Ontario Construction News staff writer
A Toronto area developer and film producer plans to convert a historic building in downtown Sault Ste. Marie into a film studio with productions to begin next year.
Local film production company 180 Sisterhood Productions is partnering with Levine, with three feature film projects scheduled for production next spring.
It’s the latest in a series of announcements about expansion projects in the Northern Ontario film industry.
In February, the provincial government announced $2 million for the film industry in North Bay.
“This has turned out to be a really prime location and destination for films. We’ve really become Hollywood North to many Oscar and Emmy award winning films,” said MPP Vic Fedeli.
Four Hideaway Pictures films that were produced in North Bay are receiving $500,000 each.
Sudbury, North Bay and Sault Ste Marie have been the more popular locations for productions due to their urban, suburban and ‘quintessential’ downtown areas.
Timmins has had some success as well, with two TV shows and a commercial and the Timmins Economic Development Corporation (TEDC) says infrastructure is needed to attract more projects.
The TEDC Facebook page targets film and TV productions and posts listings for acting roles and production crew jobs.