By Dauna Ditson
Special to the Pioneer
Suck It Up, a Canadian movie that was filmed in Invermere in May/June 2016, bills itself as “a joyride through grief.” The movie follows two women – best friends and sisters-in-law – as they head to the mountains after the loss of a loved one.
While the movie appeared at film festivals and in a limited theatrical run that included showings in Los Angeles, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, and Winnipeg, it isn’t yet available in the Columbia Valley.
In an email interview, producer Marc Tetreault told the Pioneer that Suck It Up will be available on The Movie Network in the spring and that he is hoping to come back to Invermere to hold a special showing.
“We’d really like to organize a Columbia Valley screening in Invermere this spring,” he said. “It’s a large undertaking for a group of producers who live in Halifax and Toronto, but we so enjoyed our time there and want to show Suck It Up off for the whole community!”
The production team originally came to Invermere because one of the lead actresses – Grace Glowicki – had spent a couple of summers working at Gerry’s Gelati and recommended the community as the backdrop for the film.
Mr. Tetreault would definitely make another movie in the Columbia Valley.
“I 100 per cent would. We all would,” he said. “Working in Invermere was a dream. Everyone was so kind and helpful. On top of that, it’s got to be one of the most beautiful places to be in Canada.”
Mr. Tetreault said he was impressed with the generosity his team received in the Columbia Valley. While there were many examples, he said one of his favourites happened when they were looking for a raft to use in the film.
“We approached Kootenay River Runners. Not only did they give us a raft for free and bring it to us, they also gave us two more rafts for a different scene (in a lake) and came out to operate them for us. I think we also got a sweet deal on our rafting trip! Pretty important thing when you’re making a very low budget film.”
Another way the team stretched their budget was by showcasing the beauty of the Columbia Valley.
“I think the wonderful vistas that we pile into Suck It Up scene after scene add an incredible sense of production value to our film,” he said. “It makes it feel like it cost millions to make!”
Mr. Tetreault said the response to the film has been fantastic.
“We were honoured with the closing gala at the Calgary International Film Festival and the opening gala at the St. John’s Women’s Film Festival. Recently we also just won best feature film at the Frankfurt B3 Biennale in Germany.”
Suck It Up received two and a half out of four stars in a Globe and Mail review, stating, “Suck It Up examines grief in smoothly pleasing and respectfully comic ways.”
Suck It Up also received two and half out of five stars in a National Post review that summarized the film as: “a movie about damaged people, and the way they manage to damage others.”