Utah Film Commission Set to Talk to the Film World About Utah

More than 30,000 visitors are expected in Utah for the Sundance Film Festival this week, and the Utah Film Commission will be there to welcome them. 

Utah has prominent placement at the Sundance Film Festival as the Festival Host State.  The Governor’s Office of Economic Development and its division, the Utah Office of Tourism, Film & Global Branding are all actively engaged, including a new hospitality venue on Park City’s Main Street called the “Living Room.” 

"Sundance Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in the world, and it happens in our backyard. This is a wonderful opportunity to promote Utah as a film destination to the more than 1,500 top film executives that come to the festival" said Virginia Pearce, director of the Utah Film Commission.
Attendees can relax in the Living Room; enjoy free internet access, coffee and snacks provided by local Utah vendors, and get information about filming in Utah. “The Living Room will be a great place to learn about the history of filmmaking in Utah, as well as an opportunity for us to talk about our large crew base, excellent support services and of course the spectacular  scenery and locations,” said Pearce. There will be a daily series of discussions around the film industry in Utah including topics such as women in film, outdoor film productions and using drones to film.

Utah Film Commission is partnering with KUER’s RadioWest to present a live broadcast of the show RadioWest with host Doug Fabrizio. On Monday, Jan. 26, Fabrizio will interview the filmmakers from the film In Football We Trust, premiering in the Documentary Premiere section of the festival. In Football We Trust is one of two films at the festival that received an incentive from Utah’s Motion Picture Incentive Program. The other film, Don Verdean, directed by Napoleon Dynamite’s Jared Hess, will show in the Premiere section. The films are two of the eight films this year that have Utah connections. Others include The Strongest Man, Most Likely to Succeed and Beaver Trilogy, Part IV. 

The Living Room, provided by The Utah Film Commission is located at 528 Main Street in Park City, Utah. Hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily from January 23 – 29 and is open to all festival attendees. Utah’s Own, a local non-profit dedicated to showcasing Utah vendors, is partnering with the Utah Film Commission to highlight Utah-sourced products such as Apple Beer, Blendtec, Gift Hounds, Taffy Town and Pop Art Popcorn. 

Monday, January 26, 11:00am / Live broadcast of KUER’s RadioWest
Doug Fabrizio talks to Utah filmmaker Tony Vainuku and others about their 2015 Sundance Film Festival documentary In Football We Trust.   

Tuesday, January 27, 11:00am / Utah Women in Film
Join women working in the film industry to discuss if the Bechdel Test works as a measurement for representation of women in film and where we go from here. Dr. Stacey Smith, USC Annenberg, distributer Tamara Bell, DGA director and stunt coordinator Kathy Jarvis, wardrobe designer Nancy Cannon, and producer Terri Pappas. Moderated by Susan Phelan, president of Utah Women in Film.

Wednesday, January 28, 11:00am / Shooting in Extremes
Sundance filmmakers Jimmy Chin & Renan Ozturk, (Meru) join local action shooters Todd Schlopy and Patrick Reddish and co-founder of Armada Skis, Chris O'Connell, to discuss the preparation, technology and technique that go into shooting extreme action.

Thursday, January 29, 11:00am / Flight Check
Experts in the field will discuss FAA regulations and what Utah film industry professionals are doing to make sure that Utah skies are safe to fly and film. Marshall Wright, Governor's Office of Economic Development, Bob Trim; Utah Valley University, Mike Taylor; Professional Helicopter Pilot, Jason Kimball, Super Top Secret Studios