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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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[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 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
DVD Release Dates in 2013
Theatrical Release Dates in 2012
Unicorn City----------------------------------February 24, 2012
Nitro Circus 3D-------------------------------August 10, 2012
Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed-----------August 17, 2012
Christmas Oranges-----------------------------November 2, 2012
12 Dogs of Christmas: The Great Puppy Rescue---December 7, 2012
Theatrical Re-release Dates in 2012
Charly----------------------------------------August 10, 2012
DVD Release Dates in 2012
The Making of Jimmer--------------------------January 31, 2012
The Letter Writer-----------------------------April 2012
Elizabeth's Gift------------------------------May 2012
12 Dogs of Christmas: The Great Puppy Rescue--October 9, 2012
Saint Street----------------------------------November 6, 2012
Christmas Oranges-----------------------------November 9, 2012
Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed-----------November 12, 2012
Silent Night----------------------------------November 13, 2012
COUNTDOWN TO FESTIVAL #12
It's that time of year again. The LDS Film Festival is getting ready for the 12th time to showcase the newest in LDS and local filmmaking and bring together the best and brightest filmmakers.
The LDS Film Festival was founded in 2001 by Austrian filmmaker Christian Vuissa, who envisioned a place for LDS filmmakers to network with each other and showcase their work to an appreciative audience.
The LDS Film Festival strives to annually present a diverse spectrum of films that represent the status quo of current LDS filmmaking. Discourses, discussions and exposure to different ideas and thoughts are all encouraged.
The LDS Film Festival has grown tremendously over the last few years. What began as a short film festival, is now a major event that showcases an impressive array of feature films, special screenings and short films. Since its inception, the LDS Film Festival has premiered dozens of theatrical releases and screened hundreds of films.
2013 marks the 12th Annual LDS Film Festival, and we look forward to another festival with dozens of filmmakers attending and mingling with each other and the audience. For more information, go to LDSFilmFestival.org.
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UPCOMING FILMS BY LATTER-DAY SAINT FILMMAKERS
American Grace: coming-of-age story set in 1973 Modesto, California; directed by LDS novelist Curtis Taylor, with partner Stan Zenk; shot on digital video; Richard Dutcher and possibly Randy Bachman in cameo roles; principle photography wrapped August 2002; possible direct-to-video release. Debuted at LDS Film Festival 2007.
Austenland: Obsessed with the BBC production of "Pride and Prejudice", a woman travels to a Jane Austen theme park in search for her perfect gentleman. Director: Jerusha Hess; Writers: Jerusha Hess (screenplay), Shannon Hale (screenplay); Stars: Keri Russell, JJ Feild, Jennifer Coolidge. Release date: September 27, 2013.
Cleanflix: Documentary featured at the Toronto Internation Film Festival September 2009 as part of the Real to Reel documentary program. Produced by Joshua Ligairi.
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.
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.
Diantha's Crossing:Diantha’s Crossing is the story of Diantha Clay – a composite of LDS pioneer women. The story is a fictional presentation based upon a stage production, originally written and performed by BYU professor Barta Heiner. The filmed version has been adapted for the screen by Tom Russell, BYU professor of media arts.
The project included the efforts of over 70 students, accumulating approximately 10,000 hours work experience. Diantha’s Crossing is basically a student film. Students, almost exclusively, served as department heads – solely responsible for design, cinematography, editing, etc.
As the Saints in Salt Lake City prepare to abandon the city by order of President Young in 1858, Diantha makes her preparations. But just as she prepares to leave, she witnesses the mistreatment of a young, expectant mother. The young mother and her husband are not members of the Church and are simply passing through on their way to California. The husband abandons his wife and Diantha takes her in. The film joins the story inside Diantha’s cabin as she cares for the unconscious woman. Diantha fears the return of the husband as well as the arrival of the Army, but she continues her care of the woman, assured that some of the men will return as soon as they’ve helped move others to Cedar City. Shown at the LDS Film Festival January 24, 2009, at the Scera Center for the Arts.
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.
Extraordinary Measures: A feature-length documentary about an LDS family and their experience with a father and son grappling with brain damage premiered at the San Francisco DocFest in 2007. Travis Sutton is the producer and director. "My greatest fear in life was having a handicapped child," says Laraine Sutton as she reflects on the birth of her seventh son, Thad, who was born with a severe birth defect, which would render him dependant upon full-time care for the length of his life. "As a family, we were faced with a decision--we could either pull togehter or fall apart," adds Trent (brother #6). So begins this journey through the life of one family as they navigate the challenges and joys associated with raising a child who has multiple handicaps. "I think Thad brought into our lives a sense of purpose because we were forced to do things we had never done before." continues Laraine. But could these experiences prepare the family to face the uncertainy and fear brought on by another crise, 30 years later, when Tom (Laraine's husband) suffers a sudden heart attack which causes significant brain damage? Check out the website Extraordinary Measures
One Good Man: Formerly entitled A Father in Israel. Christian Vuissa wrote and directed this story of a happily married father of six children who is suddenly bombarded with one major event after the other. Then he gets called to be the bishop of his ward. He ends up having to rescue those around him. The father is played by Timothy Threlfall. Father IN Israel premiered January 18, 2009, at the LDS Film Festival at the Scera Fine Arts Center in Orem.
Gordon B. Hinckley: A Giant Among Men A biopic written, directed, and filmed by T.C. Christensen. This is the first film to dramatize how President Hinckley was prepared by the Lord from his youth. From boyhood lessons, to tender moments with his mother in their library, to overcoming rejection in the mission field, you will feel the warmth that endeared him to so many later in life. In the railroad yard, behind a typewriter, and hand-in-hand with Marjorie, the love of his life, Gordon B. Hinckley grew to become a giant among men. Released November 2008.
Helmuth Hubener biopic: critically acclaimed filmmakers Ethan Vincent and Matt Whitaker (graduates of BYU film school) are working on a feature film biopic about Helmuth Hubener, the German Latter-day Saint teenager who opposed Adolf Hitler during World War II; Whitaker made the fascinating documentary about Hubener, Truth and Conviction (available on video/DVD). As of May 1, 2007, word was received that the film crew will be heading to Europe to start filming in September 2007. They are working to get $12 million in financing.
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, Adam Besheer. 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.
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.
Legacy: Don't Blink Productions; Documentary produced and directed by Larry Laverty about World War II veterans noting their experiences during the war and looking at how those of us in younger generations might live up to what those Veterans fought for. Over 30 WWII veterans have been filmed. In addition, three former WWII German Army soldiers and two Auschwitz Concentration Camp survivors have been recorded and will be included. As of 2/7/2007, Laverty reports: "Since the project is historically-based, I'm determined to take my time with it to honor the people I've interviewed in the best way possible. The release date is June 8, 2007."
Los Mormon Boys: Documentary by Dave Lindsay and Jason Conforto. In the 1960's, a group of LDS missionaries in Argentina spent one year of their missions as full time members of a band called Los Mormon Boys. It is estimated that they played for over six million people in concerts, dances, and on every television and radio station in the northern half of Argentina. This documentary explores the incredible impact Los Mormon Boys had ont he people of Argentina, the members of the band, and the growth of the LDS Church.
Mario's Conviction: One Man's Journey from Mafia to Mormon: Documentary by Avalanche Studios. Director: Jason Conforto; Producer: Dave Lindsay; Executive Producer: Lyle Mortimer; Director of Photography: Dave Lindsay; Original Score: Taylor Griffin; Editor: Jason Conforto, Dave Lindsay; Co-Producer: Jason Conforto, Dean Hale; Historical Advisor: Scott M. Burnstein; Title Design: Brent Barson. Cast: Narrated by Frank Gerrish. Synopsis:
Mario Facione lived a life a crime and master-minded several scams for the Detroit Mafia. But after a series of life-changing events, he wanted out. He’d soon discover that the only thing harder than working for the mob is getting out alive. "Mario’s Conviction" is the amazing true story of one man’s journey to change his life, without losing it. Shown at the LDS Film Festival January 22, 2009.
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.
Only A Stonecutter: Director T.C. Christensen is releasing "Only a Stonecutter," the inspirational story of pioneer John Rowe Moyle on DVD in time for Christmas 2008. Moyle is best known as the stone mason who carved "House of the Lord, Holiness to the Lord" on the outer wall of the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The film "Only a Stonecutter," which will be released in stores Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, also portrays the stories of Moyle immigrating to the United States, crossing the plains in the first handcart company, settling the City of Alpine, and then walking from Alpine to Salt Lake 22 miles once a week for decades to work on the Temple even after he lost a leg. A free DVD has been donated to each descendant of Moyle still living in Alpine City. Those descendants can pick up their copy of the film at the Alpine City Hall.
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.
