Filming set to begin on Jeff Barnaby’s Blood Quantum

Produced by Montreal's Prospector Films, Barnaby's second feature follows a tribal sheriff fighting against a zombie plague on an isolated Mi'gmaq reserve.

jeff barnabyProduction is set to begin on writer/director Jeff Barnaby’s sophomore feature film Blood Quantum.

Produced by Montreal-based Prospector Films, Blood Quantum follows a tribal sheriff (played by Michael Greyeyes from Fear The Walking Dead) fighting against a zombie plague on an isolated Mi’gmaq reserve.

Barnaby’s debut feature Rhymes for Young Ghouls had its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and was selected as one of TIFF’s Canada Top 10 films of the year. Monterey Media picked up the U.S. distribution rights  to the award-winning film in 2014.

Production on his sophomore effort will take place in Montreal, the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, as well as Barnaby’s hometown of Listuguj, QC from April 9 until the end of May.

Prospector Films’ John Christou (The Saver) serves as a producer, while Michel St. Martin (Bad Blood) serves as director of photography. Robert Vroom (Three Night Stand) is a line producer and Louisa Schabas (Félix & Meira) is a production designer on the project.

The horror film stars Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (On the Farm), Forrest Goodluck (The Miseducation of Cameron Post), Kiowa Gordon (The Twilight Saga), Olivia Scriven (Degrassi: Next Class), Brandon Oakes (Rhymes for Young Ghouls), William Belleau (Frontier), Kawennahere Devery Jacobs (Cardinal), Gary Farmer (The Red Road), and MMA trainer Stonehorse Lone Goeman.

XYZ films will handle U.S. sales, while Elevation Pictures will distribute the film in Canada. In Quebec, Entract Films will distribute the feature. In addition, Bell Media’s The Movie Network holds the first-window broadcast rights to the film in Canada.

Blood Quantum received funding from the CMF, SODEC, Telefilm Canada, the Harold Greenberg Fund and through a pre-license from The Movie Network.