"A LOT MORE PEOPLE WILL BE PAYING FOR THEIR MORTGAGE FROM FILM WORK DONE LOCALLY"
VERNON - The details of a major film being shot in the North Okanagan are out of the bag.
The move is a sci-fi action thriller called The Recall, and stars RJ Mitte from Breaking Bad, Jedidiah Goodacre from Descendants, Niko Pepaj from Awkward, Laura Maria Bilgeri from Toby Goes to Camp, Hannah Rose May from Ballers and Wesley Snipes from Blade, The Expendables 3, and Chi-raq.
Minds Eye Entertainment, in association with Bridgegate Pictures and VMI Worldwide, made the announcement today, Aug. 4.
“I am thrilled to collaborate with the team from Bridgegate Pictures and VMI Worldwide to bring the script The Recall to life,” CEO Kevin Dewalt says in a media release. “We couldn’t be more proud to work with a young cast and the talented Wesley Snipes to create a film that sci-fi audiences will be excited to see. We are also delighted to be shooting the film in Vernon, B.C. and the stunning Okanagan Valley.”
The movie is about five friends vacationing at a remote lake house when things take a turn.
“They expect nothing less than a good time, unaware that planet Earth is under an alien invasion and mass-abduction,” states the release.
The announcement coincides with other exciting news for the Okanagan film industry. Minds Eye Entertainment, which is producing The Recall, is opening an office in the Okanagan, according to a release issued by film commissioner Jon Summerland.
"This is a huge deal for the Okanagan. It means that we are producing films and T.V. domestically from within the Okanagan instead of always searching for productions and providing service work for them. This will strengthen our crew base here and build our local production infrastructure,” Summerland says in the release.
In addition to high profile movies like Tomorrowland and Blackway, Summerland says two international commercials shot in the area over the past two weeks.
“Add this development to our already strong animation industry that is based here and the Okanagan will be the busiest production region outside the lower mainland,” he says. “A lot more people will be paying their mortgage from film work done locally.”
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