Picturing Joseph: Nick Galieti wrote, directed, and produced this documentary based on the book Millions Shall Know Brother Joseph Again. The basis of the documentary is a presention of the forensic and historical research into the images of the prophet Joseph Smith. In the end there is a proposed photograph taken of Joseph Smith before he died and to some, they find it to be a real image of him. To others it does not match what they are accustomed to seeing from the other paintings, but the information takes you through the history of Joseph's paintings and some of the events that were used to determine the authenticity of the photography. The DVD can be ordered at Amazon.com/Picturing Joseph
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.
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.
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
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.
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 in 2009. From Candlelight Media Group and director Brian Brough. See 16 Stones for trailer and updates.
Treasure in Heaven: Formerly entitled John Tanner: A Life of Consecration. As the director of such films as The Touch of the Master’s Hand, Praise to the Man and Gordon B. Hinckley: A Giant Among Men, and the cinematographer of The Work and the Glory, Forever Strong and The Testaments, T.C. Christensen has touched the hearts of millions of Latter-day Saints with his exemplary filmmaking. Now he shares the incredible true story of a man who had everything he wanted, but discovered something greater in sacrificing all for the building of the Kingdom. Treasure in Heaven is the true story of John Tanner, a wealthy New York landowner and convert to the Church who in 1834 sold his properties to assist the Church. He freely gave all he had, giving us an example of generosity and consecration in serving the Lord. The DVD is now in stores and available wherever LDS products are sold.
Two Brothers: Documentary, Director: Rick Stevenson; Writer, Producer: Rick Stevenson, Kevin Klar.
Cast: Sam Nelson, Luke Nelson.
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.
Wayward: The Prodigal Son: The Prodigal Son is well known to many from the book of Luke in the New Testament. It’s the story of a rebellious son who rejects his father’s upbringing. Prideful and strong, the son leaves home with his inheritance and leads a wild life of adventure, and squanders everything of value. It’s not until he’s confronted with failure and despair, that he returns home repentant and willing to do anything to win back his father’s favor. To his surprise and the surprise of others, he’s welcomed, without question, into his father’s loving and forgiving arms. No amount of time, no amount of money, and no amount of rebellion could get in the way of the father’s patience and unconditional love for his son. “For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found” (Luke 15:24). Of course the beauty of this parable is that God is patient and gracious with all of His children. He is willing to welcome each one of us home into his loving and forgiving arms.
The Prodigal Son has been written making it appealing for an audience in our day and age and is being directed by award winning filmmaker Rob Diamond who has numerous feature film credits to his name, including ONCE UPON A SUMMER, ELIZABETH’S GIFT and most recently, SAINT STREET.
Wrestling with God: A three-way conversation on Mormonism: Short film written, directed, produced by Andrew James, Marissa Bernhard, and Torben Bernhard. It stars Niki Nielsen (from acclaimed local film Backstroke), Adam Johnson (from Charly and It's Latter-Day Night), and newcomer Daniel McNeil. Played at the LDS Film Festival January 2008. A conversational drama that explores faith from varying viewpoints and examines what it means to believe in general, as well as specifically, within the Mormon religion. Gideon Burton wrote the following favorable review: Gideon Burton's Blog:
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
- The Adventures of Food Boy: Director: Dane Cannon; Writer: Marc Mangum; Producer: Marc Mangum, Sam Mangum, Melissa Brady; Executive Producer: Marc Mangum; Director of Photography: Ryan Cannon; Production Designer: Justin Partridge; Original Score: Bill Wandel; Editor: Sam Mangum.
Cast: Lucas Grabeel, Brittany Curran, Kunal Sharma, Jeff Braine, Noah Bastian, McCall Clark, Ryne Sanborn, Curt Dousett, Michael Buster, Joyce Cohen, Anne Sward, Chris Miller, David Morgan, Craig Everett, Sila Agavale, Paul Etuk. Synopsis: Ezra (Lucas Grabeel/High School Musical 1, 2 & 3) discovers he has a unique ability to make food appear in his hands. Ezra quickly uses his new super powers to impress his friends and to become popular around school for the first time in his life. His life gets turned upside down when he can’t control his gift and turns his high school into a major food fight zone. While coping with his disintegrating life, Ezra must decide whether he will give up the food gift forever or if he will embrace his new identity and become Food Boy. Shown at the LDS Film Festival January 24, 2009, at the Scera Center.
- Baby Boomerang: Before their third bombing mission over Germany the crew of the Boomerang prayed under the wing of the aircraft. It was then that the pilot, Charles Arnett, knew he wasn't coming back. He went anyway. His son, Mark Arnett, spent 14 years making a documentary of how his dad was shot down over German, spent eleven months as prisoner of war, and returned home to marry the girl he had only met three times. But Mark could never seem finish the documentary. In March of 2008, Mark's father passed away. He finished it in a week. Written, directed, filmed, and edited by Mark William Arnett. Baby Boomerang has won multiple film festival awards. Most recently, "Best Documentary USA" at the International Christian Film Festival. Released November 4, 2009 (the week before Veteran's Day.
- Blank Slate: New TNT movie airs on TNT network on Sept 9, 2008, entitled BLANK SLATE. It was produced by Electric Entertainment (who produced Independence Day, The Patriot, 8-Legged Freaks, and Fly Boys. The executive producer is Dean Devlin (writer/producer of Independence Day/Patriot/etc). The film was shot in Utah. The plot is about an amnesiac who is sentenced to Death Row for a murder she can't remember committing. She is given a second chance at freedom by the FBI while being recruited as part of the secret experimental unit of the FBI's unsolved crimes division. Part of the experiment is that she is implanted with the final memories of murder victims. While she pursues the leads of other peoples' memories, she is haunted by the distant echoes of her own life... a life she can't remember. LDS crew are as follows: Steven A Lee - Producer; Joe Pia - Co-Producer; Ryan Little, Cinematographer; John Lyde - Cameraman; Brian Sullivan - Cameraman; Debbie Farrer - Set Decorator; Barbara Ward - Set Decorator.
- The Boy, The Boots, and the Devil: Short Film.
Director: Brenton Williamson; Writers:Skyler Brunner (co-writer), Brenton Williamson; Stars:William Rubio, Bryce Bishop and Susan Phelan. Synopsis: This is the story of Jerry Lee, a boy who finds himself, as many of us often do, over powered and out-matched by Ol' Scratch. Jerry Lee's attempt to dance with the devil is a flop, and he is coerced by the demon to do the unspeakable. However, with the support of his gal Carie Sue, and the magical boots of his advocate Hank, Jerry Lee learns the importance of relying on a greater power to bridge a gap he could never cross alone. In this film the spirit of rural America is embraced with boots and bolo ties, cheesy mullets, and a whole lot of good clean fun. Premier at the LDS Film Festival January 27, 2012. Learn more at this link: The Boy, The Boots, and the Devil
- Broken Hill: The producers of successful cult film Napoleon Dynamite hope to repeat its success with their new South Australian movie "Broken Hill." The family drama, described as Billy Elliot in the Outback, was shot around Adelaide over a seven-week period. The movie follows a talented, teenage composer living in outback Australia who dreams of getting into the prestigious Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Director Dagen Merrill; Producer Chris Wyatt; Starring Alexa Vega from the "Spy Kids" films and Oscar winner Timothy Hutton. Release in Australia August 15, 2009 and in selected theaters in the US September 11, 2009.
- Chick Magnets : Comedy, 94 minutes, color, 2012; Director: Brian Douros; Writer: Josh Putnam; Producer: Michael Hardle, Adam White; Director of Photography: Josh Rowley; Original Score: Josh Putnam; Editor: David Skousen. Cast: Josh Putnam, Dashiell Wolf, Tatum Langton, Heather Meacham, Jason Wixom, Jarrod Phillips. Synopsis: The art of getting women just seems to evade some guys. And in this case it's Truman, Fitch and Ryan. Armed with "Fitch's 32 Rules to Get Women," these complete and utter dorks set out to attract the ladies of their dreams. Truman has loved Beth for as long as he can remember. But she's the pretty girl in school, and he's the kind of guy the jocks shove into lockers. Can these three figure out a way to get Beth to notice Truman? Their clumsy attempts will take them through a myriad of awkwardly funny moments that will either unlock the secret to any woman's heart, or label them losers for the rest of their lives. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Thursday, January 24, 9:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre.
- Chihauhau the Movie: was directed by Michael Amundsen. He is a member of the LDS Church and not only directed the film but also did writing on the film and edited it. Johnny Mask, an active member of the Hollywood Ward in California, has a supporting part in the film. Synopsis:
Sondra, an attractive weight loss doctor in her 30s, looks down at people that she feels are not at her level. She especially dislikes Jeanie the medical offices receptionist. Jeanie a heavyset single mother of two, works the phones and cannot be separated from her beloved Chihuahua, Bella.
