Zombies and romance on tap for outdoor movie screenings

By: Heidi Ulrichsen - Sudbury Northern Life

 | Aug 07, 2014 - 3:05 PM |
The film “A Little Bit Zombie,” shot in Sudbury in 2011, is being screened outside at the Northern Ontario Film Studios Aug. 15. Supplied photo.

The film “A Little Bit Zombie,” shot in Sudbury in 2011, is being screened outside at the Northern Ontario Film Studios Aug. 15. Supplied photo.

Bring your lawn chairs for night of Sudbury-shot movies

David Anselmo said one of his favourite childhood memories is going to Sudbury's now-defunct 69 Drive-In movie theatre with his parents.

“We'd stay up really late — that was the only time I was allowed to stay up really late at night — and watch a movie under the stars,” he said. “Who doesn't love that?”

Anselmo, CEO of Northern Ontario Film Studios and Hideaway Pictures, aims to recreate a little bit of this sort of summer fun Aug. 15.

The film studio — in partnership with Cinéfest Sudbury — is presenting outdoor screenings of the Sudbury-shot films “Be My Valentine” and “A Little Bit Zombie.”

Instead of the traditional drive-in setup, though, people are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to watch the movies in the film studio's parking lot, located at 828 Beatrice Cres.

Anselmo said the screenings are his way of saying thank you to the city for being so accommodating to film crews shooting in town recently.

“Be My Valentine,” shot in Sudbury in 2012, is being screened at 9 p.m. Admission is free.

It's a G-rated Hallmark romantic comedy co-produced by Anselmo about a firefighter who saves a florist from a fire, and in the process, finds love.

Much of the movie was shot in the city's inner core, he said.

“We ended up shooting in the downtown city fire hall,” Anselmo said. “A lot of the local fire department were featured background extras in the movie.”

“A Little Bit Zombie,” filmed in Sudbury in 2011, is being screened at 11:15 p.m.

Admission to this film costs $5 a person. Proceeds go towards efforts to beautify Rotary Park, located adjacent to the Northern Ontario Film Studios.

The 14A-rated movie, by Canadian director Casey Walker, is a comedic film about a man who gets bitten by a Zombie-infected mosquito while on a retreat with his future wife.

“He's trying to hide the fact that he's slowly turning into a Zombie,” Anselmo said.

Gates to the event open at 8 p.m. Those attending the film screenings are asked to park at nearby Adanac Ski Hill. Concessions will be available on-site. Alcohol is prohibited.

In case of inclement weather, the event will instead take place Aug. 16.

Tickets are available for purchase in person at Cinéfest Sudbury's office, located at 40 Larch St., Unit 103, or by phone at 705-688-1234 or 705-885-1660. They'll also be available on the night of the event on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, search for “Hideaway Pictures/Northern Ontario Film Studios” or “Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival” on Facebook.

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Heidi Ulrichsen

Heidi Ulrichsen

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