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Production News & Events Summer Edition


June 25, 2024

Production News & Events Summer Edition
Here in the North State, our spring was definitely filled with great activities! We had the privilege of hosting 11 industry professionals on this year's FAM tour and partnered with Film Siskiyou for the first time to showcase the neighboring counties. Highlights from the tour included Wild Horse Sanctuary, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding Civic Auditorium, Redding Fire House #1, Shasta State Historic Park, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, The Restoration House, Redding, CA, Sheraton Redding Hotel at the Sundial Bridge, Shasta Dam Overlook, Lake Shasta Caverns, Lake Siskiyou Campground, Hedge Creek Falls, Dunsmuir CA, City of Dunsmuir, Railroad Park Resort. We're grateful for everyone who made our guests feel cared for throughout their stay in our region and were honored to spend time with everyone who participated and looki forward to welcoming them back soon!

I also had the honor as FLICS President to attend the 2024 Marché du Film - Festival de Cannes in partnership with Film USA. During the event, we hosted many networking events and I participated in the panel "Explore America's Film Frontier with the USA Film Commissioners." It was a great opportunity to connect with filmmakers at one of the world's most prestigious film festivals!

Locally, we attended screenings of Miracle Mile which filmed almost entirely in Shasta County (read more below for Redding premier event) and The Golden Ghosts which filmed in Shasta, Tehama, and Siskiyou Counties,

We are excited to share more information about these updates, as well as some local crew and location requests, award updates, our upcoming 10 year anniversary celebration, and more in this newsletter.

It is such a blessing to be able to serve this community!
In gratitude,
Sabrina Jurisich, Regional Film Commissioner
Representing Shasta, Tehama, Yuba & Sutter Counties
AFCI, Certified Film Commissioner; FLICS, President; COLA, Chair
Cell: 530.710.7784 / www.UpstateCAFilm.com



Film Shasta 10 Year Celebration Event
You are Invited!


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Upcoming Production Needs & Events:




Local Premier
ACID Canal August 17th

Join us for the local premiere event for the award winning ACID Canal on August 17th at the historic Cascade Theatre in Redding, California! The film will be shown at 7pm and tickets are $15. Tickets are on sale right now. The funds raised from ticket sales will aid in continuing the project by funding distribution costs. Please come out and support this award winning film by Faires Wheel Films.

Purchase Tickets




Cabin Needed
Fall/Winter 2024

Small independent film production looking for cabin for 1-2 weeks of filming. Cabin needs to be within an hour of Redding. If you have a home and are interested, please reach out to sabrina@upstatecafilm.com. Thanks!



Local Premier
Miracle Mile July 10

Join us for a one night only showing at Cinemark 14 Redding of Miracle Mile!
After multiple weeks in other theatres in several states, Miracle Mile is coming home to where is was shot in Shasta County!
Tickets are only available at the link below! Please come out and support Mighty Men of Valor Studios!

Purchase Tickets




Locations Needed
URGENTLY - Yuba/Sutter

Independent feature film seeking a construction site and vacant or sparsely furnished apartment/studio in Yuba/Sutter Counties. Each location is estimated currently for 1 day of filming. Please reach out to:sabrina@upstatecafilm.com with any leads.



California On Location Awards
Nominations Close July 31

Please submit your nominations for the following categories:

Location Manager of the Year
- Studio Feature
- Independent Feature
- Television, 1-hour
- Television, 1/2 hour
- Commercial
- Limited/Mini-Series
- Reality TV
- Music Videos
- Stills
Location Team of the Year
- Studio Feature
- Limited/Mini-Series
- Independent Feature
- Television, 1 hour
- Television, 1/2 hour
- Commercial
Public Employee of the Year
- Federal, State, County and City

There are less than two weeks left to nominate your favorite production shot between July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2023, for the California On Location Awards. The deadline is July 31, 2023.

Nominate Today




Crew Needed
July 25-31

CREW Needed for upcoming indie shoot in Shasta County:
Date range July 25-31 (2 days in that window)
Current needs:
Cinematographer with expertise using Steadicam &/or Gimbol, Handheld
Camera Operator's
1st AC
1st AD
GRIP with 1/2 ton truck
Gaffer's
DRONE Operator with drone (Would love to see footage)
Script Supervisor that can be paired w/ another position
Wardrobe/Props
SFX Makeup Artists & Assistants
Production Assistants
Please send demo reel links, IMDb link, and resume's to sabrina@upstatecafilm.com if interested and available reply using link below.
Thank you!

FMI/Apply Today




Locations Needed
Late Summer/Early Fall 2024

Indie Film seeking the following locations:

Houseboat will be needed for 6-7 days.

Private home: ideally two-story (but could be one-story) home with separate kitchen, so that kitchen is not open to the living room. Prefer high ceilings in at least living room and master bedroom. Ideally with a little space between home (does not need to be rural or secluded) Needs to be in good condition, but not necessarily new. No special effects planned.
If you have something available, please send pm or email photos and information to sabrina@upstatecafilm.com.



