Movies Made in Magna

Note: This website is only getting occasional updates. For more timely information please see the main information outlet by visiting the Facebook Page for the Magna Arts Council or the Magna Town’s website.

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New in 2017

Andi Mack This family-friendly series continues the tradition of Disney TV projects shot in Magna. Seaon 1 was produced in 2016 for release in 2017. (Season 2 has been announced – will shoot in Summer 2017 and release in 2018?) First episode of season 1 has some Magna footage in the first 2 minutes, and is online at YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08wQGEngPFE

Creating Ripples is a documentary about the life and career of Cyprus High’s choir director Kerry Moore, direced by one of his former students at Cyprus. Shown locally in Spring 2017. See more about Creating Ripples https://www.facebook.com/creatingripplesdoc/?ref=br_rs

New in 2016

Cyprus High School produces feature films:
Students at Magna Cyprus High School make practical use of their technical and artistic training to produce long and short films with local talent. See samples and even full feature films online at the Vimeo site of the instructor: https://vimeo.com/channels/885854

New: August 2015 – Another title to add to the “Movies Made in Magna” list?

The Pleasant Green Cemetery in the hills SW of Magna appears to have been used for a short sequence in the locally produced family adventure film “Whisper Island” from 2007. Most of the action was shot on Antelope Island, but one scene set in a 1800s graveyard looks like it was done here. It was shot at night, so landmarks are limited. But the unpaved roads, and cement pillars with brass rails around some family plots look very familiar. We’ll try to get verification of the local connection.

Feature film shot by Cyprus High School students is done!

In a bold move for some young aspiring film makers, students at Cyprus High just completed a full-length feature film titled “Game Changer.” Entirely produced by local talent, from writing to acting to most of the production work, the film was screened on Friday, April 29 at Cyprus H.S. Watch for the upcoming release on DVD, and maybe even some online viewing options. See the Facebook page for the film project. (There is also a short “preview” trailer video on the Facebook page.)

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Update: Update: A film with major stars which was partially shot in Magna last year has been released. “Wild Horses” only has a few shots that can be easily identified as Magna, but additional indoor and night scenes may also have been shot here. See the title’s Amazon.com page here.

Another film partially shot in Magna in 2015 is still awaiting a release.  Originally titled “Man on Carrion road”, the project has had some changes among the actors, and is now going by the title The Hollow Point.”  No information yet on the release date.

Added composer/musician James Prigmore to the “local talent” list below.


“Movies Made in Magna” was the theme for a seminar at the Magna Library in September 2014.  This page includes a summary of the content gathered for that event, with some links and lists that may be useful to anyone in search of more details on this subject.

Because this page is rather long you can either browse it all, or you may “jump” to a specific section with these links:

* Download a list of films & TV shot in Magna
* Go to the online list of films made in Magna
* notes about the featured guests at the 2014 event (coming soon)
* mentions of other film/video talent with local ties (coming soon)

 

Click to see a slideshow made to preview the event.  (Original music by Doug Wood.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CorfviTdZzM

 


 

 

Download a list of “Movies Made in Magna”

 Here are links to download a list of more than 20 Movies & TV Shows made in Magna, Utah. The list includes brief descriptions and ratings. It is available in two layout formats – you can choose either letter or brochure style. The second is formatted to fold into a brochure by printing the two pages back to back. Both are in pdf format, viewable on most computers, tablets, etc., and easy to print and share. (Requires the free Adobe PDF Reader or comparable software.)

click these links to download a pdf file of films made in Magna, or featuring Magna talent

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE LIST IN LETTER STYLE

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE LIST IN BROCHURE STYLE

 

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Movies Made in Magna — Recent Updates

** Update – October 23, 2014
The premier screening of a new documentary about Magna took place in the Cyprus High Auditorium on October 23rd. Watch for additional airings on local public television.

** Update – August 24, 2014
A few additions to this list were suggested by people at the recent Magna Main Street Arts Festival.

“Just A Dream” 2003
Directed by Danny Glover, this family drama was made for Showtime cable TV, but is also available on DVD. Filmed mostly in and around Magna and Tooele. Plot description:

Film crew arrives in a small town in Nevada desert. Ends up changing the life of a 12-year-old kid and a friend of his, a movie lover.

