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LDS Cinema (Latter-day Saint-themed feature films shown theatrically, already released):
God's Army | Brigham City | The Other Side of Heaven | The Singles Ward | Out of Step | Charly | Handcart
The R.M. | Suddenly Unexpected | The Work and the Story | The Book of Mormon Movie, Vol. 1: The Journey | Day of Defense
Pride & Prejudice | The Home Teachers | The Best Two Years | Saints and Soldiers | Baptists at Our Barbecue | The Work and the Glory
Sons of Provo | Mobsters and Mormons

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Upcoming Films About Latter-day Saints

[Nearly all of the films in this list are not only about Latter-day Saint characters, but are also made by Latter-day Saint filmmakers.]



Theatrical Release Dates in 2016

Singing With Angels--------------------------March 11, 2016

Saturday's Warrior---------------------------April 1, 2016

Love Everlasting-----------------------------April 2016

The Last Descent-----------------------------September 16, 2016

Spirit of the Game (Mormon Yankees)----------October 7, 2016

Theatrical Release Dates in 2015

Freetown------------------------------------April 8, 2015

Thunder Broke the Heavens--------------------April 12, 2015

The Cokeville Miracle------------------------June 5, 2015

Once I Was a Beehive-------------------------August 14, 2015

Nationwide Release---------------------------September 11, 2015

War Pigs-------------------------------------September 2015

Just Let Go----------------------------------September 28, 2015

Miracle Maker--------------------------------October 26, 2015

Joan of Arc----------------------------------November 26, 2015

Christmas Eve--------------------------------December 4, 2015

Theatrical Release Dates in 2014

Saints and Soldiers: The Void---------------August 15, 2014

16 Stones------------------------------------October 1, 2014

Christmas Dragon-----------------------------November 2014

Theatrical Release Dates in 2013

An Ordinary Hero-----------------------------February 15, 2013

Saga: Curse of the Shadow--------------------April 11, 2013

Ephraim's Rescue-----------------------------May 31, 2013

Abandoned Mine-------------------------------August 15, 2013

Austenland-----------------------------------September 27, 2013

The King of Instruments----------------------September 27, 2013

The Saratov Approach-------------------------October 9, 2013

Ender's Game---------------------------------November 1, 2013

NEWS UPDATE
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2016 LDS FILM FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS


This explains in a nutshell what you will see at the 2016 LDS Film Festival.

A record number of feature films are scheduled to screen at the 15th Annual LDS Film Festival 2016, which will kick off next week on Wednesday, March 2, and run through Saturday, March 5.

"This year clearly shows how the LDS film community continues to grow in diversity and strength," says Christian Vuissa, founder and director of the LDS Film Festival. "We are seeing an increase in films that can compete in the international marketplace. What began as a unique LDS-centric film community, now offers films with more universal themes and content."

The festival opens with the premiere of Singing with Angels on Wednesday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. It is the first theatrical film that features the iconic voices of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Many scenes were filmed on location at the Tabernacle on Temple Square, and actual Choir members participated in key scenes.

Star-Studded Films

A powerful lineup of stars in films featured at the 2016 LDS Film Festival include many known actors.

Kate Winslet, Dick Van Dyke, Jane Seymour, Patrick Stewart, Jon Heder, James Roday, Cheryl Hines, Gary Cole, Henry Ian Cusick, Brian Krause, Kevin Sorbo, and Wilford Brimley, are all part of several films scheduled at this year's festival.

From drama to comedy to fantasy to documentary, the festival showcases a diverse lineup of films.

Feature films include the powerful drama Just Let Go (starring Henry Ian Cusick), the romantic comedy Christmas Eve (starring Patrick Stewart, Jon Heder, James Roday, Cheryl Hines, Gary Cole), the family film Miracle Maker (starring Brian Krause), the fantasy drama Mythica: The Necromancer (starring Kevin Sorbo) as well as the fantasy comedy Dudes & Dragons, the dramedy Trew Calling, and the 10-year anniversary screening of Mr. Dungbeetle, The originally as a web-series produced Paradise High will be shown as a feature film comedy and was produced by the talented students at East Hollywood High School in West Valley City, Utah.

Powerful Documentaries

Powerful and entertaining documentaries include the closing night film Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made, which chronicles three kids in 1981 Mississippi, who are determined to remake their favorite film: Raiders of the Lost Ark. The documentary The Abolitionists follows former Homeland Security special agent Tim Ballard as he goes undercover to rescue children that are being exploited as sex child slaves.

