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The Placer County-Lake Tahoe Film Office provides the following information here as a convenience. It can make no guarantees or assurances regarding the events or agencies providing the information. For more events and announcements, please check the website of our regional film and media organizations.

National Film Preservation Board-Library of Congress & the National Film Registry


In honor of Sunday’s Super Bowl LII - Kermit’s Super Bowl XL appearance in Placer County!


 Missing Tahoe’s famed “Dockside Dining?” West Shore Café in Homewood, CA is featured in this week’s episode of “Dockside Dining” airing on the Food Paradise network. Check it out Sunday, December 10 @ 9 pm/8c. Los Angeles based O’Malley Productions filmed for one day at the eatery in September.


Beverly Lewis and Gary Davis being interviewed by Mark S. Allen at the Foresthill Bridge

Filming in Placer County was the focus of three segments on Ch. 10’s Sacramento news program “Morning Blend”- including a stop at California’s highest bridge, the Foresthill Bridge - to discuss the iconic movie “XXX” car stunt shot there. Media Personality and reporter Mark S. Allen spoke with Beverly Lewis, Director of the Placer-Lake Tahoe Film Office, and Gary Davis, veteran director and celebrated stunt coordinator, about why Placer County has been so popular for filming. One big reason - the elevation changes from 90’ to over 9000’ within a 90 minute drive across the county, providing a lot of location options in close proximity. Clips from some of the scores of productions filmed in the county are featured.

Guy Fieri
Guy Fieri from Guy's Family Road Trip

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For years Guy Fieri has explored America, seeking out the best spots on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Now, he is sharing that experience with his family as they hit the road for the classic American tradition — a family road trip! It premieres on Sunday, August 13th at 10|9c, and again on August 18th on the Food Network Channel. Guy and his family’s first stop on the road trip is Lake Tahoe’ s North Shore where Guy's family fuel up for a day of mountain biking with some decadent Belgian waffles at Euro Snack. 

Volkswagen Commercials on Golden Globes Awards


      Old St. Mary’s Chapel built in 1883. Courtesy of Mamaboy Productions

MamaBoy official full length trailer!   
“Mamaboy” premieres on Dish Network and Direct TV on April 1st, 2017 and debuts on ITunes May 23rd. Featuring scenes shot in Rocklin, CA, this locally produced film has secured major distribution – and major success. Congrats to Writer-Producer Rick Kuebler, Director Aaron Leong and the rest of the regionally based production team for a job well done!


Train Shakes Up Christmas in North Tahoe!
Lead singer Patrick Monahan and his team filmed their holiday favorite “Shake Up Christmas” in the Tahoe City-Tahoma area of Placer County in mid-November. Many local businesses and residents opened their doors, took their boats out of winter storage, and were featured in this engaging music video. Thanks Train and Happy Holidays!


Image of Scott Zumwalt Scott Zumwalt

The Placer-Lake Tahoe Film Office bestowed awards for outstanding support of media production at the 2017 Tahoe Community Awards Dinner held at the Resort at Squaw Creek. Scott Zumwalt, was honored for his individual efforts in accommodating three different productions at his businesses in 2016; and Homewood Mountain Resort won in the Business Category for their creative approach in attracting a reality TV show during a challenging winter.


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California On Location Awards 2015 Winners

'The Divide" Drought, Cool ranchland paints rustic cinematic backdrop

New California Incentives Regulations Approved

Governor Brown Signs Legislation to bolster States' Film and Television Industry, Put Californians to Work!

Last Weekend "Last Weekend",  shot entirely on location in Lake Tahoe, premiered recently at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Congratulations Tom Dolby, writer and co-director with Tom Williams on this stunning and remarkable film! Check out the  Facebook page for this movie as well.



Skateboards At Tahoe! See behind the scenes actions!

Placer County Oscar Win - AB 1839

To all - Placer County can crow about an Oscar winner last night! “Her” won for Best Original Screenplay. The production shot their snow scenes here in April 2012 and a local TV station wanted cover that connection especially when I told them that the film was the recipient of the state tax credit program and there is pending legislation about strengthening the program.

Spike Jonze, who also directed (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) won for his script about a lonely writer (Joaquin Phoenix) who develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that's designed to meet his every need (voice of Scarlett Johansson).

Locations near Donner Summit (Norden and Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, Soda Springs, and a group of cabins near I-80 and Big Ben Rd exit) are the only part of the film that breaks free of the urban/internally focused storyline. I had a chance to stop by while they were on location and thank Jonze personally in between scenes with Joaquin Phoenix, chatted about the area, and his films, and presented him with a selection of organic local produce and award winning Placer Co wine.

Critically, "Her" was one of the few films to qualify for the state's modest film and TV tax credit program in 2012 and the main reason why they eventually shot here. With pending legislation to strengthen the program (and the fact that Placer County has hosted four productions have qualified for the tax credit in its first five years), that was enough to hook Channel 10 into sending their reporter George Warren here today to do a brief interview with me. It will air on either the 5 PM or 6 PM broadcast on CH 10 KXTV, the ABC affiliate. I have asked Greg Currier to record it if possible.


COLAs 2013

The CFC (California Film Commission) Helps Honor Location Pros and Public Officials at 19th Annual California on Location Awards

“The best film, TV, and commercial productions, location managers and public employees working in California this past year were recently honored at the California On Location Awards. Beverly Lewis, Director of the Placer-Lake Tahoe Film Office (and Chair of the Film Liaisons in California Statewide who hosts the stellar event) joined over 500 attendees at the Beverly Hilton Hotel…."

Debra Degraw, Beverly Lewis  and Cassandra Hesseltine

FLICS' Finest: (from left) Debra Degraw representing Mendocino County Film Office, FLICS Chair Beverly Lewis of Placer-Lake Tahoe Film Office and Cassandra Hesseltine of Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission

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