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of Latter-day Saint and/or Utah
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Diane Beam
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Writer and producer of "Stephen Hawking's Beyond the Horizon" (2003) an IMAX film exploring the scientific discoveries of renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking (directed by Bruce Neibaur). Associate producer or assistant production coordinator on: Endless Horizon; Fate of the Universe; Paradigm Shifts. Has done work for Evans & Sutherland, including a planetarium project. Award-winning writer, director, producer of more than 20 science format programs distributed internationally to 500+ science theaters, including "Endless Horizon" for the National Science Foundation (with Patrick Stewart), "Leonardo In Time" (2002), and "Cosmic Catastrophes." Set production assistant for the Utah-filmed non-science-related feature film "Poolhall Junkies," which was filmed in 2000 and released in theaters in 2003. Second assistant director for the short film "True Story" (2003). Website:
Mimi Bean
Also credited as: Mimi Bean Evenden. Profiled in the Feb. 1986 issue of BYU Magazine. While at Brigham Young University she was producer of the classic BYU film "Christmas Snows, Christmas Winds," directed by Sterling Van Wagenen. She also wrote, produced and co-directed the rousing short puppet musical "Cinderabbit" (1978), which has been shown on Public Television and is available on video.
Marta Becerril
Script supervisor for the award-winning short films made by BYU students "Roots & Wings" (2002), "The Snell Show" (2002) and "Unfolding" (2003). Also appears on screen as an extra in "Unfolding."
Erick Beck
Lives in West Jordan, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Eric Beck. Grip for "The Crow: Salvation" (2000), "Friends & Lovers" (1999) and "The Paper Brigade" (1996). Electrician for "Made Men" (1999), "The Rage" (1997), "Coyote Summer" (1996), and "Same River Twice" (1996). Electrician (2nd unit) for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Jack Weyland's Charly" (2002). Best boy electrician for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The Singles Ward" (2002).
Alex Beckstead
Live in Salt Lake City, Utah. Beckstead's 18-minute documentary "sXe," about Salt Lake's Straight Edge movement, was one of 58 shorts chosen from 1,700 entries to screen at the Sundance Film Festival. Cinematographer for "Many Wives: Vows of Silence" (2000), a documentary by Menasheh Fogel and Steven Pecchia-Bekkum about polygamy in Utah among religious groups which split from the mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during the late 1800s. Bio from Great Lakes Film Festival notes (
Alex Beckstead holds an Honors B.A. in Film Studies from the University of Utah, where he wrote his thesis on the process and application of cinema verite filmmaking. His documentary "sXe" screened at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival and the 1998 Utah Short Film and video festival where it won the award for Best Documentary Film. Beckstead's professional resume includes two years of cooperation with KUED, Salt Lake City's PBS affiliate. At KUED Beckstead worked as an intern, camera operator, production assistant, and/or producer on some dozen productions. These include Ken Verdoia's historical documentary "The Frontier Photographers" and "Culture and School Success", an 11-hour series produced by Kristy Campbell and designed to raise the cultural awareness of teachers who work with Native American children. Beckstead recently teamed with Kikim Media as Associate Producer on "Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet", a landmark program that tells the story of Islam's prophet through the experiences of modern American Muslims.
Beckstead is the director of the feature-length documentary "Trailer Park Blues", described thus:
Filmmaker Alex Beckstead's grandparents, Bill and Peggy Heiner, are part of the backbone under America's blue collar. Now retired, Grandpa's constant drinking is tainting their Phoenix oasis. As much as he loves Grandma, he can't seem to put down the bottle and make their life -- after a trying half century -- as perfect as could be expected. Is this as good as it gets? Trailer Park Blues is a complicated, affectionate story of one American couple who stayed together for 50 years in spite of themselves.

Karl W. Beckstrand
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Midvale, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Karl Beckstrand. Screenwriter (film, TV, radio, stage, books, lyrics, etc.) and editor. Received a Bachelor's degree in journalism at Brigham Young University (BYU). Spent ten years writing plays, screenplays, scripts, books, lyrics, PR, ads, news, etc. Trained in screenwriting at the University of Utah. Wrote the feature-length screenplay "The Record," which competed in the 2002 LDS Film Festival. Wrote the feature-length screenplay "From the Dead" and the multimedia project "Sagas of the South Bay."
Ron Beckstrom
Associate producer of "Forgotten Gunfighters 1: The Pleasant Valley War." Stone Forest bio:
President of On-Line Productions. He has 15 years of professional experience in film and video production, directing, post production and project management. Ron also have a B.A. in telecommunications management from the University of Utah with a minor in business.

