It was lights, camera, action in south Muskoka as the cast and crew of The Lakehouse (a working title) spent the better part of September filming in the Parker’s Point area of Lake Muskoka.
The feature film tackles the intriguing premise of three very different couples navigating their way through an adventurous swingers weekend.
The cast includes Mia Kirshner (Lost Girl), Erin Karpluk (Being Erica), Jonas Chernick (How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town), Randal Edwards (Entanglement), Michael Xavier (Bitten) and Erin Agostino (the Kennedys after Camelot), and is the first feature film for Jon E. Cohen.
Producer Nicola Sammeroff says they were familiar with the Muskoka area when they began writing and they selected the area for its beauty and tranquillity.
“The fact that we were able to obtain a beautiful private residence in which to film was the topping on the cake,” she says. “Also, being a short drive from Toronto, it was helpful in that we did not have to drive hours and hours to set.”
The cast and crew were thrilled at the warm welcome they received from the Gravenhurst community, says Sammeroff.
“We used local caterers, hotels, crew accommodations, and tried to involve as much of the community as possible,” she says. “We are truly grateful for all the support and assistance we received from local businesses and individuals.”
One of those businesses was Well Fed in Gravenhurst, who catered lunches and dinners for the cast and crew of roughly 30 people.
“They just called us out of the blue,” says Anette Gillan, the owner of Well Fed. “We had to come up with a plan and that included some last minute dietary restrictions. We were stretched but in the end it was a fun experience and a sales boost.”
Gillan says the cast and crew were thoughtful and appreciative, and the meals received resounding reviews. Gillan says she also got a behind the scenes look at filmmaking, and one of her blueberry pies even gets a cameo in a dinner scene.
It’s actually the third production Gillan has catered in the last couple of years, which includes the film Go Fish and television series Love It or List It.
As for The Lakehouse, Sammeroff says they have started post-production, which they anticipate should take about six months to complete. They now have a Canadian distribution deal with Northern Banner pictures and there will be a theatrical release in 2017.
On the whole, she says the time spent in Muskoka was a great experience for cast and crew.
“We couldn’t imagine a better way to spend the last few weeks of summer,” she says.