The 2014 Little Hollywood Shootout wrapped up as a resounding success. Not only were there more entrants than ever, but the quality of films has never been better and the judging never more difficult.

But in the end, “The Misadventures of Jesse James and Billy the Kid,” directed by Shaun Labreque of St. George took home the top award of $1000 for first place in the Indy Pro division.

“Broken Leash,” by Nathan Forbush of Kanab, took first place in the Excel division.

Names and results of the 2014 competition areas follows:

IndyPro (advanced) division, top three vote-getters:

1. “Misadventures of Jesse James and Billy the Kid” by Amateur Empire, directed by Shaun Labreque, St. George.

2. “A Wolf and a Devil,” by Jeff Sanders, Cedar City.

3. “An Eternal Bargain,” directed by Darren Chase and Team Shutdown, St. George.

IndyPro runners up (not listed in order of vote tally) “Close Encounters” by TV Productions, Orem; “Deputized” by Team AI, Salt Lake City; “Struggling to Live” by Adam Brown, Kanab; “A Day To Run” by Big Iris Productions, Orem.

Excel (amateur/younger) division (listed in order)

“Broken Leash” by Nathan Forbush, Kanab; “Horse Man” by Trevor Black, Salt Lake City; “Jesse n James” by Derek Robinson, Kanab; “Matthew’s Movie” by Matthew Riddle, Salt Lake City.

The 2014 Audience Choice Award went to 13-year-old Trevor Black, who has now won this award four years in a row. “Trevor stole the show once again and it has been really fun to watch his skills and talents develop through the shootout, which is the thunder dome of filmmaking,” said Kelly Stowell, Kane County Film Commission.

Stowell added, “We are extremely proud of everyone who submitted films made over a short, intense, grueling two days, and their creativity shines in the wake of the filmmakers sleepless nights. We appreciate all the efforts of the participants and hope you enjoy the films as much as we did!”

In addition to the teams, the organizers appreciate the presenters for the Little Hollywood Education Series, which included a series of lectures, workshops, and a local film history tour by Kanab legend Dennis Judd.

Robert Trim, from the Utah Valley University Digital Media Department, gave two wonderful lectures on scene blocking and the six mistakes of beginning filmmakers.

Warren Workman, of Film Buzz TV and local film publicist, presented ways to leverage the marketing of your film, and create a buzz with social media as well as a presentation on Arrowstorm Entertainment’s upcoming productions. Roger Blomquist, Ph.D., gave a presentation on creating historical documentaries and Kane County Film Commissioner. Kelly Stowell gave a presentation on locations and films shoots in the area.

To kick things off, Nathan Riddle, of IAPFilms, hosted a filmmaking 101 course. “We’d like to congratulate all the teams on a job well done and we look forward to expanding offerings next year,” said Riddle.

Mesozoic concluded the shootout with live music on Saturday night with guitarist/vocalist Alan Titus, bassist/background vocalist Kim Titus, drummer/percussionist Mark Fullerton, and violinist extraordinaire Linda DeLuca playing a lively show. Hailing from Kanab, the band paid tribute to the full-tilt guitar-heavy classic rock of their youth with cover songs from bands such as Kansas, The Eagles, Rush, and the Beatles. 

ProAM USA, Digital Theory production music and IAP Films, CEBA, Kane County Office of Tourism, Kane County Film Commission, Kane County Economic Development, Kanab City, Dixie State University, Parry Lodge, Utah Office of Tourism, Utah Film Commission, the Little Hollywood Movie Museum, and the Crescent Moon Theater sponsored the shootout.

The filmmakers had a positive experience, and were ecstatic about the beautiful locations, and especially the community members of Kane County. Adam Mast, a filmmaker on the top award winner Team Amateur Empire, remarked, “making a film for this event was an honor and getting to experience everyone else’s work was truly inspirational. Thanks again to those behind The Little Hollywood Shootout.” 

The 2014 Shootout submissions are available to watch on vimeo at or by visiting