More suggested additions, but these need more confirmation about local content:

“Return to Halloweentown” (2007), part of a series of films for Disney TV. A makeup effects person who worked on this one says it had some scenes shot in Magna.

“Gentlemen Broncos” and “Tree of Life” both shot near Magna, but need more detail to say they belong on this list.

“Pet Sematary” was suggested by several people who said they had head that it included scenes at the Magna / Pleasant Green Cemetery, but I could find no information online to confirm that – in fact all mentions say it was filmed in Maine as described in the Stephen King book. Is the Magna connection just a local “Urban Legend?”

** Update – August 21, 2014
“Wild Horses” is a feature film now shooting in various spots around the Salt Lake area, and rumor has it that Magna will be included. Robert Duvall is listed as director and writer, with actors James Franco and Josh Hartnett in leading roles. Duvall himself also appears in a supporting role.

First descriptions include this plot summary: “A female ranger investigates a decades old murder and brings up the past for a modern-day rancher who must come to terms with his mistakes.”

There is little “official” information on the usual internet sites about this project so far, but a simple web search finds several mentions from participants and people who live near filming locations.

** Update – June 29, 2014
Another big film, “The Man on Carrion Road” has changed title to “The Hollow Point”. It  filmed at least a few scenes in Magna. Details are limited, but see a little more below in the list of feature films.

** Update – June 17, 2014
The very popular “Granite Flats” TV series, which includes Magna locations, has been picked up for a 3rd season! (Confirmed by the TV station after an initial report in an article in the Salt Lake Tribune about tax incentives for upcoming local film and TV productions. See this news story.)

 


 

List of films and TV shot– (at least partially) – in and around Magna.

Most of these were produced for theatrical, TV or DVD distribution and are available for sale on DVD or through paid video streaming services, and a few are even available for free online viewing. See this site’s other pages on “local talent” for links to a few additional short films and videos that were not produced for public sale or theatrical distribution.

Additional short films, videos and animations might be found by searching the content at online video-sharing sites like YouTube.com and Vimeo. Some is interesting, but most was not intended for widespread distribution.
(Please suggest additions for this list.)

E-mail for more information or to give suggestions. ( info @ art in magna . com )

 

Feature Films:

** Update – August 21, 2014
“Wild Horses” is a forthcoming feature film now shooting in various spots around the Salt Lake area, and rumor has it that Magna will be included. Robert Duvall is listed as director and writer, with actors James Franco and Josh Hartnett in leading roles. Duvall himself also appears in a supporting role.

First descriptions include this plot summary: “A female ranger investigates a decades old murder and brings up the past for a modern-day rancher who must come to terms with his mistakes.”

There is little “official” information on the web about this project so far, but a simple web search finds several mentions from participants and people who live near filming locations. May be released and in theatres in late 2014 or 2015.

“The Hollow Point” (which was using the title “The Man on Carrion Road” during the initial filming) , which shot in Magna various days in mid-April to mid-May 2014, is still in post-production for release in late 2015. It has a great cast, including a mix of big-name international talent and a few local faces. Described as a “violent crime thriller,” the plot involves the past and current sheriffs of a small USA/Mexico border town reluctantly teaming up to deal with the fallout when a big drug deal goes bad and threatens the community. See the limited information currently available at IMBD.com

More hints about the local filming of this project came from local shop owners near the filming locations. Storm at Art On You Studios posted some pics from the shoot, and the Colosimos Facebook page post on April 18th gave a few more details. Thanks to Todd Richards for the original tip.

2009 Dadnapped

Live action family film from Disney with plenty of scenes on Magna’s Main Street and the Empress Theater. Available for streaming on Netflix at the time this list was written.

2009 S. Darko
Quirky fantasy/horror film, about a third of which was filmed in Magna, but also in Delle and Echo.

2007 American Pastime
Drama about baseball played at Topaz, the WW2 Japanese American Internment camp near Delta Utah, and the interactions of the local residents and internees/teams. A few scenes shot in Magna substituting for a town near Topaz.

