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Life is never the same, Once you’ve been to Utopia! Theme song 'Born Again' by musical group Third Day
“Seven Days in Utopia” movie filmed in Utopia TX - Aug.15 thru 31, 2010
Melissa Leo, Lucas Black, Robert Duvall, Kathy Baker, Deborah Ann Woll
In front of Utopia Methodist Church
During filming these 3 Leading Ladies Stayed in our ‘Steppin Back’ Cabins!
In Theaters September 2, 2011
The Movie ‘Seven Days in Utopia’ was filmed in Utopia Texas,
the PGA Tour shots were at a Fredericksburg Golf Course (Boot Ranch)
Message from the Producers & Marketing team: Seven Days In Utopia movie opened modestly on Friday Sept.2nd and went up Saturday, then jumped significantly Sunday and then was up again Monday (Labor Day)!
Movies never do that, and as we were researching, we went back to 2007 and couldn't find one movie that went UP on Labor Day!
Add to that, the fact that more than 250,000 people visited the website in the first four days! And the best part of all, more than 600 people decided to go all the way with Christ and commit their lives to Him! And that's just the opening weekend! By the 3rd week over 1000 people have given their lives to Christ on our web site.
Robert Duvall is Johnny Crawford and Lucas Black is playing Luke Chisolm (the young golfer) Based on the book – ‘Golf's Sacred Journey, 7 Days at the Links of Utopia’ is really a book about life; it just so happens that the main character's life is all about golf. A professional golfer, who is actually never named in the book, has a breakdown on the golf course during a tournament in which he was favored to do well. Despondent and despairing of his future in golf, he wanders into the town of Utopia, where he providentially meets Johnny, a former golf pro who has retired to a quite country life. Johnny, a Yoda-like teacher, who is building a golf course in a field in the middle of nowhere; takes the young golfer under his wing and spends a week completely reshaping the way he thinks about the game of golf and life.
The Books web site - http://www.linksofutopia.com/cms In Utopia you can buy the Books at – Hill Country Nature Center & Main Street Utopia
Many locals were fortunate to be extras in this wonderful movie, a fun experience; one we will never forget! Aug.30, 2010 from 7pm to 7am was the Dance Social scene about 30 couples danced the night & morning away! And then we slept all day to be ready for the Rodeo scene that next night.
Aug.31, 2010 was the last night of filming for ‘Seven Days in Utopia”. Extras were there from 7pm to 7am.
TV Channel 8 from Austin was there & showed a video clip on their news cast http://www.news8austin.com//?ArID=273822 See who else you can identify in the news clip.
If you look fast you can see Anthony & I to the right of the screen clapping during the rodeo scene; they show us twice. Anthony & I were fortunate to be sitting close to Duvall & Baker; just below them next to Bobby’s’ feet. The space was left open next to me, so no one would be blocking in front of them. Kathy Baker stayed at one of our cabins & we became friends; she is so sweet & considerate. When she saw me sitting there she said, “Oh Bobby I want you to meet my landlady, this is LeAnn Sharp & her husband Anthony”. Bobby shook our hands and we spoke briefly; between filming they talked & we listened to their very interesting conversations. We were able to talk with them & participate in their cutting up & jokes. They are both very friendly & down to earth folks!
When you see Robert Duvall & Kathy Baker standing ‘That’s a Wrap’ for them. Which means it was their last scene in the movie and everyone clapped in their honor. Mr Duvall stood up and told everyone how much he had enjoyed working with the cast & crew of ‘Seven Days in Utopia’. He told us he thought the people of Utopia were wonderful, Utopia was the best town he has filmed in and he really liked it here! The actors call Duvall “Bobby”, Lucas Black called him “Bobby D”.
Film Locations in & Around Utopia Texas:
Utopia United Methodist Church renamed for movie – Utopia United Church
Lost Maples Cafe
Rodeo & Dance Scenes at Utopia Park
Local Extras in Movie; Waiting & Visiting in the Park
Miss Rodeo Texas with local youth
One of the Producers visits with ladies
Signing In With Extras Casting Assistants
Casting & Film Crews at Work
Plus An Extras Blog- by Vickie Rose Seven Days in Utopia: Or How I Made a Movie With Robert Duvall and He Didn't Even Know It
I went to the Utopia to visit a friend and got to be an extra in the filming of Robert Duvall's new movie "Seven Days in Utopia." I've posted an account of it on my website, and you can view it by clicking here if you want to
Oscar nominee Thomas Haden Church is upset that a movie is being filmed a mere 18 miles from his isolated Texas ranch. I don't want movies being shot near me," he confessed on 'The Tonight Show' "I don't like the orgies, I don't like the catering, I don't like the goat sacrifices that go along with movie-making," he joked.
But in all seriousness, he's been siding with fellow locals. When the production company forced residents to detour around the main street of little Utopia, Texas, Church said, "I drove by and I slowed down. So I did my little part -- 'Go home, Hollywood weirdo’s!'"
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