One day, Sondra falls and is knocked unconscious only to awaken in the body of Bella. After the initial shock of realizing she is now a dog, Sondra uses her new sense of smell to make discoveries about herself and the lives of the people around her. In her altered state she learns that people are not always as they seem and maybe her life isn’t as perfect as she had once believed. Will Sondra return to her attractive snobbish self… or will she spend the rest of her life embarking on a new life in the body of the adorable Bella? Watch the trailer here
Chihuahua the Movie
- Christmas Angel: Candlelight Media Group, distributor of "Emma Smith: My Story," began production this past January on a new holiday movie, "Christmas Angel." The film stars Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe Award winner Bruce Davison ("X-Men" and "Runaway Jury"), KC Clyde ("The Best Two Years") and Kari Hawker ("The Dance"). "Christmas Angel" tells the story of Ashley (Hawker), a lonely single woman whose best friends are her dog, Dash, and Nick (Davison), an elderly neighbor. Nick has a secret: he's filthy rich. Except he doesn't use his money on himself--instead, he uses it to help
those in his community that are less fortunate. Every Christmas he acts as a "Secret Santa," committing random and premeditated acts of kindness, and this year he has enlisted Ashley to help him. A well-meaning reporter with somewhat shady ethics named Will (Clyde) catches wind of the "Secret Santa," and has now set his sights on Ashley to spill the beans about Nick's covert gift-giving operations. The film is directed by Brian Brough, who has directed the LDS films "Beauty & the Beast," "Rescued," and "Turn Around." While "Christmas Angel" is his first non-LDS directorial effort, he knows not to stray too far from his core demographic. "Although it's not an overtly Mormon movie," says Brough, "there are themes of charity and following Christ that members of the Church will definitely recognize and relate to. It's highly accessible to people of all faiths and beliefs." Co-writer/producer Brittany Wiscombe was thrilled to get a Hollywood actor like Davison in a substantial role. "We wanted to find the right person to play Nick, and we were very fortunate to get someone like Bruce," she said. "He raised the bar for us in terms of our production going from 'small production' to something that can reach broader audiences." "Christmas Angel" is now available on DVD at amazon.com and walmart.com.
- Christmas Oranges: Feature length film by Covenant Communications and Mainstay Productions. Directed by John Lyde and Written by Sally Meyer. Synopsis: In a town not so far away and a time not so long ago, baby Rose was left on the porch of Greenwoods Orphanage, where Mrs. Hartley (Nancy Stafford) and the children under her tender care became her family. At Greenwoods, resources are scarce, but there is an abundance of love, and Rose ( Bailee Johnson) enjoys a nearly idyllic childhood until shortly after her tenth birthday, when tragedy strikes and an influenza epidemic wields a deadly toll on Greenwoods. The surviving children are abruptly separated and sent to various places to live. Rose is callously shipped to Irongates Orphanage—a place that seems as cold and cruel as her previous home was kind. The strict headmaster, Mr. Crampton (Edward Hermann), immediately seems to dislike Rose—and makes sure she is punished for any minor infraction of his rules. Rose soon makes friends with Emily (Savanna Kylie Lewis), but in spite of her gentle and forgiving nature, she also has rivals who will take any chance they can to get her into trouble. When she learns that every Christmas Mr. Crampton’s generous brother donates a box of oranges for the children, Rose waits in eager anticipation. An orange is an unknown indulgence to her. And the way the other children describe the sweet and juicy fruit, Rose is sure it must be the most delicious treat in the world. However, on Christmas morning, Rose is more than brokenhearted when she learns Mr. Crampton is punishing her again. But, Christmas can be a time of miracles. Share a slice of Christmas sweetened with friendship and love in this poignant Christmas story based on a classic holiday tale. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Saturday, January 26, 11:30 am, Scera Xango Grand Theatre.
- A Christmas Tail: To be released at Christmas 2009 as a DVD by Halestorm. Plot Summary: Christmas Magic and the amazing power of a boy’s wish put young Tim Webster “Clayton Taylor” in the dog house for Christmas. It seems that anything is possible once the Professor “Gordon Jump” arrives in town with his colorful and ragged band of rail-riding wayfarers. When the professor tells Tim about the legendary supernova that is due to appear right before Christmas time, Tim messes up his Christmas wish to find himself with a fur coat and wagging tale. This exciting and hilarious story of Christmas magic is destined to be a holiday treasure and year round classic for the whole family to enjoy.
- Coyote: "Coyote" is directed and co-written by Brian Peterson; with Chris Wyatt as Producer. The story concerns two friends who find out that their Mexican pal has been deported. They decide to smuggle him back across the border. Surprised at how easy it was, they see it as a business opportunity and open a "kinder, gentler" human trafficking company. It's fun and profitable for a while as they gain allies across the border and are able to beat the Minutemen at their own game, but when the real coyotes discover what they're up to, they don't look kindly to being cut out of a piece of the action. The film finds a balance between a comic satire on the state of the immigration debate and a classic thriller of bad guys versus good guys with tragic flaws. "Coyote" is entered in the L.A. Film Festival in June 2008.
- Dawn of the Dragon Slayer: Drama/Fantasy. Director: Anne Black. Will and his father live a simple and pastoral life in the mountains. When Will's father is killed by a dragon, Will must journey down the mountain and use a mysterious family connection from years earlier to prepare for his final battle with the dragon. Premiere at the 2012 LDS Film Festival, January 26, 27, 2012.
- Dr. Smith and the Fantastic Castle: Drama/Comedy, 70 minutes, color, 2013; Writer, Director, Producer: Marco Lui; Director of Photography, Editor: Marco Lui; Original Score: Massimiliano Titi. Cast: Marco Lui, Virgilia Ruspini, Laura Loritz. Synopsis: Dr. Smith and the Fantastic Castle is a magical story, located in an enchanted castle where a psychologist tries to save a rebellious teenager from an imaginary world in which she lives in. Will Dr. Smith manage to conquer the girl's trust? A funny but also thought-provoking movie in which the narrative is led by psychological and creative duels. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Saturday, January 26, 7:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre.
- Dragon Hunter: Writer, Director: Steve Shimek; Producer: Jake Sorensen, Timothy Gutierrez; Executive Producer: Maclain Nelson, Jason Faller; Director of Photography: Cole Webley; Production Designer: Tatiana Taylor; Original Score: Tom Shimek; Editor: Kristi Shimek; 1st Assistant Director: Michelle Mikami; Visual Effects: Rob Field, Matt Hoffman, Mikhail E. Merkurieff; Unit Production Manager: Katy Baldwin. Cast: Maclain Nelson, Erik Denton, Kelly Stables, Orlando Seale, Isaac C. Singleton Jr., Slate Holmgren, Jake Suazo, Adam Johnson, Jason Purdie, David Morgan, Newell Alexander, Reese Purser, Brad Johnson, Brian King, Derrik Shakespear, Trevor Winn. Synopsis: Orphaned as a baby when his parents were killed in a vicious orc attack, Kendrick of Elwood was raised by his elder brother, Darius. Though only nine at the time, Darius devoted his life to Kendrick's care and to purging orcs from their land. As Darius grew into a great warrior, he sheltered Kendrick from all possible harm. Now, after years of absence, a new danger emerges, more lethal than the threat of orcs or men. Reports of dragon attacks spread like wildfire through the panicked land. In memory of his mother's prophesies of a mighty Dragon Hunter in their bloodline, Darius leads Kendrick on a perilous journey to the castle of Ocard - the Dragon Hunter training grounds. Will dragons completely decimate the countryside? Only the Dragon Hunter will decide!
- Elizabeth's Gift: Drama, Director: Rob Diamond; Writer: Rob Diamond, Kristina Rising, Troy Hinckley; Producer: Rob Diamond, Troy Hinckley, Nyk Fry; Executive Producer: Howard Hayes, Ed Fasy, Peggy Fasy, Steven Simmons; Director of Photography: Nyk Fry; Production Designer: Maynard Nohow; Original Score: Troy Hinckley; Editor: Nyk Fry.
Cast: Kari Hawker, Paul Hunt, Savanna Lewis, Brianna Pattison, Steven Simmons, Jason Manning, Ed Fasy.
When a precious little girl dies tragically of a rare heart condition, her loving parents are left to pick up the pieces of their once perfect life. In a sequence of miracles, an angel guides their way to another little homeless girl on the streets and the fight to get her away from the clutches of the films villian, Paulie will prove to reunite a family once again and heal their broken hearts.Featured at the 11th Annual LDS Film Festival, January 28, 2012.
- Ender's Game: Science Fiction; Synopsis: 70 years after a horrific alien war, an unusually gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion.
Gavin Hood (screenplay), Orson Scott Card (novel);
Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin and Hailee Steinfeld; Release date March 15, 2013.