Top Honors, American Economic Council "Tooele County" Videographer, Editor
Winner Houston Film Festival "Sequoia National Park" Director
Winner, Telly, Cindy and ITVA Awards "And Should we Die" Producer, Director
First Place, Hospital Corporation of America University of Utah Medical Center Videographer, Editor
Winner, Utah Film and Video Festival "Hawaii Ice" Director
He also have a total of 5 Silver Telly Awards and have worked on two programs that received Rocky Mountain Emmys

Bob Bedore
Latter-day Saint. Lives in West Jordan, Utah with his wife, radio host Laura Bedore. Actor. Had a small role in "The Creator's Game" (1999), a feature-length film made mostly by BYU students. Small role in the Disney Channel serial "Teen Angel Returns" (1989). Small roles in the films and TV movies "Dumb Luck" (2001), "Promised Land" (1988). Appeared in the Showtime film "The Hungry Guy", which he also wrote. For 2 years was the host of the local TV program "Operation Fit Kids" (KSL). Host of "Love Talk" for one year. Showed horror movies as the host of "Freak Week", for one week. Principle roles in commercials for UTA (Utah Transit Authority), Columbia Hospital and Dee's Retaurant. Also appeared in commercials for Verizon Wireless, Carnival Cruise Line, the "Homefront" series of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Artic Circle. Wrote and starred in the stage play The X-Mas Files at Off Broadway Theatre in Salt Lake City, Utah (1999). Wrote and starred in A Christmas Carol Part II at Off Broadway Theatre in Salt Lake City, 1998. Wrote Christmas Carol Conspiracy: A Dickens of a Christmas, produced at at Desert Star Playhouse in Salt Lake City in 1999. Director of The Nerd at Off Broadway Theatre, 2000. Co-wrote (with Eric Jensen) and starred in Dracula vs. the Wolfman, Off Broadway Theatre, 1998. Co-wrote (with Eric Jensen) Robin Hood: Boooooooos and Arrows, Desert Star Playhouse, 2000. Other stage work not listed here.
Laura Bedore
Lives in West Jordan, Utah with her husband, actor Bob Bedore. Co-host of the Salt Lake City-based morning radio show "Fisher & Laura" on Star 102.7. Interested in acting in film and television. Wrote and directed The Miss Tree Pageant, an interactive murder/mystery improv comedy which was produced at Trolley Square Live in Salt Lake City, February 2002.
Heather Beers
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and children. Previously lived in Fountain Valley, California (Orange County), where her parents still live. Attended Los Amigos High School. Actress. Stars in the title role as "Charly" in the feature film "Jack Weyland's Charly" (2002). Drawing upon her professional background, she also worked as one of the publicists for "Charly." Bio from "Charly" movie website:
Heather Beers' film career began on stage. Well, actually behind the stage . . . under the seats . . . atop the props. Her mother was an accomplished community theater director in Southern California, and her playground was often found in the recesses of a theater.

Her youth was filled with leading and supporting theatrical roles, including Betty in The Egg and I, Zaneeta Shin in the ever-popular Music Man, Miss Jones in How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, and Ruby in Good Night Firefly Ravine - roles which earned her regional amateur theater awards. Her college credits include supporting roles in Shakespeare's Hamlet and Madamoiselle Y in The Stronger, at Brigham Young University.

Graduating in English from the University of Utah, Heather traded the stage for the public relations arena, where she spent five years at a Salt Lake City-based advertising and public relations agency.

Within a few years, acting gnawed its way into her life again, and she has since appears [sic] on USA Network's Cover Me, the independent film Fortune Cookie (J&L Productions), and several national television commercials. Voiceover credits include work for WB/Saturday Night Live, RC Willey, Maverik Country Stores, McCune Mansion, Utah Transit Authority, and more.

Her other professional pursuits include freelance writing for Utah Business Magazine, Salt Lake Magazine, Utah Style + Design, Entrée Magazine and copywriting for several advertising agencies in Utah and California.

Heather most enjoys spending time with her husband and their young sons.

