Ogopogo film comes to the South Okanagan

An award-winning independent film, The Beast of Bottomless Lake, will receive a theatrical release at three cinemas throughout the Okanagan, including the Pen-Mar Theatre in Penticton.

An award-winning independent film, The Beast of Bottomless Lake, will receive a theatrical release at three cinemas throughout the Okanagan, including the Pen-Mar Theatre in Penticton.

The Beast of Bottomless Lake follows cryptozoologist Dr. Paul Moran as he leads a team of dedicated and not-so-dedicated adventurers on an expedition to Okanagan Lake to prove the existence of the legendary lake serpent, the Ogopogo.

The film won the People’s Choice Award at the 2010 Okanagan International Film Festival, playing there to a sold-out house. Interest was so high, a second screening was added.

Starting Sept. 9,  South Okanagan residents have a chance to see the film, which was shot in the Okanagan, in its limitedtime run at the local theatre.

The film has also screened at the Mississauga Independent Film Festival (Vistek Best Feature), VCON and the Olamot Festival in Tel Aviv.

“We have built up an international following through using social media,” said producer C.S. John. “People all over the world are clamouring to see our film. Audience demand to see the film on the big screen in the Okanagan has been high.”

Featured in the cast are David Nykl (Dr Zelenka on Stargate: Atlantis), Leanne Jijian-Hume (The L-Word), Bronwen Smith (Gunless) and Roger Haskett (Smallville).

Beast was originally conceived by author Keith Provost, who was a prominent actor in the Kelowna theatre scene in his youth, and who went on to a career in Vancouver as a writer and actor in film, TV and theatre. In 2001, Provost died suddenly after a tragic bicycle accident. After his death, writers Craig March and Kennedy Goodkey  carried their friend’s idea to fruition in his memory.