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#TheStoryisUtah

In our last newsletter we spoke about the The Outpost, which is now airing its 10-episode run on Tuesday nights on the CW Network. It will also have its international debut on several different SyFy Channel regional networks in the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Latin America on August 13th.We were fortunate this month to roll in the summer with two new film premieres in Utah; Ari Aster’s horror smash hit, Hereditary, and Taylor Sheridan’s new western television drama, Yellowstone. These two productions, while so different in tone, location and scope, present a very similar idea…Utah is a filmmaking powerhouse. We have the crew, the actors and the locations to pull off an epic western and a gritty thriller and have them both look phenomenal.
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And we’re not the only ones who noticed. For the Yellowstone premiere, the outstanding actor Gil Birmingham came in from Los Angeles to celebrate with the Utah crowd and gave a great speech about what it was like to shoot here. He raved about the professionalism and creativity of the Utah crew and the beautiful landscapes he got to spend his work days in.
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The sentiment was echoed by Hereditary producer Scott Chester, who credits the Utah crew for making the film look and feel like a much larger budget movie, and thinks that this movie will become a calling card for our stellar industry.

Kudos to the cast, crew and vendors who worked on these shows – we’re all looking forward to seeing more great work this summer!
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SHOELACES FOR CHRISTMAS

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Shoelaces for Christmas recently finished shooting this past June, filming in Draper, Midvale and Lehi. The family feature is about 17 year old Jennifer, played by Mia Topalian, learning the importance of helping others and doing service in the wake of some devastating news. Also starring are Austin Grant and Bailey Chase, the film was directed by Craig Clyde and produced by Bryce Fillmore and Dave Hunter.

THE OUTPOST

The fantasy based series, The Outpost, which was entirely filmed in Utah, also wrapped principal photography this past month on their first season. The story centers on Talon played by Jessica Green, the lone survivor of a race called the Blackbloods, as she sets off to the edge of civilization to track her family's killers.

Electric Entertainment's Dean Devlin, one the series executive producers said to KFTV that "The Outpost is an exciting fantasy with a strong female lead that will capture the imagination of fans of both Game of Thrones and Wonder Woman."

The series was created by Jason Faller and Kynan Griffin of the Utah based film company, Arrowstorm Entertainment and also stars Jake Stormoen, Imogen Waterhouse and Andrew Howard.

The series will premiere on the CW, Tuesday, July 10th. So don't forget to mark your calendars!
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LOCATION OF THE MONTH

Legally Blond 2: Red, White & Blond came out in theatres July 2, 2003, which marks its 15 year anniversary! One of the main filming locations was the Utah State Capitol doubling as the Nation's Capitol. Below you can see Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) about to walk up the stairs on the 2nd floor of the Utah State Capitol Building.

The Utah State Capitol has been a popular location for other films including Drive me Crazy (1999) and SLC Punk! (1998).
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SUNDANCE 2018 SUMMER FILM SERIES

Brigsby Bear recently screened at Red Butte Garden for the 2018 Sundance Summer Film Series. The film was directed by Dave McCary and stars Kyle Mooney, Claire Danes, Greg Kinnear and Mark Hamill. The production hired nearly 200 local crew members and filmed in locations that included the Tower Theater at 9th & 9th, Smith & Moorehouse, and Antelope Island State Park (pictured below).
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IN THE NEWS

Five New Projects Approved for Utah Film Incentives, UFC Press Release
Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska revel in 'Damsel's' new take on the Old West, LA Times
That Horrific Hereditary Scene Is Director Ari Aster’s Favorite, Vanity Fair
Writer/Director Ari Aster on his Terrifying Debut Hereditary, The Credits
The Outpost's Jessica Green: What it’s really like in LA during pilot season, The Courier Mail
Yellowstone’ Premiere Draws All-Time High Viewership For Paramount Network, Deadline
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NOW SHOWING

Damsel: In select theaters
Yellowstone: Paramount Network (Wednesday nights)
Hereditary: In theaters
Andi Mack: Disney Channel

COMING SOON

The Outpost, July 10 The CW

UPCOMING EVENTS

Summer Late Nights 2018, June 1 - September 2
2018 Sundance Summer Film Series, June 16 - August 29
Damn These Heels LGBTQ Film Festival, July 20-22
Utah Film Circuit: DINA, July 26

Check out the UFC Event Calendar
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