- Expiration Date: Black comedy with no LDS ties except that Rick Stevenson has an LDS wife. This film was shown at the LDS Film Festival January 23, 2009 at the Scera Center. It has won prizes in over 40 film festivals--with the LDS Film Festival as number 84. Clean, wholesome and funny made the editor include it here. It can be purchased on DVD from Amazon.com. Director: Rick Stevenson; Writer: Hamish Gunn, Rick Stevenson; Producer: John Forsen, Rick Stevenson; Executive Producer: David Fulton, Patrice Auld; Director of Photography: Bruce Worrall; Production Designer: Charlie Armstrong; Editor: Mark Fulton; Composer: BC Smith. Cast: Robert Guthrie, Sascha Knopf, Dee Wallace, David Keith Synopsis: Charlie Silvercloud III has a problem. His father and grandfather were both killed by milk trucks on their 25th birthdays, and Charlie is about to turn 25. He has accepted his fate and is going about shopping for caskets and returning his library books when he meets a girl who won't let him die in peace.
- The Final Cut: Kurt Hale's latest film is a Cloverfield-type thriller that may film the summer of 2008.
- Fire Creek: The first theatrical movie-release owned by BYU, Fire Creek follows a U.S. Army soldier, Jason Malek, who was wounded in Arghanistan and is now struggling with his faith. The movie was produced in-house, using university students from various departments as the crew, actors, and even its target audience. Shot in Utah in 2006, it has taken three years to get it ready for theatrical release. The film has a PG rating for "thematic content, brief language and smoking. Plans are for Campus Studios to do at least one or two movies a year. Limited theatrical release in Utah May 8, 2009.
- The Flyboys: Dark Coast Pictures Production: The Flyboys: fast-paced adventure film featuring young protagonists -- sort of a cross between "Stand By Me" and "North By Northwest" - a coming-of-age action film; shot in 35mm; produced and directed by Rocco DeVilliers ("Pure Race", "Only Once"); Lisle Moore composed the music and Lisle H. Moore, Jr. was the Executive Producer; co-producer Dan Urness; written by Jason DeVilliers and Rocco Devilliers, with additional writing by Richard Dutcher; stars Tom Sizemore ("Saving Private Ryan"), Stephen Baldwin ("The Usual Suspects"), Jesse James ("As Good As It Gets"), Reiley McClendon ("Pearl Harbor") and Harrison Young ("Saving Private Ryan"); filmed in St. George, Utah. The film has won over fifty major awards at film festivals all across the country. Updates on the film’s release are posted on the movie’s Web site, The Flyboys Premiere was August 14, 2008, in St George where it all began. Opens in Northern Utah September 12, 2008. The film will not be available on home video until sometime next year.
- Gentlemen Broncos: Director/writer Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre) and wife Jerusha Hess writer have a new comedy about a teenager who attends a fantasy writers' convention where he discovers his idea has been stolen by an established novelist.
Released Fall of 2009.
- Heaven's Door: Drama, 99 minutes, color, 2012; Director: Craig Clyde; Writer: Craig Clyde, Bryce W. Fillmore; Producer: Dave Hunter, Bryce W. Fillmore; Executive Producer: Dave Hunter; Director of Photography: Brandon Christensen; Production Designer: Lee Steadman; Original Score: Sean Genockey, Tom Luce, Adam Ben Rossi; Editor: Cody Petersen; Visual Effects: Tanner Christensen. Cast: Charisma Carpenter, Dean Cain, Tommy Duane Lister, Joanna Cassidy, Kirstin Dorn, Edward Herrmann. Synopsis: A heartwarming family tale about a small town girl who discovers a window into Heaven and uses her new found powers to help heal and bolster faith in the small community until she is faced with the ultimate sacrifice. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Saturday, January 26, 7:30 pm, Scera Showhouse II.
- Hold the Door: Drama written by Mark E. Johnson who is also the director. Producer Curtis Brien; Director of Photography Chad Davidson; Production Designer Tamar Gadish. Cast includes:Manuel Guzman, Omar Huamanchumo, Ella Valentino, John Rafael Peralta, and Oscar Moncada. "Hold the Door is the story of an unlikely friendship between the simple, naive Eugene and the brutal Hector, which is jeopardized when a relationship develops between Eugene and Hector's girlfriend, Monica. Eugene's candor and forgiveness earn Monica's trust, but lead to resentment from Hector. Even as they exchange crosses as a token of friendship, their awkward relationship stands in the way of Hector's passion for Monica, which turns violent when he learns of their attraction. Featured at the 2008 LDS Film Festival January 17, 2008, at the Scera Theater in Orem.
- HoottieBoombaLottie: A romantic comedy written and directed by "Fire Creek" star Seth Packard is, as of May 7, 2009, nearing release from Campus Studios at BYU Provo.
- A House Divided: (Previously titled Mount of Olives) Director Mitch Davis ( “Other Side of Heaven”) shot this “Romeo and Juliet” style film on location in Israel about a young Jewish man who visits Israel for the funeral of his father. While there he falls in love with a mysteriouis Palestinian woman who pulls him into a world of dangerous intrigue. Produced by Jim Abrams, Aldric Porter, and Davis, the movie stars F. Murray Abraham, Tovah Feldshuh, Eion Bailey, and French actress, Linda Hardy. Post-production has just been completed on the film. Release date unknown.
- House of Fears: House Of Fears is a feature length thriller/adventure produced and written by Steven A Lee and John Lyde. The film's story centers around six high school friends that sneak into a haunted house the night before it opens for Halloween, only to find that their evening of fun has turned into their worst nightmare. The film was filmed at the Rocky Point Haunted House in Salt Lake City. The film stars Corrie English (Unrest, Runaway Jury), Sandra McCoy (Cry Wolf, Cinderella Story), Michael J Pagan (Fallen, Gridiron Gang, Forever Strong), Corey Sevier (Decoys), Alice Greczyn (Dukes of Hazzard, Shrooms), and Eliot Benjamin (Forever Strong). As of October 15, 2007, it is in post-production.
- Intellectual Property: directed by Nicholas Peterson ("MuM", "Cookies for Harry"); director of photography: Nic Sadler; screenplay by Peterson and Hansen Smith; drama/thriller; An inventor (Christopher Masterson, who stars as Francis in the TV series "Malcolm in the Middle") must protect his inventions from becoming casualties of the Cold War. "Intellectual Propert" had its Utah premiere at the LDS Film Festival January 20, 2007.
- The Jerk Theory: Light hearted comedy with a good message written and directed by Scott S. Anderson (The Best Two Years); co-writer and co-producer Abraham Taylor. Other producers include: Brandon Petersen, Jonathan Rudd, and Ryan Rudd. Starring Josh Henderson, Jenna Dewqn, Lauren Storm, and Tom Arnold, with Danny Bonaduce playing himself. Adam (Josh Henderson) is the typical nice guy. He does everything for his girlfriend Cynthia, but she doesn't appreciate it, and she kicks him to the curb for the school jerk, Marc Dixon. Lesser men would give in to their pain and self-pity, but not Adam. He decides that since girls don't want the nice guy, he'll be the jerk. It works like a charm with all sorts of girls, but Molly (Jenna Dewan) is done dating jerks, and she dumps the very tool that sold Adam's girl the year before. Release is scheduled for 2009.
- Justin Time: Director: Rob Diamond; Writer: Troy Hinckley, Rob Diamond; Producer: Troy Hinckley; Executive Producer: Troy Hinckley, Ryan Andersen, Kyle Bennett; Director of Photography: Jacob Brumfield; Production Designer: Thayne Wheeler; Original Score: Sam Cardon; Editor: John Lyde, Troy Hinckley; 1st AC : Scott Winn; Key Grip: Chad Busath; Location Sound : Richard Mallard lll. Cast: Chris Laird, Michael Flynn, Shareece Pfeiffer, Alyx Gaudio, Danny Trejo, Brian Wimmer, Mike Hildebrandt, Matthew Reese, Michael Christian, Roger Benally, Taylor Cummins, Dave Martinez, Alex Egbert, J. Omar Hansen, Bronzell Miller. Synopsis: Justin Time is an action-adventure film that is targeted to young adults. It is a story of a Native American boy, Justin, who was orphaned at a young age and is left a magical amulet. He soon discovers its special power, the ability to stop time, but he is blissfully unaware that others are looking for his amulet as well. They will do anything to obtain it. One of those is a beautiful girl, Angelic, and her father Michael, who is hiding a dark secret. Justin must get the pieces of the magic disc and amulet, before Michael has the chance to reunite them. Along the way Justin will meet new friends and learns what it means to become a man. Shown at the LDS Film Festival January 24, 2009.
- Killer At Large: Shinebox Media Productions. Obesity Documentary--about the rising global epidemic of obesity, from former Brigham Young University student,Steven Greenstreet and award-winning director of “This Divided State.” Executive Producers are Shawn Talbott and Timo Lahtinen. Co-producer Patrick Waldrop, and Produced by Elias Pate and Bryan Young. “The issue of obesity is absolutely staggering,” said Young. “When you think of the sheer numbers of it, more than 65% of all Americans are overweight or obese, and being overweight or obese causes problems that decrease our length and quality of life significantly. And we’re finding that there are more causes to the problem than simply the notion that Americans are eating more and exercising less.” The film features interviews and footage of numerous public figures discussing both the politics, causes and effects of obesity including former President Bill Clinton, consumer advocate Ralph Nader, filmmaker Neil LaBute, Senator Tom Harkin, Senator Sam Brownback, Governor Mike Huckabee, and a number of bestselling authors. "Killer At Large" has been submitted to a number of notable film festivals including Sundance and Slamdance. Plans are to release to theaters in 2008. For more information and to watch the trailer, visit Killer At Large
- The Last Eagle Scout: Political satire, action film written, directed and produced by Kels Goodman. Co-Producer
Danna Tanner; Executive Producer: Kels Goodman; Director of Photography: Tahlee Booher; Production Designer: Clark Shafer; Original Score: J Bateman; Editor: Kels Goodman.
