Director Rob King (left), dolly grip Jake Cummins and director of photography Mark Dobrescu work on Distorted in Vernon and Kelowna. (Craig Pulsifer/Minds Eye Entertainment)

Film crew embraces Vernon

Vernon is garnering rave reviews as it hosts the filming of Distorted, featuring Christina Ricci and John Cusack

Hollywood stars aren’t the only ones shining.

Vernon is garnering rave reviews as it hosts the filming of Distorted, featuring Christina Ricci and John Cusack.

“It’s a beautiful part of the valley and a beautiful city,” said Kevin DeWalt, chief executive officer of Saskatchewan-based Minds Eye Entertainment.

In fact, Ricci, best known for the The Addams Family and Sleepy Hollow, and Cusack, who was in in 2012 and High Fidelity, have been exploring the region.

“They absolutely love the city and they’ve been looking around on their time off,” said DeWalt, adding that Ricci took her son and husband to Kangaroo Creek in Lake Country.

Production began in Kelowna May 28 and shifted to Vernon this week.

Among the locations are Paddlewheel Park, Triumph coffee shop, the former Lavington glass plant and Vernon’s sewer treatment plant.

“It has a very interesting interior with all of the pipes. It’s very industrial,” said DeWalt of the sewer facility.

Filming in the Okanagan wraps up Monday and then post-production will move ahead. Disorted could hit the big screen in the spring of 2018.

On top of this, Minds Eye is moving ahead with a couple of other projects and locations are being considered now.

“Vernon and Kelowna will be the top of our list,” said DeWalt.

“The community wants us here, the city wants us here and we’re thrilled for the support.”

In 2016, Minds Eye Entertainment shot The Recall, starring Wesley Snipes, in Vernon.

 

The film crew works on Distorted in Vernon. - Image submitted by 5iveby5ive Media

Just Posted

Vernon hockey product eyes shot at Olympic spot with China

Fletcher is one of 24 who travelled to Shenzhen, China for the first official Olympic dev camp.

Rear-ender closes lane on 33rd Street in Vernon

Police and ambulance responded to a two-vehicle collision on 33rd Street and 39th Avenue.

Vernon tattoo founder earns Governor General medal

Norm Crerar to be awarded Meritorious Service Medal

Vernon soccer product earns national award

Connor Glennon of SFU men’s team named conference’s player of the week

Open burning permitted again in Kamloops Fire Centre

Low fire rating prompts decision throughout Kamloops Fire Centre

Weekday weather update

The rain moves in right across the Okanagan-Shuswap valley

Woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart released from prison

Smart was 14 years old when she was snatched from her Salt Lake City home in 2002 by street preacher Brian David Mitchell

New York books editor out after backlash over Jian Ghomeshi essay

Ian Buruma, who was appointed as editor of the New York Review of Books in late 2017, no longer works for the publication

B.C. couple plans sustainable, zero-waste life in the Shuswap

Plan includes building a tiny house before the snow flies

Housing slowdown forecast to cool B.C. economy

Conference Board says pipeline, trade uncertainty affecting investment

Are you feeling lazy? That’s OK – it’s just science

UBC study shows that humans are hardwired to prefer being sloth-like

LETTER: Who do we blame for the tragedy of Marrisa Shen’s death?

The B.C. girl was killed in a Burnaby park last July

Competition tribunal to hear B.C.-based case on airline food starting in October

The competition commissioner argued Vancouver airport authority had exploited its market position

Seek compromise with U.S. on cannabis at border, lawyers urge Ottawa

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency sent tremors through Canada’s burgeoning cannabis sector

Most Read