The BYUtv docudrama Joan of Arc explores the stalwart spirit, military prowess, and enduring influence of Joan of Arc, who as a 19-year old girl heeded the counsel of angels and transformed from ordinary farm girl to military leader in fifteenth-century France.

The Journey Home by director Garrett Batty (The Saratov Approach, Freetown), delivers an in-depth perspective about the effects of the Vietnam War on Veterans and protestors. The result is a documentary about PTSD, healing, misunderstanding, forgiveness, patriotism, unity, and an ever-progressing journey home.

Downwinders: Did the Government Kill John Wayne tells the story of the victims and survivors of nuclear fallout in the American Southwest and beyond during the 1950s and 60s when the US government was testing nuclear weapons in the Nevada Desert and explores if John Wayne was one of the victims while filming in the area.

In Utero is a cinematic rumination about life in the womb and its lasting impact on human development, human behavior, and the state of the world. The film brings together for the first time convincing data that explains why some of us face challenges from the start while others thrive.

The 2016 festival program can be looked up online at www.ldsfilmfestival.org.

All events are open to the public. Festival passes, day passes and tickets for individual screenings can be purchased directly at the Scera Center for the Arts in Orem, Utah, on their website at www.scera.org or by phone at 801-225-ARTS. Family-Friendly Programming on Saturday

Saturday, March 5, offers many different films and programs for families, including the popular "homemade" family films competition, where a variety of family-made short films are presented. Now in its third year, the creativity and diverse offering of the family films continue to be impressive.

Buttons, a heart-warming musical film by director/composer Tim Janis, stars Dick Van Dyke (Mary Poppins) and Jane Seymour (Somewhere in Time) and is narrated by Academy-award winning Kate Winslet.

Other Saturday highlights for families include the feature films Trew Calling, produced by Clint Eastwood's daughter Kimber Eastwood, and the Larry King produced film Christmas Eve, the newest offering from Other Side of Heaven director Mitch Davis, starring Patrick Stewart (Star Trek, X-Men) and Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite).

Saturday also includes a sneak preview of an upcoming high school comedy set in Utah, and a short film program with a dozen films specifically for families, and the short drama Come Unto Me, about a young boy and his mother who are introduced to Jesus while being on the run from Roman soldiers.

The Maze Runner, Saturday's Warrior, and Other Highlights

Other highlights of the LDS Film Festival include a series of presentations about the filmmaking process.

James Dashner, author of The Maze Runner, will talk about his experience with Hollywood adapting his popular book series for the big screen.

A special presentation about the upcoming theatrical release of Saturday's Warrior will celebrate the music and the message of the beloved 40-year old production that started the LDS entertainment industry. Members of the original cast, as well as the cast of the upcoming theatrical film will be in attendance.

Several short film programs showcase films by young LDS Filmmakers, including drama, comedy, documentary and animation films. The quality of the short films are a strong indication of the continued growth of the LDS filmmaking community, with fresh talent presenting a diverse spectrum of impressive storytelling.

The 24-Hour Filmmaking Marathon screening on Thursday, March 3, showcases short films made in only 24 hours a week prior to the festival.

The festival program is now available online at www.ldsfilmfestival.org.

The LDS Film Festival is independently organized and not affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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    UPCOMING FILMS BY LATTER-DAY SAINT FILMMAKERS

  • Come Unto Me: Come Unto Me Drama, 23 minutes, color, 2016 Director: John Lyde; Writer: Joshua French; Producer: John Lyde, Paul D. Hunt; Executive Producer: Ron Brough; Director of Photography: Airk Thaughbaer; Original Score: James Schafer; Editor: Airk Thaughbaer. Cast: Darin Southam, Shaunna Thompson, Cooper Johnson, Caddis Adams. Synopsis: Young Samuel and his sister Mary are on the run from Roman soldiers who have torn their family apart. Surviving any way they can, they meet a woman named Mary who introduces them to her son Jesus—-an event that will forever change their lives. Shown at LDS Film Festival, Saturday, March 5, 2016, 2:15 p.m. Scera Xango Grand Theatre.

  • Corianton: A Story of Unholy Love: Drama, Director: Wilfrid North; Screenplay: Wilfrid North; Producer: Lester Park; Director of Photography: George Peters, Walter Strenge; Production Designer: Joseph Physioc; Original Score: Edgar Stillman Kelley; Editor: Russell Shields. Cast: Eric Alden, Theo Pennington, Alis Frost, Emil Yousoff, James Phillips, Charles Edwards, Reginald Barlow, Herschel Mayall, H.H. McCullum, Ignacio Martinnetti, Joseph Smiley. Synopsis: In this film adaptation of a novella by Brigham H. Roberts and the subsequent 1933 play based on incidents in the Book of Mormon, Corianton, son of Alma, serves a mission to the Zoramites, and is compromised by the harlot Zoan Ze Isobel. However, he repents of his fall to temptation and, in the film's climax, fights the Zoramites, who attack Zarahemla. Premier at 11th Annual LDS Film Festival, January 28, 2012.

