Finally, Ogden may be getting its due.
While it's certainly no Hollywood, Junction City is slowly developing its own version of Tinseltown. Not only is Ogden a satellite site for the annual Sundance Film Festival, but it's seen its share of filming for movies and TV shows -- starring everyone from Nicolas Cage to Benji the Dog.
Benji the Dog, people. Right here in Ogden.
Of course, in most of these shows, Ogden has merely acted as a body double for some other place -- or, no place in particular.
* In the 1993 coming-of-age film "The Sandlot," Ogden's Lorin Farr Swimming Pool was a stand-in for a community pool in an unnamed town -- although it's generally assumed the movie is set somewhere in Southern California.
* In "Benji: Off the Leash" (2004), locally shot scenes were passed off as being in a small town in Mississippi.
* In "Three O'clock High" (1987) and "Drive Me Crazy" (1999), Ogden High School served as the fictitious Weaver High School and Timothy Zonin High School, respectively. While it's not revealed where in the world these two high schools are located, it's a good bet they weren't supposed to be in little old Ogden, Utah.
* And in the 1997 Jerry Bruckheimer-produced action flick "Con Air" -- starring Nic Cage, John Cusack and John Malkovich -- Ogden-Hinckley Airport doubles as an airstrip in Carson City, Nev.
This schizophrenia isn't limited to the big screen, either. In the 1994 Stephen King miniseries "The Stand," Historic 25th Street played a small, deserted town in the Midwest. And everyone around these parts knows that the fictional Colorado town in The WB series "Everwood" was actually portrayed by the very real Utah town of Ogden.
So when scenes were shot in Ogden recently for an upcoming independent movie starring Katherine Heigl and Ben Barnes, one couldn't help but wonder what far-flung locale Ogden would be playing this time.
Turns out, she may finally get a chance to play herself.
The film, tentatively titled "Your Right Mind," is directed by Ami Canaan Mann, who also directed "Texas Killing Fields" and is the daughter of "Miami Vice" creator/producer Michael Mann. Ogden was on her list when she was scouting locations.
"She and her producer fell in love with Ogden last November," said Joni Wall, Weber County film commissioner.
The Northern Utah city was originally supposed to act as a Midwestern town.
"In the script, it called for West Lafayette, Ind.," Wall said. "But they've now changed it to Ogden, Utah. And that's kind of cool."
Wall says she loves the script, and calls it "a neat story." The film is scheduled for release in 2015, and Wall admits she has one modest dream for it.
"I think it would be cool if it had its premiere at Sundance," she said. "That's my wish."
Working closely with the Utah Film Commission, Wall says most folks would be surprised by the who's who of movie-industry people coming through to look at Ogden. But usually, Wall can't tell anyone about it until after the fact.
"The Coen brothers were looking for locations for 'True Grit,' " she said, referring to the creators of "Raising Arizona," "Fargo," "The Big Lebowski," "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and other fine films. "But they said it was on the down-low, so I couldn't let anyone know they were here."
One or two movies -- and "lots of commercials" -- are filmed in Ogden each year, according to Wall.
"Walk down 25th Street and really look at it," she said. "Look how cool, in Americana, it is."
And, of course, there's always that chameleon-like ability to become some other town, somewhere else.
"It's a lot of different things to different people," she said.
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