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Town of Wolfville being transformed to Oceanside for independent comedy production

Oceanside P.D. cast and crew members include, back, left to right: Daniel Mackenzie, Erin Cameron, Terri Smith-Fraser, Kevin Jollimore, Roberta Rae Lattie, Trysta Doary, Travis Lindsay, Bud Baker, Tina Stickles, Sanda Knox, Darlene Ireland, Chris Davis, Peter Macisaac, Vanessa Allen and, front: Christian Dalton, Cathy McConnell, Cali Barnstead, James Temple, Karan Sidhu, Tieren Hawkins, David Borden and (missing from photo) Chloe Goulden.
Oceanside P.D. cast and crew members include, back, left to right: Daniel Mackenzie, Erin Cameron, Terri Smith-Fraser, Kevin Jollimore, Roberta Rae Lattie, Trysta Doary, Travis Lindsay, Bud Baker, Tina Stickles, Sanda Knox, Darlene Ireland, Chris Davis, Peter Macisaac, Vanessa Allen and, front: Christian Dalton, Cathy McConnell, Cali Barnstead, James Temple, Karan Sidhu, Tieren Hawkins, David Borden and (missing from photo) Chloe Goulden. - Contributed

Six-episode TV series involves 20 local cast, crew members

WOLFVILLE, N.S. —

When it comes to an independent comedy production being shot in Wolfville, Karan Sidhu is a man wearing many hats.

The Prospect resident said the production is called Oceanside P.D. It’s about “bumbling cops” from a small town who are in jeopardy of losing everything when a tech firm moves in under the guise of saving the community.

The newly-elected mayor and tech firm plan to siphon away the town’s money and move on. The only people who can save the day are the “three idiot cops.”

Sidhu describes Oceanside P.D. is a grassroots production and said no one in the dedicated, 20-member local cast or crew is being paid. There are no unionized performers involved. In relation to the production, Sidhu is a lead actor, the writer, director and producer.

Sidhu said he is very grateful to his dedicated cast and crew members who show up in the right place on time even though their only payment is getting fed. Their goal is simple: to make it as actors and actresses.

Once produced, they plan to submit the show to various film festivals and to shop it around to various TV networks.

“I’ll put it in front of whoever will see it,” Sidhu said. “We’re just trying to get as much attention on this thing as we can.”

Oceanside P.D. cast members Tieren Hawkins, Vanessa Allen, Kevin Jollimore, Chad Lindsay, Karan Sidhu, Trysta Doary and Maria and Noah MacDonald.
Oceanside P.D. cast members Tieren Hawkins, Vanessa Allen, Kevin Jollimore, Chad Lindsay, Karan Sidhu, Trysta Doary and Maria and Noah MacDonald.

They plan to produce six half-hour episodes. Sidhu said they are wrapping up the filming of the first episode and hope to be able to release the production early this summer.

He said there are a lot of people out there who want to make something but don’t feel that they can. Sidhu tells people that if they have a camera phone, they can shoot a movie. Even if you have no budget, if you want to do something badly enough, you can make it happen.

He said it was his wife who suggested that he shoot the show in Wolfville. Sidhu said he has always loved the town – the esthetic and the people - and he frequents it every summer. His brother-in-law, Kevin Duffie, is the head coach of the Acadia men’s basketball team, so Sidhu has ties to the community.

“The big thing was we needed a really cool looking small town and everyone there is so amazing,” he said.

Sidhu said he is grateful for the support of his wife. He left a promising career managing a car dealership and put his own business, Kingfisher Auto Loans, on hold to pursue his dream.

He said the cast and crew are grateful to the Old Orchard Inn for providing sponsorship in the form of accommodations. Sidhu said Mayor Jeff Cantwell graciously allowed them to do some of the filming at Wolfville Town Hall.

In 2009, Sidhu and a group of friends produced a comedy about the used car business called The Lot that gained some traction, playing at Empire Theatres around the province. The short movie garnered some media attention and it was well received at the Atlantic Film Festival.

Kirk.starratt@kingscountynews.ca

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