  • Ephriam's Rescue Ephriam's Rescue From T.C. Christensen, director of the sensational pioneer film, 17 Miracles, comes the heroic true story of a simple man who was called to do the work of angels. Ephraim’s Rescue relates the story of Ephraim Hanks: a rescuer of the Martin Handcart company. Follow Ephraim as his adventures lead him to join the Mormon Church and to ultimately lead one of the most heroic rescues in American history. With a unique desire to help and strengthen others, Ephraim learns that each choice we make can prepare us for what lies ahead. He discovers, through it all, that decisions determine destiny. The cast is led by Darin Southam, who plays Ephraim Hanks; Joseph Paur--Brigham Young; Katherine Nelson--Alice Dobson. Producers--Ron Tanner and Steven A. Lee; Cinnematographer, director, and Producer--T. C. Christensen; Editor--Tanner Christensen. Premier May 31, 2013.

  • The Evanescence of Hope:Documentary, 71 minutes, color, 2015. Writer, Director, Producer: Loren M. Lambert; Director of Photography: Sami Jawhar, Josh Sampson; Production Designer: Loren M. Lambert; Original Score: Layly Minoui; Editor: Josh Samson. Synopsis: Against all odds, many small miracles converge to rescue the life of Mansour Aryzand, husband, father of three, community leader, Iranian immigrant and BYU graduate, who has been washed over several waterfalls in Bells Canyon, suffered severe injuries and is about to drown. Screening: Friday, March 6, 12:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II.

  • Finding Hope: Drama, 106 minutes, color, 2014. Writer, Director: Julian Grant; Producer: Suzette Brown, Julian Grant, Shannon Brown; Executive Producer: Helen Caldwell, Mike Krukowski, Cheryl Lippard, David Lippard, Charles Harris, Victoria Harris; Director of Photography: Kyle Dones; Production Designer: Crystal Forlano; Original Score: David Findlay; Editor: Jason Becker. Cast: Shannon Brown, Suzette Brown, Robyn Coffin,Sean Patrick Leonard, Craig James, Kim DeJesus, Charles Harris, Dagoberto Zolio Soto, Walt Sloan, Shayna Beining, Lorrisa Julianus, Mino Mackic, Michael Gellman, Amanda Lipinski, Gail Hafar, Shavar D. Clark, Elaine Brown, Jen Buhrow, Ruth Kaufman, Mike Pusateri, Patricia Urbonas Clark, Deborah Ann Smith, Harold Dennis, Lindsay Rathert. Synopsis: Exploring the ideas of eternal love and the importance of faith and family, this contemporary drama follows the story of Andrew, a returned LDS missionary, who has become a duty-obsessed husband. Andrew must help his wife Hope, who is plagued with amnesia, fall in love with him all over again as he comes to terms with his own destiny. Screening at LDS Film Fesival, Friday, March 6, 2015, 7:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II.

  • For Our Day: Covenant on th Land: Documentary, 2013; Official Website: For Our Day: Covenant on the Land; Writer, Director: James F. Stoddard III, L. Hannah Stoddard; Producer: James F. Stoddard III; Executive Producer: James F. Stoddard III; Editor: L. Hannah Stoddard, James F. Stoddard IV; Animator/Artist: Leah M. Stoddard; Animator: James F. Stoddard IV. Cast: Timothy Ballard, Scott N. Bradley, Jenet J. Erickson, Von N. Hansen, Michael Kennedy Jr., Jayson S. Kunzler, Rod L. Meldrum, Jack Monnett, Bruce H. Porter, Hartman Rector Jr., Candace E. Salima, Scott P. Swain, V. Lauri Updike. Synopsis: Is latter-day history laid out and foreshadowed in the Book of Mormon? What if we were to take the most fundamental and key prophetic events of the last days and organize them chronologically, and then lay out the Book of Mormon history on top of it? How does this help us better understand the signs of the times in the last days? For Our Day: Covenant on the Land discusses the covenant on the Promised Land for both ancient and modern inhabitants. Premier: 14th Annual LDS Film Festival, February 7, 2014, at Scera Center, Orem Utah.

