Though it's been a veritable hub of movie activity in recent months, at the moment film and television production in Utah has slowed to a crawl. A "winter lull," if you will.
But Utah Film Commission officials expect the pace to pick up considerably this spring and summer."We're expecting (1998) to be a good year, maybe even a record-breaking one for movie activity," said Saundra Saperstein, marketing director for the film commission.
Saperstein bases that prediction on the state's track record. At least a dozen feature film projects, an equal number of made-for-TV movies and an even larger number of television series episodes have been shot in Utah on a yearly basis.
There are currently no film projects being shot in Utah. However, Saperstein noted that the television series "Touched by an Angel" and "Promised Land" are still in production locally and few films are ever shot during Utah's winter season.
"We have two television series that are shooting almost an entire season's worth of episodes in this state. That's not exactly small potatoes," she said.
Also, quite a few films and series made in Utah are just now starting to show up in theaters or in video stores. Though none are blockbusters like "Con Air" or "Independence Day," there are still some name actors involved.
Following is a list of projects filmed in Utah over the past year or two, with projected dates for theatrical release:
- MOVIES CURRENTLY IN THEATERS OR NEW TO VIDEO:
- "Invasion of Privacy." Cast: Johnathon Schaech, Mili Avital, Naomi Campbell, David Keith, Char-lotte Rampling.
- MOVIES DUE IN THEATERS OR ON VIDEO SOON:
"Clay Pigeons." Cast: Vince Vaughn, Joaquin Phoenix, Janeane Garofalo. (Scheduled release date: May 8.)
- "Meet the Deedles." Cast: Dennis Hopper, Paul Walker IV, Steve Von Wormer. (April 3.)
- "Passion in the Desert." Cast: Ben Daniels, Michel Piccoli. (Summer.)
- MOVIES THAT MAY SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY THIS YEAR:
- "The Face on the Barroom Floor" (short film). Cast: Mickey Rooney.
- "Heaven or Vegas." Cast: Richard Grieco, Yasmine Bleeth.
- "Mr. Atlas." Cast: Timothy Bottoms, T.J. Lowther.
- "S.L.C. Punk." Cast: Matthew Lillard, Jennifer Lien, Summer Phoenix.
- "Zack & Reba." Cast: Debbie Reynolds.
- MOVIES IN LIMBO (DON'T EXPECT TO SEE THEM ANYTIME SOON):
- "Cheyenne." No cast or production information available.
- "Peroxide Passion." No cast or production information available.
- "Salmon's Run." No cast or production information available.
- "Same River Twice." Cast: John Putch.
- "Wind River." Cast: Blake Heron, A Martinez, Karen Allen, Wes Studi, Russell Means.