Cast: Nick Whitaker, Jaci Twiss, Andrew Cotrill, Dallin Boyce, Scott Christopher, Chris Laird, Michael Flynn.
In the not-so-distant future, society has allowed political correctness to go beyond the point of the absurd. For years the Boy Scouts have been under the government microscope and finally have been mandated to close their doors for good. Boy Scout Cliff Elliot stirs the pot as he tries to cling to the last shreds of patriotism and earn his Eagle Scout Award. In this dramedy, watch as Cliff jumps through ridiculous hoops, avoids the bumbling antics of government cronies, and tries to escape murderous plots against him, as he sets out to accomplish what he sees as the ultimate honor—becoming the Last Eagle Scout.Premier at the 11th Annual LDS Film Festival, January 27, 2012.
- The Last Man(s) on Earth: The Last Man(s) on Earth Comedy, 87 minutes, color, 2012; Writer, Director: Aaron Hultgren; Producer: Joe England; Director of Photography: Eric Dove; Original Score: Kevin G. Lee; Editor: Brady Bluhm, Kenlon Clark; Co-Producer: Katie Toscano. Cast: Charan Prabhakar, Brady Bluhm, Andrea Ciliberti, Darin Southam, Rick Macy, Elizabeth Knowelden. Synopsis: When inept YouTube survival experts Kaduche and Wynn discover the world’s destruction will be man-made, it’s up to them to thwart the mysterious forces trying to end the world before it’s too late. Teaming up with their nemesis, the girl of their dreams, and an eccentric visionary known as the Oracle, the group sets out to battle domestic terrorists, disenfranchised Russian communists and zombies, only to learn that instead of saving the world they may be the ones destroying it! Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Saturday, January 26, 9:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre.
- The Letter Writer: Drama, Writer, Director, Producer: Christian Vuissa; Executive Producer: Derek Marquis, Scott Swofford; Director of Photography: David Skousen; Production Designer: Bruce Wing; Art Director: Mark Mullins; Costume Designer: Jyllian Petrie; Original Score: James Schafer; Original Songs: Micah Dahl Andersen; Editor: Ludwig Einklang, John Lyde.
Cast: Aley Underwood, Bernie Diamond, Pam Eichner, Kylee Thurman, Stella McComas, Nicholas Neve, Curt Doussett.
Maggy Fuller, a rebellious teenager, receives a life-affirming letter from an unknown source. When Maggy is able to track down the writer of the letter – an old man in a rest home she has never met – she decides to become a letter writer herself by being the old man’s apprentice. Featured at the 11th Annual LDS Film Festival, January 28, 2012.
- The Mine: Drama, 96 minutes, color, 2012; Rating: PG-13; Writer, Director, Producer: Jeff Chamberlain; Executive Producer: Mark Victor; Director of Photography: Brian Sullivan; Production Designer: Adam Henderson; Original Score: Russ Howard III; Editor: Michael R. Fox, Steve Haugen; Line Producer: Matias Alvarez; Co-Producer: Robert Starling; Associate Producers: Joe Batzel, Brent Geisler, Dan Farr. Cast: Alexa Vega, Reiley McClendon, Saige Thompson, Adam Hendershot, Charan Probhakar, Cody Walker, Valerie Walker. Synopsis: Five high school friends seek adventure on Halloween night in a legendary haunted mine, only to find the ghostly rumors may be true as they are forced to fight for survival when events mysteriously unravel. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Friday, January 25, 9:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre.
- Minor Details: A new film by John Lyde has completed filming in American Fork, Utah, about four teenage girls who join forces to solve a mystery at the prestigious Danforth Academy. It's a teen movie, sort of like Nancy Drew, with lots of fun characters and a great story to entertain all ages. Sally Meyer and Annie Edwards are the screenwriters. It is being produced by John Lyde, Salley Meyer, Annie Edwards, and Leah Faber. The website and trailer can be seen at www.MinorDetailsthe Movie.com or IMDB Minor Details. The LDS cast includes: Kelsey Edwards as Abby, Caitlin E.J. Meyer as Paige, Dani Chuchran as Clair, Lauren Faber as Taylor, Jennette McCurdy (star of Nickelodean series iCarly. www.iCarly.com) Emma Duke as Emily, and Brady Edwards as Brad. Others of the lead cast are Savannah Jayde Gipson as Riley, Andrew Cottrill as Sean, and Elijah Thomas as Ethan. Shown at LDS Film Festival January 23, 2009. World premiere at Scera Center February 5, 2009, 7:30 p.m.
- My Girlfriend's Boyfriend: a romantic comedy with a twist; My Girlfriend's Boyfriend is a classic love story that turns the idea of "the classic love story" upside down. It opens on a climax and climaxes on a dramatic twist. Utilizing some of the conventions of good romantic comedy, it blends warmth, heart, and sincerity with fresh, stylized storytelling to achieve something completely unique.
The film opens with Ethan, a likeable young man in the doldrums of having yet another novel rejected by a publisher. Tempted to discard his dream of becoming a writer, Ethan is saved by a chance meeting with an intelligent and sassy young woman named Miley, who inspires him to once again lift his pen and thrust ink to the page. In return, Miley, who has struggled with a past illness, is looking for a little inspiration of her own.
Ethan and Miley meet at the best possible time -- except for the fact that it also happens to be the worst possible time. Moments after meeting Ethan, Miley meets Troy, a handsome, confident, and successful advertising executive. Simply put: Troy is everything Ethan is not. Miley enjoys the originality and simplicity of her dates with Ethan and relishes in the elegant and romantic (and very expensive) dates she has with Troy.
The movie follows the two evolving relationships, giving the audience a hip twist on the kind of moments they’ve come to expect from romantic comedies. But then the story takes a turn. Both Ethan and Troy are clearly smitten, and Miley begins to feel conflicted. She can’t bear to tell Ethan about her double life and her life-threatening illness. Thinking she is sparing Ethan the heartache of ending up with a cancer victim, Miley accepts Troy’s offer to move to another state and marry him.
Ethan is devastated. In final, desperate move to win back the girl of his dreams, he decides to act. What he and Miley discover about love is what the audience ultimately discovers about the film itself -- namely, that everything is not always what it seems.
The story of a girl who meets her one true love--twice! Currently in production as of June 20, 2009; written and directed by Daryn Tufts ("The Singles Ward", "American Mormon"); produced by Rick McFarland; Munn Powell Director of Photography; Lauren Bass Casting Director, and Joseph Pia Business and Legal.
- 95ers: Echoes : Science Fiction/Drama, 96 minutes, color, 2012; Writer, Director: Tom Durham; Producer: Tom Durham, Ali Durham, Brian Paul; Executive Producer: Tom Durham, Ali Durham; Director of Photography: Brian Paul, Tom Durham, Brett Evans, Craig Sullivan, Kels Goodman; Production Designer: Tom Durham, Kip Rasmussen, Clark Schaffer; Original Score: James Durham, Matt Cropper; Editor: Tom Durham; Based on "95ers" created by: Tom Durham, James Durham; Visual Effects: Tom Durham; Miniatures and Special Effects: Clark Schaffer. Cast: Ali Durham, Joel Bishop, Terence Goodman, Ian Paul Freeth, Chris Laird, Danor Gerald, Alix Taulbee, Anne Sward, Chris Miller, Alan Peterson. Synopsis: Special Agent Sally Biggs has a secret. She can rewind time--a few seconds--whenever she wants. It's enough to make her a celebrity at the FBI and control almost everything in her life. But deep down, she's afraid of the pain that comes from the things no one can control. Her life begins to unravel when her scientist husband disappears mysteriously. Paranormal apparitions begin to surround her, and strangers with terrifying technologies know her secret--and want her dead. Her only clue is her husband's ghost--who she follows onto a battlefield she never knew existed. She must discover the awesome truth that ties all the mysteries together before the fabric of her being--and the ones she loves most--fade out of reality. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Friday, January 25, 7:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre.
