Movies and Commercials Filmed in the Kamloops Area

Check out this movie map by the TNRD - see where the celebs have been in Kamloops and what movies have been filmed in our area!

Lights, Camera...Kamloops!

The vast, rugged landscape of the Kamloops area has captured the attention of filmmakers from as early as the 1900’s and still continues to today.

The first film was created in 1912, the year that Kamloops celebrated the centennial of its founding as a fur trading post and the year Kamloops was visited by the Governor General of Canada , the Duke of Connaught, who was touring British Columbia at the time. In 1918, “The Enemy of the Forest” was filmed in Kamloops , showing the process on how to fight forest fires.

Approximately six documentary films were shot in Kamloops in the 1920’s and Fox Movietonews of New York had crews that traveled the world filming events for showings in theaters, which included the 1924 Kamloops “Queen of the May” ceremonies. In1928, the National Museum of Man in Ottawa made a one-reel film about the Shuswap Indians, interweaving scenes of the landscape and wildlife of the Thompson River region. 

In 1937, Kamloops celebrated the 150th anniversary of being a fur trading post with parades and other celebrations being filmed for theatres by Hearst Metrotone News of New York .  This was the first motion picture with sound filmed in Kamloops. 

Since the earlier days, more major feature films have been created in Kamloops (see list below). If you would like more information on movies filmed in Kamloops, click here.

Cadence with Martin and Charlie Sheen

An Unfinished Life with Robert Redford, Jennifer Lopez and Morgan Freeman 

Firewall with Harrison Ford and Virginia Madsen.

2012  with Jon Cusack and Woody Harrelson  which was filmed in the Kamloops, Ashcroft and Cache Creek region.

The Iron Horse featuring Kamloops Heritage Railway's 2141 steam locomotive and crew was filmed on the track between Kamloops and Westwold in 2008 and the made for TV mini series ran on the CBC in 2009.

The A-Team with Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson, Rampage and Shartlo Copley 

Shooter with Mark Wahlberg

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants with Blake Lively and Mike Vogel featuring many TNRD girl soccer players

The Wicker Man with Nicholas Cage

The Pledge with Jack Nicholson, Robyn Wright Penn, Patricia Clarkson, Beneicio Del Toro and Aaron Eckhart

The television miniseries Alice was filmed on the Tranquille Property near Red Lake in Kamloops in 2008, which aired in late 2009 on Showcase. An independent film Rain Down was also filmed in the area. Many episodes for various TV series such as Battlestar Galactica, Smallville, The Andromeda Strain and Traffic have also been filmed in and around Kamloops.

Kamloops Vince Prokop won a Leo for co-producing music video JITTERS. He is also going to Toronto to the 2013 Much Music Video Awards because Jitters is nominated for Best Hip Hop video; let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope he wins!

Ian Weir, who graduated from Kam-Hi, created CBC’s ARCTIC AIR and has won several Leo Awards; currently he is writing a novel; maybe he’ll do a book signing here!

Vancouver produced TV series Continuum and Arrow garnered most Leo TV series awards.

Kamloops actress Gabrielle Rose was nominated this year for a Leo as Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture for CRIMES OF MIKE RECKERT. http://www.viff.org/festival/films/f6805-crimes-of-mike-recket

Although Gabrielle did not win this year, Gabrielle has won several Leos in the past. However, she is best remembered for her role as the school bus driver in Atom Egoyan’s Academy Award winning (Best Original Screenplay) THE SWEET HEREAFTER, and was a guest artist at the Kamloops Film Festival.

Michael Shanks won a Leo for Best Lead Performance by a Male in the TV series SAVING HOPE.

From Small Town Boy to TV Star: News Article 

Kamloops Actor Plays Hockey Great Gordie Howe: News Article

Kamloops' unique landscape has made appearances in many films doubling for places such as Afghanistan, Africa, Arctic Tundra, Pakistan, Mexico, Oregon, Tibet, Wyoming and many more.

For more information on films in Kamloops and other stories of Kamloops’ history, contact the Kamloops Visitor Centre at 1-800-662-1994. Research Assistance courtesy of the Kamloops Museum & Archives and the TNRD.

 

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