The spotlight is being shone again on Drumheller as it continues to build its reputation as a hub for movie and television productions.
This week, Downtown Drumheller is the backdrop for a CBC television production called Fortunate Son.
The series is a spy drama that takes place in the late 1960’s Vietnam era. The show centres around the matriarch of an American activist family who helps smuggle Vietnam war deserters and draft dodgers into Canada.
Already Downtown Drumheller reflects the production’s setting. The rainbow sidewalk at the intersection of Centre Street and 3rd Avenue has been temporarily painted over, and period ship signs have been erected.
While they will be filming this week in the valley, the production will be shooting throughout Alberta, including Calgary, High River, possibly more time in the valley. It is expected to wrap in the fall.
A casting call for Fortunate Son was in Drumheller on June 7 looking for extras including musicians, so there is a good chance there will be some local faces in the show.
Drumheller has seen its fair share of motion picture productions. In April Let him go starring Diane Lane and Kevin Costner, and this summer Rust City, the working name for the Ghostbusters production is expected to be in the valley.