December, 8 2016
Four Filmed-in-Utah projects to Premiere at
Sundance Film Festival
The Sundance Film Festival has rolled out its lineup for 2017 and four projects filmed in Utah are on it, the most in any year. Festivalgoers can attend the world premieres of three feature films (Brisgby Bear, Deidra & Laney Rob a Train, Wind River) and a horror-comedy series (Snatchers) that were all produced in Utah over the past year.
“Utah has always been known as the place to see independent films at the Sundance Film Festival,” said Virginia Pearce, director of the Utah Film Commission. “But our locations, our professional crews and industry resources are increasingly attracting high level filmmaking talent, as well.”
Locations in Coalville, Heber, and Midway serve as the backdrop of an FBI murder investigation in the crime thriller Wind River starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen. Director Taylor Sheridan enjoyed working in Utah so much he decided to stay.
“I became so enthralled with Utah’s beauty and sense of community that I now call Park City home,” Sheridan said. “To have my directorial debut premiere at Sundance is an honor and privilege. I hope the Utah cast and crew is as proud of this achievement as I am.”
Utah’s diverse scenery also helped bring the production of Brigsby Bear to Davis and Salt Lake Counties. The comedy, co-written by and starring Saturday Night Live’s Kyle Mooney, includes Claire Danes, Mark Hamill and Greg Kinnear in the story about a children’s TV show that was produced for an audience of one but abruptly ends.
“We needed a desert area and we needed the suburbs, basically, and Utah had all those things,” Mooney said.
The drama Deidra & Laney Rob a Train will premiere in the Next category of the festival. Eight short-form episodes of Snatchers will debut in the Midnight lineup. Both were filmed in Utah.
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.