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Movie of the week films in Vernon
Mother’s Day is coming early to Vernon.
Filming for the Hallmark Channel’s latest movie of the week, Mother’s Day Off, will take place at Sparkling Hill Resort from Monday to Friday.
“It’s a one of a kind look,” said Jon Summerland, with the Okanagan Film Commission, of the resort.
“It’s like a James Bond hotel.”
Mother’s Day Off stars Bonnie Sommerville, from the Ugly Truth and Bedazzled, and James Tupper, who was in Playing for Keeps and Mr. Popper’s Penguins.
It’s the story of a mom who attends a Mother’s Day retreat and comes back invigorated and wanting to resume her career.
The anticipated budget is about $2 to $3 million and the film could pump about $600,000 into the local economy.
“Most of that will go to accomodations, renting vehicles and building scenery,” said Summerland.
The cast and crew will be staying in Vernon and a casting call for local extras was recently held.
Summerland believes the region will see more movie of the week productions in the future.
“These size movies benefit from the Okanagan,” he said.
“They get a beautiful backdrop and tremendous crews. They get better production values here.”
The Okanagan will stand in for northern California in Mother’s Day Off.
“This is the first of many films coming to the region this year,” said Summerland.