- Nitro Circus 3D: Travis Pastrana and the whole Nitro Circus crew are back together in a truly LEPICDARY (epic n’ legendary) action packed 3D film. Expect the impossible, ridiculous, insane, hysterical, and purely awesome! Coming to you in 3D, it will feel like you are riding shotgun with the crew. We have captured the biggest and best stunts we have ever attempted. Produced by Dave Hunter. Comedy/Documentary, 92 minutes, color, 2012; Rating: PG-13; Director: Gregg Godfrey, Jeremy Rawle; Writer: Gregg Godfrey, Travis Pastrana, Jeremy Rawl; Producer: Gregg Godfrey, Dave Hunter, Travis Pastrana, Jeremy Rawl; Executive Producer: David F. Brooks, Bill Gerber, Jared Knight; Director of Photography: Donny Anderson, Brandon Christensen; Original Score: Paul Phillips; Editor: Seth Torok. Cast: Travis Pastrana, Jolene Van Vugt, Gregg Godfrey, Tommy Passemante, Jeremy Rawle, Erik Roner, Jim DeChamp, Greg Powell. Synopsis: Travis Pastrana and his tight-knit, highly-skilled, adrenaline-addicted friends bring their impossible, ridiculous, insane and hysterical adventures to the big screen for the first time. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Friday, January 25, 9:30 pm, Scera Showhouse II.
- Once Upon a Summer: Once Upon a Summer was written and directed by Rob Diamond and stars Heather Beers. DVD release date is September 29, 2009, through Candlelight Media. There will be a small theatrical release.
- An Ordinary Hero: Documentary, 91 minutes, color, 2012; Writer, Director: Loki Mulholland; Producer: Loki Mulholland, Danor Gerald; Executive Producer: Stewart F. Hughes; Director of Photography: Denver Riddle; Original Score: Roger and Melanie Hoffman; Editor: Loki Mulholland. Synopsis: The courage to do what is right is rarely ever easy. When Joan Trumpauer Mulholland was only 10 years old she decided she would help end segregation in the South once and for all. By the time she was 19 years old she had been involved in over three dozen sit-ins and protests before she was put on death row without ever committing a crime... but that's just the beginning of her story. An Ordinary Hero is a rare glimpse into the life of a Civil Rights Legend and a message of hope and inspiration. It's a powerful reminder that all of us can do what is right and make a difference in this world. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Saturday, January 26, 2:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre.
- The Princess and the Pea: animation; directed by Mark Swan; produced by Forrest S. Baker III and Don Judd; music: Alan Williams; budget: $10 million; completed, distribution by Feature Films for Families. It has been released in foreign markets. Excerpts of the film are on YouTube The Princess and the Pea.
- Propensity: Propensity, a supernatural thriller, was written and directed by Rob Diamond. It stars legendary character actor, Danny Trejo.
- Repo: Ben Gurley's latest movie will be out in 2009. Ben wrote, directed, and plays the part of Leon. Plot details will follow.
- Resistance Movement : Drama, 94 minutes, color, 2012; Writer, Director: Kathryn Lee Moss; Producer: Nathan D. Lee; Executive Producer: David & Gwyneth Kenner, Myron & Susan Lee, Tara Nicole Lee; Production Designer: Erin Rowley; Original Score: Jeremy Lamb; Editor: Lee Daniels.
Cast: Joseph Paul Branca, Caleb Jenson, Dashiell Wolf, Jennifer Finlayson Williams. Synopsis: The story of three teenagers who risk their lives when they commit treason to spread the truth in Nazi Germany. Based on the true story of the Helmuth Hübener group: the youngest German resistance fighters in World War II. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Thursday, January 24, 7:30 pm, Scera Showhouse II.
- River of Victory: Documentary, 60 minutes, color, 2012; Director: Trevor Wright; Producer: Trevor Wright, A. Todd Smith, Jordan Augustine; Executive Producer: Jack Emery; Director of Photography: A. Todd Smith; Original Score: Lance Montgomery; Editor: Trevor Wright, A. Todd Smith; Sound Mixer: Ryan Augustine; Title Design: Josh Kikkert; Assistant Editor: Mark Lewis. Synopsis: River of Victory explores the complex love-hate relationship between Sang Ly, a young Cambodian mother, and the Stung Mean Chey landfill where she lives. While the dump provides her with a source of income, it's killing her son. After numerous attempts to heal her child fail, Sang Ly leaves the dump in search of a Cambodian healer from her homeland. In a haunting encounter with the healer, Sang Ly places faith in her culture, hoping to keep her son alive. Her experiences in the countryside cause her to reevaluate her relationships, not only with those she loves, but also with the dump she has come to abhor. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Friday, January 25, 4:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre.
- Runelords: Fantasy based on David Farland's novel series, Runelords. Synopsis: In a world where strength or beauty can be bought or stolen, young Prince Gaborn Val Orden is born into a shameful economy. Those who love him and serve him best must often sacrifice their strength, wit, and other attributes in service to the land they love, for in Gaborn’s world, a runelord gains power by taking it from those who willingly surrender it. While visiting the kingdom of Heredon on a quest to court the beautiful, like-minded princess Iome, Gaborn discovers that her land is under attack by a vicious lord who has taken so many attributes, he's all but invincible.
Suddenly Gaborn finds himself embroiled in a battle to save the woman he loves from an unstoppable foe—a deadly struggle that will take the world to the brink of doom. Casting is not complete as of January 13, 2012. Release set for 2013.
- Saga: Curse of the Shadow: Fantasy. A secret cabal, The Shadow, works to bring about the return of Goth Azul - the Undead God - in the rich world of SAGA, populated by elves, orcs, dwarves and dragons. Director:John Lyde; Writers:Jason Faller, Kynan Griffin ; Stars:Danielle Chuchran, Richard McWilliams, and Paul D. Hunt. Premier April 11, 2013.
- Saint Street Drama, 80 minutes, color, 2012; Writer, Director, Producer: Rob Diamond; Executive Producer: Casey Craner; Director of Photography: Bradley Olsen; Production Designer: Dyonne Diamond; Original Score: Michael Lee Bishop; Editor: Bradley Olsen; Sound Mixer: Bob B. Melanson; Co-Producer: Dyoone Diamond, Mark Webb, Amanda Crander. Cast: Mark Webb, Jasen Wade, Jarrod Phillps, Karen Peterson, Clint Vanderlinden, Patrick Bogdanich, Amanda Craner, Aiden Beagley, Sahara Yasmin Krompel, Danya Craner, Nathan Dobbin, Sandra Stevens. Synopsis: Percy is a good man, but finds himself caught up in the riches of the world and is neglecting his most prized possession: his family. After being warned time and again to change his ways from a heavenly being from beyond, Percy is about to experience some grave consequences for his actions. In a series of tragic events, Percy faces humbling circumstances after losing everything in a car accident – his family, job and home. Paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair, he is forced to be homeless and live in the gritty world of misfits on Saint Street. It is on Saint Street where Percy sees the light and changes his ways through the examples of the most unlikely of souls. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Friday, January 25, 7:30 pm, Scera Showhouse II.
- Scout Camp: Writer, Director: Garrett Batty; Producer: Drew Gilliland, Garrett Batty, Kirby Heyborne; Executive Producer: Drew Gilliland, Garrett Batty; Director of Photography: Jeff Lambright; Production Designer: Whitney Donald; Original Score: Micah Dahl Anderson, Alex Boyé; Editor: Mat Gerow, Connor O'Malley; UPM, 1st AD: Drew Champion; 2nd AD: Jake Van Wagoner; Associate Producer: Robert Starling. Cast: Kirby Heyborne, Shawn Carter, Tanner Mudrow, Nate Harper, Charlie Fratto, Taylor Moulton, Elijah Thomas, Parker Hadley, Curt Doussett, Starlee Holman, and Trent Krumenacher. Synopsis:
When the Fire Dragon Patrol heads to Scout Camp, they are prepared for the best week of their lives. But when the 'Spirit Stick' of Camp Rakhouta unexpectedly disappears, the entire tradition and legacy of the prestigious camp is threatened. Now the Fire Dragons, and their intrepid leader, must do whatever it takes to find the stick and restore all order to the camp, no matter the cost. "Scout Camp" is a coming-of-age comedy starring Shawn Carter (High School Musical 3) and Kirby Heyborne (Saints and Soldiers).
- Shooting Star: (Formerly named Heber Holiday) The partying lifestyle of high maintenance LA actress, Sierra, has spun out of control, and her notorious on-set temper tantrums jeopardize her career. After an intervention led by her tough director Mac, she is whisked away to a clinic in the gorgeous Wasatch Mountains of Utah, far from the urban jungle where her every whim is catered to. Here Sierra learns some of life's most important lessons and simple pleasures. Written by McKay and Cameron Daines and directed by McKay Daines; editor John Lyde. The cast includes Torrey DeVitto as Sierra, K.C. Clyde as Tyler, Michael Flynn as Mac, Jimmy Chunga as Hound, Erin Chambers as Jodi, and Thurl Bailey as Mutumbo. Heber Holiday is repped by Quantum Releasing and is currently playing , or has been sold, in Germany, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Former Yugoslavia, and the Middle East. Peace Arch Entertainment secured the Canadian and North American rights and those theatrical, TV and cable, and DVD release dates will be forthcoming on Heber Holiday.
