ROTHENBURGER: Why didn’t we know about Christmas movie filmed here?


My question is, why didn’t we know about the screening? When shooting was taking place, local media covered it, and there were one or two brief follow-ups but many likely missed it Sunday and if they did see it, might not have caught the Kamloops connection.

Where were the chamber of commerce, Tourism Kamloops, the film commission, the film society, the watch parties? There’s nothing more fun during the holiday season than a tacky flick that features our very own hometown.

Many movies have been filmed around here, including some major Hollywood productions. We usually know about those thanks to effective publicity. I happened to see Destination Kamloops only due to somebody’s chance Facebook post.

Kamloops isn’t yet a Christmas season filming mecca — it appears nowhere on Top Sappy Christmas Movie Locations lists. But places like Hope, Burnaby, Whistler, and Squamish do, none of which can hold a candle to the Tournament Capital and Thompson-Nicola as filming locations.

When we make it into the movies, it’s something to celebrate, and something we should know about. Fortunately, Destination Kamloops will air again this coming Sunday on this very channel.

I’m Mel Rothenburger, the Armchair Mayor.

Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website. He can be reached at [email protected]

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