Vancouver hosts star-studded eco-thriller

      VANCOUVER - The lovely and talented Steph Song is in our backyard again, or almost, shooting an eco-thriller called The Thaw. Acting in a cast that includes Val Kilmer, Aaron Ashmore, Martha MacIsaac and more, Song is up in Williams Lake where principal photography began Monday. The film wraps in Vancouver July 16.

      The Thaw, produced by Vancouver-based Anagram Pictures, tells the timely story of Evelyn, a young woman who travels with a group of students on a research mission to the sub-Arctic, headed by her father Dr. Krulpen. When the students discover that a melting polar icecap has released a deadly prehistoric parasite on the world, they must come to terms with their part in this potentially global epidemic and somehow destroy the parasite before it reaches the rest of civilization.

      "It's rare to create a unique and meaningful film within a commercial genre," co-producer Trent Carlson said in a news release. "Like fear of the bomb haunted us during the '60s and '70s, The Thaw taps the audience's real concern for the environment with the goal of leaving an impression upon them that they will not soon forget."

      Steph just finished leading in Dim Sum Funeral opposite Russell Wong, Kelly Hu, Bai Ling and two-time Oscar-nominated actress Talia Shire.

      The feisty Song was voted "sexiest woman in the world 2006" by Asian FHM magazine

Yvonne Zacharias // Vancouver Sun