The Beginnings of Utah Film History: Mormon Exploitation Films

The state of Utah is best known for two things: snow and Mormons. While Utah’s snow has been a feature of the state since Lake Bonneville dried up millennia ago, Mormons didn’t reach the state until 1847, first settling on native Ute land by the Great Salt Lake and later spreading through the state and much of the Western United States.…

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Celebrating 125 Years of Utah and the Movies

On December 28, 1895, the inventors and photographers Louis and Auguste Lumiere ushered in the now ubiquitous art of projected film to a small, paying audience in the basement of the Grand Café in Lyons, France. One week later and an ocean away, President Grover Cleveland officially welcomed Utah as the 45th state of the United States of America on January 4, 1896.…

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