Gaye Beeson
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Orem, Utah. Singer. Composer for the popular Latter-day Saint-themed musical "Star Child," which is a sequel to the immensely popular "Saturday's Warrior." Doug Stewart wrote the story and lyrics for "Star Child." A live performance of Stewart and Beeson's "Star Child" was taped in 1999 and made available as a video in LDS bookstores. Helped produce Gaye Beeson's music CDs.
Mark Beeson
Lives in Moab, Utah with his wife Edith. Construction crew for the movie "Passion in the Desert" (1997). Set artist for "Dos Santos" (Treasure Productions) and the TV movie "Riders of the Purple Sage" (1996).
Mickey Begent
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Videographer.
Ryan Behunin
Also credited as: Ryan L. Behunin. Co-producer (along with the director) of Joseph Osborn's low-budget, Utah-made feature film "No Dogs Allowed" (2002).
Rick Beierlein
Film student at the University of Utah. Director of the short comedy film "Backyard Wrestlers," which was shown in 2002 at the Fine Arts Auditorium in Salt Lake City as part of "Persistent Visions," a collection of short Utah-made films.
Andy Belanger
Worked in the art department for the Feature Films For Families video "The ButterCream Gang" (1991). Also appeared briefly on screen in the movie as a disc jockey.
Blair Bell
North: Directed by Rob Reiner, Castle Rock Productions
Camera double for Bruce Willis- Spinning a gun into a holster. Uncredited
Rocky ll: Directed by Sylvester Stallone, United Artists Production; Featured as a photographer , climbing into the ring at the end of the fight.
Radio Active Dreams: Produced by H. Frank Dominguez, Directed by Albert Pyun. Featured- Hippy, uncredited.

Convicted: Convicted Productions, Directed by David Lowell Rich. Featured- Reporter, uncredited.
LBJ The Early Years: LBJ Productions, Directed by Peter Werner. Stuntman, uncredited
Picket Fences: Produced by David E. Kelly
“Unlawful Entries” Featured- Gunfighter, uncredited.
Other featured characters in various episodes, all uncredited
L.A. Law: Season 6, episode 122: P.S., Your Shrink’s Dead
Directed by Win Phelps. Featured-Body Guard, uncredited.
Doogie Howser, MD: Directed by Win Phelps
Featured as an Old West Gunfighter in one episode and a Civil War Soldier in another. Both uncredited.
Travel Channel: Featured Gunfighter for the Knott’s Berry Farm segment.

One man show, Porter Rockwell: Performed at various venues in So. California.
Knott’s Berry Farm: Old West Train Robber and Gunfighter 1985-1997.
Arsenic and Old Lace: Jonathon- West Covina Playhouse,
And They Shall be Gathered: Arshak Aslanian- Upland,
Suddenly, You’re Older: Muggsy – Upland, CA
Two Crooks and a Lady: Male Crook- Chino, CA
Rumplestiltskin: Major Domo- Chino, CA
Twelve Dancing Princesses: Demon Prince- Chino, CA
Puddin Head: Toby Turnkey, the Jailor- Chino, CA

KCET TV: Station Promo

Clu Gulager’s Film Actor’s Workshop
KiiS Broadcasting Workshop
Theatre Arts- Chaffey College
Theatre Arts- Chino High

Latter-day Saint (now non-practicing). Born 21 May 1981 in Mississippi. Hometown: Magna, Utah. Her father was an Air Force personnel officer and the family moved many times before settling in Utah. Real name: Michelle Sinclair. "Belladonna" is her stage name. Grew up in an devout Latter-day Saint home with her father, mother and six siblings. Now a porn actress who has appeared in at least 36 videos, beginning with "Bring'um Young" (2000). When she was 18 years old she left Magna and went to Los Angeles to try to start a career as a model. She had a job offer -- to pose nude, which led to further work in pornographic magazines and videos. According to a Salt Lake Tribune article, Sinclair's story was the focus of a nationally televised "Primetime Thursday" special that looked at the pornography industry and "the impact it has on the people who perform in it." The program aired on 23 January 2003 on KTVX Channel 4. "Television news crews followed Sinclair for two years, tracking her ups and downs in the business... The show's host, Diane Sawyer, also interviews Sinclair's mother, 43-year-old Dianna Hamilton." Not long after moving to Utah, Sinclair, who was in ninth grade at Hunter Junior High School in West Valley City, began getting into trouble and running away from home to be with a boyfriend. Her parents divorced... "Sinclair met some Salt Lake City strippers and made $500 dancing in the nude at a bachelor party... While Sinclair was working in a Salt Lake City strip club, a local photographer assembled a portfolio for her so she could head for Los Angeles." During interviews with "Primetime," Sinclair Diane Sawyer asked Sinclair why she always smiled. She cried as she replied, "Because I like to hide -- hide everything, you know?... I'm not happy ... I don't like myself at all." She said she often felt physical revulsion during her scenes: "My whole entire body feels it when I'm doing it and ... I feel so -- so gross." While pretending to be enjoying what she is doing, she said, she was in fact counting the minutes, telling herself, "Hey, I only have this much time left. Don't worry about it. Get the check. Gonna go deposit it in your bank."
H. Kyrle Bellew
Born 28 March 1855, Calcutta, India. Died 2 November 1911, Salt Lake City, Utah (pneumonia). Birth name: Harold Kyrle-Money Bellew. Father of actor Cosmo Kyrle Bellew. Starred in the short film "A Gentleman of France" (1905), directed by J. Stuart Blackton from the novel by Booth Tarkington.
Kevin Bench
Latter-day Saint. Grew up in Oakley Idaho. Lives in Glendale, Arizona. Graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1981 with B.S. in Manufacturing and Tool Engineering. 1989-1990: Grove School Of Music, 1-year music degree. Since 1990 he has run his own company, Bench Media Productions, produced animations, TV commercials, album projects, sound recording and mixing projects for clients, sound editing for radio, NLE for TV projects. Website: Mocap acting and stunts for Age of Empires II cinematic. 3D animator compositor, editor, director, etc. Did CGI animation for the broadcast TV series, including "Starship Troopers: The Roughnecks Chronicles," "Sherm the Talking Bookworm" childrens educational TV show, and "Tonka Joe." Has worked on computer games, including Age of Empires II, Missile Command, Asheron's Call. His CGI animation for TV advertising includes work for SuperCan, the Phoenix Suns (NBA), Dancris, Pets 911, UPN and a Batman promo. From 1984 to 1986 he worked at Hydraulic Research Textron in Valencia, California, where he designed and oversaw building of special machines to simulate conditions to test hydraulic aerospace components including the Space Shuttle Main Engines and nozzle actuators for missiles. From 1986 to 1989 worked at Advanced Cardiovascular Systems where he designed and invented special machinery and mechanisms, using 3D Design tools for design, analysis and illustration of newly invented ideas.
Della Benedetto
Craft service for the Feature Films For Families video "The ButterCream Gang" (1992).
Carolyn Hart Bennett
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Rexburg, Idaho. Screenwriter who has written two books and a trilogy of screenplays for her film saga, "Seven Sisters" (not yet produced), about the Latter-day Saint emigration across the Atlantic Ocean in 1863.

