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SPOTLIGHT: BRITANI ALEXANDER, TRANSPORTATION COORDINATOR

The Spotlight series highlights some of our local industry talent: on-screen and behind-the-scenes, established and up-and-coming. We asked Britani Alexander to provide insight into her work as a Transportation Coordinator, how she got started, and what advice she has for people trying to get into the film industry.
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Britani Alexander is a Utah based Transportation Coordinator that has been working in the local film industry for 27 years. Britani has worked on various made-in-Utah productions such as far back as Crossroads and Touched by an Angel, through many small independent productions including 127 hours. In the last few of years, she and her crew have done Wind River, Time Freak, Damsel, and Yellowstone. Currently, Britani is running between Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties working on the recently announced production, Good Joe Bell.

When asked about what advice to give a local who is trying to get into the industry, Britani responded, "Don’t be afraid of trying out different departments and putting yourself out there. Be proactive because this isn’t a resume based industry, it is an interpersonal-based industry. Show who you are and keep showing up. What is wonderful about working in Utah is once you start working with a certain department you become like a family and that is a wonderful thing. I have had many of the same drivers working with me for over 20 years. Also- don’t be afraid of independent film because that is where you can really get your feet wet and see all aspects of production. The bigger the production gets, the more divided the crew is. On an independent, you’re getting a taste of the whole thing. Enjoy those days."

Read Britani's full story and interview on our blog at film.utah.gov.

WELCOMING OUR NEW TEAM MEMBER

We are thrilled to announce that we've added a new member to our team! Allie Russell joins us as our Office Assistant. Allie is a recent graduate of the Film and Media Arts Program from the University of Utah. She's previously been an actor with Riot Act Theatre Company and is currently represented by McCarty Talent Agency. Most recently, Allie worked as a Booking Agent within the McCarty office and has a background working in social media.
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UTAH'S FILM INDUSTRY AND RAILROAD HISTORY

The history of Utah’s railroad spans over one hundred years and sprawls to each corner of the state. Utah’s locomotive heritage is especially significant this month being that it is the 150th anniversary of Promontory Point’s historic Golden Spike - which ceremonially joined the First Transcontinental Railroad in 1869. This significant event would itself be depicted in various films and television series including John Ford’s, The Iron Horse (1924), Cecil B. De Mille’s Union Pacific (1939), Disney's The Lone Ranger (2013), and featured within a multi-season arc of AMC’s Hell on Wheels. To further honor Utah’s railroad legacy we’ve compiled a short list of some of our favorite locomotive centered locations within the state.

Visit our blog to view the full list at film.utah.gov.

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The Lone Ranger (2013) filmed in San Juan and Grand counties.
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IN THE NEWS

Made-in-Utah TV series 'Andi Mack' is ending its run on the Disney Channel, The Salt Lake Tribune
3 Questions with Bob Evans Podcast: Virginia Pearce, Fox13
2 New Productions to Film in Utah; 1 Starring Mark Wahlberg, Connie Britton, KUTV
Shooting on Location, Utah Business
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NOW SHOWING

Dwight in Shining Armor: Available on BYUtv
Jane & Emma: Available on DVD and Digital
Little Women: Available on DVD and Digital
Time Freak: Available on DVD and Digital
Yellowstone: Available on Blu-Ray and DVD

UPCOMING EVENTS

Spy Hop Productions Annual Benefit: May 2
Napoleon Dynamite 15th Anniversary w/ Cast & Crew to benefit Utah Film Center: May 3
Utah Symphony's Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert: May 4
Coffee with the Commish: May 7
Union Pacific Screening: May 15

Check out the UFC Event Calendar
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