The Okanagan serves as the backdrop for another film shoot.
This time, it’s a local production by Sophie Jarvis, a Vancouver-based writer and director whose films have screened internationally.
Invasions is a psychological drama about a pregnant canning worker who, after discovering what she believes to be an invasive insect in a fishery, must convince her community that the danger she poses is real.
“My intention with this film is to present a story that subverts expectations, the title has many meanings in the story. The theme that runs throughout the film is that what is below the surface will eventually reveal itself. It explains how nature is out of our control, ”Jarvis said.
This is Jarvis’ first feature film. She spent her childhood coming to visit her family in Summerland where her mother grew up and where the Okanagan was the inspiration for the film.
Jon Summerland, Okanagan Cinematography Commissioner, said the independent feature film will be shot in Penticton, Summerland, Keremeos and Osoyoos from July 27 to August 22.
BC producers Tyler Hagan, Magali Gillon-Krizaj and Sara Blake say, “It has been a great experience working with the different communities of the South Okanagan. Everyone has been so helpful.
Invasions is a co-production with Switzerland and was made possible with support from Telefilm Canada, CRAVE, Creative BC, Harold Greenberg Fund, Federal Office of Culture, RSI (Radiotelevisione svizzera) and Swiss Funders.
Summerland says there have been 19 movies shot in the Okanagan since January 1.