As temperatures start to drop, we naturally start to think of the Sundance Film Festival. Earlier
this month, we spent the day at the Sundance Resort for the annual Sponsor Summit. The
Festival continues to be one of the state’s leading creative assets, and it was great to dive into the 2018 event, spending time with our fellow sponsors, including IMDb, Adobe, Canon and Unity. We spent time getting to know each other, hearing initial plans for the Festival, and
brainstorming valuable ways to work together. Having such an influential industry platform in
our backyard is a huge benefit for us, and navigating how to take advantage of it continues to be key. Stay tuned for ways that you can get involved with what we’ve planned!

September has also been a busy month celebrating our thriving creative community, with the
Utah Film Center’s annual Gala kicking off the month with a special night at the City Library.
The event highlighted Geralyn Dreyfous’s major contributions to documentary film and
celebrated 15 years of bringing stellar content to our community.

We also had two of our regional film festivals take place across the state: DOCUTAH, the
International Documentary Festival presented by Dixie State University in St. George, as well as the fourth annual FilmQuest Festival in Provo.

This section highlights stand-out industry work and support.

 This month’s ‘spotlight’ is Extras Casting Coordinator, Gumby Kounthong, who was nominated by colleagues for his tireless contributions to our local casting industry. With experience in both the film and fashion worlds, Gumby initially started casting extras with friend and mentor, Gayle Minkevitch-Jensen, who he is pictured with here. Gumby is passionate about creating job opportunities in Utah and ensuring that we continue to support new talent in order to keep a strong, growing local crew base. He is currently working in extras casting for the anticipated TV series, Yellowstone, starring Kevin Costner, which is now shooting in Utah. He has previously worked on Blood & Oil, Need for Speed, The Giver, Galyntine and The Hollow Point

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.


Nancy Holt, an artist exploring the human perception of time and space, earth and sky, built the Sun Tunnels as a unique art project, completed in 1976. The four tunnels are concrete tubes laid out in an X shape, each drilled with holes to pattern the constellations of Draco, Perseus, Columbia, and Capricorn. The tunnels line up with the Winter and Summer solstices, and Holt has said that they bring the sky down to earth, with the dazzling effect of light bouncing through the tubes. The 22 ton concrete pipes are nine feet high by 18 feet long. They sit in a remote valley (40 acres of land) in the Great Basin Desert, north of the Bonneville Salt Flats. The project was a collaboration between engineers, astronomers, pipe manufacturers, drillers, truck drivers, and others. Photo credit Kenyon Virchow



We are working on launching an exciting photography contest with a focus on Utah locations. Entries will go on to be showcased at the Utah Film Commission’s Sundance Film Festival 2018 venue on Main Street. Look out for more details, coming soon


Monday, October 16th

Join the MPAU and Utah Film Commission for our October meet up at Redman Movies & Stories. You can get more information and RSVP here.

Tuesday, October 17th

The Salt Lake Chapter of the SEGD and the Utah Film Commission present an evening with local production designer Mark Hofeling at the Tower Theater. The event is free but seating is limited, so please RSVP for your spot.

Now Filming
Andi Mack, Series, Disney Channel
Dry Bar Comedy Series, Series
Yellowstone, Series

Now Showing
In the Vault premiered on go90 streaming service (Verizon) on September 13th