Okanagan takes the spotlight in films this summer

Two new movies are set to film in the Okanagan, including some Vernon scenes, this summer.

Two new movies are set to film in the Okanagan, including some Vernon scenes, this summer.

Jon Summerland, Okanagan Film Commissioner, announced that Sepia Films is returning to the Okanagan to shoot the films.

“We are doing things right when production companies are returning year after year with multiple productions,” said Summerland. “The production company will be hiring crew locally which is great for our local industry.”

A Sisters Nightmare will start a month-long production on Monday, shooting predominantly in West Kelowna and Summerland, with some locations in Kelowna and Vernon.

“Our last experience shooting in the Okanagan was extremely positive; we got a fantastic look for the film and it was one of the network’s top performing films last year,” said producer Kim Roberts. “We are delighted to be back.”

A Sisters Nightmare features Kelly Rutherford (Gossip Girl, Scream 3) and Natasha Henstridge  (The Secret Circle, CSI Miami), in the leading roles. Starring alongside are Peyton List (Jessie, Diary of A Wimpy Kid franchise) and Matthew Settle (Gossip Girl, Band of Brothers).

The film will be directed by celebrated Canadian feature film maker Vic Sarin, (Partition, A Shine of Rainbows, Cold Comfort, Margaret’s Museum, Bye Bye Blues).

In this film, police officer Jane’s life goes into a tailspin the day her older sister Cassidy is released from a psychiatric hospital and demands her daughter back.

In August, Sepia Films will return to the region to shoot A Daughters Nightmare, which will also be directed by Vic Sarin. More details to be released soon.

Sepia Films is a Vancouver-based production company specializing in international co-production.

As well, in other production news, Amazing Race Canada just wrapped the first episode of this new CTV series in Kelowna, and the show will air on July 15. In addition, there are two high-profile television commercials coming to the Okanagan to shoot in the near future:  Manulife will be shooting a commercial in Kelowna; and Infiniti cars will be shooting a commercial in Osoyoos.

For more information on the Okanagan Film Commission visit www.okanaganfilm.com