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New documentary film eyes Grey Highlands as an ideal backdrop

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The picturesque views of the Beaver Valley in Grey Highlands are being sought after to be the backdrop of a new documentary film.

Grey Highlands council members recently received and approved a request from Productions Testa Inc. to intermittently close the Blue Mountains-Euphrasia Townline road between Sideroad 18 and Grey Road 119 for one day in mid-August to allow for the production crew to film.

Productions Testa Inc. is a small documentary film company based in Toronto. Anne-Marie Rocher is the producer of the film, which is said to be about two friends who are visually impaired and also share a life-long passion for sports. The film is expected to showcase their mettle and commitment to various sporting activities.

The production company said it has chosen this stretch of road as there is a newly paved section that is flat and smooth, which will be ideal for filming.

The scene that will be filmed at this location includes four participants who will leisurely ride tandem bikes down the road.

“With the Georgian Bay and Toronto as backdrops, the film aims to educate television viewers about the ingenuity and strength of character of these outstanding individuals,” stated the production company in a letter to the Grey Highlands.

To ensure safety while filming the production company has requested to close the road to traffic “over short distances, intermittently.”

“We are not requesting a full road closure. But for safety of the cast and crew, we will need to have traffic stopped, intermittently a few minutes at a time and over short distances at a time. The crew will wear safety vests. We are in contact with The Blue Mountains and the Ontario Provincial Police in the Blue Mountains for permission,” stated the production company.

Productions Testa Inc. will also be required to acquire paid-duty officers to attend the site on the day of filming, as well as establishing insurance for liability.

The film is expected to be broadcast on the French networks: Radio-Canada and Amis-TV.

Jennifer Golletz, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, CollingwoodToday.ca

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