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Charla Teeters
Imperial County California
Film Commissioner for the Imperial Valley and Program Manager for the United Desert Gateway
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The final installment is about to hit theaters and it's bittersweet for Potter fans who have grown up with the series for the past 10 years. Warner Bros. has just released a new featurette with a look back on all the fond Potter memories. The eight and final film follows... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2011 at On location with Charla
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I am sure that most, if not all, of you are as confused by the Super 8 P&A campaign as I was. Bet you wondered, “Is it a movie about a train crash?” “Is there a superhero?” “Is it a monster flick?” “Is this going to be another Cloverfield (cause... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2011 at On location with Charla
TOP 10 WAYS TO MINIMIZE IMPACT WHEN CAMPING IN THE OUTDOORS (from Tread Lightly!’s Tips for Responsible Camping brochure) Whenever possible, use existing campsites. Camp on durable surfaces and place tents on a non-vegetated area. Do not dig trenches around tents. Camp a least 200 feet from water, trails and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2011 at Dirt, Dust and the Desert
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The National Park Service has announced the 8th annual National Natural Landmarks Photo Contest. They are seeking photos that display the aesthetic, scientific and educational value of the nearly 600 designated National Natural Landmarks nationwide. Winning photos will be compiled into the 2012 calendar celebrating the 50th anniversary of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2011 at Dirt, Dust and the Desert
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This past weekend (June 3-5) this Imperial County Film Commissioner attended the Producers Guild of America (PGA) / Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI), Produced By & Locations Trade Show. For ease sake, let's call this event the PBLT, because Produced By & Locations Trade Show is just way too... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2011 at On location with Charla
If you haven't heard yet, the California Department of Parks and Recreation will be closing 70 of its 278 parks this coming year, due to cuts in the state budget. You can read the complete news release below. Imperial County will be affected through the closures of Picacho and Salton... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2011 at Dirt, Dust and the Desert
Throughout the 2010-2011 dune season the BLM, through the University of Idaho, conducted a visitor satisfaction survey. This survey was used to measure the satisfaction of visitors utilizing the land and facilities at the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (Glamis/Buttercup). If you would like to see the results and read... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2011 at Dirt, Dust and the Desert
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As the Imperial County Film Commission feverishly works to prepare for the Inaugural Film Festival and Artist Showcase, to be held May 6-7, I have received many questions about what a film festival is, why we are holding one and why individuals would want to attend. These are all valid... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2011 at On location with Charla
1982 (March 12): Richard Pryor's landmark 'Live on the Sunset Strip' is released in theaters. The stand-up performance movie, in which Pryor mines humor from the notorious recent incident in which he nearly died after setting himself on fire while freebasing cocaine, remains one of the greatest comedy concert films... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2011 at On location with Charla
LOCATION PHOTO CONTEST Help Promote Imperial County To Hollywood This contest is open to ALL photography enthusiasts. The ICFC needs photos of Imperial County that can second as other locations in the world. Is it New Mexico? Michigan? Kansas? Maybe Paris, Juarez or New York? The winning photo will be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2011 at On location with Charla
Last week the California Legislative budget committee met to try to find funds to help balance the states very large budget shortfall. There are two main Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) trust funds, one for operations and one for funding grants. The committee initially decided to take $27,000,000 from the operations... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2011 at Dirt, Dust and the Desert
OK, before I get into my review of 'I Am Number Four' let me say this - If you are looking for a good time Friday night movie, fun special effects, an easy watch that won't strain your brain too much and dogs that turn into monsters, than I recommend... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2011 at On location with Charla
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This coming Sunday, February 27, is OSCAR Sunday! A day when the collective movie-loving population gathers around the TV and watches while the makers of feature films, most of which the average movie-goer has not seen (Come on, admit it. How many of you have seen ‘Winter’s Bone’ or ‘127... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2011 at On location with Charla
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I have been the Film Commissioner for Imperial County for 2 years now and I am continually surprised at the quality of projects that utilize our area as a backdrop for their productions. I don’t know why it surprises me, but it always does. I know we have an amazingly... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2011 at On location with Charla
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The Desert Beauty, Warm-heartedness and Post-apocalyptic Pulling Power of Imperial County By: Anthony Burt After exiting the UK in late 2009 and spending most of 2010 traveling around the USA, I worked in film offices up and down the state of California – from Mendocino County in the north to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2011 at On location with Charla
Black Swan - Unexpected, unique, strangely beautiful.
Was 2010 the Worst Year for Movies Ever? Read this article by Gary Susman and thought it pretty spot-on. So I have re-posted it as part of this blog. By Gary Susman (Subscribe to Gary Susman's posts) Posted Dec 23rd 2010 2:00PM Filed under: Features, Hot Topic, Best and Worst... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2010 at On location with Charla
Off-Road season has officially started in Imperial County! If you haven't seen the parade of RVs, toy-haulers, ATVs, Rhinos, dune buggies, trailers and out-of-towners pouring through our cities lately, you must have been living under a rock. Living in Brawley, as I do, it is always interesting to observe the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2010 at Dirt, Dust and the Desert
You may or may not be aware that local boy made good, Donal Logue, is staring in a new FX Network TV series Terriers, shot by Twentieth Century Fox (in San Diego). The program airs at 10:00pm Wednesday nights. Mr. Logue, who is famous for his role as Jimmy the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2010 at On location with Charla
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Welcome to "On Location" with me, Charla Teeters, Film Commissioner for Imperial County California. I will be discussing and reporting on topics that pertain to television, film, media, popular culture, and the production activity that takes place here in the valley. You may not be aware but Imperial County was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2010 at On location with Charla
The IV Press reported on Monday that the BLM has cancelled an AMA District 38 race. Now granted, this is reportedly because the permit was turned in late and BLM staff did not have a proper amount of time to address the application. I get that, really I do. But... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2010 at Dirt, Dust and the Desert
The following is a link to an article/pictures regarding BLM Director Abbeys visit to the Sand Sports Super Show and his recognition of the American Sand Association's 10 year anniversary. http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsbytes/2010/450xtra_abbey_asa.html Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2010 at Dirt, Dust and the Desert
Day 1: The doors of the 12th annual Sand Sports Super Show (SSSS) sprung open promptly at 10am this morning and a fevered throng of show attendees rushed through hoping to get the first glimpse of the latest and greatest in sand sport vehicles, technology, artistry, apparel, accessories and clothing!... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2010 at Dirt, Dust and the Desert
This is my first post, on my first blog, EVER! I truly hope that someone, somewhere, finds this to be helpful, informative and entertaining. We shall see. This weekend, September 17-19, is the Sand Sports Super Show! This event is the official kick-off to the dune/off-road season and is a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2010 at Dirt, Dust and the Desert
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