By Weldon LeBlanc
I’ve never met business people who have pounded the pavement more than the guys of The Saint James band in pursuing their dream. These musicians have a concept for a movie to be shot in Kelowna and the passion to make it happen.
Punksville (the movie), produced by Okanagan-based Death or Glory Productions, is a full-length motion picture using Kelowna as the backdrop for the small city of ‘Punksville’. The Saint James Band is the driving force behind it.
The storyline for the movie goes like this (from the Punksville website): PUNKSVILLE is a drama that follows the story of a young, free-spirited girl, “Jo” (Athena Lebessis, American Pie Presents Beta House), who is torn between settling down with her wealthy, bland boyfriend, or opting for something a little different. When her favourite punk-rock band, The Saint James, comes to town, Jo unexpectedly gets involved in 24 hours of rock ‘n’ roll madness, and is forced to make a life-changing decision.
Recognizing their uphill challenge, these guys have doggedly attended networking events and literally knocked on doors to gather support for their movie.
I’ve had the opportunity to chat with each of the band members at various networking events, and they’ve dropped by my office a number of times in recent months. They are committed to using Kelowna as the location, use local characters, and showcase those who are supporting them.
Their vision doesn’t end with just making the movie; once production is completed they plan to attract the attention of international film festivals.
In a time when government support is drying up for artistic initiatives, it’s refreshing to see The Saint James Band take an entrepreneurial approach to bringing their vision to life.
Sponsorship and investment packages are available from $1,000 which provides investors with on-set access, and the opportunity to be involved in various aspects of the film. The total budget for the production is set at $600,000. Tax incentives up to $10,000 provide an additional perk for investors. Additional details are available at the Punksville website www.punksville.com.
If you have an interest in supporting an artistic initiative, this may be a project for you. Its entrepreneurism at its best – people with an idea and the passion to make it happen. I’m impressed.Weldon LeBlanc: The business of music and movies