute has brought the dream into reality.

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A partnership between Bandwidth Digital Releasing Inc., and the Adam Beach (pictured) Film Institute has brought the dream into reality.

First Nations in Manitoba will be the first to experience portable "pop-up" movie theatres that will screen both first-run films, such as The Lego Movie and Divergent, as well as aboriginal films.

A partnership between Bandwidth Digital Releasing Inc., and the Adam Beach Film Institute has brought the dream into reality.

Created by Beach, the Manitoba actor who has starred in films such as Cowboys & Aliens and Flags of our Fathers, in partnership with director/producer Jeremy Torrie and former broadcaster Jim Compton, Bandwidth is capable of converting spaces such as an arena or a community hall into a movie theatre, complete with concessions.

"Because we are a theatre in a box, Bandwidth will have the ability to respond quickly to community bookings wherever and whenever they’re requested," says Torrie.

Touting an exclusive distribution deal with eOne, Bandwidth will launch their program April 11-13 at Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, 65 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, with a slate of screenings that include Divergent, Enemy, The Lego Movie, 12 Years a Slave, Draft Day and Torrie’s own Path of Souls, starring Beach, who will be in attendance.

Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for children, 12 and under. All proceeds will go to the Adam Beach Film Institute, a non-profit organization that supports underserved, at risk and vulnerable aboriginal youth.

Screenings have also been scheduled at Norway House Cree Nation from April 17-20 and at Sandy Bay First Nation April 25-27.  The program is expected to expand into Saskatchewan at a later date.

For more information, visit www.bandwidthmovies.com.

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