Penticton will be the star in movie set to begin production in September | iNFOnews | Thompson-Okanagan's News Source

Current Conditions

Mostly Cloudy

Penticton News

Penticton will be the star in movie set to begin production in September

A new film is set to begin shooting that will feature iconic Penticton landmarks such as the S.S. Sicamous.
Image Credit: FILE PHOTO
July 14, 2020 - 11:07 AM

A new film shoot is getting underway in Penticton following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions that temporarily shut down the industry in the Okanagan.

Suitcase Charlie films announced today, July 14, the filming of Change of Pace, an all-Canadian movie set and filmed in Penticton.

Producer and director Shel Piercy says the pandemic brought the film industry to a halt, but calls Change of Pace a vision for film and TV as the world tries to determine a new normal in the months ahead.

“This is a homegrown production that taps into the enormous pools of local artistic and technical talent, while showcasing the abundant beauty and charming character of communities like Penticton,” Piercy says in a media release.

Change of Pace is a coming-of-age film that pays homage to the 1980s with a quirky and relatable cast of characters.

The production is inspired by an hour-long super-8 film shot by Suitcase Charlie films owner Graham Fraser and Mike Drinkwater during their final year of high school in 1980, the release states.

The film will highlight local iconic landmarks such as the S.S. Sicamous, the Penticton Vees at the South Okanagan Events Centre and Penticton Secondary School.

The production office opens Aug. 10 with a 15-day shoot beginning on Sept. 14. Producers estimate 70 per cent of the film’s cast and 60 per cent of its crew will be drawn from resources already present in the Okanagan.

For more information, visit

To contact a reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad or call 250-488-3065 or email the editor. You can also submit photos, videos or news tips to and be entered to win a monthly prize draw.

We welcome your comments and opinions on our stories but play nice. We won't censor or delete comments unless they contain off-topic statements or links, unnecessary vulgarity, false facts, spam or obviously fake profiles. If you have any concerns about what you see in comments, email the editor in the link above.

News from © iNFOnews, 2020

  • Popular penticton News
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile