Locally shot film to premiere in West Kelowna

A Mother's Nightmare will premiere at Landmark Cinemas Xtreme 8 at 5 p.m. Thursday.

A Mother's Nightmare will premiere in West Kelowna at Landmark Cinemas Xtreme 8 Thursday at 5 p.m. The majority of the film was shot in West Kelowna last spring.

A dark, made-for-TV film about a teenage romance that turns into a psychotic episode involving accusations of heinous acts probably wouldn’t be high on the “to see” lists of every demographic in the Okanagan.

However, Sepia Films and Landmark Cinemas Xtreme 8 is optimistic Thursday’s film premiere of A Mother’s Nightmare will bring out all types of interested viewers.

The film, which was shot in West Kelowna last spring, is being premiered at 5 p.m. at Landmark Cinemas Xtreme 8 as a fundraiser for the Westside Community Food Bank.

It stars Jessica Lowndes of 90210, Grant Gustin of Glee and Annabeth Gish of SLC Punk and Double Jeopardy.

“A Mother’s Nightmare received an amazing amount of support from the Okanagan Film Commission and the community of West Kelowna,” said Andy Holmes of Sepia Films, who was an assistant for director Vic Sarin when the movie was filmed last year.

“We really wanted to give everyone who contributed to the movie a chance to see it on the big screen.”

Rick Davis, general manager of Landmark Cinemas Xtreme 8, said the premiere will be a chance for locals to spot familiar landmarks and see what was created in their backyard.

“There were many residents involved in the making of it and it gives them, and the entire community, an opportunity to see their work, as well as prominent West Kelowna locations, on the big screen,” said Davis.

“It made perfect sense to make admission a donation to the Westside Community Food Bank—we were thrilled to find out that the date (that) was chosen for the screening fell within Hunger Awareness Week.”

Sepia Films is in the process of producing A Sister’s Nightmare, which will begin shooting in the Okanagan May 27.

Holmes describes the movie as “a sequel of sorts.” It features Kelly Rutherford of Melrose Place and Gossip Girl as the lead role.

Tickets for the screening of A Mother’s Nightmare are available on a first-come first-serve basis.

They can be picked up for a non-perishable food item or cash donation to the Westside Community Food Bank at Landmark Cinemas Xtreme 8, prior to the 5 p.m. screening (subject to availability).

The can also be picked up at the theatre’s concession Wednesday night from 6 to 10 p.m.

The film, which aired in the United States on Oct. 30, 2012, is rated PG.

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