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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Documentary Film Promotes Kanab As Little Hollywood

Kanab, a small community in southern Utah, picked up the nickname "Little Hollywood" because many movies and TV shows have been filmed in the area.

Now a documentary film has been produced to showcase the area's film history and promote it as an attractive location for future films.

The Deseret News has this article about the documentary. Below are excerpts.

"Kanab has an amazing past," (documentary producer Stephen) Armstrong said. "As remote as this area used to be, it managed to attract some of Hollywood's greatest talent."

Since the 1920s, hundreds of feature films and television programs have been made there, most notably "Western Union," "Buffalo Bill," and Clint Eastwood's classic Western "The Outlaw Josey Wales," as well as the long-running TV series "Gunsmoke" and "Have Gun, Will Travel." Consequently, Kanab is often referred to as Utah's Little Hollywood.

"Movie stars like Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Dean Martin, Maureen O'Hara and James Garner made movies out here. World-class directors like Fritz Lang, John Sturges and Clint Eastwood worked out here, too," Armstrong said.

His documentary, "Return to Little Hollywood," provides audiences with the opportunity to view footage of locations and sets used in past movies and television productions. It also includes interviews with county residents who participated in those productions. Local officials, historians and several Hollywood professionals, including Clint Walker and Harry Carey Jr. also appear and are interviewed in the film.

The film will premier June 17 at 7 p.m. at the Crescent Moon Theatre in downtown Kanab. Producers then hope to screen the picture at various locations throughout the state.

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