Gritty mystery Dark Harvest, starring James Hutson and Cheech Marin, hits the festival circuit across North America starting August 29th

Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 12.15.59 PMThe feature film chronicles the end of illegal marijuana and the subsequent fallout for two growers and a cop on a mission

The gritty marijuana murder-mystery, Dark Harvest, is set to make its world premiere at the Portland Film Festival on August 29th, followed by a full festival schedule with screenings across North America. The feature film stars an impressive ensemble cast, including: James Hutson, Hugh Dillon, Tygh Runyan, Bernie Coulson, Alan C. Peterson and Cheech Marin. The film marks the first feature from James Hutson (Insomnia, Reindeer Games), a passion project that he not only stars in, but also wrote, directed and produced.

Dark Harvest chronicles 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 Smoke, Desperado) 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.

578572_227006580810214_1910513238_nHutson was inspired to write Dark Harvest while working at his former job 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 movie, which takes audiences on a dramatic, 87-minute ride, was shot in Vancouver, Toronto, Cuba and Mexico.


screenshoteditThe list of festivals on the slate for Dark Harvest this fall include:

  • Portland Film Festival: August 29th – September 5th
  • Williamsburg International Film Festival (Brooklyn, NY):  September 9th -11th
  • Oregon Independent Film Festival (Eugene): September 20th – 22nd & (Portland): September 23rd – 26th
  • Columbia Gorge International Film Festival (Big Bear, California): September 22nd – 25th
  • Edmonton International Film Festival: September 29th – October 8th

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James Hutson will be in attendance at all film festivals screening Dark Harvest and is available for interviews upon request.

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