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Some major film talent coming to the Sault this summer

Thursday, June 05, 2014   by: Sadie Janes

Wondering what’s next for the local film scene this summer?

SooToday.com spoke with Melanie Muncaster, Program Services Manager of the NOHFC, to get a sneak preview of this season’s upcoming local productions.

"We have a busy film season coming up, busier than normal," said Muncaster. "Two are starting simultaneously in June, lots of action to be expected."

All details are not set in stone, notes Muncaster, but there are 3 features that are likely to be shot in the Sault this summer.

Atom Egoyan, director of the well-known 2009 erotic thriller Chloe, is hoping to shoot Remember in the Sault area.

Remember is a story about a Holocaust survivor suffering from early Alzheimer’s who sets out to track down the man responsible for the death of his friend’s family at Auschwitz.

Possible Cast: Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau

Another film that might be coming to the Sault is Lost & Found, which follows two boys sent to spend the summer with their uncle on a remote island. They learn that their eccentric grandfather once owned the island, but vanished without a trace taking with him the secret to a vast fortune.

Possible cast: Ray Liotta, Kimberly Selby

The final film that may be shot locally is Coconut Hero.

This story involves major life lessons for 16-year-old Mike, who lives alone with his self-absorbed mother. The film begins with him writing his own obituary, then going to his room and trying to commit suicide, but he fails and wakes up in a hospital.

Cast pending.

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) works to give funding to Northern film projects such as these in order to foster economic growth and opportunity across Northern Ontario.

The NOHFC does what is called a competitive intake round three times a year to determine funding distribution, says Muncaster.

During these times they receive multiple applications and the applicants have to compete for the funding.

"So basically, those that are prepared with their scripts, their financing, and their cast somewhat finalized will receive the funding," said Muncaster. "We work with other partners that also fund films in Ontario, including the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) and Telefilm Canada, and approve those that are most likely ready to roll."

These films provide valuable opportunities for the local arts industry as well as local businesses.

"For the arts industry, it helps to build the sector with casting opportunities and technical crew. For the community in general there are lots of ways to service the industry, through catering and other requirements of production," said Muncaster. "It also brings a profile and excitement to the local community."

Muncaster believes that the Sault is becoming a "hub" for the film industry, as all this action is catching the attention of other movie companies and spreading the word about a small city with a beautiful landscape and growing potential.

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Battler213 6/5/2014 9:06:14 AM Report

Lost and Found is currently being shot. No mention of Liotta, but Jason Patrick is in town.
scottstewy123 6/5/2014 9:34:37 AM Report

the biggest reason why they are choosing the Sault is the cost to film here. Now lets not price our way out of these opportunities. Please do not get greedy
Corr 6/5/2014 10:07:20 AM Report

Now if only the local actors data base, or whatever its called can give some actors a chance and not play favorites to a select few, things would be really kosher, come on now, get with it and give everyone a fair chance.
Number One Son 6/5/2014 10:19:07 AM Report

A total waste of our tax dollars. Sault Ste. Marie will never be a film "hub". They come here because we give them things for free. Any "exposure" anyone gets is useless in pursuing a career in the film industry. If you are in the Sault and hoping to pursue a film career you are wasting your time.

It is time to call a spade a spade, .... they come,leave, and the Sault is left holding the bag, .... what a joke.
Corr 6/5/2014 10:26:00 AM Report

AWe, booo hooo @ Number One Son, how's your son's movie career going? Are you left holding the TP for him after he goes potty?
andrews 6/5/2014 10:57:25 AM Report

How much exactly does the city spend on bringing these movies here? I know the movies spend millions in town, but I'm curious how much the city spends that apparently makes it a waste of tax dollars.
justsomeguy 6/5/2014 11:23:12 AM Report

I read an article on why so many movies are filmed in the Vancouver area. Within a short drive they had access to urban areas, forests, mountains, lakes and ocean coastal areas. Places like SSM or Hamilton would be one-off shooting locales but can't compete geographically to become a 'hub'.
ranny 6/5/2014 11:41:41 AM Report

@andrews you do realized the movie company pays to come here. They have to purchase a permit and license in the city to film. Plus it's good for the city because out of town film crews and actor/actress are spending money in the city... example hotel, restaurant and etc.
allieishere 6/5/2014 11:49:12 AM Report

Ray Liotta??? Ray Liotta!? Be still my beating heart! I have been crushing on him since he was a teen actor on Another World. The only guy I would go straight for... ;)
superior87 6/5/2014 11:52:02 AM Report

Almost spilled my coffee laughing at NumberOneSon's comment.

