Saturday, January 07, 2012

WIN A Family Four Pack Of Premier Movie Tickets!

A locally filmed movie is coming to theaters Jan. 27th, 2012. This movie is called UNITARDS and was filmed at Skyline High school with 90 percent of the cast selected from an open audition at the school.  (View the trailor below)

This award-winning, family-friendly film distributed by Excel Entertainment broke all the rules of movie-making; it was self-funded by the producer, Scott Featherstone, he used "real" kids rather than actors, he went into production just as the economy turned downward and shot a film requiring nearly 50 tracks of music. Also, more than 90% of the cast was selected from an open audition at Skyline High School. This film has won every award it has been put up for, totaling nine awards so far.

The movie releases January 27th, but thanks to Emily at The Intrepid Agency, Enjoy Utah! has a family four-pack of tickets to give away to the premier on Wednesday January 25th, 7pm, at the Megaplex 17 at Jordan Commons in Sandy. 

CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations to our winner!

The winner will be given a pass to exchange at the box office for actual tickets. The sooner you turn in the passes, the better seats you will get.


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About Unitards:
Multi-award-winning independent film 
a new family-fun movie will play in select theaters starting Jan. 27
Excel Entertainment is proud to announce the release of UNITARDS in select theaters on Jan. 27, 2012. 
UNITARDS has been honored at every film festival to which it's been selected and has earned nine awards. This film is based on the actual experiences of Sam Featherstone-the actor playing Lewis Grady. 
In the film, Lewis Grady (Sam Featherstone) just won the student-body elections at Skyline High School, and Vice Principal Spooner (Michael Buster) has big plans for the goof-off high school senior. 

Charged with the difficult challenge of bringing school spirit back to Skyline, Lewis teams up with his two odd-ball friends (Jamison Featherstone and Zack Spurlock) to change the school forever. And they have the perfect way to do it: a guys-only dance team called the UNITARDS. 

As Lewis and his friends scrounge up the perfect group of misfits to join the revolution, Ms. Zarolla (Karen Dodge), coach of the school's award-winning all-girl drill team, vows to bring the UNITARDS to an end before they embarrass her and ruin the school's reputation. As she makes plans to put an end to the newly formed dance team, the UNITARDS make their own plans to take over the school once and for all. 

Director, writer and producer Scott Featherstone broke almost every rule of filmmaking in UNITARDS -he self-funded the project, used "real" kids rather than actors, went into production just as the economy turned downward and shot a film requiring nearly fifty tracks of music. More than 90% of the cast was selected from an open audition at Skyline High School.
With fifty-plus songs, the film's score includes several tracks by Salt Lake City composer Tom Hewitson; six popular songs by well-known artists; nine songs by talented upcoming artists; two original tracks written for UNITARDS - including the main theme, "Gonna Dance"; and more than twenty licensed production tracks, such as "Sledgehammer," by Peter Gabriel, "My Girl," by The Temptations, and "Come on Eileen," by Dexy's Midnight Runners.
The crew filmed UNITARDS over a three-month period at Skyline High School. The schedule was ambitious because the lead actor, Sam, had received an LDS mission call and was scheduled to report to the MTC in just six weeks. The show wrapped just six days before Sam departed for Mozambique, Africa. 
UNITARDS awards include:
ReelHeart International Film Festival (Toronto, Canada): Best Feature Film Award, Best Actor Award (Ensemble Cast of Lewis, Greg, & Jake); International Family Film Festival (Hollywood, Calif.): Best Musical Award; Santa Clarita Film Festival (Santa Clarita, Calif.): Best Feature Film Award; Fallbrook Film Festival (Fallbrook, Calif.): Best Feature Film Award; KidsFirst International Film Festival (Santa Fe, N.M.): Best Feature Finalist; International Accolade Awards (Los Angeles, Calif.): Award of Merit; Foursite Film Festival (Ogden, Utah): Best Direction Award; BEST OF FEST, Official Selection.

The film is independently produced by Scott Featherstone and distributed by Excel Films. For more information, visit <> . 

Release date: Jan. 27, 2012
Running time: 104 minutes

Excel Entertainment, Utah's largest independent film distributor, is behind box office and DVD success stories such as 17 Miracles, The Other Side of Heaven, Saints and Soldiers, The Work and the Glory and Forever Strong.
Scott Featherstone is an independent filmmaker, who directed, wrote and produced UNITARDS. He is the director of the short documentary Hold on to Hope, which won the bronze medal for Best Direction at the New York Film Festival. Featherstone directed productions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including the video Love Thy Neighbor. He also directed feature films, including Return to the Secret Garden (2000), for Feature Films for Families, and independently produced Same River Twice (1996), which he also wrote. Featherstone studied film and production at Brigham Young University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in communications in 1984. Following graduation, he worked as director of broadcast for Evans Advertising, the largest advertising agency in Salt Lake City, producing and directing many local, regional and national commercials. His work has earned Clios, national Addys, and several gold, silver and bronze medals from the New York Film Festival. He was an IBA finalist and has received several Mobius Awards and a London Film Festival award. Much of his recognition has been in the category of Best Director. He currently resides in Utah with his wife, Lori, and six sons.

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