05/09/07
BATTLE IN SEATTLE announced as part of the lineup at the 2007 Vancouver International Film Festival

Vancouver, B.C. —The Insight and Remstar jointly produced feature film Battle in Seattle has just been announced as one the many international films set to showcase at the Vancouver International Film Festival at the end of the month.

Written and directed by Irish film star Stuart Townsend (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), the movie is based on the 1999 World Trade Organization riots that turned this American city into a war zone.

Battle in Seattle’s script weaves together the stories of an ensemble cast while tackling the controversial issue of the 1999 WTO riots. In 1999, tens of thousands of activists halted the organization’s first ministerial meeting on U.S. soil. What began as a peaceful protest intended to stop the WTO talks quickly escalated into a full-scale riot and eventual State of Emergency that squared off peaceful and unarmed protesters against the Seattle Police Department and the National Guard.  For five days, the riots turned the city upside down and brought the downtown area to a standstill.

“It is very exciting to have this film be seen in our hometown” says Insight President Kirk Shaw “We are very proud to have our cast and crew be recognized locally, nationally and internationally at this prestigious film festival.  Everyone worked incredibly hard to have this important film made and we are happy to have it included with other independent features.”

An Insight Film Studios & Remstar Production, Battle in Seattle was produced in association with Proud Mary Entertainment, Grosvenor Park Media Ltd. and Redwood Palms Pictures. The film, shot primarily on location in Vancouver, will showcase at the film festival in September.  Critically acclaimed Director of Photography Barry Ackroyd (United 93) lensed the picture.

The hotly anticipated indie flick includes a cast featuring Academy Award winner Charlize Theron (Monster), Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson (The People vs. Larry Flynt), Golden Globe nominee Ray Liotta (Something Wild), actor/international hip hop sensation Andre Benjamin (Idelwild) of Outkast and Martin Henderson (Smokin’ Aces).  They join Channing Tatum (Step Up, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints), Connie Neilson (Gladiator),  Joshua Jackson (Bobby), Michelle Rodriguez (S.W.A.T., The Fast and the Furious), Jennifer Carpenter (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Showtime’s Dexter), Tzi Ma (Akeelah and the Bee) and Isaach De Bankole (Casino Royale).