First movie filmed under Palm Springs incentive program to air


The first production to receive a grant from Palm Springs' film incentive program will premiere on television this weekend, a city spokeswoman said today.

"Hidden Away,'' which was filmed in Palm Springs, will be shown Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. on the Lifetime network, city spokeswoman Amy Blaisdell said.

The movie was the first to receive a $5,000 grant from the Palm Springs Film Friendly Incentive Program, a partnership between the city, local resorts and the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism meant to draw film, television and photography producers to film in the city and stimulate the local economy, Blaisdell said.

``Hidden Away,'' a thriller directed by Peter Sullivan and starring Sean Patrick Flanery, Emmanuelle Vaugier and Ivan Sergei, was filmed at several locations throughout the city, including the Palm Springs Art Museum.

Since the program started several months ago, the Bureau of Tourism has helped with production shoots in the city, including a new NBC reality series and a Canadian series featuring luxury vacation home rentals, Blaisdell said.

HBO's ``Behind the Candelabra," a film about the life of former Palm Springs resident Liberace that received 15 Emmy nominations, was also filmed in Palm Springs.

``Although the $5,000 incentive grant is a huge help, it's not just about the money,'' said Bureau of Tourism Director Mary Jo Ginther. ``Just as important, we are creating awareness in the industry that Palm Springs is `film friendly' and welcoming when it comes to rolling out the red carpet. Producers and location managers appreciate this assistance and are excited to come here.''

For information about the program, go to www.psfilmfriendly.com.

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