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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

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Documentary looks at movie history in southern Utah

This Salt Lake Tribune article describes a documentary film being made to chronicle the history of moviemaking around Kanab, in southern Utah. Below are excerpts.

Southern Utah's redrock landscape and sage-dotted hills define the Western movie, and a pair of documentary filmmakers in St. George think it's time the movie and television industries rediscover the area.

They said they hope their documentary will revitalize interest in the region where more than 200 movies and television series, mainly Westerns, have been made since the 1920s, hence Kanab's nickname, "Little Hollywood."

The film -- a brief 10 minutes of the work-in-progress were shown during Tuesday's presentation -- includes a history of movies made in southern Utah and interviews with area residents who offer stories about what it was like when production companies and movie stars descended on the area.

Kelly Stowell, CEBA's executive director, is lobbying for a bill introduced this year by Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, that would increase filmmaker incentives.

"Right now, we're one of the lowest [states] in the country as far as offering incentives, with states like New Mexico and Louisiana having much bigger budgets. This bill will put us in the middle and make us strategically more important," Stowell said.

Read the entire article.

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