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Note that the company originally known as Leucadia is now known as SandStar Family Entertainment. Its product line has expanded beyond the Leucadia-made films as it has acquired additional films from other production companies. This page focuses on the films produced by Leucadia prior to 1997, when it was purchased by SandStar.

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Leucadia Film Corporation

Leucadia Film Corporation was a Salt Lake City, Utah-based film production company that specialized in producing high-quality family-friendly films which were entertaining but which also highly ethical, displayed postive values, and addressed social issues universally relavant to children and families.

Leucadia films were made by some of Utah's top filmmakers and actors, many of whom later worked in even more widely seen movies. A number of nationally prominent actors and filmmakers were involved in these relatively low-budget feature films as well.

Most films made by Leucadia were not released theatrically. They typically premiered as made-for-TV movies or direct-to-video products. A number of these films were shown as "After-School Specials."

The most prolific director for Leucadia was Blair Treu, who directed 3 movies -- "Just Like Dad" (1996), "The Paper Brigade" (1996) and "Wish Upon a Star" (1996) -- for the company. Treu later directed Disney movies, TV series, and the theatrically-released feature film "Little Secrets" (2002). William Clark and Shawn Levy both directed two. David Anderson and Don Schain were each the producer for 8 Leucadia movies, co-producing some of them. Brian Sullivan was the cinematographer for 5 Leucadia productions; Matthew Williams was the cinematographer for 3.

Sterling Van Wagenen directed Leucadia's "Alan & Naomi" (1992), which is perhaps the only Leucadia film to be given a regular theatrical release, although a limited one. (It grossed just $259,311 at the box office.) "Alan & Naomi" is also the only Leucadia production that was not filmed principally in Utah. It was filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina, with some location filming in Paris, France. Van Wagenen also produced Leucadia's "The Witching of Ben Wagner," which was shown as a Disney channel TV movie. Van Wagenen may be the best known director to work for Leucadia. He was the producer of "The Trip to Bountiful" (1985), for which Geraldine Page won the Best Actress Academy Award, and which was nominated for a Best Screenplay Academy Award. Van Wagenen is also the co-founder of the Sundance Film Festival and was a long-time instructor and dean at the Brigham Young University film school.

Shawn Levy, who directed "Just in Time" and "Address Unknown" for Leucadia, later directed for the children's TV series "Lassie" (1997), "Animorphs" (1998), "The Famous Jett Jackson" (1998) and "In a Heartbeat" (2000). He also directed the feature films "Big Fat Liar" (2002) and "Just Married" (2003).

William Clark, who directed Leucadia's "Windrunner" and "The Goodbye Bird" has no other known directorial credits. His film "Windrunner" is notable because it was written by Mitch Davis, who would later become widely known for writing and directing the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The Other Side of Heaven" (2001). The lead actress in "Windrunner" was Margot Kidder, best known as "Lois Lane", the girlfriend of Superman (Christopher Reeves) in four movies in 1978 and the 1980s.

A number of notable actors starred in Leucadia films. "Just Like Dad" starred Wallace Shawn in the title and lead role, as a nebbish father. Shawn has appeared in numerous films and TV shows. He had a recurring role as "Grand Nagus Zek" on the TV series "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine." One of his best-loved roles is as the brainy villain "Vizzini" in "The Princess Bride" (1987). Wallace Shawn's co-star (his son in the movie) was Ben Diskin, who provided to voice of Eugene Horowitz in the animated TV series "Hey Arnold!" (1997-2000). Their co-star was New Yorker Nick Cassavetes, then an actor, but later the director of the feature films "John Q" (2002), "She's So Lovely" (1997) and "Unhook the Stars" (1996). "Unhook the Stars," like "Just Like Dad," was filmed in Utah. The lead actress in the movie was Emmy-nominated actress Laura Innes, best known for her roles on the acclaimed TV series "ER." Innes has also received an Emmy nomination as a director for her work on "The West Wing." "Just Like Dad" won the Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Film Festival and the Top Applause Award at the Santa Clarita International Film Festival.

"Address Unknown" starred well-known Latter-day Saint actor Corbin Allred. Many other Latter-day Saint and/or Utah actors had supporting or minor roles in Leucadia's movies. Most of the leads, however, came from outside of Utah. Interestingly enough, a high proportion of the directors, writers and producers for Leucadia films (including William Clark) were Jewish. Many of the others were Latter-day Saints, but this is not surprising given the fact that the company specialized in family films and was based in Utah. The movies, however, do not feature themes or characters overtly tied to any one denomination or religious group. In fact, the postive values and inoffensive content of the films have won widespread acclaim and recommendations from a wide range of parents groups, family advocates, and Christian media watch groups.

