September 1, 2017

We may have hit a new record this month with the release of three made-in-Utah productions: Wind RiverBrigsby Bear and We Love You, Sally Carmichael. All three received support from the Motion Picture Incentive Program and went on to shoot in multiple counties across the state, creating nearly 500 jobs and generating an estimated economic impact of $7.5 million in Utah cities. As a result of the films’ release, Utah and its talented film industry are currently being recognized in over 2,500 theaters around the country.

Story is Utah

At the cast and crew screenings of the films, we shared “Behind the Scenes” content with the audiences and I was reminded how dedicated and passionate our film industry is. I was thrilled to see hundreds of locals come together to mark the films’ releases - a true representation of our creative community. 

Crime-thriller, Wind River, starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen, filmed in Coalville, Heber and Midway in 2016. The film went on to premiere at both Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals, with Taylor Sheridan winning the award for ‘Best Director’ at the latter. After having such a great experience, the filmmaker has since returned to Utah to shoot TV series, Yellowstone, starring Kevin Costner. 

Brigsby Bear boasts a cast of Mark Hamill, Claire Danes and Andy Samberg. The film is set in Utah, featuring the Salt Flats, Davis County and Holladay. Brigsby Bear premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and went on to screen at Festival de Cannes and Shanghai International Film Festival before opening this month. 

Comedy We Love You, Sally Carmichael, also filmed as ‘Utah for Utah’. Starring and directed by Christopher Gorham, its onscreen locations span from Salt Lake’s Gallivan Center to Provo’s ‘Pioneer Book’ store.

 If you haven’t seen them, get out this weekend to support your Utah films!

Earlier this month, we visited the cast and crew of Pupsicles on location in Summit County. They are filming a pilot episode for a popular kids’ network, with adorable puppies in the starring roles. With a backdrop of mountain grandeur, lush green trees and blue skies, the locations are quintessentially Utah. Here is a sneak peek of what we saw!

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CREW SHOUT-OUT

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

Are you working with an extraordinary crew member who goes above and beyond every day? We would love to hear from you! Click here to submit a nomination to be in with a chance of winning them a Utah Film Commission backpack. 

Abra Kanabra! 

Popular fashion brand, Aerie, has launched its latest campaign – and it was all shot in the southern Utah city of Kanab. The brand’s new ‘Real Me’ collection is available now, all shot against the backdrop of Utah’s desert grandeur. The brand prides itself on body positivity and the new collection comes in a wide range of skin tones. Utah's professional and hard-working crew were utilized, including production assistants, equipment vendors and an aerial drone photographer.

In other news, hundreds traveled to Kane County from near and far this month to attend the 19th annual Western Legends Roundup, a celebration of the Western genre, from locations and culture, to the many stars who have graced the Kanab area over the years.

Many are unaware that Kanab and its surrounding areas have served as backdrops for more than 100 films and television programs over the years, and played host to stars such as John Wayne, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and Clint Eastwood. The natural beauty, dramatic scenery and authentic Western feel of areas like Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon have drawn in filmmakers since the 1920s. 

The annual family-friendly festival took place August 23-25 in Kanab. For more information, visit their website.

Now Filming
Andi Mack, Series, Disney Channel
Dry Bar Comedy Series, Series
In Emma's Footsteps, Independent Feature
Pale Face, Independent Feature
Y&C, Series
Yellowstone, Series

Now Showing
Brigsby Bear, Feature
We Love You, Sally CarmichaelFeature
Wind RiverFeature
Terrakhana: The Ultimate Dirt Playground; Swing Arm City, YouTube

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