  • Freetown: FREETOWN tells the story of eight courageous young missionaries. We plan to shoot the entire film in Africa, which would make it the first of its kind from a local production company (Utah). Garrett Batty has signed on to direct the film, while TCP (Three Coin Productions) will produce. Melissa Larsen has authored the screenplay. IN 1989, Charles Taylor’s rebel group, The National Patriotic Front of Liberia, launched an insurrection against then leader, Samuel Doe. By the following year, Taylor’s rebels had taken control of most of the country and killed Doe. More than 200,000 people died in the fighting that occurred between 1989 and 1996 in what is known as the First Liberian Civil War. At this time, the presence of the LDS Church in the area was relatively new. Eight native Liberian missionaries were serving in the country and were under immediate threat when war broke out. They had to leave the country, but doing so could be impossible, even deadly. Producer: Adam Abel, Garrett Batty; Executive Producer: Bob Carter, Kathy Carter, Nathan Fisher, Rachel Fisher, Brit Server, Bridgette Server, Dan Ashby, Nicole Ashby, Mark Holt, John Whetten; Director of Photography: Jeremy Prusso; Production Designer: Albert Aidoo Bervell; Original Score: Robert Allen Elliott; Editor: Connor O'Malley, S. Mckay Stevens; Sound Mixer: Aaron Merrill. Cast: Henry Adofo, Michael Attram, Phillip Michael, Bright Dodoo, Clement Amegayie, Alphonse Menyo, Great Ejiro, Nuong Faalong, Bill Myers, Godwin Namboh. Based on incredible true events, Freetown is a thrilling and inspiring story of hope and survival. Utah Premier at the LDS Film Festival March 4, 2015. Release date April 8, 2015.

  • Hypothesis Documentary, 47 minutes, color, 2012; Writer, Director, Producer: Brett Smith; Original Score: Jeremiah Olsen, ValhallA; Editor: Brett Smith; New York City Unit: Ted Walter, Justin Lange. Synopsis: Hypothesis is documentary film about BYU physics professor Steven E. Jones and explores his startling discoveries about the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the implications these data had on the public, academia, and even his own career. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Friday, January 25, 12:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II.

  • A Labor of Love: The Story of Amasa Mason Lyman: Documentary, 2013; Director: Dennis Lyman; Writer: Glenn Rawson; Producers: Dennis Lyman, Glenn Rawson; Executive Producer: Jack Lyman, Amy Lyman, Clayson Lyman, Clisbee Lyman, Greg Lyman (The Lyman Family History Organization); Director of Photography: Dennis Lyman; Original Score: Kevin MacLeod; Editor: Adam Lyman; Sound Design: Matt Davis. Cast: Glenn Rawson, Scholars - Richard Lambert, Richard Lyman Bushman, Mark Staker, Edward Leo Lyman, Jan Shipps, Alex Baugh, Richard Bennett, Richard E. Turley, Jr, Lyman DePlatt. Synopsis: History of the Saints presents this documentary about Amasa M Lyman's life with insights from religious historians. Amasa was a dedicated missionary and Church leader who made many important contributions to the new and rapidly growing church for which history has forgotten him. He was there at critical times in Nauvoo, Winter Quarters, Utah, and California. This documentary follows Amasa from his conversion in New England to Kirtland and that memorable moment when he met the prophet Joseph Smith, through numerous missions around the world, and finally his efforts to lead the Saints as they built numerous settlements throughout the American West. Premier: 14th Annual LDS Film Festival, February 6, 2014, at Scera Center, Orem Utah.

  • Larry Gelwix: No Regrets Documentary, 52 minutes, color, 2011; Director: Nathan D. Lee; Producer: Adam Abel; Executive Producer: Scott Swofford, Derek Marquis; Director of Photography: Nathan D. Lee; Original Score: Jeremy Lamb; Editor: Nathan D. Lee, Stephen Aldridge. Synopsis: The Highland High School rugby team has won 20 out of 23 National Championships. They have an unmatched record of 390 wins and 9 losses. The program has changed young boys into men and community leaders. At the center of it all is their volunteer coach, Larry Gelwix, a man who lives what he teaches: a life with no regrets. This documentary follows Larry and the Highland Rugby team through their history and through Larry's final season with the team in 2011, exploring what makes people champions of life. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Thursday, January 24, 4:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre.

