Upcoming film set to shoot in Mayerthorpe

Tim McKort (left) pictured with actor Eric Roberts during the filming of Q-4: Dream Corporation.

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An upcoming drama film is set to be shot in Mayerthorpe and surrounding areas in spring of 2020.

Filmmaker Tim McKort will be holding a meet and greet in late October to meet with residents to discuss his plans for the film, locations he’s looking for and opportunities for locals to get involved.

“We’re looking for a facility outside and looking for some other locations. Mayerthorpe is close and it’s a tight-knit community. It’s in that green space we want to explore. I think the economic impact from what we’re doing will be good for everybody. It’s also an opportunity for businesses to market and brand,” said McKort.

The film is a political action thriller that draws parallels from the current climate. McKort has been making films since the 90s with his first feature coming out in 2006, a film called Sure Shot Dombrowski. He added that the Whitecourt and Mayerthorpe area’s diversity has proven to be exactly what is needed for his next film.

“There are so many different looks in the area. We are going to utilize all of that as well as the people.”

At the meet and greet set for late October, McKort wants the community to be involved.  There are possible roles of many different capacities, be it on set or otherwise.

“They can be trainees, or they can be working on set. They might get a taste of this and go and shoot their own short film. It’s a way to perpetuate the arts, I whole heartedly believe in that, I think we need that,” he said.

“It’s an exciting project and it’s fun. It’s also an opportunity for people to learn the process,” McKort added.

The film is set to be shot in a four-month period starting in Spring of 2020. The cast and crew will be filming in Whitecourt, Mayerthorpe, Sangudo and other areas. McKort said they are still scouting a few locations.

“It’s really focused on community. We think it will be a tremendous opportunity for everyone involved,” he concluded.

jstricker@postmedia.com

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