Carolyn entered her first screenplay attempt in the 2004 LDS Film Festival, and out of the 35 screenplays entered, Seven Sisters was chosen as one of the 12 finalists.

She next turned her screenplay into a novel, Seven Sisters: the Voyage, and published it in November 2008. She wrote the sequel, Seven Sisters: Overland Trek and published it October 10, 2015. It completes the story of the Seven Sisters as they finish crossing America by steamer, train, and by covered wagon and on foot to the Salt Lake Valley.

Carolyn came from a large family with nine children and grew up in Preston, Idaho. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in English and also a Master of Education Degree in Instructional Media from Utah State University in Logan, Utah.

For 38 years Carolyn worked in the public schools of Idaho as an English teacher, drama teacher, and as a librarian. She has directed 45 plays and musicals in the schools and communities where she has taught and lived. She founded the Ririe Community Summer Theater and directed seven 3-act comedies. She started and sponsored the Mad Cat Film Festival at Madison High School for 5 festivals.

She has a great husband, three handsome sons with lovely wives, and ten darling grandchildren. She and her husband retired from education in 2006. They completed a two year mission to the Washington DC Temple in 2011.

She is the Upcoming Films and BIOS editor for and can be contacted at

Dave Bennett
Lives in St. George, Utah. Set decortor/propmaster.
Jesse Bennett
Latter-day Saint. Utah-based actor has had small roles in feature films: The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd (2000); Clay Pigeons (1998); Balance of Power (1996); Breaking Free (1995); The Goodbye Bird (1993); Neon City (1992); Earthbound (1981); Hangar 18 (1980); Beyond Death's Door (1978). Voice work for Lee Groberg's PBS documentaries "American Prophet: The Joseph Smith Story" (1999) and "Trail of Hope: The Story of the Mormon Trail" (1997). Small roles on TV movies and miniseries: Murder at 75 Birch (1999); Before He Wakes (1998); Trail of Hope (1997); Whose Daughter Is She? (1995); The Stand (1994); The President's Child (1992); It Nearly Wasn't Christmas (1989); Incident at Dark River (1989); Blind Witness (1989). Guest roles on "Touched by an Angel" and "Promised Land."
Robert Bennett
Based in Utah County. Electrician whose credits include the TV documentary "Ancient Secrets Of The Bible" (1992) and the feature film "A Midnight Clear" (1991). Assistant property master for the Feature Films For Families (FFFF) video "Secret of Treasure Mountain" (1993) and leadman for the FFFF video "Split Infinity" (1992).
Stephen G. Bennett
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Magna, Utah. Graduated from Brigham Young University in 1987. JD at University of Idaho 1991. Married to BYU graduate Sheri Wiseman. Cofounder, chief legal officer, and chief operating officer of Millennium Digital Arts Group. The recently launched company specializes in high-end post-production film, video, and audio related products. Source: BYU Magazine, Summer 2001.
Eden Benson
Latter-day Saint. Cast in a small role as Nephi's sister in Gary Rogers' Book of Mormon movie (2003). Bio from Book of Mormon movie (
Eden has appeared in many stage plays and musicals. The Book of Mormon Movie will be Eden's film debut.

