A special premier of A Cowboy Christmas will be held in Maple Creek tonight as the official launch for the holiday-themed rom-com that was filmed in the community with funding from the Government of Saskatchewan through the Creative Saskatchewan Feature Film and Television Production Grant.
“It is so exciting to support productions like this, who have chosen to film in our province and are so willing to work with local communities and give back,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Laura Ross said. “The benefits of projects like this are numerous and cast a wide net in terms of the positive economic effects in Saskatchewan.” Creative Saskatchewan invested $172,000 into the production, which is anticipated to inject approximately $800,000 of economic activity back into the province.
“This is so Saskatchewan,” says Erin Dean, CEO of Creative Saskatchewan. “Not only has this film created jobs and produced solid return of investment, but the community really rallied to make this show a success.” Over 200 locals participated in the production, decorating the main street, playing extras in their Christmas sweaters, and re-creating their seasonal market just for the show.
“The people of Maple Creek really came through for us on this production,” says Jessica Watch, a Producer with Trilight Entertainment, “they went above and beyond in every aspect to make this production happen and run as smoothly as it did. Every person we met wanted to help…They welcomed us with open arms, and we could not be more grateful for their help and support!”
A Cowboy Christmas was filmed in the area in March 2023. The premiere is doubling as a fundraiser for the community. Attendees can meet the film crew while snapping photos on the red carpet and enjoying local food. “The Production showcases the community of Maple Creek,” says Michelle McKenzie, the Mayor of Maple Creek, “where we get the impossible done with a smile on our faces and a song in our hearts. We welcome any and all upcoming opportunities to share the warmth and wonder of our area.” The world will certainly get a good look at Saskatchewan’s grasslands, historic Reesor Ranch, and small-town charm when the show is released internationally in Winter 2023.
The movie features a successful marketing executive who is sent to a guest ranch to woo a new client. She braves an unplugged life, outwits the schemes of an ambitious co-worker, and wins the reluctant heart of a handsome cowboy. The movie is produced by Regina-based Trilight Entertainment.
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