  • The Left Field: Live at the Wagner: Comedy, 2011; Official Website: The Left Field: Live at the Wagner; Director: Zach Kempf; Writer: Josh Bolding, James Littlejohn, Bryson Kearl, James Archibald, Pete Kern, Abi Harrison, Jefferson Snow, Stephen Jones; Producer: Tanner Kay, Zach Kempf, Bryson Kearl, Holley Theodore; Executive Producer: Tanne Kay, Zach Kempf; Director of Photography: Scott Winn; Production Designer: Zach Kempf; Music: Jefferson Snow, Imagine Dragons, Joshua James, Fictionist, Sharkspeed, Just Yell Fire; Editor: Chad Hemelstrand; Wardrobe: Holley Theodore; Hair and Makeup: Laura Prete; Post Sound: Ryan Purcell. Cast: Josh Bolding, James Littlejohn, Bryson Kearl, James Archibald, Pete Kern, Abi Harrison, Jefferson Snow, Stephen Jones. Synopsis: Eight BYU alumni stand-up comedians perform their clean comedy live at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in Salt Lake City. Premier: 14th Annual LDS Film Festival, February 6, 2014, at Scera Center, Orem Utah.

  • 'Lehi in Arabia: The Search for Nephi's Bountiful' now ready for international sale and available through a number of outlets and online. Featuring an original score, this comprehensive documentary follows Lehi's incredible journey from Jerusalem to the New World. Narrated by Scot Proctor (Meridian Magazine) and features onsite interviews with Noel Reynolds, Warren Aston, botanists, archaeologists, geologists and cultural historians which explore all potential Bountiful candidates on the Arabian Peninsula. With stunning images shot on location over three years and covering more than 30 years of exploration and research, Lehi in Arabia includes new scholarly insights and exciting discoveries made in the last few years. Regardless of which New World geography theory is subscribed to it is a captivating lesson resource and the perfect companion for personal and family Book of Mormon study. Timed to coincide with the 2016 Book of Mormon adult curriculum and the upcoming release of Lehi and Sariah in Arabia, the follow up to Warren Aston's Book of Mormon best seller, In The Footsteps of Lehi. It will be advertised through Meridian Magazine and an online website and advertising campaign. The trailer is available at Lehi in Arabia

  • The Measure of a Man: Drama; Director: Elizabeth Waite, Andrew Waite. After tragic beginnings, Donald Bailey achieves the quintessential American Dream. Traversing the dust bowl from Oklahoma to California during the Great Depression, his optimistic demeanor and strong drive help him achieve success. This is the true story of a man who left an indelible mark on his large posterity, singing his way through life and passing on for generations the true measure of a man.

  • Murder of the Mormon Prophet: Documentary, 82 minutes, color, 2013; Director: Nick Galieti; Writers: LeGrand L. Baker, Bret Eborn, Nick Galieti; Music: Erik Malory, Michael Creagor; Narrator: Doug Stone. Synopsis: This is the story of the murder of Joseph Smith, the Mormon prophet. He was the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, translator of the Book of Mormon, Mayor of Nauvoo, Illinois, and, at the time of his death, a candidate for the presidency of the United States. Based on the book by LeGrand L. Baker. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Thursday, January 24, 2:30 pm, Scera Showhouse II.

  • Once I Was A Beehive: Writer, Director: Maclain Nelson; Producer: Jake Van Wagoner, Lisa Clark, Hailey Smith, Clare Niederpruem; Executive Producer: Maclain Nelson; Director of Photography: Joel Remke; Production Designer: Anne Black; Original Score: Mike Bishop; Editor: Kristi Shimek. Cast: Paris Warner, Mila Smith, Clare Niederpruem, Lisa Clark, Hailey Smith, Barta Heiner, Adam Lane Speer is your typical teenage girl. She loves her mom and dad but doesn't want to spend every waking moment with them. She never realized how much she took them for granted until she loses her father to an unexpected bout with cancer. Lane finds herself in a crisis of faith, doubting everything her dad taught her about God and religion. Only one year later, her mother remarries a man she met in a support group for people who have lost a spouse to cancer. Lane is beyond upset. She hardly knows the guy and... he is a Mormon, something she knows nothing about. To top it off, she must stay with her new step-aunt while her mom is away on her honeymoon. Lane finds herself with her new anxiety-ridden step-cousin, Phoebe, on her way to an LDS young women's camp with a bunch of girls she knows nothing about. Confronted with memories of camping with her father in the wilderness, she tries to find her place at camp, make sense of the past year’s events and deal with her crisis of faith. Screening at LDS Film Festival, Saturday, March 7, 10:00 am, Scera Showhouse II. Theater premiere Utah August 14, 2015, opens nationwide September 11, 2015.

