Prince George romantic comedy premiere to raise money for Ukraine

The film shot locally The way to the heart will get the red carpet treatment at the Prince George Civic Center when it screens on April 8.

The way to the heart was the second feature film shot on location in Prince George with partners Trilight Entertainment, Anamorphic Pictures and northern BC-based production company Barker Street Cinema.

Directed by Wendy Ord, the drama centers on Ava, a chef at a big-city restaurant who has lost her spark and on the advice of her boss returns to her small-town home to save her menu and his work.

A chance encounter with a childhood friend who champions the local farmer’s market sets Ava on a path to rediscovering herself and her passion for food as their romantic relationship blossoms.

Viewers will recognize some of the film sets such as Cranbrook Hill, Shane Lake at Forests For the World and the quiet roads of Pineview.

Some of the film’s stars will join the red carpet celebration in person, including Food Network’s Bob Blumer and Peter Graham-Gaudreau, while other cast members will zoom in to visit the audience after the screening.

Proceeds from the event are donated to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to support relief efforts in Ukraine and neighboring countries. UNHCR provides shelter, food, water, medical care and other life-saving assistance to refugees around the world.

The event is sponsored by KOPAR Administration whose owners Tom and Nada Newell served as executive producers on the film.

Norm Coyne, also a producer on the film, leads the team working on the evening’s festivities.

“Our goal for the event is to celebrate our cast, our crew and Prince George,” Coyne said.

“The possibility of turning this into a fundraising effort for humanitarian relief efforts as well makes the event all the more meaningful.”

“This movie is something really special,” Coyne said. “And it’s another great opportunity to shine a light on Prince George and its potential as a BC filming location.”

Tickets are $50 and will include popcorn, champagne, a candy bar and a special keepsake. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for red carpet photos and cocktails. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. For tickets email [email protected]

The 90-minute film will also air on Super Channel, which is available through cable providers Shaw or Telus.

Super Channel has 10 scheduled screenings of The way to the heart, from April 9 at 8 p.m. until April 23. It will also be available to stream and on-demand from April 10, 2022 through Sept. 30, 2023.

– with files by Ted Clarke