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Utah offers movie a $30,000 rebate

Utah will offer a movie company a cash rebate of up to $30,000 to film "Root Beer Christmas" in Utah.

The board of the Governor's Office of Economic Development approved the measure Thursday as part of its "Under 1 Million" incentive program to attract smaller motion-picture projects to Utah. The program creates a cash rebate not to exceed 15 percent of the qualified dollars left in Utah as a result of the production.

The family-friendly feature film by RBX LLC would include a Utah cast of about 18, at $150 a day. The 26-member Utah crew would be paid about $250 a day. Production is projected to last 98 days, and spending in Utah would total an estimated $268,000. The Utah Film Commission approved it in August.

The film is slated to wrap by year's end.