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Three films approved for state’s production program, one in Utah County

By Genelle Pugmire - | Mar 9, 2023

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The cast of The Chosen attend the theatrical premiere of Season 3, Episodes One and Two during a charity fundraiser to benefit the Salvation Army at the historic Fox Theater on Nov. 15, 2022 in Atlanta.

On Thursday, the Utah Film Commission announced the approval of three new films to be produced in Utah with one planned for Utah County.

The Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity Board approved the productions for state film incentives, generating an estimated $8.4 million and creating approximately 1,075 jobs.

The three productions include the fourth season of “The Chosen,” “A Tree Fell in the Woods” and “Image of You.”

The popular series from Dallas Jenkins, The Chosen returns this summer to Utah to film season four in and around Utah County.

“We love filming in Utah. It’s a beautiful place to bring the story of Jesus to life,” said Brad Pelo, president of “The Chosen.” The production will create 450 jobs and spend approximately $3.2 million in the state.

“A Tree Fell in the Woods” is an independent feature from writer/director Nora Kirkpatrick. Now approved for the Motion Picture Incentive Program, it wil; begin shooting in May and is expected to spend an estimated $2.2 million in the state.

“I’d been dreaming of shooting this film in Utah since I wrote it. The combination of the aesthetic of homes in Utah with the dense exterior woods and late melting snow, make shooting in Utah the perfect home for our film,” Kirkpatrick said in a press release.

A new thriller, “Image of You” — from the producers of 2022’s “Falling for Christmas” — was approved for the Motion Picture Incentive Program and begins shooting in May with an estimated spend of $3 million in the state.

The Utah Film Commission markets the entire state as a destination for film, television and commercial production by promoting the use of professional local crew and talent, support services, Utah locations and the Motion Picture Incentive Program. The office also serves as a liaison to the film industry, facilitating production needs across the state.


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