Local Film Crew Members and Kamloops Residents Encouraged to Register for Upcoming Productions
Kamloops, BC—May 5, 2021— the Thompson-Nicola Film Commission (TNFC) is seeing an increase in regional independent film production, thanks to the efforts of Film Commissioner Victoria Weller and local communities.
Screen Siren Pictures has announced that it’s on schedule to shoot a feature film about a family of livestock auctioneers entitled The Ringmen. Screen Siren is expected to start filming in the Kamloops, Cache Creek and Ashcroft areas starting in mid-August and are hoping to film another project in the region this year.
Screen Siren producers Christine Haebler and Trish Dolman have filmed in the region before. Haebler said, “We are excited to be bringing projects to this region. We love shooting here!” Dolman is looking forward to returning because “the Thompson-Nicola region is so beautiful and scenic.”
TNFC’s Film Commissioner also credits the City of Kamloops with making it easy and affordable to film in the city. “Productions are attracted to Kamloops’ diversity in housing and business areas, and the dramatic landscape of the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc lands,” said Weller.
“We’re so grateful to our communities, residents and businesses for their support in helping to attract and provide locations for the productions wishing to film here. CBC Kids Daisy and The Gumboot Kids filmed in Kamloops for five days, and Reel One Entertainment’s production Just Clicked recently wrapped,” said Weller. “Oddfellows Entertainment starts filming The Edge of Sleep in a few days and it’s really exciting to work with productions that love our city. I’m very grateful for the homeowners and property owners that allow filming on their properties. Productions are employing many people and using a lot of our amenities.”
In addition, the feature film Death Pursuit starts filming in May in the Ashcroft, Cache Creek, Merritt and Spences Bridge areas. Several other projects are slated to film but have not given permission to be announced yet.
To support these productions, Weller is urging experienced film crew members to register in their online crew database at www.FilmThompsonNicola.com. “We get calls from producers asking about our region’s local crew, and the amount of experienced crew directly impacts decisions if a production will film here or not,” said Weller. The TNFC is also seeking family homes in the area as locations and as rentals for actors and key crew members.
According to Weller, “We’ve had tremendous response from Kamloops residents wishing to have their homes as locations, and we’re seeking more, larger family homes to aid upcoming productions. All productions need houses as locations, and we want to hire local, so now’s the time to contact the film commission.”
In cooperation with Creative BC, the Thompson-Nicola Film Commission attracts and encourages motion picture and digital media productions that result in expenditures in, or exposure of, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District area.
Victoria (Vicci) Weller, MA, Film Commissioner
Thompson-Nicola Regional District