I too hate when people come to the city and spend money. Just the worst.
Battler213 6/5/2014 11:52:25 AM Report

Ray isn't coming. They were given word that a big actor from the movie "Narc" was in town. They assumed it was Ray Liotta. In fact it's Jason Patrick (Lost Boys).
allieishere 6/5/2014 12:27:12 PM Report

burn..... :(
Number One Son 6/5/2014 1:40:11 PM Report

@Corr, .... my son's film career is doing just fine, thank you. He just finished shooting a movie for as producer in Texas. I saw some clips, looks great!

@ranny, .... when my son was shooting here, the city did not require him to get a location permit or license. In fact, the city gave him two cops, a cop car, and a city bus and driver free of charge for a couple of scenes. The even closed off two blocks of Queen street for two hours so he could shoot a scene with the traffic going the wrong way up Queen Street.

They might have multi-million dollar budgets, but they don't spend it here. Big film locales have a "craft" crew on hand. If you have ever seen the term used in the credits of a movie and wondered what it was, .... it is the crew that provides the meals for the actors and crew during filming. Actors and directors often have their own personal trailer/motorhomes on sight to live in while here. The minions are left to the cheap motels, .... not millions spent here.

If Corr and his like knew anything about the film industry it probably comes from watching their porn from their mother's basement. Mine is right from the industry core.
VEROTIK 6/5/2014 3:47:58 PM Report

You got it number one son, craft is responsible for feeding the crew during the shoot. But they still eat and go out after shooting and on that rare day off.

The stars do not stay in a motorhome the dressing relax areas are day use talent stays in hotels and not the cheapest hole in town.

The city does bend over backwards to give away stuff that should be paid for that is true!

And dont forget the stimulus of a couple of minimum wage jobs to work on locations.
VEROTIK 6/5/2014 3:49:24 PM Report

LOST AND FOUND
Feature
LF Canada Inc.
Producer: Borga Dorter, Jordan Barker
Dir: Joseph Itaya
PM: Anthony Pangalos
PC: Emily Boston
Shoot: Jun 2 – Jun 27/14
Sault College
443 Northern Ave. E.
Number One Son 6/5/2014 4:04:56 PM Report

@VEROTIC, ... I was with the crew that shot the movie with David Morris (the movie name keeps changing). The two leads stayed in a motorhome most of the time, ... and this was in winter. Generators going 24/7, so I guess they were keeping the local gas stations in business at least. When you finish a shoot at 12:30 AM and have to be on set at 6:00 AM you want to spend no time in a vehicle driving to a hotel, .... crash on site.

When you are on set for 16 hours a day waiting for your call, there is very little time or want to go out to eat. BTW, ... the "Craft" people make excellent meals, better than most restaurants here.
Number One Son 6/5/2014 4:08:36 PM Report

Sorry Verotik, spelled your name wrong the first time. Just wanted to add, ... the "Craft" trailer had about 15 (really) different kinds of cereals on hand. I asked why, and they said the lead actors were finicky about what type of cereals they wanted for breakfast. Would you eat breakfast in a "Craft" trailer if you were staying in a hotel?
Oreo cookie 6/5/2014 5:26:07 PM Report

Maybe we can get some over paid sludge buckets from the fire department to proudly stand at attention with a garbage can lid and a fly swatter, Sault Ste. Marie's new "coat of arms", alongside the
highway into town warning people of the dangers associated with roasting weiners and marshmallows or excessive barbecuing. I'm sure the message would be well received by the film crews that are lodged in their motor homes and who would like to cook their own food. Or would this be beyond their do nothing job description?.
VEROTIK 6/5/2014 5:28:55 PM Report

Yup I always enjoy a well laid out craft services spread, and particularly enjoy when a catered hot lunch or dinner arrives. yum yum
Dead End Kid 6/5/2014 5:54:24 PM Report

Every time they film here a couple of police cars sit on Queen St. all day basically goofing off. Before you say it's not true I've walked by them several times and witnessed it. The film companies should hire their own security people.
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