Toad Road Journeys to Montreal for World Premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival

Black Out Films and Random Bench Productions announced the world premiere of Toad Road at the 16th annual Fantasia International Film Festival in Montréal next month.

Jason Banker (Teenage Paparazzo, My Name is Faith) directed and produced his first narrative feature, Toad Road, in collaboration with producers Liz Levine (Camp Hollywood, Finite & Infinite Games) and Adrian Salpeter (The French Guy, Finite & Infinite Games). Toad Road displays a disturbing portrait of contemporary youth culture where the lines between perception and reality are blurred with often frightening results.

“I’m excited to premiere Toad Road at Fantasia International! It is great to be recognized by a festival that supports transgressive and outsider cinema,” says Banker.

Toad Road will join other anticipated independent films announced earlier this month, including Chained, starring Vincent D’onofrio, Eamon Farren and Julia Ormond; Sushi Girl, starring Mark Hamill and Tony Todd; and an expanded documentary film lineup that includes We are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, a standout at SXSW, Hot Docs and Slamdance; and My Amityville Horror, Daniel Lutz’s account of the infamous Amityville haunting that terrified his family when he was just 8 years old.

“Jason Banker has crafted an exceptional film that we are proud to bring to Fantasia,” says Levine.  “He is among the finest New York filmmakers of his generation,” adds Salpeter.

The Fantasia Festival kicks off July 19 and continues through Aug. 7 in Montréal, Canada, with the Fantasia Film Market making its debut from July 26-29, 2012.

For more information on the festival and Toad Road screenings go to For more information on Toad Road visit or follow on Twitter @toadroadmovie.


Since its inception in 1996, the Fantasia International Film Festival is now recognized as the biggest and most important event of its kind in North America, a leader on the genre film scene and one of the country’s most popular film festivals. With a varied programming and an emphasis on the imaginative cinema of Asia, Europe and the Americas, Fantasia’s offerings range from unique and powerful personal visions to international commercial crowd-pleasers rarely seen in North-America.


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