Eden's stage credits include: Charlie's Aunt, The Moustrap, Gost of a Chance, Fiddler on the Roof, Nauvoo Adventure, Jane Eyre, Rendezvous in Old Nauvoo, Oliver and The Music Man.

Kathy Benson
Lives in Utah. Producer of industrial films for clients including Blanc Communications (AFRTS), Huntsman Chemical and WMI Corp.
Ryan C. Benson
Latter-day Saint. Actor with small roles in the feature films "Lethal Weapon 4" (1998) and "Desperate Hours" (1990), the short films "Busboy" and "Simple Gifts", an LDS video (1991), and the TV documentary "Ancient Secrets of the Bible" (1992).
Chris Bentley
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Graduate of Brigham Young University (BYU). Starred in the 2nd billed role (alongside Corbin Allred) in the Latter-day Saint-themed direct-to-video film "Christmas Mission" (1999). Small role as a college student in the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Out of Step" (2002). Co-director of the double-billed plays Black Comedy and The Private Ear at BYU, 1998. IMDb also credits Bentley as the writer of the 1996 British TV documentary titled "'Space: 1999' The Documentary" (1996), although possibly this is the work of a different person with a similar name.
Chad Benton
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. With 4 other filmmakers, made the short (4 min., 20 sec.) film "Floz," which was shown at the 2003 Utah Short Film & Video Festival. The film is a look at purchasing in the near future.
Sue Bergin
Latter-day Saint. Sometimes credited as: M. Sue Bergin. Writer of the documentary "Helen Foster Snow: My China Years," which premiered in 2000, has been shown on KBYU television and is available on video. Was a speaker at the Fourth Annual Mormon Writers Conference, held in Lehi, Utah on 2 November 2002, at which she was one of the presenters of a session titled "When You Wish Upon A Star--How to Sell Your Books and Stories to Hollywood." Bio from Summer 2000 issue of Bridges, a publication of BYU's Kennedy Center (
Eight years ago, Sue Bergin was approached by a friend to do a screenplay for a feature film about Helen Foster Snow for Sony Pictures. Would she be interested? Yes, but the rights were not obtained and time passed. In the interim, Bergin had opportunities to work with Sterling Van Wagenen (previously at KBYU) and Jim Bell (former editor of BYU Magazine and currently at KBYU). These contacts put her in place when the second offer came to work on a Helen Foster Snow script. They asked, and the answer was still "yes."

Bergin received her BA degree from BYU in university studies (emphases in English, music, Spanish) and a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern. She worked as a reporter for the Ogden Standard-Examiner, then as national news editor for BYU Public Communications, a features writer on science research at BYU.

Four years later, she determined to pursue screen writing in Los Angeles. For eleven years she experienced the typical Hollywood roller coaster ride. While there, she obtained an MFA in screen writing from UCLA. In 1998, she returned to Utah to be closer to her family (parents, six of eight siblings, nine nieces and nephews). Since then she has been involved with freelance projects, writing regularly for BYU Magazine, editing for the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, and last year she launched an Internet business. She has been working on the Snow project for the past year.

Jaime Bergman
Born 23 September 1975, Salt Lake City, Utah. Raised in a non-religious home. Best known as a Playboy centerfold and Playboy video model, but has also begun acting in some mainstream TV shows and films. Had a regular starring role as "B.J. Cummings" in TV series "Son of the Beach" (2000-2002). TV guest appearances include: Shasta McNasty; Beverly Hills, 90210; The Love Boat: The Next Wave. Minor film roles include: Any Given Sunday (1999); Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000); Daybreak (2000).
Bob Berkus
Lives in Park City, Utah. Location manager.
Linda Berman
Bio from Action Acting (
Linda brings 16 years of experience to the voiceover industry as a VO agent, coach and booth director from the Los Angeles and Salt Lake City markets. She has represented and directed Hollywood celebrities, the "work horses" of the industry, in addition to those just beginning in the business. Linda is not a newcomer to the world of performing arts as she began acting on stage at age 6 in Europe. Upon her arrival to the USA she continued acting and studying with such notables as: Robert Ball (Arena Stage-Washington D.C.); the late Kim Stanley and Vivian Nathan (The Actor's Studio-NY); and also received a BFA in Acting. Because theatre management became of interest to her in later years, she was hired by the Greer Garson Theatre, the Santa Fe Festival Theatre, and The National Theatre of Great Britain (in conjunction with The British American Theatre Institute) in various positions from Company Manager to Director of Development. When Linda moved to Los Angeles, she was fortunate to be hired by Sutton Barth and Vennari, one of the most prestigious voiceover departments in the industry. It was here that she discovered her passion for the craft of voiceover and where she worked with such greats as: Ruth Buzzi, Miguel Ferrer, Ed Grover, Teri Garr, James Earl Jones, Angie Dickinson, Maggie Smith, Charles Durning, Neil Patrick Harris, Joe Pantaliano, Annie Potts, Lily Tomlin, The Simpson actors (Tress MacNeille, Hank Azaria, Nancy Cartwright), Garfield (the late Lorenzo Music), Winnie the Pooh (Ken Sansom as Rabbit), and many, many more.

