Updated May 26th, 2021
SHOW TITLE: The Porter (CBC/BET) 8 episodes
CREATOR/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Arnold Pinnock
SHOOT DATES: June 3rd – Sept 17th (Filming weekdays only)
SHOOTING LOCATION: Winnipeg and surrounding areas
THE PORTER is a 1920s drama series inspired by real events in the history of the North American railway. The series follows the story of four intrepid characters who want more from life and aren’t afraid to break down barriers and cross borders in their fight for liberation.
The first season weaves its way through the post World War I cities of Chicago, Montreal and Detroit, focusing on Montreal’s “Harlem of the North” and the fight that the Black community has to undergo to try to find equality in a continent steeped in racism. The North American men working as porters on the railway are fighting for the dignity and equity they deserve, while the women in their lives try to find their independence amidst the barriers of sexism and colorism. These young, gifted, Black workers are fighting to ensure that rebuilding after the war means building a freer and fairer world. A world built on the dream that anything is possible and change is worth fighting for.
THE PORTER tells the story of the birth of the world’s first Black union, highlighting the people whose idealism made this part of history a possibility. It is a story of hardship, empowerment and the strength that comes from believing in a dream.
**We will be casting approximately hundreds of extras of all ages and ethnicity throughout the 14 week shoot. We strongly encourage those interested from the Black Canadian/Manitoban community to apply as several scenes will require a lot of Black Canadians extras.