MARCH 9, 2017

Brittany Manookin

Five New Film Projects Coming to Utah
Music video and classic literary adaptation among new projects approved

SALT LAKE CITY (March 9, 2017) – The Utah Film Commission today announced the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) Board approval of five new projects for state film incentives including a new music video by the band Imagine Dragons and a new take on the classic tale of Little Women.

The music video, along with a dramatic independent feature, The Appearance, was approved under the Utah Film Commission’s new Community Film Incentive Program. This fund is meant to encourage up-and-coming, Utah-based producers and directors to keep their film projects in the state. A third project, Little Women is being produced by the team behind local favorite Once I Was a Beehive.

”I’ve been shooting feature films in Utah for years, and I absolutely love it here,” said Kristi Shimek, producer of Little Women. “There is such a variety of stunning locations to choose from and the crew in Utah really can’t be matched for their hard work and professionalism. We’re excited to be shooting our next film, Little Women, in Utah and we’re happy to be working with our film family again on this beloved project.”

In addition to these homegrown projects, world-renowned puzzle artist and Utah resident Eric Dowdle is the subject of the documentary television series Painting the Town. A digital series, Relationship Status, rounds out the five projects that represent a combined estimated $4.2 million of economic impact in Utah and up to 250 new jobs.

“The diversity of the projects this month shows Utah’s attraction as a production hub. Our talented crews and variety of locations make Utah a perfect fit for everything from television series to indie features and documentaries,” said Virginia Pearce, director of the Utah Film Commission.


About the Utah Film Commission

As a part of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the Utah Film Commission markets the entire state as a destination for film, television and commercial production by promoting the use of professional local crew & talent, support services, Utah locations and the Motion Picture Incentive Program. The office also serves as liaison to the film industry, facilitating production needs across the state.

Over 900 films have been produced in Utah, including 127 Hours, Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, Forrest Gump, Lone Ranger, High School Musical and the television series Blood & Oil.

For more information, visit film.utah.gov.