- Silent Night: Drama, 95 minutes, color, 2012; Writer, Director, Producer: Christian Vuissa; Executive Producers: Scott Swofford, Derek Marquis; Director of Photography: Ty Arnold; Production Designer: Curtis McOsker; Costume Design: Jyllian Petrie; Original Score: James Schafer; Editor: Ludwig Einklang. Cast: Carsten Clemens, Markus von Lingen, Clemens Aap Lindenberg, Janina Elkin, Florence Matousek. Synopsis: In 1818, when Joseph Mohr is assigned to be the new assistant priest in Oberndorf, a small Austrian town near Salzburg, the young man is full of ideas and ideals. His passion to bring the church closer to the common people sets him on a collision course with his new superior Father Nöstler. When Mohr organizes a church choir that includes outcasts from the local tavern and performs in German instead of Latin, Nöstler threatens him with disciplinary action. Their relationship further deteriorates when Maria, a regular tavern patron, surprisingly joins the performance of the all-male church choir. As Mohr’s initial successes start to crumble and his efforts backfire on him, he loses all hope and faces a trial of faith. The night before Christmas, Mohr has to decide if he will accept defeat and leave Oberndorf or embrace the true significance of the Holy Night. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Thursday, January 24, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II.
- The Sinking of Santa Isabel: Director: Jacob Hamblin, Michael Hamblin; Cast: Maclain Nelson. Synopsis: The Sinking of Santa Isabel is a charming look into the life of a man attempting to recapture his childhood. Webster, 27, unemployed and recently jilted, is determined to start over. He returns home to finish a goal he made when he was twelve - live inside of a tree house, twenty-three hours a day for ninety-two days - the length of a summer. The Sinking of Santa Isabel is a sincere and damaged comedy that irresponsibly tackles issues of death, betrayal, forgiveness, and friendship - leaving us to understand that it's not always how you live but where you live that matters most. Premiere at LDS Film Festival at the Scera Center, January 23, 2009.
- Stand Strong: Writer, Director: Amy Kenney; Producer: Shawn Kenney; Director of Photography: Roderick A. Santiano; Original Score: Russ Whitelock; Editor: John Lyde.
Cast: Chris Steele, Alison Trouse, Jon McKenzie, Shelby Smith, Sachary Platt, Aura Kenney, Nathan Dobbin, Charlotte Sheffield, Davynee Smith, Alex Gilson, Stacey Turner, Bryce Bishop, Dave Young, Tamara Resendes, Bryan Moss, Stephanie Goodman, Ricky Egan, David Peterson.
Matt Webster measures his success by his possessions. Though he appears to have it all, pride of ownership does little to fill the void of a purposeless life. Broken relationships, isolation and pain for himself and his family, are the result of his pride and selfishness. Through a series of financial and family crises, Matt and his family are stripped of all they own and are humbled enough to learn what success is really all about. Premier at 11th Annual LDS Film Festival, January 26, 2012.
- A Step in Time: Aspen Road Entertainment brings Starring Tod Huntington (Tears of a King, Everwood) as Zachary; Lauren Faber (Liken the Scriptures Series, Minor Details) as Liv; Caitlin E.J. Meyer (Minor Details, One Man's Treasure, Take A Chance) plays the daughter of Zachary; with Joe Puente (Mobsters and Mormons) as the conspiring professor, Dr. Follinol. Written by BYU graduate Larissa Alder. "A story of time travel, a father (Zachary) from the 1800's suddenly finds himself in the 21st century not knowing how to get home. He befriends a young lady (Liv) who, being the same age as his own daughter, is having problems relating to her parents. Trying to escape the grasp of an unscrupulous professor (Dr. Follinol) bent on taking advantage of the time traveler, they search for a way to send Zachary home. In the end, both realize that family is most important, no matter what time you live in." Currently in post production, DVD release expected early Spring 2010. For current up-to-date information and release times visit: Aspenroadentertainment.com
- Sweetwater: Drama, Director: Brian Skiba; Writer: Kim Hughes; Producer: Laurie Love, Dominic Ross, Brian Skiba; Executive Producer: Cody Jones, Kim Hughes, Kent Hughes, Kim Jones; Director of Photography: Joe Passarelli; Production Designer: Chris Henry; Original Score: Olympia DeCarlo; Editor: Brian Skiba.
Cast: Holly Lynch, Dean Cain, John Savage, William Katt, Ashley Wilkerson, Michelle Rene.
The story of two childhood friends who have grown apart and are suddenly thrust back into each other’s lives when a parent develops cancer. They join forces to find the cure but soon realize their lives are danger if they expose the truth. This film is supported by an all-star cast including William Katt (Greatest American Hero, Carrie, House), Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Out of Time, Ripley’s Believe It or Not) and John Savage (The Deer Hunter, The Godfather: Part III, Fringe). Featured at the 11th Annual LDS Film Festival, January 27, 2012.
- Take: LDS cinematographer Tristan Whitman just finished shooting "Take" which had its world premier at the Tribeca Film Festival the first week of May 2007. Logline: The lives of two strangers—a struggling mother (Minnie Driver) and a gambling addict (Jeremy Renner)—converge in unspeakable tragedy. Years later, they must come to terms with themselves and one another. As two pivotal days, one past and one present, unfold in a non-linear mosaic, "Take" offers a powerful reflection on redemption and forgiveness. Written and Directed by Charles Oliver, who is also LDS. Featured at the LDS Film Festival January 18, 2008 at the Scera Theater in Orem. Opens in Utah September 12, 2008.
- The Three Stooges: Comedy; Release April 30, 2012; Synopsis: While trying to save their childhood orphanage, Moe, Larry, and Curly inadvertently stumble into a murder plot and wind up starring in a reality TV show. Directors:Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly; Writers:Mike Cerrone, Bobby Farrelly (screenplay); Starring: Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos, and Will Sasso. LDS Actor Kirby Heyborne plays Teddy.
- Tracker: Currently in post-production (as of 12/20/2005) is a new film entitled "Tracker" written by Brittany Wiscombe and Steven Lee; directed by Brian Brough, and produced by Brian Brough, Brittany Wiscombe, and Steven Lee. The film stars newcombers Noah Sunday, Chris Coppel, and Anne Mangum as well as Chris Kendrick ("Benji Unleashed") and Lillith Fields ("Day of Defense", "Urban Legends: Blood Mary"). The film is an action/adventure feature centered around a growing hobby called Geocaching. (Geocaching is a treasure hunting game where you use a GPS to hide and seek objects with other participants.) This film is a high-paced thriller that takes the characters on a complex hunt. Filming was all over the state of Utah, including the Salt Flats, Goblin Valley, Bridal Veil Falls, and the Provo River. Production finished in October 2005. "Tracker" debuted at the 2007 LDS Film Festival.
- Una Vida Mejor: Una Vida Mejor (A Better Life) is an ensemble drama that examines, from varying points of view, some of the issues surrounding illegal immigration. The film follows three families, each participating in the American experience, and each searching for their own version of the American dream. Two of the families have crossed the Mexican border illegally to enter the United States in search of a better life. What ensues is a gritty tale of injustice that leaves the viewer questioning the definitions of "victim" and "criminal." Andrew James wrote, directed, filmed, and edited this, his first feature-length film. Mike Reynolds is the producer and composer, and Jolyn Schleiffarth is the Executive Producer. UVM played at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, California and won the Special Jury Award the first week in March 2008.
- Unicorn City: Comedy, Director: Bryan Lefler; Writer: Adrian Lefler, Bryan Lefler; Producer: Adrian Lefler, Courtney Russell; Executive Producer: Ken Bretschneider, Tom Lefler; Director of Photography: Brandon Christensen; Production Designer: Whitney Donald; Original Score: Emily Hope Price; Editor: Bryan Lefler, Jared Cook.
Cast: Devin McGinn, Jaclyn Hales, Jon Gries, Matt Mattson, Steve Berg, Missy Hill, Clint Vanderlinden, and Kevin Weisman.
Voss entices local gamers to create a utopia to impress a potential employer, but paradise is disrupted when his nemesis lays claim to the city and Voss’s true love. Unicorn City is a hilarious, epic tale for anyone who wants to become what they pretend to be. Premier at the 11th Annual LDS Film Festival, January 27, 2012.
- The Way to Dance: Genre: Dance/Drama. From the creators of "Powerless" comes "The Way to Dance," an unforgettable dance drama about finding the strength to believe in yourself, no matter what life has dealt you. Kate was a dancer, and a good one. The future was hers: the excitement, the competitions, the awards. At just 16 she had it all, but then the accident happened. Not only was she scarred for life, but her injuries took away her voice. Now a reclusive mute, she lives a secluded life hidden from the world, but when she meets Danny in an Internet chatroom, he is determined to break her out of her shell. Smooth talking and not afraid to bend a few rules, Danny makes it his personal mission to get Kate back on the stage. However, as their friendship grows, Kate begins to suspect that Danny is not everything he claims to be. Directed by Matt Daniels, the film is currently in post-production after completing principle photography in August 2007. It will be released in late 2008.
