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Southern Utah News Front Page: March 30, 2017

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''Weird Town, Nice People'' wins Little Hollywood Shootout

The Little Hollywood Shootout began at high noon on Wednesday, March 22, at historic Parry Lodge.



The 7th annual “Little Hollywood Shootout” film challenge concluded with community screening premieres of submitted films on Saturday, March 25, at the Crescent Moon Theater.

The first place film award went to John Pugh and crew for their film called, “Weird Town, Nice People.” Second place honors went to Southern Utah University students for their film, “Life; Behind the Scenes.” Third place honors went to “Feathers,” by filmmakers from Kanab called Team 4 Feathers. “Ode to Kane County,” by Daniel Reeves, rounded out fourth place, and “Life” by Southern Utah University students at the next spot. “Quiet Little Hollywood Shootout” by Jeff Sanders was next, followed by 15-year-old Max Turner with his film, “The Chef Francis Show.”

The coveted Audience Choice Award also went to the film “Weird Town, Nice People.”

“This is an extremely tough challenge and all the filmmakers should be commended for their creativity and hard work,” said event organizer Kelly Stowell. In all, there were 10 teams competing in the 2017 shootout, and seven teams completed the task. The theme for the 2017 Shootout was ”Stay A Little Longer,” tied to the branding and marketing campaign currently employed by the Kane County Office of Tourism.

The Shootout is a quick-turnaround film challenge requiring filmmakers to produce a short film with Kane County locations as the backdrop. At high noon, on March 22, film production locations and the theme were revealed to participants. Competitors had two days to write, direct, edit, and complete a five-minute film. Film submissions were due at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 24.

Festivities of the Little Hollywood Shootout ended with film premieres and an awards ceremony on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Kanab’s Crescent Moon Theater, showcasing all submitted films. 

Prospective filmmakers of all ages from beginners to veterans are invited to take part in the challenge. Primary filming locations are required to take place in Kane County and editing and post-production can take place at the participants desired location. Two divisions are available for participants. One is intended for novice filmmakers of all ages looking to gain experience, and the other division designed for competitors who have experience in film production.  

Sponsors of the Little Hollywood Shootout include AT&T, Kane County Office of Tourism, Kane County Film Commission, Center for Education, Business, and the Arts, Kanab City, Utah Film Commission, and Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area.

For more information about the Little Hollywood Shootout and to watch the films, visit

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