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Valley gets ‘Dismissed' by MTV

December 13, 2001|By ALLISON MARTIN, Imperial County Film Commission

Hello, fellow movie buffs!

'Tis the season to be jolly in the Imperial Valley. Filming has been booming this month. We have had more than 15 location scouts visit our wonderful scenery for commercials, still shoots, TV shows and feature films.

MTV is filming an episode of "Dismissed" this week at the Imperial Sand Dunes. That should be real interesting. I'll let you know when it will be aired.

Universal Studios is coming back to the Valley in late January or early February to re-shoot scenes from "Scorpion King." I'll see what I can do about having an autograph session with the Rock; no promises!

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A feature film called "Between Us" is filming at Salton Sea this week. It is a "Thelma and Louise" tale of two women who kill one of the women's husbands and dump him in the Salton Sea. Why is it when people think Imperial Valley, they think, "Hmm, a place to bury dead people?" Just a thought.

Well enough on filming. Let's talk about what is happening with local talent.

I mentioned the production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" in my last article. Guess what? I'm going to talk about it again. It is awesome.

Hallie Henle (the assistant director, costumer, co-choreographer, prop mistress, publicist, etc. You get the picture. She basically is the backbone of the production) said to me, "I wish I had a way to let people know that when they leave the theater after the show, they will say, ‘Wow, that was $10 well spent!'"

Well Hallie, I'm going to tell them. It is definitely worth the $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and children under age 12. You will feel like you just saw a Broadway show. I promise you will not be disappointed.

Yes, I am in the production, but only because I promised not to sing. Joseph is being performed at the Old Post Office Pavilion in El Centro on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Dec. 21 and 22. For more information contact the Imperial County Arts Council or Clark Baker Music.

I recently met a young man who actually reads my article and had some interesting facts about moviemaking in the Imperial Valley. So this gave me an idea. (Yes, I do have some of those sometimes and occasionally they are not half bad.) If you have any interesting facts or experiences with filming in the Imperial Valley, I would like to know about them so I may share them with our readers. You may email me at filmhere@earthlink.net

On behalf of the Imperial County Film Commission, I would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

That's a wrap!

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