- White on Rice: Jimmy (Hiroshi Watanabe, LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA) loves dinosaurs and sleeps on the top bunk. Unfortunately, Jimmy is 40, and shares the bunk bed with Bob, his 10-year-old nephew. Freshly divorced, Jimmy has moved in with his sister Aiko and her family while boldly searching for a new wife. His brother in-law, Tak, thinks he’s a disaster. And although Jimmy may lack social grace, he is convinced the best years of his life are just beginning. His plan seems like it’s all falling into place when Tak’s beautiful niece Ramona moves in. But once Jimmy sets his sights on her, he finds he has competition from his handsome co-worker Tim (James Kyson Lee, HEROES), and his intentions begin to go hilariously awry. LDS filmmaker, David Boyle, is planning for a release in September 2009. Christian Vuissa hopes to show it at the LDS FF in January 2010.
- Wild Stallion: Wild Stallion stars: Robert Wagner, Fred Ward, Connie Sellecca, Paul Sorvino and Miranda Cosgrove. You might recall Miranda, she is the Star of iCarly and is very hot right now. She has a recording contract with Sony and is doing a film with Paramount. There were those who thought the rare and beautiful wild stallion might have been sired by a famous race horse lost years earlier when a locomotive derailed in the Nevada mountains. Others whispered that it was a ghost horse stealing mares away in the night. But most didn’t believe in the stallion at all. To them it was just a myth. No
more. A figment of over-stimulated western imaginations. But for Hannah Mills (MIRANDA COSGROVE) and C.J. Adams (DANIELLE CHUCHRAN) the ‘myth’ would become as real as the wild mountain range the wraith stallion called home. LDS filmmakers include: Bryce Fillmore - Producer and Craig Clyde Writer-Director...also in the cast are KC Clyde and Corbin Allred.
"Wild Stallion" is a modern day adventure about two girls whose love for all wild creatures is tested just as their budding friendship will be. Hannah and her father Frank (FRED WARD) arrive at “Mustang Matty Steadman’s” (CONNIE SELLECCA) Bear Mountain Ranch, a spread which runs parallel to the Utah Nevada border.
Hannah, we learn, has come west from Cleveland to photograph the famous wild horses found on Matty’s ranch. C.J. is from the neighboring ranch. Although C.J. is put off by Mattie’s request to ‘babysit’ Hannah - as she calls it - she reluctantly agrees to show her around. Turns out to be one of the best decisions of her young life as the two girls become instant friends.
We discover, through the girls, the wild horses are disappearing from the range at an alarming rate. A wealthy mysterious stranger, Novak (ROBERT WAGNER), appears to be the instigator of a sinister plot to steal all the mountain mustangs. But while taking photographs of the wild herd one afternoon, the two girls - quite by accident - happen upon the mysterious "Wild Stallion!” He does exist! The girls rush home to tell Matty and her ranch hands the Brody brothers, Dallas (K.C. CLYDE) and Ty (GIB GERARD), about their discovery. Matty cautions all of them not to tell anyone about the black stallion because unscrupulous ‘mustangers’ would want the rare stallion and would stop at nothing to get him. Halestorm has secured and will be releasing the DVD of Wild Stallion October 6, 2009.
- You're So Cupid: Poppy Productions presents, in association with Candlelight Media Group and Mainstay Productions, a film written by Sally Meyer; produced by Cynthia Coury, Sally Meyer, Brian Brough, John Lyde; and directed by John Lyde. It stars Lauren Holly (Before I say Goodbye); Brian Krause (Charmed); Jeremy Sumpter (Friday Night Lights); Caitlin E.J. Meyer (Minor Details); Danie Churchran, Chad Hively, Amanda Gallo, and Malese Jow. Fraternal twin sisters Emma and Lilly are as different as night and day, but they love to play matchmaker, even though they've never fallen in love themselves. They find out their matchmaking skills are not just a gift from heaven, but rather because their father is actually Cupid. As they enter their senior year in high school, they finally fall in love--but discover it is with the same guy. Then they become bitter rivals as they try to win his affections.
See also: Other Upcoming Films Not Yet in Production
|Ranked by Box Office Ticket Sales $
Top Latter-day Saint Film Directors *
(who are currently directing)
1. Kieth Merrill
* Based on total career North American box office gross. Detailed box office data for these directors can be found here.
2. Don Bluth
3. Richard Rich
4. Bruce Neibaur
5. Jared Hess
6. Neil LaBute
7. Perry Andelin Blake
8. Mitch Davis
9. Richard Dutcher
10. Russ Holt
11. Kurt Hale
12. Steven Ramirez
13. Gary Rogers
14. Ryan Little
15. Scott S. Anderson
16. Adam Thomas Anderegg
17. Blair Treu
18. Andrew Black
19. Sterling Van Wagenen
20. Christian Vuissa
21. John E. Moyer
22. Will Swenson
23. Kels Goodman
24. Eric Hendershot
25. Nathan Smith Jones
|Ranked by Critical Response
Latter-day Saint Feature Film Directors
(who are currently working)
1. Sterling Van Wagenen
* Based on average of RottenTomatoes.com ranking combined with average review grade for theatrically released films. The RottenTomatoes.com score is the percentage of reviews that were mainly positive, out of the total number of reviews. The average review grade is an average of number, letter, and star grades, standardized to the same scale. Full data set can be found here.
2. Neil LaBute
3. Scott S. Anderson
4. Jared Hess
5. Richard Dutcher
6. Ryan Little
7. Andrew Black
8. Blair Treu
9. Don Bluth
10. Russ Holt
11. Bruce Neibaur
12. Kels Goodman
13. Kurt Hale
14. Scott Swofford
15. Rick Schroder
16. Richard Rich
17. Nathan Smith Jones
18. Mitch Davis
19. Adam Thomas Anderegg
20. Christian Vuissa
21. Steven Ramirez
22. Gary Rogers
23. Adam Lawson
24. Perry Andelin Blake
Because his films are older or played in a limited number of theaters, there are insufficient reviews for ranking Academy Award-winner Kieth Merrill.
|Best Independent LDS Videos
Best Latter-day Saint-themed
Independent Direct-to-Video Narrative Films
1. Roots & Wings (2002), dir. Christian Vuissa
Note that only films with Latter-day Saint characters are included on this list. Gospel-themed films, including stories from the Bible, as well as documentaries were not considered for this list. Church-produced films and feature films which had a traditional theatrical release were not considered.
2. Only Once (1998), dir. Rocco DeVilliers
3. A Pioneer Miracle (2003), dir. T.C. Christensen
4. Fourth Witness: The Mary Whitmer Story (1996), dir. Spencer Filichia
5. Christmas Mission (1998), dir. Michael L. Schaertl
6. Saturday's Warrior (1989), dir. Bob Williams
7. Dear John (2004), dir. John Lyde
8. Eliza and I (1997), dir. Richard Dutcher
9. A Truce with Death (1993), dir. Bill Shira
Notes about Filmography Pages
Abbreviations Used in Filmography Listings on this Website:
Films listed with the word "TV" or the name of a TV/cable station, and/or listed in this color are made-for-television (or cable TV) movies or specials.
s = short films
V = direct-to-video
d = documentary
mini = TV miniseries
mv = music video
cv = corporate video
sv = short video
dv = documentary video
IMAX = IMAX movie
Nearly without exception, all IMAX films listed here are documentaries. Most PBS productions listed here are documentaries, so they may not be also noted with a "d".
Additional Notes about LDS Filmography Pages
* Names with asterisk: Published biographical sketch doesn't mention religious affilation, but person is from and/or lives in an area of Utah (or Cardston, Rexburg, etc.) in which at least 70% of the population are Latter-day Saints. Aside from those asterisk-marked filmmakers (who may or may not be LDS), all of the filmmakers and actors named on the LDS filmography pages are Latter-day Saints. With a few exceptions, all are active/practicing church members (or were while they were alive). Films have NOT been listed on these pages based on any determination of church activity, but non-practicing LDS filmmakers rarely discuss their church membership in media interviews. Hence, we are unaware of them and unable to add their films to these lists.
1 Superscript 1: Latter-day Saints that are not active churchgoers, or inviduals who were previously churchgoing Latter-day Saints but no longer are. With deceased individuals (e.g. Hal Ashby), refers to individuals who were Latter-day Saints, but were not active Churchgoers during the bulk of their career and when they died.
Note: Most films created by Latter-day Saint filmmakers are not made primarily for LDS audiences, even if they incorporate Latter-day Saint Christian values. This website is NOT any sort of "suggested viewing list." There are some great films listed here. But many of these films simply represent the work of working actors or filmmakers. Also, there are over 3,000 films listed on these pages; it would be senseless to try to see them all.
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