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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
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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

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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. Synopsis: In this film adaptation of a novella by Brigham H. Roberts and the subsequent 1933 play based on incidents in the Book of Mormon, Corianton, son of Alma, serves a mission to the Zoramites, and is compromised by the harlot Zoan Ze Isobel. However, he repents of his fall to temptation and, in the film's climax, fights the Zoramites, who attack Zarahemla. Premier at 11th Annual LDS Film Festival, January 28, 2012.

  • 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. Synopsis: 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

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

  • 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. Synopsis: Hypothesis is documentary film about BYU physics professor Steven E. Jones and explores his startling discoveries about the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the implications these data had on the public, academia, and even his own career. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Friday, January 25, 12:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II.

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

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

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

  • 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. Synopsis: How do you forgive the unforgivable? A true story of conflict and compassion, Redemption follows the story of Henry Heath, a lawman on the western frontier in 1862. After the grieving sheriff buries his only child, he learns that Jean Baptiste, an impoverished French immigrant, has been robbing the graves of the recently deceased. Torn between duty, outrage, and guilt about his own past, Heath becomes Baptiste’s only defense against the bloodthirsty contempt of the community and the brutal isolation of the inhospitable Antelope Island where Baptiste has been exiled. Through his reluctant service, Heath is forced to examine his own beliefs about mercy, justice, and redemption. Can Heath show compassion and forgiveness toward the man who seems the least deserving of Christian love? Premier January 25, 2012, at the 11th Annual LDS Film Festival.

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

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

  • 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.

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

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

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

  • 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


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