The Beast of Bottomless Lake is a great example of what filmmakers can do with very little money, but with passion and the Internet.
It was a concept originally developed by Keith Provost about taking the Moby Dick story and turning it into a comic romp about a cryptozoologist and a team of scientists searching for Ogopogo.
Having grown up in the Okanagan, Provost had a passion for the lake monster and worked with friend Kennedy Goodkey on writing the screenplay. When Provost was killed in a tragic bicycle accident in 2001, his friends decided they were going to continue making the film in his honour.
Filming took place in 2007 in the Okanagan and Vancouver and was made on a shoestring budget, some of which was made by auctioning on eBay producing credits, product placements and a day on the set as an extra.
Most of the people working on the film were not paid but instead would get a percentage of the profits.
The movie won the People’s Choice Award at last year’s Okanagan International Film Festival and Best Feature Film at the Mississauga Independent Film Festival and has been picked up by Superchannel.
However, those who missed its two film festival screenings last year and want to see it on the big screen get their chance this week at the Paramount Theatre in Kelowna and the Capitol Theatre in West Kelowna.
Rated PG with a sexually suggestive scene, coarse language and drug use.
And now for a movie that is going to make you very aware of how close you are sitting to others in the theatre.
Contagion is the latest for talented director Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s 11, Erin Brockovich) and features an all star cast including Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Winslet.
A lethal airborne virus that kills within days is unleashed and as the fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure.
Panic spreads faster than the virus and ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart.
Intense performances in an intense movie will likely make it the top pick for moviegoers, its subject matter will likely make anyone sniffling and sneezing in the theatre even more of a distraction than usual.
Rated PG with violence and coarse language.
Nick Swardson is not a household name but Reno 911! fans will recognize him as Terry Bernardino and he has also worked with Adam Sandler writing movies like I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry and You Don’t Mess with the Zohan.
Swardson gets his chance in the spotlight as he stars in Bucky
Larson: Born to Be a Star, which he co-wrote with Sandler. He stars as a small-town nerd who discovers he is the son of famous 1970s porn stars and moves to Hollywood with hopes of following in their footsteps. He finds fame in spite of the fact that he is actually not “well equipped” for the industry.
Not surprisingly, it is rated 18A with sexually suggestive scenes involving nudity.
Rick Davis is the manager of the Capitol Theatre in West Kelowna.