Dixie Forum to host presentation on filmmaking in Washington County

Dixie Forum to host presentation on filmmaking in Washington CountyST. GEORGE, Utah — During the next installment of Dixie State University’s weekly lecture series Dixie Forum, a panel of film enthusiasts and entertainment professionals will share insight into the process of filming movies and TV programs in Washington County over the last 90 years.


Led by Dixie State Associate Professor of English Stephen Armstrong and Filmmaker Tobijah Tyler, the panel will present “Making Movies in Washington County: An Oral History” at noon on Tuesday, March 21. The presentation will be held in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the Dixie State campus. Admission is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.


Of all the legendary movies filmed against Washington County’s iconic red rock backdrops, perhaps the most notable is George Roy Hill’s incredibly popular comic western “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” Starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman, the movie was filmed in St. George, Springdale and Grafton. Redford returned to southern Utah to collaborate with director Sydney Pollack on two separate films: “Jeremiah Johnson” and “The Electric Horseman.”


Additionally, director Howard Hawks featured the county’s exceptional landscape in “Only Angels Have Wings,” and the revered “B” movie director Sam Fuller came to the southwest corner of Utah to make “Run of the Arrow.” Raoul Walsh gave John Wayne his first starring role in “In Old Arizona,” which was shot just outside of Zion National Park. Wayne came back two more times to southern Utah to film parts of “Hondo” and “The Conqueror.”


More recently, productions such as the horror thriller “The Car,” the comedy “The Flintstones” and Disney’s “High School Musical 2” have taken advantage of the county’s gorgeous red rock vistas. The Dixie Forum audience will learn more about all of these productions as members of the panel share their recollections of the movie-making process.


Dixie Forum is a weekly lecture series designed to introduce the St. George community to diverse ideas and personalities while widening their worldviews via a 50-minute presentation. The forum will continue March 28, when Jason Johnstone-Yellin, vice president and COO of Single Cask Nation, presents “Philosophy in the Age of Science and Capitalism.”


For more information about Dixie State University’s Dixie Forum series, please contact DSU Forum Coordinator John Burns at 435-879-4712 or[email protected] or visit humanities.dixie.edu/the-dixie-forum.

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