“Return to Little Hollywood,” a new documentary about the film industry’s history in southern Utah, will premiere at the Crescent Moon Theater in Kanab on Wednesday, June 17, 2009.

Co-sponsored by Dixie State College of Utah and Kane County’s Center for Education, Business, and the Arts (CEBA), the 38-minute film has been created to promote Kanab and Kane County to production companies and other potential investors from the entertainment industry.

The scenic landscape surrounding Kanab has long been a favorite for motion picture production. 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.” For this reason, Kanab is often referred to as “Utah’s Little Hollywood.”

“Kanab has an amazing past,” said the film’s director, Stephen B. Armstrong, an assistant professor of English at Dixie State College of Utah. “As remote as this area used to be, it managed to attract some of Hollywood’s greatest talent. 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. It really was a ‘Little Hollywood.’”

“Return to Little Hollywood” provides audiences with the opportunity to view footage of locations and sets used in past movie and television productions. It also includes interviews with county residents who participated in these productions, as well as interviews with local officials, historians and several Hollywood professionals, including the actors Clint Walker and Harry Carey, Jr.

Christina Schultz served as the documentary’s executive producer. She is Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Dixie State College and Chair of CEBA’s Governing Board. Schultz recruited veteran Utah newsman Dick Nourse to help with the project.

The documentary has presented several opportunities for DSC students to gain valuable work experience. Students pursuing the digital film track in the College’s communication department have assisted the producers during shooting, while professional and technical writing students from the College’s English department have developed promotional materials, such as brochures, packaging covers and publicity kits.

English student Charles Cornwall designed the website for the production. “It’s been great utilizing the skills I’ve learned in the classroom,” Cornwall said.

“Return to Little Hollywood” will premiere on June 17 at 7 p.m. at the Crescent Moon Theater in downtown Kanab.

Dick Nourse plans to attend the screening on June 17 and will also screen the pilot for his new KSL-TV series “Dick Nourse visits Kanab and Kane County.”

Following this, the documentary’s producers plan to screen the picture throughout the state.

For more information regarding “Return to Little Hollywood,” contact Steve Armstrong at (435) 652-7806 or Christina Schultz at (435) 652-7542.