In May 2003, when we looked into who was currently distributing Leucadia films, we found they are distributed by SandStar Family Entertainment. The "Who We Are" page on the SandStar website has the following description of the companies origins:

The company [SandStar] was launched in October, 1991, under the name Leucadia Family Films offering only one title. Since then, the company has grown and expanded its library of titles and operations into several marketing centers. In March of 1997, SandStar purchased the company, including its library of movies and continues the tradition of providing families a choice of wholesome family entertainment. Corporate headquarters and marketing centers are located in Utah.

Press releases, newspaper articles and other documents indicate that another company, Cinar, acquired the rights to the Leucadia library of films in 1999. However, as of May 2003 the Leucadia films area available directly from SandStar, and are not apparently featured on the Cinar website. I do not know what the relationship between Cinar and SandStar is.

On 8 February 1999 the Quebec, Montreal-based entertainment and education company CINAR Corporation announced that it had acquired the rights to the Leucadia library of films -- 12 feature-length movie titles.

Here is a brief description of Leucadia Film Corporation from the acquisition press release (

Leucadia Film, a Utah corporation, was founded in 1989 with a commitment to make quality, feature-length films which could be enjoyed by the whole family. Many of the films are shot in Southern Utah which boasts red rimrock cliffs and rugged scenery. Leucadia films include children's adventures, teenage comedies, detective mysteries, and romantic comedies. All of them are guaranteed to please people of any age. Leucadia Film Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leucadia National Corporation (NYSE: LUK).

The address for the company was:
Leucadia Film Corporation
529 E. South Temple Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84102

The 2001 Annual Report for CINAR Corporation lists includes the following table showing their Leucadia films. Note that many of the years shown do not correspond to the years associated with the movies according to IMDb (Internet Movie Database) and other sources. The years in the CINAR table are probably the copyright dates for the films -- the years they were completed, and the years shown in the next table are the release dates or premiere dates.

Leucadia Catalogue
(CINAR 2001 Corporate Report)
Address Unknown 1990
Alan & Naomi 1990
Breaking Free 1994
Coyote Summer 1995
The Goodbye Bird 1992
Just in Time 1996
Just Like Dad 1994
Paper Brigade 1995
The Undercover Kid 1994
Windrunner 1993
Wish Upon a Star 1996
Witching of Ben Wagner 1989

Some basic facts about the feature-length films produced by Leucadia, all of which were filmed in Utah, are presented in the table below:

Address Unknown 1997 Shawn Levy Patrick Ewald Drew Daywalt
Nicholas DiBella
David Schneider
Kyle Howard
Johna Stewart-Bowden
Patrick Renna
Corbin Allred
Michael Flynn
Scott Wilkinson
Brian Sullivan
Alan & Naomi 1992 Sterling Van Wagenen David Anderson
Mark Balsam
Don Schain
Myron Levoy
Jordan Horowitz
Lukas Haas
Vanessa Zaoui
Michael Gross
Amy Aquino
Paul Ryan
Breaking Free 1995 David Mackay David Anderson Virginia Gilbert
Barbara Clark Wanbaugh
Jeremy London
Gina Philips
Christine Taylor
Megan Gallagher
Adam Wylie
Christopher Faloona
Coyote Summer 1996 Matias Alvarez David Anderson
Don Schain
Karen Krenis Vinessa Shaw
Adam Beach
Bruce Weitz
Cindy Pickett
Brian Sullivan
The Goodbye Bird 1993 William Clark David Anderson
Don Schain
William Tannen
Nancy Borgenicht
Allen Nevins
Christopher Pettiet
Cindy Pickett
Concetta Tomei
Wayne Rogers
Matthew Williams
Just in Time 1997 Shawn Levy David Blangsted
Lori Petersen
Don Schain
Eric Tuchman Rebecca Chambers
Mark Moses
Micole Mercurio
Jane Sibbett
Matthew Williams
Just Like Dad 1996 Blair Treu David Anderson
Don Schain
Wayne Allan Rice Wallace Shawn
Ben Diskin
Nick Cassavetes
Jarrett Lennon
Brian Sullivan
The Paper Brigade 1996 Blair Treu David Anderson
Wayne Allan Rice
Don Schain
Denice K. Rice Kyle Howard
Travis Wester
Brian Sullivan
The Undercover Kid 1996 Linda Shayne ? ? Bradley Pierce
Melora Hardin
Nicolas Surovy
Windrunner 1995 William Clark David Anderson
Don Schain
Mitch Davis Jason Wiles
Russell Means
Margot Kidder
Amanda Peterson
Ronn Schmidt
Matthew Williams
Wish Upon a Star 1996 Blair Treu David Anderson
Don Schain
H.E. Scruggs
Jessica Barondes Katherine Heigl
Danielle Harris
Don Jeffcoat
Scott Wilkinson
Mary Parker Williams
Brian Sullivan
The Witching of Ben Wagner 1987 Paul Annett Sterling Van Wagenen Malcolm Marmorstein Sam Bottoms
Harriet Hall
Bettina Rae
Justin Gocke
Gordon Lonsdale

