Small Alberta town financing 'Barlowe Mann'

Corbin Bernsen’s Team Cherokee Prods. and the small town of Provost, Alberta, have joined forces to produce family drama “Barlowe Mann.”

The town of 2,000 is financing the film, which Bernsen’s directing from his own screenplay. Nathan Gamble (“Dolphin Tale”), Dendrie Taylor (“The Fighter”), Bruce Davison, Vernee Watson-Johnson, Lloyd Warner and Lawrence Pressman star.

Bernsen produces under his Team Cherokee banner in association with Provost Film Development Corp. Also producing are Chris Aronoff and Annmarie Lesiuk with James Greilick co-producing. Kim Larson and Kevin McGillivray of Provost Film Development Corp. exec produce.

Story centers on a troubled pre-teen, portrayed by Gamble, whose belief system has been shattered by a family tragedy. Torn between religion and science, he seeks solace from a strangely dressed loner (Warner) who reads fanciful stories to elementary school students in an abandoned hockey rink.

Bernsen and Taylor portray the boy’s uncommunicative parents.

Team Cherokee previously partnered with a Canadian town on “Rust,” which was financed by Kipling, Saskatchewan. The company’s planning for a theatrical release of “Barlowe Mann,” which will then become the initial release via its Home Theater Films division.

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