Movie looks at Timmins’ first 100 years Movie looks at Timmins’ first 100 years – by Kristine MacDougall (Timmins Daily Press – July 20, 2011)

The Daily Press is the newspaper of record for the city of Timmins.

The history of Timmins is coming to the big screen.

Timmins: The first 100 is an independently produced film about the city’s rich history. “It struck me about three or four months ago that we’re having the 100th year celebrations and there was no film,” said producer Kevin Vincent.

The 90-minute movie provides a look at life in the Porcupine Camp, the men and women who fought their way into the camp in search of gold, and the devastating 1911 fire. It also chronicles the bitter labour battles, the folklore of hotel life, Timmins rich multicultural heritage, and Timmins highgrading industry, and related crime, as a result of gold mining in the area.

Work and research for the movie was compiled over the last two and a half decades.

“I’ve been studying Timmins history now for 26 years,” said Vincent. “The interviews (for the film) were conducted all over North America, with people who have a connection to the history, and the fabric of life in Timmins over the last 100 years.”

The film was produced with the help of many locals who helped piece together the storied history of the area.

“A lot of the archival film is in partnership with the Timmins Museum, we worked very closely with Karen Bachmann,” he said. “A lot of the historical, archived material and photographs in the film are from the Timmins Museum.

“I think what people are going to be quite happy with is the result. This is a really cool look at 100 years of history in Timmins.

The public will have their chance to see Timmins: The First 100 at several screenings during the Whitney-Tisdale Homecoming celebrations, on July 30 and July 31. There are no tickets left for the VIP, red carpet premiere.

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