Who wears it better?

Robert Pattinson was spotted rocking his Utah Film Commission hat in LAX on his way home after filming Damsel in Utah for most of August. The Western era comedy, Damsel, wrapped up filming last week and is scheduled to premiere early next year. Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska co-star in this comedy about a man trying to marry the woman of his dreams.

Since Twilight, Pattinson has found a new niche in the art-house world with films like Cosmopoli and The Rover. The Zellner Brothers’ new project, Damsel, fits the bill of art-house, but should be more lighthearted than the former. It was fun having him in our State and by the looks of it, he wears Utah proudly.

Alright fine…I’ll admit he wears it better, but I wore it first.

Happy Anniversary Thelma and Louise!

Thelma and Louse are back for their 25th anniversary! This dynamic duo will hit the big screen on August 21 and 24 in Ogden, Utah. The 1991 classic, Thelma and Louise, takes the power of womanhood to a whole new level, all the while highlighting some of Southern Utah’s greatest assets. You won’t want to miss it on the big screen!

We can thank Fathom Events, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayor, and Park Circus for this additional release, which includes an all-new introduction from movie critic Ben Lyons. It will be showing at Cinemark Tinseltowns in Ogden, 3651 Wall Avenue, and Farmington, 900 W Clark Lane, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on both dates. Tickets can be purchased online at www.cinemark.com.

Fun fact about Thelma and Louise: The Grand Canyon scene was actually filmed at Dead Horse Point in Southern Utah.

What do Katy Perry and Southern Utah have in common?

Answer: A big parachute.

Katy Perry’s new video for her hit song Rise takes place nearly entirely in scenic Southern Utah. The video was filmed in Sand Hollow and Snow Canyon and has more than 20 million views since its debut on YouTube. The production crew wanted to film at Lake Powell, but were blown away when Kelly Stowell, the Utah Film Commissions’s Kanab and Kane County film commissioner, showed them Sand Hollow and Snow Canyon. Just goes to show that Utah has many hidden gems for filmmakers to discover as they dive deeper than the more well known areas of Zion and Moab. Now enough chit chat, we’ll let the video speak for itself.

Park City beyond Sundance

Now there’s yet another reason to film in Park City, Utah. Not only is Park City home to the Sundance Film Festival and have some of the best skiing in the world, it was just voted the fifth friendliest city in the world according to Conde Nast Traveler. It’s up there with Charleston, South Carolina; Sydney, Australia; Dublin, Ireland; and Queenstown, New Zealand.

Why is Park City so friendly? Visitors say that it’s a “friendlier and more casual mountain town” and were impressed by the welcoming nature of locals. Even during the busy month of Sundance, visitors feel welcomed by Park City locals. One guest of the Montage Deer Valley Hotel told a story of the concierge greeting her kids by name with stuffed animals and receiving cookies and hot chocolate in the room. So bring out your film crew for some small town charm, hot chocolate and cookies!

Top 5 things to do in Park City:

  1. Drink some wine and paint your masterpiece at The Paint Mixer!
  2. Zipline, bobsled, or go down an Alpine slide at Olympic Park
  3. Go to the Park City Museum
  4. Do some shopping or eat great food on Park City’s Historic Main Street
  5. Take a scenic drive through Guardsman Pass

Location of the month

The location to highlight this month is Sand Hollow State Park.

Recently seen in Katy Perry’s music video, Rise, Sand Hollow’s clear blue waters and red sandstone provide the perfect backdrop for any outdoor scene. Sand Hollow is one of many hidden gems found in Southern Utah and has been used in 89 productions since 2009, including: Lone Ranger, Man vs. Wild, and Dr. Who.