Local filmmaker Danni Nutter will host fundraiser on Saturday
Documentary will shoot in Italy
Deadlines are no stranger to filmmakers as Park City’s Danni Nutter will attest.
She was accepted in the University of Utah’s Filmmaker’s Learning Abroad program in Italy and is currently working on a documentary called “La Bella Figura.”
“The film focuses on the Italian philosophy that differs from the American consumerist need to be seen, be heard and whoever has the most toys wins,” Nutter said during an interview with The Park Record. “In America, our closets are filled with clothing, and there is a need to fill that insatiable hole. But in Italy, it’s so different. People may have two very nice and classy bags, pairs of shoes or suits in their closets, and will wear or use them forever.”
Nutter is scheduled to fly to Italy on June 15 to shoot, edit and score her film. To help raise money, she will hold a car wash starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, at the Boneyard, Winedive and Blind Dog parking lot, 1251 Kearns Blvd.
The event will feature car washes and opportunity drawings.
“It will all be donation based,” Nutter said of the fundraiser. “People can choose to do a car wash or purchase an opportunity drawing ticket or both.”
Prizes will include items from Ritual Chocolate, Hotel Park City, Cole Sport, Home Depot and other local businesses.
“Park City UPS is donating the fliers for the event and Recycle Utah is donating the buckets for the car wash itself,” Nutter said. “Of course, the Boneyard is graciously hosting the venue and I hope when people come, they will spend a little time inside getting some eats and drinks. This is the first event they’ve done in the parking lot.”
Nutter’s goal is to raise $15,000, and she is also running a crowd sourcing campaign at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/la-bella-figura-the-beautiful-figure#.
“I’m looking to be as resourceful as possible and stretching that budget as much and as far as it will go,” she said. “I will be in Italy for a month and doing all that comes with the production: including interviews and creating the soundtrack.”
The soundtrack is an added, but welcome challenge for Nutter, who is a classically trained opera singer.
“I originally came to the University of Utah to sing in the opera department,” she said. “I’ve done theater and loved musical theater. It’s one of those things that made sense to me.”
Nutter’s love for film pushed her into a different direction.
“I’ve always had a love affair with film, and it started when I was a little girl with ‘Le Dolce Vida,’ ‘Roman Holiday’ and classics like that,” she said. “They embodied everything you fall in love with in film: character developments, emotion and storytelling.”
That, among other things, steered her to filmmaking.
“I have been fortunate enough to be part of some productions that have come through Park City and Salt Lake City,” Nutter said. “I developed the courage to do this through those opportunities and through the patience of mentors who have graciously taken me under their wings.”
One of those opportunities is The University of Utah Film and Learning Abroad program.
“The classes [run] Mondays through Thursdays and are four hours a day in a boot-camp style so you learn the entire process of filmmaking,” she said.
Nutter is also working with the Italian Film Commission on her documentary.
“The film will premier through them on July 17 and then when I return to the states, I’ll submit it to Sundance and other film festivals,” she said. “I’m humbled and honored by the amount of support I have received for this project from all fronts, including this community. It’s been great to see them not only support local filmmakers, but women like me who are in the industry as well.”
Park City filmmaker Danni Nutter will hold a car wash fundraiser starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, at the Boneyard, Winedive and Blind Dog parking lot, 1251 Kearns Blvd. For information, http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/la-bella-figura-the-beautiful-figure#/.
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