  • Pete & Maxine: The Grimms' Tale: Documentary, 94 minutes, color, 201; Director: Christopher Allen Garcia; Writer: Joel Ackerman, James Alexander; Producer: Christopher Allen Garcia, Joel Ackerman; Executive Producer: Michael Hill; Director of Photography: Scott Winn; Original Score: Ryan Shengren King; Editor: Christopher Allen Garcia, Scott Winn. Synopsis: Against the backdrop of tragedy and prosperity, this is the story of Pete Grimm and Maxine Tate, their childhood and how they were brought together during WWII in the Pacific. They eventually married, started a family and lived in the Philippines. All the while Maxine, a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, drew members together wherever she went. She and Pete helped to make it possible for the church to enter the Philippine Islands and they have an honored place in the history of the church and the hearts of the members there. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Thursday, January 24, 2:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre.

  • The Playbook: Steven Thomas (Mick Preston) strives to live a worthy life as a loving father and basketball coach. However, after a tragic accident caused by a drunken friend sees Stevens family torn apart, Steven struggles to come to terms with forgiving the person responsible, and this causes him to lose a grip on those things most important to him. But as his ideal world begins to fall apart, it is through the support of his young basketball team, he manages to use his basketball playbook to rekindle his spiritual worthiness and be the father he was meant to be. Thus not only inspiring his young team to realize that there is more to life than winning basketball games, but also get his life and family back on track. The Playbook is an inspirational feature film that will move you to tears and have you cheering for the underdog. It features an outstanding cast of wonderful Australian actors including exciting new talent Harry Borland as Cody, Dennis Coard (Home & Away), Lauren Clair (Underbelly) Kath Gordon (City Homicide) as Bonnie, and introducing Lloyd Edwards as Garrett. It is filmed entirely on location in the Bass Coast and South Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia, with the generous assistance of Film Victoria. LDS members who worked on the film include:Darran Scott as Writer/Director/Producer; Executive Producer: Paul Hutchinson; Associate Producer and Production Supervisor: Jennifer Scott; Danna Tanner: Script Editor; Albert Chompff; Cast:Elijah Costigan; Barclay Kaipuke; Matt Kaipuke; Orien Wright; Sharon Mits; Tim Mits; Jaysen Valdes; and Shannen Valdes. Music composed by Stephen J Anderson. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Wednesday, January 23, 7:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II; Saturday, January 26, 4:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre.

  • The Pratt Brothers: Builders of Zion: Stuart Heimdal directed, produced, and wrote the music for this 113 minute documentary. Paul R. DeBry wrote the screenplay and was the Executive Producer. Narration by Lloyd Newell ( the voice of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's "Music and the Spoken Word"); Artwork Glen Hopkinson; Musical Arrangement by Roger Hoffman and W.E. Peterson. Features Susan Easton Black, Joseph Fielding McConkie, Karl Ricks Anderson, Robert Grow, David Whittaker, Matthew Grow, Jenny Hale Pulsipher, Stephen Pratt, Paul R. DeBry, Glenn N. Rowe, and Ernest Robison. Synopsis: From humble beginnings, the Jaret Pratt family struggled for survival. Time would reveal their importance as missionaries, apostles, seventies, and faithful Latter-day Saints. This incredible family has left a legacy of faithfulness, obedience, and honor. Their stories will live on as we share them and remember "The Pratt Brothers: Builders of Zion."

  • Redemption:Writer, Director: Tom Russell; Producer: Courtney Russell, James Alexander, Asia Stryker; Executive Producer: Russell Judd, Mark Eddy, Tom Lefler, Bill Nelson; Director of Photography: Derek Pueblo; Production Designer: Jennie K. Brown, Whitney Donald; Original Score: Spencer Russell; Editor: A. Todd Smith. Cast: John Freeman, Margot Kidder, Barry Corbin, Rance Howard, Jon Gries, David H. Stevens, Larry Thomas, Edward Herrmann. Synopsis: How do you forgive the unforgivable? A true story of conflict and compassion, Redemption follows the story of Henry Heath, a lawman on the western frontier in 1862. After the grieving sheriff buries his only child, he learns that Jean Baptiste, an impoverished French immigrant, has been robbing the graves of the recently deceased. Torn between duty, outrage, and guilt about his own past, Heath becomes Baptiste’s only defense against the bloodthirsty contempt of the community and the brutal isolation of the inhospitable Antelope Island where Baptiste has been exiled. Through his reluctant service, Heath is forced to examine his own beliefs about mercy, justice, and redemption. Can Heath show compassion and forgiveness toward the man who seems the least deserving of Christian love? Premier January 25, 2012, at the 11th Annual LDS Film Festival.