After years of living in the industry fast lane, Linda and her husband chose to relocate to Park City, Utah, in order to live a more peaceful life...and they are. For the past seven years, Linda has worked with her partner, Vickie Panek, as co-owners and agents of Talent Management Group, Inc. TMG represents talent for voiceover, commercial, industrial, TV, film, print, and runway, as well as makeup artists and stylists for local, regional and national projects.

Jay Bernard
Actor from Utah with over 15 movie credits, including: Address Unknown (1997); Halloween 5 (1989); Solo (1984); The Philadelphia Experiment (1984); Footloose (1984); Harry's War (1981); Anya's Bell (1999). TV guest appearances include "Walker, Texas Ranger" and "The Young Riders."
Janet Bernice
Latter-day Saint. Presenter at the Ultimate LDS Women Writer's Retreat, a commercial event held multiple times during the year outside Boise, Idaho. Bio from materials from that event:

Al Bernstein
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife Tami. Second assistant director for the Leucadia film "Windrunner" (1995), directed by William Clark.
Carolyn Beug
Latter-day Saint. Born 1953. Died 11 September 2001, New York City. Full name: Carolyn Mayer Beug. Music and video producer whose credits include the soundtrack album for Disney's "Pocahantas" (1995). Sister Beug was an airplane passenger aboard American Airlines Flight 11, Boston to Los Angeles, and was tragically killed on September 11th, 2001 (9-11) when terrorists commandeered her plaine and crashed into the World Trade Center. She lived in Santa Monica, California at the time. Bio (
To careful readers of the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine, Carolyn Beug was a force in the music business. She can be found in the Tributes section, just below Joey Ramone and just above Aaliyah. Mrs. Beug, who would have turned 49 on December 11, was the producer behind the video for Van Halen's "Right Now," which won an MTV Video Music Award for best video of 1992.

But to the girls' high school track team at home in Santa Monica, Calif., Mrs. Beug was something else: Mama Bunny. She raised money for track uniforms, led cheers at track meets, held track awards dinners in the backyard for a hundred or more people.

"She always called the kids on the team my little bunnies," recalled her husband, John Beug.

In 1998, she left the music industry to write a children's book. This year, she was finishing the editing of the book, about the story of Noah's Ark, told through the eyes of Noah's wife. But mostly she wanted to devote more time to Lauren and Lindsey, now 18, and Nicholas, 13.

In September, Mrs. Beug and her mother, Mary Alice Wahlstrom, helped settle the twins at the Rhode Island School of Design. The two women were flying back to California on American Airlines Flight 11 when their plane struck 1 World Trade Center.

Stewart H. Beveridge
Latter-day Saint. Producer of "Joe Panther" (1976), starring Latter-day Saint Navajo actor Ray Tracey in the title role.
James Biggs
Prop assistant for Blair Treu's direct-to-video movies "The Paper Brigade" (1996) and "Wish Upon a Star" (1996), and for "Sibling Rivalry" (1990). Likely related to Jacqueline Watney Biggs, who also worked on Treus's movies.
Steve Biggs
Lives in Bountiful, Utah. Special effects professional. Special effects coordinator for the low-budget feature film "No Dogs Allowed" (2002). Special effects makeup for "Invasion of Privacy" (1996). Owner of Special Effect Supply Co. in Bountiful, Utah. Bio from his website (
As a mechanical animator, Steve Biggs has worked on dozens of animated shows throughout the world including the animated status at Caesar's Palace, the E.T. dark ride at Universal Studios Tours and Lotte' World in South Korea. He remarkable career includes manufacturing, robotics for entertainment and advertising. In 1993 he left Southern California and returned to Utah were he started Special Effect Supply, a company that helps young people get the materials and information they need to pursue careers in the entertainment industry.

