Change of Pace set to begin filming this month in Penticton


Suitcase Charlie Films has announced Eric McCormack will star as Hank Freshwater, with Stephen Campanelli at the helm as the Director, of the coming of age all-Canadian motion picture Change of Pace. 

Born and raised in Toronto, Eric started his career on the stage with Canada’s Stratford Festival, and eventually starred on Broadway in Tony-nominated productions of The Music Man and Gore Vidal’s "The Best Man."  McCormack is known around the world for his work on the television series Will & Grace.  His performance as Will Truman earned him six Golden Globe nominations and four Emmy nominations, ultimately winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 2001. The last few years saw Eric as star, producer and a director on two acclaimed series, TNT’s Perception and the Netflix hit Travelers, each running three seasons.

“The addition of Eric McCormack to the role of Hank Freshwater elevates Change of Pace to a new level.  Eric brings a wealth of talent and quality with his credentials and acting abilities and I could not be more thrilled to see Eric bring Hank to life” said Graham Fraser of Suitcase Charlie Films.

At the helm of Change of Pace, Director Stephen Campanelli has a long history of working with Clint Eastwood and is known affectionaly as "Clint's Eye". Stephen became a camera operator on Eastwood's "The Bridges of Madison County " and continued on the Eastwood crew for over 25 years, working on such films as Million Dollar Baby, American Sniper, Sully, Gran Torino, The Mule, and Richard Jewel.  Stephen's other works as a camera operator include A Star is Born, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, and The Maze Runner. 

In 2015, Campanelli made his directorial debut with the action film Momentum, filmed in South Africa and featuring Morgan Freeman. His 2018 Number One box office hit Canadian film Indian Horse, an adaptation of the novel by Richard Wagamese, won the top award at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival and an additional 15 International Film Festival awards.  In 2019, his third film, the thriller-noir Grand Isle, starring Kelsey Grammer and Nicholas Cage, won the Spotlight Award at the Lone Star Film Festival.

"We are truly honored to have a Director of this caliber at the helm of Change of Pace and know that Stephen will capture the true essence of hope and resilience at the heart of this story" said Fraser.

Change of Pace begins production on September 28th.