  • Reel Legacy: Documentary, 50 minutes, color, 2012; Writer, Director: Thomas E. Laughlin; Producer: Chad Carr, LeGrand Hunsaker, Cade Thalman; Director of Photography: Chad Carr; Original Score: Aaron James Karr; Editor: Thomas E. Laughlin; Historical Consultant: Pete Czerny, David K. Jacobs. Cast: T.C. Christensen, Reed Smoot, George Griner, Grant Williams, Pete Czerny, Peter Johnson, Richard Hatch, John Linton, Dennis Lisonbee, David K. Jacobs, Scott Swofford, Richard Bickerton. Wally Broberg. Synopsis: Former Disney character animator Wetzel (“Judge”) O. Whitaker left a lucrative career at Walt Disney Studios to answer the call of LDS Church President David O. McKay, to come to Utah and start a film studio for the LDS Church and head up a film program at Brigham Young University. For the first time ever on camera, veteran filmmakers who knew and worked with Judge, sit down and talk about his life, his trials, and the challenges he faced, from no film crews or sufficient funding, to building a state-of-the-art Hollywood style studio in the 1950's. For those looking for an authentic, real glimpse into what ‘independent’ filmmaking was like back in the 1950’s, this documentary offers insights into the LDS Church’s untold and unique film-making history from the filmmakers’ point of view. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Thursday, January 24, 4:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre.

  • Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed: Go Films presents in association with KOAN, an Adam Abel Production; A Ryan Little film: Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed, the highly anticipated new chaper of the award-winning film, Saints and Soldiers. On August 15, 1944, the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team (PRCT) jumped over the south of France. Their mission was to support and protect the Allied Troops marching to Berlin. Landing in enemy territory, they fell under immediate attack. In their effort to complete the mission and rendezvous with their unit, three isolated paratroopers come across a group of French resistants in desperate need. They decide to help liberate some of the captive Partisans. Doing so, they risk their lives in an effort to live the Airborne Creed. Starring Corbin Allred, David Nibley, and Jasen Wade. Screenplay by Lamont Gray and Lincoln Hoppe. Landing in theaters August 17, 2012.

  • Saints and Soldiers: The Void: Director--Ryan Little;Writing Credits--Ryan Little (story and screenplay); Producers Adam Abel--executive producer; Gil Aglaure--executive producer; Randy Beard-- executive producer; Ryan Little—producer; Ray Meldrum—co-producer; Cast:Adam Gregory = Cpl. Carey Simms; Bart Johnson = Captain Davis; Talon G. Ackerman = Fritz Bauer; Matthew Meese = Barlow; Andrew W. Johnson = Pvt. Wolsey; K. Danor Gerald = Sgt. Jesse Owens; Dave Bresnahan = German Soldier; Allan Groves = Kelser; Jeff Johnson = ; P#1; Brenden Whitney = Pvt. Nelson; Scott Swoffard = General Allen; Alex Boye = Perry; Timothy S. Shoemaker = Atwood; Lonzo Liggins = Cooper; David Morgan = Shonbeck; Joel Bishop = Whitaker; Randy Beard = Guard; Music--James Schafer; Cinematography--Ryan Little; Film editing--Burke Lewis & Rhett Lewis; Casting—Jeff Johnson; Production Design = Christopher R. DeMuri; Art Direction = Chloe Huber; Art Direction = Rubic Huber; Costume Design = Anna K. Findlay. Release Date: August 15, 2014.

  • The Saratov Approach: Garrett Batty wrote and directed this drama about two Mormon missionaries who were kidnapped and held ransom while serving in Saratov, Russia in 1998. Corbett Allred plays missionary Elder Tuttle; Maclean Nelson plays Elder Probst; Alex Veadov and Nikita Bogolyubov play their Russian captors. Release Date is March 15, 2014.See the trailer at The Saratov Approach

  • Singing With Angels: Singing With Angels: In 2014 Candlelight Media Group and the Mormon Tabernacle agreed to collaborate on a feature film (not a documentary) called Singing with Angels. The film was written by Brittany Wiscombe and directed by Brian Brough. It stars Sarah Kent, Scott Christopher, and Anne Sward. It depicts the amazing experiences of one woman and the strength she draws from singing, which helps her through the struggles she and her family face. Filming began in April of 2015 and is now in post-production. It will be released in 2016.

  • The Spirit of the Game (Mormon Yankees) Synopsis: In the lead up to the 1956 Olympic games, a group of missionaries are tasked with helping the fledgling Australian basketball team compete in their first ever Olympics, and in doing so, unite a nation still coming to grips after the war. Directed and written by Darran Scott. Cast: Kevin Sorbo: Parley Condie; Aaron Jakubenko: Delyle Condie; Anna McGahan: Elspeth; Wade Briggs: Don Hull; Nicholas Denton: Elder Grobert; Cameron Cauldfield: Brett Davies. Released October 7, 2016.

