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Will the Sault become an independent film production mecca?

Monday, December 09, 2013   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

DAVID ORAZIETTI

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Orazietti announces funding for two local film projects
 
Provincial investment supports film industry and strengthens northern economy

SAULT STE. MARIE – The province is continuing to support local film production through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) which is providing $1.9 million for two film productions which were filmed in Sault Ste. Marie last month, David Orazietti MPP announced today.

“Film production projects are drawing attention to the film industry in Sault Ste. Marie and helping to strengthen a new sector in our community,” said Orazietti. “Our government’s investment in the emerging film industry in Northern Ontario is boosting our community’s economy.”

P23 Entertainment Inc. received $1 million in NOHFC funding ($500,000 loan and $500,000 grant) for their film project The Masked Saint, a feature length motion picture based on the autobiography of Chris Whaley, a southern Baptist Minister and former professional wrestler. 

Paragraph Pictures Inc. received $905,200 in NOHFC funding ($452,600 loan and $452,600 grant) for their film project, Happily Ever After which completed filming in Sault Ste. Marie in early November. 

This film centres around a documentary filmmaker forced to return to her hometown when her father becomes ill.

“We very much enjoyed the experience of filming If You See Her (formerly Happily Ever After) in Sault Ste. Marie.

The NOHFC funding played a key part in our decision to shoot there, but the reason we plan to return for another picture next year is the wonderful people we met - both the talented northern crew members who contributed directly to our film, and the enthusiastic community who opened their hearts and homes to us,” said David Gordian, Paragraph Pictures Inc.  “We also look forward to seeing the original films that talented Northerners are going to make now that the Government of Ontario - through both its tax credit programs and the NOHFC - have set the groundwork for a thriving film industry in the north.”

Investing in Northern Ontario’s film industry is part of the Ontario government’s Growth Plan. 

A strong northern economy creates local jobs and protects the services that mean the most to families – health care and education.

Quick facts

  • Since 2005, the NOHFC has provided over $50 million to over 80 film and television projects
  • Since October 2003 the NOHFC has approved over $890 million, towards more than 5,800 projects, leveraging over $3.2 billion in investment. We are helping create or sustain over 22,915 jobs and work placements across the North.
  • In Sault Ste. Marie the NOHFC has approved over $78 million in funding for 756 different projects that helped maintain or create 2,559 jobs.

Learn more

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SarahMac 12/9/2013 1:37:56 PM Report

They're only coming here because we're throwing money at them!
Wisenheimer 12/9/2013 1:42:04 PM Report

Like call centres and wind farms.
Pakadeva 12/9/2013 2:11:29 PM Report

We may be throwing money at them, however, if it pans out, it may attract more agents to the area?
ThinkAgain 12/9/2013 2:48:13 PM Report

When has an independent film production ever made money in Canada? Only when the government hands it to them. The joke is on the taxpayer once again.
Number One Son 12/9/2013 3:08:47 PM Report

What a waste of tax-payer dollars. none of these film production companies have yet to even come close to a top release film. Most of the money in film production goes to peripherals that don't pay employees or bring in business to the city. Total waste of dollars.
Sam C 12/9/2013 4:11:51 PM Report

Wow! What a bunch of nay-sayers. It may be taxpayer money, but it gets spread around the community, too. And if we want a shot at attracting bigger productions, we have to start with the smaller studios.

Number One Son 12/9/2013 5:30:20 PM Report

You don't know the film industry Sam C. it is never going to happen here.
Corr 12/9/2013 6:03:06 PM Report

Number One Son, it's already happening, the evidence is all around us. The seeds of the film industry mecca have been scattered and already they are starting to grow. We just need to keep doing what we're doing and in time it will flourish. Have some patience.
Wisenheimer 12/9/2013 6:23:10 PM Report

Just a thought .. how about letting Avery build his subdivision at Pointe des Chenes, collect outrageous property taxes to make a buck, and never mind worrying about crappy movies no one ever sees.
JDW 12/9/2013 6:49:00 PM Report

I haven't even seen the movies shot here last couple years. Any links? Cheers
patsboy 12/9/2013 8:33:36 PM Report

It makes a few min. wage jobs. Fills a few rooms at the hotels, and a few meals in some resturants. Thats it. Tax payers pay out again.. When we stop paying out money to the films they will stop coming. So lets stop.
firefly42 12/10/2013 2:01:32 AM Report

I've watched (and enjoyed) Looking for Angelina, Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster and The Story of Luke. The stories were interesting and I look forward to watching the rest of the movies filmed here.
Number One Son 12/10/2013 6:00:42 AM Report

These film companies exploit the fact that the Soo gives them for free what most other cities charge a big dollar to have available. We are like the nerdy loser who will do anything to make a friend, meanwhile, these companies simply take and do little giving.
dadal 12/10/2013 9:25:16 AM Report

We need to look at the MAJOR filming areas of the past-Toronto and BC. Recently Disney and a few other studios closed their BC offices due to costs. Toronto has seen a major dip in film production. Trend in Canada is filming for 5 years then the industry moves on. Our weather limits filming. I am not seeing major studios building sound stages-only filming is in residential spots and construction sites. This is NOT long term. BUT it does give SOME locals interested in the film industry a chance to try it out. My criticism is the so called talent data base is flawed. Seems the same people constantly get the calls for shoots while others are ignored. Just like our job searching experience it's all down to who you know. Same old same old Sault Ste Marie. We can't even consider being anything if we are unwilling to change and advance.
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