John R. Bigler
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Farmington, Utah. Producer of the Homefront public service announcement (PSA) ad series for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Producer/director of Church videos and films: Direct Response Campaign, The Faith & Family Report series, LDS World Report, and "Music and the Spoken Word" (the weekly program of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir). Production manager for the Salt Lake Olympic Bid Presentation. Production manager for General Conference broadcasts.
Dodge Billingsley
Lives in Provo, Utah. Documentary filmmaker. Foreign Correspondent for Salt Lake Tribune. Bio from Summer 2000 issue of Bridges, a publication of BYU's Kennedy Center (
Dodge Billingsley's specialty is defense analysis in the Caucasus -- from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea. Covering regional security topics with VERTIC, a think tank in London, by the summer of 1995 Billingsley made a dozen trips into the Caucasus to different war zones to analyze guerrilla warfare and strategies. Eventually his work expanded to Central Asia and the Middle East -- much of it being Moslem related.

In 1995, he returned to New York to "try something different" -- making documentaries for Video Ordnance. He associate-produced Desert Storm: Desert Victory, a three-part Gulf War series aired by the History Channel, and he produced Firepower 2000, a three-part series on military technology going into the twenty-first century.

Billingsley was offered the chance to produce a film about Chechnya. His expertise in the Caucasus was a natural fit, so he left New York and his job to spend two years filming the documentary Immortal Fortress. He then brought his film to Utah, where post-production was done at KBYU. While he was wrapping that film, Sterling Van Wagenen, of KBYU-TV at that time, asked him if he would be interested in doing a film about China -- more specifically, about Helen Foster Snow.

Billingsley soon became familiar with Snow's life -- especially the pivotal nine-year period spent in China. He teamed up with Eric Hyer, political science professor at BYU to produce and direct Helen Foster Snow: Witness to Revolution [that was the working title; the final title was Helen Foster Snow: My China Years]. Billingsley attended Columbia University, where he received his undergraduate degree in peace studies [war studies]. He received a master's degree in war studies from King's College Department of War Studies at the University of London. In early October, he will be speaking and showing Immortal Fortress, his film on Chechnya at a conference in London.

Mitchell Billman
Based in Utah County. Production assistant. Also had a small onscreen role as a reporter in the independent feature film "The Creator's Game" (1999).
Suzanne Bingham
Lives in Utah. Has worked as the script supervisor for numerous films made in Utah, including: Firestarter 2: Rekindled (2002); Horse Crazy (2001); Bug Off! (2001); Christy, Choices of the Heart, Part II: A New Beginning (2001); Baby Bedlam (2000); Message in a Cell Phone (2000); The Way of the Gun (2000); The Huntress (2000); The Crow: Salvation (2000); The Runner (1999); the Latter-day Saint-themed video "Christmas Mission" (1999); A Kid Called Danger (1999); Don't Look Under the Bed (1999); Drive Me Crazy (1999); The Robin Hood Gang (1997); Grizzly Mountain (1997); Payback (1997); Wish Upon a Star (1996)
Charlie Bird
Latter-day Saint. Born circa 1976. Hometown: Escondido, California. Student at Brigham Young University, majoring in theater and media arts. In 2002 he was a senior at BYU). First assistant camera for the short BYU student film "Elise" (2001). Second assistant camera for the award-winning short BYU student film "Roots & Wings" (2002).
Josh Bird
Latter-day Saint. Sophomore (in 2002) at Brigham Young University (BYU). Entered his short film "Goodbye" in the 2nd LDS Film Festival, held in Provo, Utah in November 2002. Bird produced "Goodbye," and his long-time friend, Cole Webley, directed it. Bird called it "the story of a girl who loses someone close to her." Bird consults BYU faculty at the Instructional Media Center, which is part of the Center for Instructional Design (CID) at BYU. He helps instructors teach and communicate with students through class Web sites in the university's learning management system, Blackboard.
Jeff Birk
Latter-day Saint. Born circa 1966. Lives in Orem, Utah. Graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU) with a degree in international relations. Best known as the star of the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The Home Teachers" (2004), a HaleStorm production. Birk was cast in the lead role after previously cast rising film star Kirby Heyborne decided to not play the part. Heyborne felt he was too young to play the part. Birk previously had a bit part as "Paint Ball Guy" in the HaleStorm feature "The Singles Ward" (2002). Birk has been a headliner standup comedian since about 1990 at Johnny B's Comedy Club in Provo. Since then he has traveled throughout the United States performing his routine. He won the National Lampoon College Comedy Pop-off in 1991 and was represented by the William Morris Agency in Los Angeles. Was one of five Latter-day Saint comedians featured in the direct-to-video live comedy concert "It's Latter-day Night" (2003). Birk works full time as a corporate speaker and presenter.
Michael J. Birkeland
Latter-day Saint. Also credited as: Michael Burkeland; Michael Birkeland. Actor and standup comedian who had a small role in "The Creator's Game" (1999), a major role (5th billed) in the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The Singles Ward" (2002), followed by a starring role in the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The Home Teachers" (2003). Was one of five Latter-day Saint comedians featured in the direct-to-video live comedy concert "It's Latter-day Night" (2003). Was the original president of HaleStone Distribution, which distributes the HaleStorm Entertainment movies such as "Singles Ward." He is currently working with his own production company Fueld Films, and has a host of commercial projects in development. HaleStorm bio (
Michael Birkeland, a local actor and successful sales consultant, has been a resident of Utah since 1992. He is a graduate of PAW Film School in New York City. Michael has worked in film and television for over 12 years. He is now the President of HaleStone Distrubution, responsible for film, video, and music distribution.

