Director/Writer/Actor/Producer James Hutson nominated for Best Direction in a Motion Picture at the Leo Awards for the gritty feature film ‘Dark Harvest’

The Leo Awards will take place on June 4th at the Hyatt Hotel in Vancouver 

James Hutson, the writer/director/producer and star of Dark Harvest, a gritty marijuana murder-mystery film also starring Cheech Marin, is thrilled to be nominated for Best Direction in a Motion Picture at the upcoming Leo Awards. The awards, celebrating the best in BC film and television, will take place this Sunday, June 4th at the Hyatt Hotel.

Dark Harvest is an award-winning festival circuit gem that chronicles the end of illegal marijuana and the subsequent fallout for two growers and a cop on a mission. The long list of awards received by the indie film include: Best Picture (Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, New York City Cannabis Film Festival, and Oregon Independent Film Festival), Best Dramatic Feature (Audience Choice) and Best Canadian Feature at the Edmonton International Film Festival and Best Thriller at the Oregon Independent Film Festival, to name a few.

The film is set to be released internationally on iTunes, VOD, and SVOD in Canada and the US in September, and will have a theatrical release in Vancouver, Toronto, California, Texas, Colorado and Oregon.

Hutson was inspired to write Dark Harvest while working at a former acting gig that involved acting out scenarios for the Vancouver Police Department to train new officers. While on the job, he would ask veteran cops to share stories with him. After hearing about a drug bust that went sideways, the story for Dark Harvest began to brew in the filmmakers mind. The film was then cast with an ensemble of award winning actors that bring years of experience and engaging performances to the project.

The feature stars an impressive cast, including James, Hugh Dillon, Tygh Runyan, Bernie Coulson, Alan C. Peterson and Cheech Marin.

Dark Harvest follows the struggles of two growers and a suspended narcotics officer as they deal with a series of murders on the eve of marijuana legalization. When Carter Holmes (Hutson), a veteran marijuana grower determined to retire, is robbed of a quarter million dollars worth of weed, he goes against the advice of his mentor (Cheech Marin; Up in SmokeDesperado) and seeks out a legal medical cultivation license to secure an income stream. Violent crimes, murders shrouded in mystery, and a race to find who is responsible, leads Carter to work with an unlikely partner to survive.

The movie, which takes audiences on a dramatic, 87-minute ride, was shot in Vancouver, Toronto, Cuba and Mexico.

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James Hutson will be in attendance at the Leo Awards is available for interviews upon request.

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