Excellent article printed on the front page of today’s Sunday paper regarding the film industry in the Palm Springs area. I was interviewed along with Sheri Davis and Dan Taylor of the Film Alliance, an organization I am heavily involved with. It’s a long article but a great read. Here is one of my quotes, “I’m excited about the industry in general for the desert area. Organizing and fragmenting the industry, I think, it has nowhere to go but up. I think it’s going to really increase production out here,” Vincent said.
All these scenes filmed and photographed in locations across the Coachella Valley are part of the quiet but slowly growing industry that over the years has helped spark interest in the area as a tourism destination and production location. An exhaustive Desert Sun review of film permit applications across the valley since 2010 shows that production companies, big and small, head to the Coachella Valley resorts, mid-century modern homes, streets and landmarks as backdrops for fashion shoots, commercials, television and feature films. “We are Hollywood’s backlot,” said Sheri Davis, executive director of the Greater Palm Springs Film Alliance, and former director of the Inland Empire Film Commission. It’s her job to work with location scouts to promote all types of filming in the desert and provide the resources to help that happen.
I saw this on Twitter the other day and it’s so awesome! I was reading through the article and was amazed to find out what has been filmed in Palm Springs! I saw that ANTM (which I tried out for twice but to no avail), was filmed there, which is really cool. Also, I read that my fav rapper, Nicki Minaj, and Beyoncé filmed their video of “Feeling Myself” in Coachella and they can be seen dancing around the city limits road sign! I looked for your the quote that you mentioned, but didn’t find it. However, I did find a video of you along side Shari Davis, but she was doing all the talking. I was waiting for you to say something but you didn’t I did see this quote from you referring to the local resource list of “back-stage talent” that you trying to build up for various production projects. That’s when they quoted you saying the goal is to: “Flush out all the talent we have here in the desert. Crew, cameramen, lights, electrical, vendors, craft service; to let the industry know the desert and the Coachella Valley is extremely film friendly.” That’s so cool! Great job and thanks for sharing this!!! 😀