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News Release: Feature film set to begin production in Fort McPherson

FORT MCPHERSON (August 28, 2015) – A group of 13 crew and two cast members will travel to Fort McPherson next week to shoot The Sun at Midnight, a feature film by NWT writer and director Kirsten Carthew and NWT producer Amos Scott, of Jill and Jackfish Productions.  The film features a nearly exclusive northern cast and crew.

“This is an exciting project and one that the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment is proud to support,” said Minister of ITI David Ramsay.  “The film industry not only gives us a platform to showcase our spectacular landscapes and local talent, it provides an opportunity for spin off benefits to communities.”

It is estimated that the production will spend roughly $75,000 in Fort McPherson on catering, accommodations, and hiring a production coordinator and local actors.

The Sun at Midnight began filming this week in Yellowknife and shares the story of a young woman who reconnects with her heritage. It is anticipated to be completed in 2016.   

The film was made possible in part through the Support for Entrepreneurs and Economic Development (SEED) Program as well as the NWT Film Commission’s Film Rebate Program. The rebate program was launched in February 2015 to increase film production activity and interest in the territory and was developed in response to a recommendation of the Economic Opportunities Strategy (EOS).