By Jennifer Hoegg
The Kentville Project could be a go.
Force Four Entertainment and the town confirmed Monday Kentville has been chosen to showcase the Vancouver production company’s “life without taxes” TV show.
The pitch? Households use the money they pay in taxes to pay for their own services.
At a Jan. 20 public meeting, Force Four representatives said a national network is considering the “socially transformative documentary series.” After narrowing down the search to one town, the next step is to film a demo reel of the concept.
“The demo is the final key that the series should go forward in Kentville,” Force Four’s Tara-Lee Novak said. “We’re still all going to work really hard, but we recognize Kentville is up to the challenge.”
Mayor Dave Corkum said he is “thoroughly thrilled” the town may get a national audience.
“People will be saying ‘wow, I’m going to have to go to this small town in Nova Scotia’,” he said.
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Kentville’s community development co-ordinator, Lindsay Young, said she was thrilled with the way the community came together on short notice.
“I’m really impressed with how our residents and business owners have embraced this so quickly,” she said.
Young said the economic spin-off for Kentville could be considerable.
“With Call Me Fitz, we had the economic impact of the crew being here, but it wasn’t like New Minas was getting talked about,” she said of the HBO series formerly filmed in the area. “We are really proud about what we have in Kentville and to be able to show that off to the rest of the country.”
Young said Force Four’s Bachelor Canada was a boon to communities it visited, including in Prince Edward Island.
As for risks, she said she is confident the show is a good opportunity.
“I do get a good sense from these people,” Young said. “They want (the show) to be purposeful and educational.”
Corkum said he felt any potential downside to the show “would be miniscule” compared to what Kentville could get out of it.
“Maybe people will come up with ideas and there will be lessons for us that maybe there are other ways to cut some corners, (but) I think overall, the people are getting good value in Kentville for what it costs them.”
Corkum added that the community has to continue to show the enthusiasm and support residents have so far.
Novak said she is pleased with the response so far from area families and businesses, but is still looking for more participants. Anyone who is interested should contact her at email@example.com as soon as possible to set up a phone interview. More information is available on the project's Facebook page.
More information will be available on the timing of the project later this week, Novak said. Check back for updates as they are available.