The Utah Film Commission’s Motion Picture Incentive Program

The Amplifying Effect of Investment in Imagination Jan 2016 Many Park City residents became used to seeing Hollywood stars this year and, for once, it wasn’t during the annual Sundance Film Festival. Both ABC and HBO spent months in the local ski town filming two large productions: ABC with its new network series Blood & Oil … Continued

Purdie distribution ranks in the top 20 film distributors in the US for the second consecutive year.

Jan 2015  Purdie keeps top 20 company with Warner Bros, Sony, Freestyle Releasing, et al. Brandon Purdie takes a very personal approach to distribution. With home runs under his belt such as the “Saints and Soldiers” movies, “Meet the Mormons” and now soon-to-be-released, “Freetown.” Brandon uses the “Sum of all Things” equation to please the … Continued

BYUtv – Proof that Content is Still King

  Scott Swofford’s line-up of programming provides vital nutrition to Utah’s production Jan 2016 A testament to the power of content, BYUtv went from zero to the most ubiquitous channel in the U.S. in 15 years. When Derek Marquis, director of BYU Broadcasting saw an opportunity to make one of their signals, BYUtv “watchable” he recruited … Continued

Alvarez / Hofeling Creative Services Bureau

Genius at a Breakneck Pace: Matias Alvarez and Mark Hofeling had to become bricks and mortar in order to work for bricks and mortar. Their space has a touch of whimsy with the vintage letter lights and lots of warehouse space to play and create. In the world of creative production, there are a couple … Continued

Spy Hop Recognized by First Lady at the White House

  Nineteen-year-old Kitzia Rodriguez was at the White House in November to receive an award from First Lady Michelle Obama on behalf of Spy Hop, which was recognized for its effectiveness in promoting learning and life skills in young people by mentoring them in the digital media arts, including film, audio, music and design. Spy … Continued

Ushering an Era of Re-Invention, Transformation, and Self Discovery

Do you feel that 2016 will usher in an era of re-invention, transformation, and self discovery? There have been an unusual amount of conversations already in this first month of the new year about the desire, and in some cases, desperation for change—that it’s time to re-invent. There is at least one scheduled change ahead, that … Continued

Steve Olpin on YouTube and Loving it

  The Talking Fly, an Experiment in Passion Jan 2016 After more than two decades as a filmmaker, Steve Olpin fell head over heels for the freedom of YouTube. His YouTube channel, The Talking Fly, is a series of short documentaries that explore the idea of doing, going and giving back. His subjects are artists, … Continued

Elevating Tourism in 2015

“People who have experienced Utah know it is a place where you can thrive at both work and play, but people who haven’t been here have lots of misconceptions,” says Vicki Varela, Managing Director, Utah Office of Tourism, Film and Global Branding in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). “Our Life Elevated branding campaign … Continued

Utah At Sundance

Utah filmmakers and producers show off talent with an abundant amount of work that made it through the rigorous vetting process and into the most prestigious film festival in the country. Here’s a list of Utah produced films in the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Don Verdean Premieres Director: Jared Hess Screenwriters: Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess … Continued