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July, 2017

This month, I was thrilled to sit down with the author of a new book that offers an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the 1991 made-in-Utah classic, Thelma and Louise

The Utah Film Center and The King’s English Bookshop hosted a special screening of the film to celebrate the launch of Becky Aikman’s book, Off the Cliff: How the Making of Thelma & Louise Drove Hollywood to the Edge. It is certainly a timely subject, and opens a up critical discussion on women in Hollywood through the eyes of one particular female screenwriter who, against all odds, got this groundbreaking project off the ground.  

Some of the film’s most iconic desert scenes were shot in and around Moab, and we talked not only about the making of this iconic film but also the wider film industry in Utah and beyond. It was eye-opening to look back and explore the ways in which it has, and has not, grown over time.

It's a true testament to Utah's creative community to see so many film lovers and film industry coming together to support, celebrate and empower.'

It has been a busy summer to date, with multiple productions filming across the state. This month, we visited the cast and crew of TV series Relationship Status and feature film Trek on location. 

We visited the Trek team on their final shoot day near Porterville, Morgan County. They have also filmed in Centerville and Lakepoint during their time in Utah. The story of a young pioneer embarking on a trip of discovery is directed by Alan Peterson, who co-wrote and co-produced with David Howard, and is expected to open theatrically in May 2018. 

Relationship Status, the millennial social-media drama starring and executive produced by Milo Ventimiglia, is expected to return for a second season this fall on Verizon’s Go90. The show weaves through the complexities of relationships, while exploring the intertwining lives and connections of dating in the digital age. We met with the cast and crew of season two as they filmed at The Metro Music Hall in downtown Salt Lake. 

As always, we are looking forward to seeing the finished products on screen!

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In the Community

We have been involved in a number of events this month, showcasing and supporting the local film and wider creative community. As well as the special screening of Thelma and Louise, here is a recap of some of the other activities we have been a part of. 

We hosted our quarterly networking event with the Motion Picture Association of Utah (MPAU) on July 17th, to offer those interested in the industry a chance to meet and greet in downtown Salt Lake. Almost 100 people attended the event at The Lake Effect, including seasoned producers, working crew, costume designers and some of our newest members of the industry. 

July 19th saw filmmakers pitching ideas to a judging panel including Geralyn Dreyfus, Erika Cohn, Tyler Measom, Jared Ruga and our own Virginia Pearce. As part of a ‘practice pitch’ event in partnership with JP Morgan, KUER’s Doug Fabrizio led a discussion about the art of pitching, resources for Utah filmmakers and bridging the gap between investors, distributors and creators. 

We joined Sundance Institute on July 26th for the 20th anniversary of its Summer Film Series. A Utah tradition 20 years in the making, the free outdoor screenings are a celebration of summer. Crowds showed up to Red Butte Garden with picnic baskets and blankets to watch a special screening of Sing Street under the stars. Virginia Pearce introduced the film about a boy growing up in 1980’s Dublin.

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Spotlight on Crew

This is a new section, highlighting stand-out industry work and support

This month, we would like to point the spotlight at Marcie Gibboney, Treasurer of the Motion Picture Association of Utah (MPAU), an organization that lobbies for Utah’s film and TV incentives. Marcie has worked in the film industry as a production coordinator, accountant and assistant director on more than 30 films and TV series, including The Giver, Granite Flats, Damsel and HBO’s Mosaic. She is currently working as production coordinator for Disney Channel’s Andi Mack, which is now filming its second season in Salt Lake City. We have worked closely with Marcie to develop the newly established Utah PA Certification Program, utilizing her background in corporate training, which has been incredibly supportive. She is passionate about building Utah’s crew base and has worked tirelessly with the Utah Film Commission to foster the next generation of talented local crew.

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Coming Soon

We Love You Sally Carmichael release
August 4, 2017

Wind River release
August 18, 2017

Brigsby Bear  release
August 25, 2017

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Now Filming

• Andi Mack, Season 2

• Enchanted Christmas

• Trek

• Dry Bar Comedy Series, Season 2

• Behind You

Moab to Monument Valley

We were thrilled to hear that HBO’s Westworld was nominated for 22 Emmy Awards, making it, along with NBC’s Saturday Night Live, the most nominated show of 2017. Much of the hit sci-fi-western series was filmed here in state, and southern Utah has been the talk of the town as a result. Westworld’s spectacular, otherworldly scenery captured in Castle Valley, Fisher Valley, Deadhorse Point and around Arches National Park and Moab stole the show throughout the first season. The cast and crew will return to shoot the second season later this year and we are looking forward to seeing more of our stunning landscape on screen once it airs. 

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