Two New Productions Approved for Film Incentives in Utah
SALT LAKE CITY (February 8, 2018) – The Utah Film Commission today announced the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) Board approval of two new projects for state film incentives, generating a combined economic impact of over $1.8 million and create an estimated 115 local jobs.
Night Clerk, will be directed by playwright and filmmaker, Michael Cristofer, who received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play for The Shadow Box in 1977. Cristofer’s credits also include Gia and The Witches of Eastwick. The film will be produced by Utah native, David Wulf, who has previously worked on a modern remake of Little Women, expected to premiere this year, as well as Mythica and Looking Glass, starring Nicolas Cage. Expected to begin production this spring, Night Clerk’s full cast has not yet been announced but X-Men’s Tye Sheridan will star.
In addition, Out in the Cold has been approved under the Community Film Incentive Program, supporting Utah-based talent being successful in state. Local producer Jake Van Wagoner has previously worked on Once I Was a Beehive and The Saratov Approach. Production is expected to start in Utah later this month.
Virginia Pearce, Utah Film Commission director, commented: “We are proud to support a diverse range of filmmakers in creating content here in Utah. Our goal is to continue to grow Utah’s film industry and help to tell compelling stories with a Utah backdrop.”
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.
More than 1,400 productions have been filmed in Utah, including Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, Thelma and Louise, and 127 Hours, to list a few. Many episodic series have also filmed in Utah, such as Touched by an Angel, Andi Mack and Westworld.
For more information, visit film.utah.gov.