The film crew brought a flash of Hollywood to downtown Invermere in May, 2016. The producer hopes to bring a special showing of the film to Invermere. File photo

Plans to air locally-filmed movie this spring

Suck it Up filmed in Invermere in spring 2016

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.”

Just Posted

Moms of those killed by illicit opioids take to B.C. Legislature in call for action

Moms Stop the Harm, a nationwide network of families who have lost loved ones to overdoses rally

New wildfire by Whiteswan

Lightning-caused blaze at 7 hectares

Valley reaches top 20 ‘friendliest towns’ in Canada

Invermere and Radium Hot Springs receive high praise on popular travel booking website

115 new wildfires burning across B.C. due to 19,000 lightning strikes

More fires expected to start today, says BC Wildfire Service officials

Solar panels charging the future at Columbia Valley Centre

Panels offset power costs at new multiuse centre in Invermere

VIDEO: Canadian toddler caught practising hockey skills in crib

Eli Graveline is getting praise from far and wide as the internet freaks out of cute throwback video

B.C. teacher ends Jeopardy! winning streak, taking home US$69,000

Ali Hasan, from New Westminster, has been gaining fans as a “one-man invasion,” says Alex Trebek

Jett Woo highlights 5 Canucks choices on Day 2 of NHL entry draft

WHL star out of Moose Jaw tabbed in Round 2

In a matter of hours, women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to drive

Change was announced as a royal decree in 2017 by Crown Prince Mohammen bin Salman

Feds announce measures to protect endangered whale species

Canada’s Whale Initiative is part of the federal government’s $1.5 billion Ocean Protection Plan

COC session vote approves Calgary as potential host for 2026 Olympics

Scott Hutcheson, chair of Calgary’s Olympic bid corporation — called vote a positive step forward

B.C. man wins job he was denied after saying he had depression

Transport Canada has been order to give Chris Hughes a high-level job and nearly $500,000

B.C. soldier shot down a century ago to be honoured

Norman Stuart Harper, of Kamloops, was killed on a bombing mission over Lahr, Germany, in 1918

Trump sends letter to Trudeau calling for increase in NATO defence spending

The letter comes as tensions between Canada and the United States have risen to a dramatic high

Most Read