California Tax Credit News
Upcoming Application Dates

Independent & Non-Independent Feature Films

Application: July 29-31, 2024?
Phase II: August 1-5, 2024
Approval Date: September 2, 2024

Next Application Window*?
January 2025

Television Series

Next Application Windows*
September 2024
March 2025

*Dates are subject to change.

FMI or to apply visit: Tax Credit | California Film Commission



Congratulations to Cinematta Pictures
Telly Award Winner 2024


Locally produced by Cinematta Pictures, the FLICS commercial was a bronze award during the 2024 Telly Awards!
The Telly Awards is an annual event that showcases the best work created within television and across video for all screens!
Congratulations!



The Golden Ghosts Panel
ICYMI

In case you missed the sold-out screenings and panel with Mark Oliver and many of the production team, you can catch it now!
Thank you again to the Riverfront Playhouse of Redding, CA for hosting this event and Fowler Film Productions for filming the panel!



Episodes Coming Soon
Beyond Skinwalker Ranch

Watch for new episodes scheduled to release in the second half of season 2 which feature filming in our region including at the Lake Shasta Caverns! For now here are some BTS photos!

Check for Showtimes




Quarterly Report
Jan-Mar 2024




Local Spotlight
Shon Harris, Mayor and Filmmaker

Shon Harris was the Captain and Commander of the Yuba Sutter California Highway Patrol area office. He retired from that and ran for public office and is currently Mayor of Yuba City. He began in filmmaking a few years ago making commercials, short films and PSA's. For Shon, film is an opportunity to be creative, expressive and entertaining. He finds the whole processing very interesting and says he learns something new on every project.

He enjoys the overlap between his Mayor duties and working in film with the platform to provide messaging to the community. Often he is inspired to create content from his daily conversations and duties at work. He finds himself envisioning scenes and shots and often writes them down during the day.

Shon loves that filmmaking provides unique opportunities to help the community while having something that pulls on and also fuels his creativity. He's also been able to work on several projects with his daughter in this process which gives them more time together and is a plus for him.

Shon hopes that over time the film industry in Yuba Sutter increases, he says, "Yuba Sutter is a living, breathing movie set. Everywhere I turn I see opportunities for creative shots". Shon thinks that the region is appealing to filmmakers because of the geographic diversity and adds, "filmmakers can secure almost any backdrop in just a couple hours in any direction."

The project he is currently working on is a feature that was funded by the Upstate California Creative Corps. The intent of the grant is to help enhance the lives of, and create opportunities for people who are living in poverty through various forms of art. Shon is hoping to continue his work in feature length films and is enjoying building his local team.

Shon says that the film commission is "a one-stop resource for locations, the permitting process, and securing local cast & crew" and "It lends credibility, notoriety, professionalism, and speaks one voice for us." The film commission saves time for filmmakers and that alone is an attraction for them and it also brings economic assistance to the area when there are productions filming. "Having things filmed here is free promotion, essentially, as people will come to see key filming locations of their favorite films."

Some advice he gives to people starting out in film is to decide on what it is you want to create, then try your best not to compromise your goals or your thoughts. However, be prepared that external influences might provide opportunties. Shon learned that as soon as people join your project they bring their own ideas and sometimes those will be even better than what you had in mind, so be open. He also encourages emerging filmmakers to "find your Yoda." In other words, a mentor who can teach you and guide you about the nuances of filmmaking that you can't learn on YouTube or read in a book.



Local Location Inspiration:
Frenchtown Inn, Cedar Crest Winery, and Wild Horse Sanctuary!

Frenchtown Inn - Yuba Sutter

Frenchtown Inn: Situated in the foothills of Yuba county, Frenchtown inn is a unique and stunning property, right next to a 7 acre pond. The architecture and interiors of each of the houses is very mediterranean, with arches and tiled floors. There's lots of spaces with outdoor seating and even a dance floor space with strung lights hanging over it. This could be depicted as Europe or America, 40 years ago, or current day! A breathtaking location. For more photos: Frenchtown Inn - Film Yuba-Sutter

Cedar Crest Winery - Tehama

Hidden away, under tall and elegant cedar trees is 'Cedar Crest Winery', a lovely vineyard that serves it's locally made wine. This light and relaxed space embraces it's setting with a tractor static to the side of the cabin, a barrel water feature and 'home-like', inviting interiors. This log cabin like winery stands out as it has an exclusive atmosphere that would be considered family friendly rather than a sophisticated or pensive atmosphere that may be found in other wineries. For more photos:Cedar Crest Winery | Film Tehama

Wild Horse Sanctuary - Shasta

This open, free and rustic space offers an idyllic backdrop for wild horses to roam and run. Any project that requires a small-town, barn location should take a further look. Modest and sweet, Shasta's 'Wild Horse Sanctuary' has fields with white blossoms and many vibrant trees. The property also offers a few dark wood cabins that overlook the sanctuary's personal pond, effortlessly meshing with it's surroundings and the old Californian essence we see in the Northern CA region. For More Photos: Wild Horse Sanctuary - Film Shasta

Ask about our
local incentive program
which can offer up to $50,000 for qualifying productions!



Photo highlights from the last few months!


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