2005 The Crow: Wicked Prayer
Part 4 of the horror film series, shot partially in and near Magna, especially the Saltair area. (Streaming on Netflix at the time of this posting.)

2005 Buffalo Dreams
A movie for teens about culture clash and Native American traditions. Several scenes in local storefronts, and a memorable episode where a buffalo takes a walk down Main Street. Partially shot in Magna for Disney TV, but not available for sale, streaming or on DVD. Just have to hope for another re-run on TV?

2005 Born Killers (a.k.a. “Piggy Banks”)
Violent crime drama about a family of thieves and killers. Lots of Magna settings.

Just A Dream 2003
Directed by Danny Glover, this family dramedy (part drama, part comedy) was made for Showtime cable TV, but is also available on DVD. Filmed in and around Magna and Tooele. Plot description:

Film crew arrives in a small town in Nevada desert. Ends up changing the life of a 12-year-old kid and a friend of his, a movie lover.

1999 Bats
Horror/action film starred Lou Diamond Phillips as sheriff of a small town faced with an attack by mutant bats. Several very long scenes shot in Magna featuring the inside & outside of many recognizable businesses.

1997 Address Unknown
Produced by a local company specializing in family films. Mystery about a teen boy finding a letter from his late father. A few short scenes in Magna. (Note: Same title was also used for other films, so shop carefully when buying this one.)

1993 Josh and S.A.M.
Family film with some footage at Saltair. (VHS only – hard to find.)

1993 Slaughter of the Innocents

Thriller of interest due to the local setting starring Scott Glenn as an FBI agent investigating a cult planning something big for their end-of-the-world scenario. Includes a few scenes include shots in Magna, including a night shot of Main Street, and a small house as a crime scene, but the memorable ending is a crazy finale in the cliffs around Moab. (Copies are available, but expensive.)

1986 Ordinary Heroes
Drama starred Richard Dean Anderson & Valerie Bertinelli dealing with his injuries on return from war. Brief Magna Main Street footage. (VHS only – hard to find.)

1962 Carnival of Souls
Well respected low-budget horror film – long sections shot at the ruins of Saltair. (Due to the lapsed copyright status, you can legally watch or download this film for free at https://archive.org/details/CarnivalOfSouls1962 , although a much better viewing experience can be had with commercial copies.)

 

TV Series:

Granite Flats ( 2013 – 2014 )
BYU-TV production. Family adventure drama series with Magna as one of the main locations. All 16 episodes are available for free online viewing at http://graniteflats.com/ (This series will also be having a 3rd season according to an article in the Salt Lake Tribune about tax incentives for local film and TV productions. See this article.)

Everwood ( 2002 – 2006 )
Starred Treat Williams with at least parts of some episodes shot in Magna.

Touched by an Angel ( 1994 – 2003 )
Series finale, a 2 episode arc titled “I Will Walk With You”, was shot in Magna in 2003.

The Stand ( 1994 11-hour mini-series )
TV mini-series movie from a Stephen King novel had a few scenes shot in and near Magna.

 

Short Films:

Celibate at the Orgy ( currently in production in 2014 )
Comedy series of short episodes using Magna talent and locations. Film makers are also preparing to shoot much more in Magna. For more information see the section on Sila Agavale on the “Local Talent” page.

 

Documentary Films:

Magna: An American Story   ( 2014 )
Hour-long documentary on Magna shot in and around Magna over the last few years by students at the University of Utah. Debut is scheduled for Thursday, October 23 at Cyprus High School, to be followed by an airing on public television. Looks to be a “community profile” type piece spotlighting specific aspects of local history and culture. Documentaries may be general or targeted, so time will tell how this one unfolds.

Our Inland Sea ( 2010 )
Fun-loving documentary with lots of images and history about the Great Salt Lake, past and present. Includes history, folklore and much more. Available on DVD, sold at the visitor’s centers at the Saltair Marina and on Antelope Island, or can be ordered from the film-maker’s website, where you can also watch a free clip/preview.

Desert Empire ( 1948 )
Scenes on local mining & ore processing, plus vintage scenes at Saltair. Free online at archive.org, or sold as a DVD via Amazon, Ebay, etc. (Due to the lapsed copyright status, you can watch or download this in several seperate parts at https://archive.org/search.php?query=desert%20empire , although a much better viewing experience can be had with commercial copies.)

