Another feature film being shot in the Okanagan

Okanagan movie magic

The Okanagan is the backdrop for yet another major motion picture.

Okanagan Film Commissioner Jon Summerland tells Castanet the movie Chained began shooting in the Okanagan on Thursday. That took place in Kaleden, when Castanet spoke to the director and got a peek at the set. 

“This screenplay has received significant recognition and awards prior to going into production in Kelowna. Having received these kinds of acknowledgements already, I am pleased that the producers have chosen to shoot the film here as our area will be showcased in a film that is bound to have substantial profile and distribution.”

The movie, which is also shooting in Penticton, is the latest feature film from Vancouver-based award-winning writer and director Titus Heckel.

The Chained screenplay has won the Telefilm-sponsored JETS Program, an international co-production and pitching competition held during the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival; and also was a semi-finalist in the 2018 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, which is put on by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  

The movie stars Aleks Paunovic, who appeared in Van Helsing and Snowpiercer, and rising star Marlon Kazadi, who also stars in the upcoming Ghostbusters 2020.

"We are thrilled to have this immensely talented trio on board to help tell this powerful, provocative story,” says producer Rachelle Chartrand.

Chained is described as a psychological crime thriller that focuses on Taylor, an abused and bullied 13-year-old, and the friendship he forges with Jim, a criminal he discovered chained inside an abandoned warehouse. A violent betrayal between the duo turns the abused into the abuser.

Heckel’s 2014 directorial debut, With Child, was shortlisted for the Cannes Film Festival and nominated for both the Best World Showcase at the SoHo International Film Festival and the Flash Forward Award at the Busan International Film Festival.

Ron Perlman has also been in the Okanagan shooting the forthcoming western The Last Victim. 

Chelsea Powrie

More Kelowna News