Feature Film 10-57
It's Day 15 of shooting Rodney Dwira's
action feature film 10-57. Extras are mill-
ing outside a local coffee shop, waiting for
the scene to be set up. Lead actress ZoŽ
Gamache who plays Leigh, hovers around
a motorcycle, taking direction from Dwira.
Lead actor and producer Mike Tallari who
plays Casey, is originally a Thunder Bay
boy; he now splits his time between L.A.
and Vancouver and can be seen in re-runs
like ABCs 8 Simple Rules with the late John
Ritter and FX Channel Over There. "I left
when I was 18 to study at the American
Academy of Dramatic Arts because it felt
like I had no other option," says Tallari.
"Now I'm so impressed with how much
everything has changed. I think the film
programs and expertise here can definitely
compete with the quality of L.A."
Tallari explains that Dwira assembled
a team of professionals from all over the
world with connections to Thunder Bay.
"And because of this he was able to con-
vince cast and crew to take a pay cut
because we want to be here and make a
really good movie." With just under a
half-million dollar budget, 10-57 is the
biggest budget movie to come to Thunder
Bay. "It's been going really, really well,"
says Tallari. "When watching the dailies
everyone is very excited; they're surpassing
our expectations." 10-57 has filmed in lo-
cations across the city including City Hall
doubling as the police station, the Farmer's
Market, Victoria Avenue, and more. "The
city and local businesses have been really,
Hopes are to release the film in time for the
The Big Finn Hall
Kelly Saxberg's new docu-drama The Big Finn Hall wrapped
up filming in July. Saxberg's new film is based on English and
Finnish interviews with local Finnish-Canadians, immigration
and labour experts, as well as archival documents, motion picture
footage and dramatizations by actors including Jussi Nikkila and
Elena Leeve who traveled to Thunder Bay from Finland to be in
The Big Finn Hall will premier at this year's Bay Street Film Festival.
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