Johnny Biscuit
Latter-day Saint. Comedian. Proprietor of "Johnny B's" comedy club in Provo, Utah. Major supporting role as the school principal in T.C. Christensen's direct-to-video movie "Bug Off!" (2001). Small cameo roles in the Latter-day Saint-themed feature films "Singles Ward" (2002) and "Handcart" (2002). Small roles in: Face of Evil (1996); The Stand (1994 miniseries); Split Infinity (1992); Double Jeopardy (1992). Guest appearances on "Touched by an Angel."
Joel Bishop
Latter-day Saint. Actor. One of the stars of the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Handcart" (2002). He plays the part of the historical Edward Martin, the leader of the ill-fated Martin Handcart Company who got caught in freezing winter during their pioneer trek to Utah, resulting in many in the party freezing to death. Small role in the TV miniseries "Perfect Murder, Perfect Town" (2000). Voice work for Lee Groberg's PBS documentaries "American Prophet: The Joseph Smith Story" (1999) and "Trail of Hope: The Story of the Mormon Trail" (1997).
Linda Bishop
Latter-day Saint. Major role in the Living Scriptures, Inc. (LSI) animated Book of Mormon video "The Savior in America" (1989). Smaller roles in other LSI videos, such as the New Testament video "He is Risen" (1988). Small role in Chuck Sellier's feature theatrically screened "Beyond and Back" (1978).
Paul Bishop
Latter-day Saint. Acclaimed mystery novelist. Has written scripts for the TV series "Diagnosis Murder" (1998-1999). Bio from author's website (
The Los Angeles Times called Paul Bishop "the closest equivalent of Joe Wambaugh yet," and stated CITADEL RUN "could hardly be better." The New York Times proclaimed him a "first-class writer," and called SAND AGAINST THE TIDE a "lively, bloody adventure." Publishers' Weekly cited KILL ME AGAIN, as "gripping, intense, labyrinthine, complex, and compelling." And author Dominick Dunne declared TWICE DEAD to be a "tough, taut, terrific tale!"

A twenty-three-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, Paul currently supervises the West Los Angeles Area Sex Crimes and Major Assault Crimes units. During his career, Paul's assignments have included a three year tour with the department's Anti-Terrorist Division and over ten years experience in the investigation of sex crimes. Twice honored as Detective of the Year, Paul has also received the Quality and Productivity Commission Award from the city of Los Angeles.

As a writer, Paul's byline has appeared in numerous national publications, and his short stories have been published in a wide selection of anthologies. His previous novels include SHROUD OF VENGEANCE, CITADEL RUN, SAND AGAINST THE TIDE, and CHAPEL OF THE RAVENS. CHALK WHISPERS is the fourth novel in his Fey Croaker series, which also includes KILL ME AGAIN, TWICE DEAD, and TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD. Forthcoming will be a short story collection entitled PATTERN OF BEHAVIOR, which will include two Fey Croaker tales. Paul is currently working on Fey's next novel-length investigation, COYOTE PARADISE, and a stand-alone novel THE VILLAIN'S WALTZ. Between police work and writing, Paul makes time for his family, playing soccer, reading, teaching, and a variety of other interests. He lives in Southern California.

Stan Bishop
Utah County-based director and film crew member. Sometimes credited as: J. Stan Bishop. Director of various commercials. Assistant director of the feature-length film "Mr. Atlas" (1997). Second assistant director for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The Singles Ward" (2002). Set production assistant for the TV movies "Absence of the Good" (1999) and "The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All (1999). Production assistant for "Zack and Reba", "The Visitor", and "Ski Doo'99." Production assistant for the KBYU PBS documentary "The Call of Story" (2002).
Eric Bjarnson
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Utah. Frequent actor in stage plays and in many LDS Motion Picture Studios productions. Was one of the stars of the direct-to-video film "Daniil Kharms' The Old Woman" (1999), directed by Duane Andersen. Smaller role in Andersen's short film "Shooting People" (2001).

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