Electric Rails of Utah ( 2005 )
Modern historical documentary including old and new footage about the Garfield & Western Railroad which once connected Magna to SLC and to other west-side mining districts. Sold on DVD via Amazon, Ebay, etc.

Mit den Donots Durch Amerika ( 2013 )
Follows a tour by a German rock band, including a short section of a concert at Saltair with the band taking a stroll on the beach. In German. Available on Youtube at the time this was posted, Saltair section starts around minute 44:00 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dg3moKT-ic8

 


Suggested additions:

Some local tipsters and various online sources have suggested these as possible “Magna Movies” but local content has not yet been verified.  Anyone know for sure?

 

1990 Days of Thunder
Feature Film starred Tom Cruise as a race car driver.

2005 World’s Fastest Indian
New Zealander chases his dream of racing on the Salt Flats.

2006 Pirates of the Great Salt Lake
Local comedy shot — you know where…

2012 Legend of Awesomest Maximus
Comedy partially filmed on shores of the Great Salt Lake, adult humor.

Gentlemen Broncos by the makers of “Napoleon Dynamite” this filmed in Tooele and the Great Salt Lake. Magna too?

Tree of Life Major award-winning film had a scene on the Salt Flats, and one tipster said it also filmed on the south shore of the Great Salt Lake near Magna, but the director has been known to shoot much more footage than he ever includes in the final cut.

“Return to Halloweentown” (2007), part of a series of films for Disney TV. A makeup effects person who worked on this one says it had some scenes shot in Magna.

“Pet Sematary” was suggested by several people who said they had head that it included scenes at the Magna / Pleasant Green Cemetery, but I could find no information online to confirm that – in fact all mentions say it was filmed in Maine as described in the Stephen King book. Is the Magna connection just a local “Urban Legend?”



 

Local Film & TV Talent

Here are a few more of the many great people with ties to Magna who have professional experience working in Films, TV and Video.

 

James Prigmore – composer
websites: See a few of his screen music credits at his page at IMDB.com

James Prigmore’s musical talent was recognized early, and he was playing piano professionally in his teens. His talents led to a lifetime of composing, arranging and conducting music for films, TV, live theatre and dance troupes, plus several cds of classical music. James and his family have lived in Magna several times over the years.


 

Mary Alice Nelson – actress
websites: See her page at IMDB.com
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3046107/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Although her work has her moving around the country now, this Magna native has credits as an actress in Disney films, among other roles in TV, video and local live theatre. She has also branched out into production of a web series and other business roles in creative media arts.


 

Tasha Oldham – film maker / producer
websites: see website: see Tasha’s page at IMDB.com

After her high school years in Magna, Tasha followed her dreams to California. After gaining invaluable experience working on the crews of top directors, she formed her own companies and has helmed many productions. One of her first solo projects was nominated for an Emmy award, and she continues to emphasize productions which promote values and social causes. The video link contains an brief interview about a current project, but Youtube also include many clips and short films from a variety of her projects.

 


Seeth McGavien ~ writer
website: see Seeth’s page at IMDB.com

Seeth attended Cyprus High School, has credits as the writer of several short films, and is also busy as a entertainment/arts writer and reviewer for local publications. See the entire short film “Intestinal Fortitude” by just clicking it here!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixN3O7Kn_wE

 


 

And let us also remember some great film industry talents from Magna’s past. Two who are now deceased are:

 

Clair Huffaker ~ writer / producer (1926-1990)
website: see his page at IMDB.com

Clair Huffaker was born in Magna and went on to a long and productive career as a writer for newspapers, magazines and books, then transitioned into screenplays and producing films. In his Hollywood projects he worked with John Wayne, Elvis Presley, and dozens of other famous actors. For more background on his Magna connections see this tribute in Robert Goble’s blog.

 


 

Harry Klekas ~ actor (1933-2011)
website: see his page at IMDB.com

Harry Klekas worked in local law enforcement, but also made at least thirty appearances as a TV and film actor. For more background on his life and work see his obituary.