Locally filmed Spider-Man fan film to benefit Vernon branch of Canadian Mental Health Association

Spidey swings for charity

Sometimes, you don’t need to wear a costume to be a superhero.

Locally filmed Spider-Man fan film Spider Island is finally being released at Vernon's Towne Theatre – and proceeds will benefit the Vernon branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Created and directed by Mitchell Vanlerberg, who shoots the Hello Okanagan video feature on Castanet every weekend, the film had its premiere delayed for more than a year by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, it will be shown in a one-night-only screening at the Towne Theatre on Nov. 17, with showtimes at 5:30, 7, and 8:30 p.m.

The film was shot in Vernon in 2019 and is finally being released on the big screen after delays due to COVID restrictions in theatres.

Vanlerberg made the film as a love letter to the creators of Spider-Man, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, who passed away a few years ago. The core of the film is about responsibility and always trying to do the right thing despite the odds.

Those values are reciprocated in real-life by trying to help out the community, as mental health is a timely issue.

The film follows Peter Parker after four years of being Spider-Man, wanting nothing more than to get rid of his powers and just be normal again.

However, residents of Manhattan mysteriously receive similar spider powers, and Peter has a choice to finally get rid of his responsibility. But does everyone understand that with greater power must also come great responsibility?

Purchase tickets at eventbrite.

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