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Southern Utah News Front Page: March 6, 2014
Filmmakers converge in Kanab for Little Hollywood Shootout March 12-15
Filmmaker Jared Seaich and fellow crew pose with CEBA Director Kelly Stowell with their wonderstone trophy at the 2013 awards ceremony in Kanab at the Crescent Moon Theater (r). Another filmmaker shoots action at Little Hollywood (l).
The iconic landscape found within Kane County has made this area of southern Utah a favorite destination for filmmakers. To honor the tradition of filmmaking, the 4th annual “Little Hollywood Shootout” is taking place in Kanab, Utah, on March 12-15, 2014. The “shootout” is a quick-turnaround short-film challenge requiring filmmakers to produce a film with Kane County as the backdrop.
The challenge starts at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 12, at the famous Parry Lodge, where film production locations and requirements will be revealed to participants. Competitors will then have 52 hours to write, direct, edit, and complete a five-minute film. Film submissions are due at high noon on Friday, March 14. The Shootout concludes on Saturday, March 15, with a community screening of all the films at the Crescent Moon Theater.
“The shootout is an innovative way to build on our local heritage while providing budding filmmakers an opportunity to make a short film where blockbuster movies such as Outlaw Josie Wales and Maverick were filmed,” said Kelly Stowell, Executive Director of the Center for Education, Business and the Arts (CEBA), co-organizer and founder of the event. “We look forward to another great year of entertaining short films and can’t wait to reveal requirements for the filming challenge. If you have a cell phone with a camera and an imagination, you have the tools necessary to participate.”
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 category is intended for novice filmmakers of all ages looking to gain experience. The other is designed for competitors who have experience in film production.
This year’s offerings include the addition of the Little Hollywood Education Series. Throughout the event and particularly between the competition’s ending and the awards ceremony, teams and the community are invited to a series of lectures, workshops and networking events with presenters such as Warren Workman of Film Buzz TV, Robert Trim of the UVU Digital Media Department, and Roger Blomquist PhD, historical documentary producer at IAPFilms.
“We are excited about this year’s event being expanded, allowing growth into more of a film artist retreat, in addition to the film competition,” said Nathan Riddle, co-organizer of the event. Riddle also said, “the Little Hollywood Education Series is a way to bring additional value through education and network opportunities for participants on top of the prizes and exposure for the filmmakers.”
Competition sponsors include Kane County, CEBA, Kanab City, Utah Film Commission, and ProAM USA, builder of quality, but affordable film making equipment, Digital Theory Production Music and IAPFilms. As a bonus for contestants, ProAM USA has invited all college teams who are part of this year’s Little Hollywood Shootout to submit to their own Film Festival to compete for more opportunities for cash and prizes not only for themselves, but for their schools, who will also receive cash and equipment prizes.
“We appreciate our sponsors and this event would not be possible without them. The education seminars are free and open to anyone interested in learning to make films or hone their skills,” stated Riddle.
To conclude festivities of the Shootout, a community screening and awards ceremony will take place at Kanab’s Crescent Moon Theater, showcasing all submitted films on Saturday, March 15, at 5 p.m. The screenings precede the Mesozoic concert at 6:30 p.m. Community members and participants are strongly encouraged and invited to attend. For more information about the Little Hollywood Shootout or to register your team, visit www.littlehollywoodshootout.org or call 4358990443.
Mesozoic will perform live music featuring guitarist/vocalist Alan Titus; bassist/background vocalist Kim Titus; drummer/percussionist Mark Fullerton; and violinist extraordinaire Linda DeLuca to close the ceremony for the Shootout. Both DeLuca, a Julliard graduate, and Fullerton, former drummer for the progressive metal band “Mind Over Four,” bring years of professional recording and international touring experience to the group. Hailing from Kanab, they pay tribute to the full-tilt guitar-heavy classic rock of their youth and cover songs from bands such as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Kansas, Eagles, Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the Beatles.