Jacob Goroza / Staff reporter
The film production in the Okanagan has recently been a hotspot for filming and there is no sign of stopping for this region.
On January 23, 2021 Global news posted a story on the Okanagan film industry continues to grow through ongoing pandemic
Jon Summerland, chairman of film industries Chair of the film commission, Summerland, told the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) board at their Jan. 21 meeting that movie producers created around $48 million in economic impact in the region last year.
“One month into the pandemic, we were already quarantining crews in hotels and shooting Hallmark movies. So we were the first in Canada to have film and we’ve been steady since. We were instrumental in creating the protocol for COVID with WorkSafe BC, they were on our sets every day in the beginning,” Summerland says.
The year 2020 has brought multiple big producers and actors thinking about coming to the Okanagan. The Okanagan is known for its dry climate, dry landscapes and lakeshore communities and particular lifestyles. The Okanagan’s economy is retirement and commercial-recreation based, with various outdoor activities such as boating, skiing, and hiking.
Many teenagers and young adults are excited that Netflix and Disney+ are introducing new seasons for Riverdale and everyone’s favourite Mandalorian. Others are excited about new movies Zach Snyder’s Justice League, Black Widow, Venom: Let There Be Camage, Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings featuring Simu Liu as Marvel’s first Asian superhero, and many more.
Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney+ all play a role in our lives. Using it as a source to forget about the pandemic we are currently living in and coping with our stress from school. Since all movie theatres are closed many students use Netflix to binge-watch movies or tv series while using the Netflix Party up feature to hang out with friends while social distancing.