  • 16 Stones: Sixteen stones were touched by the finger of the Lord. They came across an ocean to a new land--but where are they now? Two people race against competitors and time to find the stones today, before they're lost to the wrong hands. Coming to theaters October 1, 2014. From Candlelight Media Group and director Brian Brough. See 16 Stones for trailer and updates.

  • The Song That Changed My Life: TV Series/Documentary, 75 minutes, color, 2012; Director: Russ Kendall, Micah Merrill; Producer: Russ Kendall; Executive Producer: Scott Swofford, Derek Marquis, Sam Cardon; Director of Photography: Munn Powell, Justin Andrews; Editor: Yurri Hydrick, Michael Bradshaw, Enge VanWagoner. Synopsis: The Song That Changed My Life features musicians talking about the songs that changed the direction of their lives and careers and influenced who they are as people and artists. Directors Russ Kendall and Micah Merrill will show several episodes of this original series from BYUtv. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Saturday, January 26, 1:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II.

  • Tragedy & Truth: What Happened at Hawn's Mill: Documentary, 2013; Director: Dennis Lyman, Bryant Bush; Writer: Glenn Rawson; Producer: Dennis Lyman. Glenn Rawson; Director of Photography: Dennis Lyman; Original Score: Melanie Park, Kevin MacLeod, Vadim Kiselev, Jason Cassel; Editor: Adam Lyman, Bryant Bush; Historical Consultant: Alex Baugh; Sound Design: Matt Davis. Cast: Glenn Rawson, William Hartley, Jonathan Bullen, Alexander Baugh, Kim Wilson. Voice Over - Diane Prince, Rob Prince, Kenneth Peck, Richard Kannarr, Michael Landon, Lynn Croft, Wallace Wright. Synopsis: On the afternoon of October 30, 1838, a vigilante force of over two hundred armed men attacked and raided the small settlement known as Hawn's Mill in eastern Caldwell County, Missouri. The premeditated assault left 17 Mormon men and boys dead and over a dozen others wounded. But those who remained had little time to mourn their loss. Afraid of another attack, short of help, and facing unseasonably cold temperatures, the shocked survivors quickly buried their dead in an unfinished dry well. From the producers of the History of the Saints television series comes this full-length documentary on the story of the Hawn's Mill Massacre.Premier: 14th Annual LDS Film Festival, February 6, 2014, at Scera Center, Orem Utah.

  • Two Brothers: Documentary, Director: Rick Stevenson; Writer, Producer: Rick Stevenson, Kevin Klar. Cast: Sam Nelson, Luke Nelson. Synopsis: At the turn of the century, award winning filmmaker Rick Stevenson decided to track the lives of 100 children for the next 5000 days. Two Brothers follows two of those children, Sam and Luke Nelson, in a surprisingly candid journey through time involving their adolescent struggles with brotherhood, depression, peer pressure, forgiveness and growth in their Mormon faith. As a Protestant Christian, Stevenson got a front seat view of this oft misunderstood religion. The result is a compelling, eye-opening account growing up in American today.

  • Unresolvable? The Kingdom of God on Earth: Documentary, 87 minutes, color, 2012; Writer, Director: Bryan D. Hall, Jack Donaldson; Producer: Bryan D. Hall, Jack Donaldson, John Carosella; Executive Producer: Randall Paul, W. Wilder Knight II; Director of Photography: Johnny Hall; Production Designer: Jimi Salazar; Original Score: Jamen Brooks; Editor: Bryan D. Hall, Jack Donaldson. Synopsis: Angered by the barrage of attacks on his faith and desperate for answers, Bryan Hall, a devout Mormon, travels into the heart of the Bible Belt to discover for himself what it means to be a "Christian." The world he discovers is more terrifying and heartwarming than he ever could have imagined. Somewhere between the growing movement to establish a Christian Nation and those who believe Christ's Kingdom is not of this world, the lines between fanaticism and devotion are easily blurred. Ultimately, Hall is forced to face the same questions that he is lancing at his religious rivals. Unresolvable? challenges viewers to ask themselves the most difficult and revealing question in all of Christianity: Must you - really - love your enemies to be a true disciple of Christ? Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Friday, January 25, 2:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre.





    See also: LDS-Themed Films Not Yet in Pre-Production


    Other Upcoming Films, made by Latter-day Saints

    As much as possible, the names of Latter-day Saint filmmakers and actors are bold in the list below. */ Other Upcoming Films by Latter-day Saint Filmmakers