ALSO: We have found some references to a film titled "Sight Unseen," a Leucadia production directed by David Mackay and produced by David Anderson and Don Schain. Little concrete information is available about this movie, and it is NOT listed in the CINAR catalogue of Leucadia films. We believe that "Sight Unseen" may have been a production title for David Mackay's Leucadia film "Breaking Free."

In addition to the films produced by Leucadia (listed above), IMDb lists the following films which were distributed (but not produced by) Leucadia Film Corporation:

TitleYearDirectorProducersWritersStarsCinematographerProduction Company
Captains Courageous 1996 Michael Anderson Lisa Towers Rudyard Kipling
John McGreevey
Robert Urich
Kenny Vadas
Glen MacPherson Hallmark Entertainment
The Family Channel
The Little Kidnappers 1995
Qualcuno in ascolto
(a.k.a. High Frequency)
1988 Faliero Rosati Giorgio Leopardi
Gianfranco Piccioli
Vincenzo Cerami
Franco Ferrini
Faliero Rosati
Vincent Spano
Oliver Benny
Anne Canovas
Pasqualino De Santis Cinecitta (Italy)
Reteitalia (Italy)
Union P.N. (Italy)
Sky Trackers 1990 John Power Anthony Buckley Tony Morphett Pamela Sue Martin
Maia Brewton
Paul Williams
Dan Burstall (filmed in Canberra, Australia)

Here is the complete text from the acquisition document cited above (


Montreal, February 8, 1999 - CINAR Corporation (Nasdaq: CINRF; Toronto and Montreal Exchanges: CIF.A, CIF.B) today announced that it has acquired a film library produced, owned and licensed to third parties by the Leucadia Film Corporation of Salt Lake City, Utah.

The acquisition will add an additional 12 feature-length movie titles (the equivalent of 36 half-hours) of quality family programming to CINAR's growing family-film library. Like CINAR's own live-action offerings, these titles have achieved international appeal, having been distributed in over 75 countries worldwide to broadcasters including the Disney Channel, Home Box Office and Showtime.

"We are very excited about acquiring this library whose content is consistent with our strategy of choosing high-quality, non-violent, family properties. It will provide a wonderful complement to our existing library of live-action family-films," said Ronald A.Weinberg, President and Co-CEO of CINAR. " This expansion of our family film repertoire should open up new opportunities for CINAR."

The library, produced between 1989 and 1996, includes Crystal Heart Award winning films such as Alan & Naomi, Just Like Dad and Wish Upon a Star, and portrays social issues that appeal to everyone, young and old. They embody acts of courage, the power of honesty and integrity and the essence of family and friendship.

CINAR Corporation is an integrated entertainment and education company involved in the development, production, post-production and worldwide distribution of non-violent, quality programming and educational products for children and families. CINAR's original productions include: the Emmy Award winning ARTHURTM (with WGBH Boston), The Busy World of Richard ScarryTM, Are You Afraid of the Dark?TM, Wimzie's HouseTM and LassieTM, as well as mini-series and family films, which are seen in over 150 countries. CINAR Education Inc., CINAR's educational division, promotes children's learning by developing, producing, distributing, and marketing high-quality supplemental educational products worldwide. Through CINAR's diverse programming, its licensing and merchandising of entertainment related products and its array of supplemental educational products, the Company intends to appeal to children worldwide, throughout their entire day. CINAR's Web site:

Leucadia Film, a Utah corporation, was founded in 1989 with a commitment to make quality, feature-length films which could be enjoyed by the whole family. Many of the films are shot in Southern Utah which boasts red rimrock cliffs and rugged scenery. Leucadia films include children's adventures, teenage comedies, detective mysteries, and romantic comedies. All of them are guaranteed to please people of any age. Leucadia Film Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leucadia National Corporation (NYSE: LUK).

Some of the statements in this release concerning the Company's future prospects are forward-looking statements that involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include the continued acceptance of the Company's distribution channel by key vendors and customers, the timely availability and acceptance of new products, and the contribution of key vendor relationships and support programs.

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