C-K hires its FLiCK promoter

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Chatham-Kent native Ashley Renders has accepted the economic development officer position for the Filming Locally in Chatham-Kent branch of municipal services.

Ashley Renders is ready to get things rolling in Chatham-Kent.

The new hire will take on the fledgling role of economic development officer for Filming Locally in Chatham-Kent (FLiCK), promoting C-K as a film industry destination.

A native of Chatham-Kent, Renders recently returned to the municipality, bringing with her a wealth of experience in film and film production. For the last decade she’s worked on a host of international and domestic films, including 2023’s Longing starring Richard Gere, and 2023’s Priscilla, directed by Sofia Coppola.

Renders said she’s thrilled to bring her film industry knowledge back to her hometown.

“Chatham-Kent has so much potential and I’m eager to uncover new economic opportunities for our community and to help highlight everything that our beautiful region has to offer,” Renders said in a recent media release.

Stuart McFadden, director of Economic Development and Tourism Services for the municipality said he’s delighted to have Renders on board, noting she’s uniquely positioned to navigate the complexities of the film industry, while promoting the interests of the municipality.

“We look forward to working with and learning from Ashley over the next year as we explore the possibilities ahead,” McFadden said.

Announced in July 2023, FLiCK will offer film production companies a range of services including location scouting, permit assistance and access to local crews, talent and equipment.

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