A new television series is about to start a three-week shoot in Vernon.
Vancouver-based Sepia Films, Los Angeles-based Just Singer Entertainment, and Co-Executive Producer Bella Thorne, have announced that Drink Slay Love, a teen-vampire movie, will be shooting in Vernon from Aug. 22 to Sept. 13.
“We are very pleased to be hosting this full feature film production in the Okanagan,” said Jon Summerland, Okanagan Film Commissioner. “Sepia Films has brought five films to the Okanagan, the previous four being the popular Nightmare film series franchise.”
Drink Slay Love stars Cierra Ramirez, an acting, singing sensation, who made her stage debut at the Apollo Theatre at age 10. She is best known for her roles in The Fosters, Girl in Progress, and The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Also starring is Gregg Sulkin, a sought-after young actor who has appeared in Faking it, Pretty Little Liars, The Wizards of Waverly Place, and in the gritty crime drama Anti-Social. Angelique Rivera (American Crime); and McKaley Miller (Heart of Dixie, The Iceman, Where Hope Grows) round out this cast of young stars.
“Adored by his young fans, Sulkin has over four million social media followers, Ramirez has over one million Instagram followers and Thorne, who is one is one of the hottest teen actresses right now has a combined 19 million followers on Twitter and Instagram,” said Summerland. “This social media magnitude will bring a lot of attention to Vernon and the Okanagan as a place to shoot film and television, and as a place to visit.”
Drink Slay Love will premiere on Lifetime and A&E in early 2017.
The film is directed by Vanessa Parise (Perfect High, Jack and Jill vs. the World, Kiss the Bride); is written ay Eirene Donohue; and produced by Tina Pehme and Kim C. Roberts (Perfect High, The Games Maker, which premiered at Sundance, In their Skin, A Shine of Rainbows). Teen sensation Bella Thorne (Perfect High, The DUFF, Shake It Up) is on board to co-executive produce with the executive producer Sheri Singer (Perfect High, Disney’s Invisible Sister, Girl vs. Monster, and the Halloweentown franchise).
Sepia Films was founded in 2003 by Tina Pehme; entertainment attorney Kim Roberts; and director Vic Sarin. Based in Vancouver it is a feature film production company specializing in international co-productions including The Games Maker (Joseph Fiennes, David Mazouz, Ed Asner); In Their Skin (Selma Blair, Josh Close, Rachel Miner and James D’Arcy); the award-winning A Shine of Rainbows (Connie Nielsen, Aidan Quinn); and Partition, staring Jimi Mistry, Neve Campbell, Kristine Kreuk and Irrfan Khan. www.sepiafilms.com
Emmy Award-winning producer Sheri Singer launched Just Singer Entertainment in 2000. The company’s primary focus is developing and producing movies and TV series for broadcast and cable networks. Singer has produced 28 movies, miniseries and microseries. In addition to Drink Slay Love she was the executive producer for Perfect High for Lifetime as well as 15 movies for the Disney Channel.
For more information on the Okanagan Film Commission and all of the current productions visit okanaganfilm.com