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New feature film starting production in Prince George

1926 Cadillac Opera coupe 314 owned by Tom and Nada Newell that will be featured in the film
Norm Coyne, producer Barker Street Cinema

The latest in a series of proposed films to be shot in Prince George is slated for production next month. The Way to the Heart will commence pre-production on Monday May 3 and will film through to mid-June exclusively in locations throughout the City of Prince George and surrounding areas. 

The Way to the Heart is a lighthearted romantic comedy set amongst a charming farmers market, and classic car rally in a northern town in summer. It marks the second film in a series of projects being produced in northern B.C. over the next few years, with the aim of building the capacity in the region to attract the film industry. The film comes hot on the heels of the successful production of A Great North Christmas which was filmed entirely in and around Prince George with a local crew earlier this year. 

Barker Street Cinema’s Norm Coyne will produce the film, with veteran filmmaker Wendy Ord directing. Among her many credits, Wendy was recently awarded the 2020 Canadian Screen Award for Best Documentary Program To The Worlds.   

Many locals who worked on the first film will be growing their experience with this sophomore project in the proposed slate of films.  Local community partners Tom and Nada Newell will not only executive produce The Way to the Heart, but also participate by way of facilitating the use of their 1926 Cadillac as a key character in the story. The film will also be dedicated to Nada’s father Franjo Ledic who was a prominent filmmaker in German cinema in the 1920s. 

Wendy Ord, Canadian Screen Award winning director

“We are thrilled to be on board to support production of The Way to the Heart,” said Tom Newell “My wife Nada’s family legacy is in the motion picture industry and it is truly special for us to play a role in bringing this story to Prince George”

Locations for The Way to the Heart are yet to be finalized, but will include some business storefronts, homes, lakes and farm locales around the city. 

“There is undeniable momentum now for film production in Prince George,” said Coyne. “This film is very much the next phase of levelling the city and our capacity up. It’s electrifying.”

Former Prince George Film Commissioner Sara Shaak of Anamorphic Media, and Shayne Putzlocher from Trilight Entertainment are partners on the film. Anamorphic/Trilight have previously worked on multiple projects together including Girl, and their latest release Blood on the Crown with Harvey Keitel and Malcolm McDowell – releasing in May in Canada.  The producing team is also headed to Malta in the summer of 2021 with their large scale action feature Hounds of War.  

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