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It’s official! Our film community friends at Spy Hop have a new home downtown. After some concern regarding the increasing homeless population and the need for a bigger space due to program demand, Spy Hop has honored the needs of their students by moving to a new facility. Executive director, Kasandra VerBruggen says “creating a safe and inspiring space that also meets our technical needs was very important to us. I’m thrilled that we were able to accomplish all three and that our students are excited to be here.” The space is perfect for housing creative minds with its collaborative atmosphere and modern feel and it’s conveniently located on 669 S. West Temple, right by a trax stop!
If you’re dying to see the new space, you’re in luck! They’re having an open house tomorrow, Thursday the 22nd, from 4-7pm in the new space. Spy Hop staff will be on-hand to give tours and answer questions about the new facility and Spy Hop programs.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Spy Hop, check out their website! They are an excellent resource for young creative minds in Utah, with the mission to mentor young people in the digital media arts to help them find their voice, tell their stories, and be empowered to affect positive change in their lives, their communities, and the world.
Utah’s own, Mitch Davis, has some exciting news for Utahns. His 2001 film, The Other Side of Heaven, a faith-based film exploring young love tested by an LDS mission in Tonga, is being released on iTunes in high-def. Born and raised in Utah, Mitch has taken his film career from BYU to L.A where he was hired as a creative executive at Disney. He’s been involved in films such as Dead Poet’s Society and Newsies. Starting in the screenwriting world, he made his way through the chain of command to director and producer as a way to have more creative control over his stories. His stories are uplifting tales of human spirit and connection. His first feature film, The Other side of Heaven, is a perfect example of this type of story. He says “in many ways it represents his life work” and is a “beautiful, uplifting film.” Starring Anne Hathaway (her first film role) and Christopher Gorham, this film captures the magic of young love and the power of faith. Support our home-grown talent and watch it on iTunes now!
Most recently, Mitch has been filming The Stray in none other than his home state of Utah! It tells the story of a young father who takes his nine year old son, the family dog, and two of his son’s friends backpacking in the mountains of Colorado only for all five of them to be struck by lightning. Mitch isn’t the only one who’s been filming in Utah lately. Christopher Gorham (star of The Other Side of Heaven) has been back in Utah directing We Love you Sally Carmichael , the story of a writer who’s pseudonym doesn’t work as planned. They are both scheduled to premiere in 2017, so don’t miss them!
BYUtv has greenlit their second scripted series, Extinct. After the success of Granite Flats, BYUtv’s first scripted series, the network is amped to produce Extinct. Written by Orson Scott Card (the writer of Ender’s Game), this sci-fi series takes place 400 years after the extinction of the human race. It follows a group of people who have been revived by an alien civilization. Throughout the season, this colony of revived humans will struggle with the aliens who destroyed humankind centuries before, all the while trying to build relationships with the mysterious aliens who revived them.
Local director, Ryan Little, is a perfect fit for this series with previous works such as Saints and Soldiers, and Forever Strong. With the storytelling ability of Orson Scott Card, the directing ability of Ryan Little, and the exploration of life after civilization, Extinct is likely to have something for everyone. We’ll let you know when the series is ready to premiere sometime next year so keep an eye out!
Introduce your kids to the magic of film at Utah’s annual Tumbleweeds Film Festival! Filmmakers all over the world have made films that celebrate stories from their culture just for kids. There are films for children of all ages so the whole family can enjoy a day at the movies, along with filmmaking workshops, and a clubhouse to play and get creative. Among the lineup this year you won’t want to miss The Little Prince, based on the classic story by Antoine de Saint-Exupery of an over-scheduled girl who befriends an eccentric aviator, who regales her with tales about the adventures of an unusual boy who lives on an asteroid. And a special treat of this year’s festival is an honorary screening of Willy Wanka and the Chocolate Factory, presented in 35mm film with a Wonkariffic goodie bag for all!
The festival runs September 23-25 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $6 a piece, or you can buy a family pack of 10 tickets for only $40! Thank you Film Center for putting on this wonderful event!
Attention Utah filmmakers!
The Utah Film Commission has created a new film incentive program just for you! The Community Film Incentive Program is a 20% cash incentive for projects with budgets under $500,000 with no minimum spend. Why did we do this? Because we want to put our money where our community is. As our film commissioner, Virginia, says, “there is a thriving creative class here in Utah that we want to cultivate. We are looking for new voices and powerful stories and we hope this new program can encourage entrepreneurship and give new filmmakers the ability to produce their film at a higher level.”
The idea is to foster Utah’s home-grown talent by incentivizing projects that provide opportunities for up and coming filmmakers in the state. By supporting local productions, Utah is investing in the next generation of filmmakers to cultivate Utah’s crew base. Our college graduates cannot be our industry’s biggest export, which is why The Community Incentive Film Program aims to keep recent film graduates and new filmmakers in Utah to produce their first films proudly in their home state. How will it do this? The CFIP is reserved for projects with at least 1 local above-the-line crew member and 85% Utah cast and crew. Projects with first time filmmakers are prioritized over returning filmmakers and the more local cast and crew projects have, the better! So now’s the time to produce your first feature film! We have your back.