Fernie will be the setting for another movie this fall.
Following on from Hot Tub Time Machine and Santa Pups, there will be a third movie filmed in the community, although this one will actually acknowledge Fernie as a real place, rather than giving it a fictitious name.
The new film is called The Movie Out Here, a comedy thought up by Kokanee’s marketing team. The movie executives plan to make everything about the movie, from the cast to the crew to the locations, western Canadian.
The plot revolves around Adam, a junior executive for a large Toronto law firm. When a business trip takes him out to Fernie, he decides to reunite with his old college friends, Jason and Theo. When he arrives, he finds out that due to a series of terrible business decisions, Theo’s ski waxing business in Fernie is in serious financial trouble and at risk of being taken over by an evil developer. The three guys hatch a plan to throw a massive fundraising party to try and save the business. But things don’t go as smoothly as they had hoped. The developer and his son pull out all the stops to prevent the party from happening so they can foreclose on the prime piece of real estate that the ski wax shop is located on. The boys face all kinds of challenges, including a Kokanee stealing Sasquatch, party permit hassles, sabotage by the developer, and a competing party on the same night, headlined by the 1990s rap sensation Snow.
Eventually, all the planets align and the guys get the beer, the girls, the party and save the business.
The movie executives met with the Fernie Chamber of Commerce on Monday afternoon to discuss the movie, which will be shot September 4 to 14. They will be holding auditions for roles as members of crew, cast and ‘background performers’ (extras.)
Movie location manager, Rico Mielnicki, said the movie is low budget, and they really need the community to help them out as much as possible.