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Latter-day Saint. Currently Executive Vice President of Walt Disney Feature Animation, a position she has held since March 1999. This makes her the highest-ranking woman in Disney animation. Best known as the producer of Disney's hit animated feature "Mulan." Won the Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Producing in an Animated Feature Production for "Mulan." Nominated for a Golden Satellite Award for Best Animated Motion Picture for "Mulan." Executive producer of Disney's "Runaway Brain" (1995), which was nominated or an Academy Award for Best Animated Short. Associate producer of Disney's "Trail Mix-Up" (1993). IMDb bio, http://us.imdb.com/Bio?Coats,+Pam:
Pam Coats, born and raised in Utah, USA, has been interested in the theater since she was young. She received a BFA degree in acting from Utah State University and a MFA in directing from the University of Oregon. She moved to Los Angeles, CA, USA in 1984 and became involved with Equity Waiver Productions. She was offered by two different people to fill the production assistant job at Disney. In 1989 she joined, and worked as the assistant production manager of backrounds, animation check, and color models for "The Rescuers Down Under". She played a key role in the development of "Mulan", keeping it on course throughout it's five year schedule.
Production assistant for the KBYU documentary "Minerva Teichert: A Mission in Paint" (1988), produced at Brigham Young University (BYU). Prodution Board for the short film "Gold Fever" (1990), made largely by BYU students.
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Provo, Utah. Driver for Blair Treu's "Wish Upon a Star" (1996). Received a BFA in Film from Brigham Young University (BYU). Has had over fifty shorts published in magazines around the country. He won two 1999 Telly awards for independent film projects. Won a screenplay award at the 1999 Telluride Indiefest (held in Colorado) for his feature-length screenplay "Rites of Passage." The script is described thus: "Jonathan Sykes, a British Intelligence officer, is sent to assassinate a high-ranking Turk in Aqaba. When his mission goes array, Jonathan flees to Sinai and finds a bedouin camp, where he claims sanctuary. There, he falls in love with the sheik's daughter... with the Turks still on his trail." Has performed on stage and written plays for Utah County theaters, particularly the Scera Showhouse. Tony and his brother Karrol Cobb have been writing plays together since about 1980. They wrote "Robin Hood: The Musical" (2001), which Tony also starred in at the Scera. The Cobb brothers' first professional production was "The Promised Land," a musical about the journey of Nephi and his family, as depicted in the Book of Mormon. "The Promised Land" premiered in Utah at the Scera in 2001. Had a speaking role in a May 2001 episode of "Touched by an Angel" titled "Netherlands."
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Wardrobe/costumer.
Born December 1974, Brigham City, Utah. Living with actor Seth Peterson, a New York City native, in 2000 (IMDb). Married to Seth Peterson on 20 May 2001. Regular role as "Natasha" on the 4th season of MTV's TV series "Undressed" in 2001. TV guest appearances include: Crossing Jordan; Providence; 7th Heaven; USA High; Saved by the Bell: The New Class. Major roles in the Utah-made independent feature "Cage in Box Elder" (2000) and "Romp" (1999). Minor roles in "Gangland" (2000), "The Crow: Salvation" (2000), the Blair Treu-directed direct-to-video feature "The Paper Brigade" (1996), and the TV movies "Sharing the Secret" (2000), "Terror in the Family" (1996).
Lives in Heber, Utah. Grip, whose many credits include: The Crow: Salvation (2000); Absence of the Good (1999); Drive Me Crazy (1999); The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All (1999); Friends & Lovers (1999); Nobody's Baby (2001); Raising the Mammoth, Salt Lake City Olympic commercial, Toyota Winter Driving commercial.
Utah County-based actor. Brown/Blonde tipped har; green eyes; height: 5' 11"; weight: 190 lbs. Featured extra in "Brigham City" (2001). Extensive stage acting experience at Springville High School. Roles include Fagen in "Oliver!" and Billy Bigelow in "Carousel."
Born 13 August 1909, Mammoth, Utah. Died 26 March 1990, Santa Monica, California. Grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. Actor. Appeared in over 160 movies and had regular roles in 3 TV series. Often played villains, but had hero role as well, such as the title role in "King of the Rocket Men" (1949).
Lives in Park City, Utah. Company: All Mountain Signs, L.L.C. Does hand and computer lettering and artwork. Art department credits include the movie "A Life Less Ordinary", the TV series "Touched by an Angel" and commercials such as Continental Airlines, Ballet West, Eccles Center.
Utah-based stage and film actress. Bio from "Dinner with Friends" (play at Pioneer Theatre Company) website (http://www.ptc.utah.edu/season/4_cast.html.):
JOYCE COHEN is pleased to be back at PTC; last fall she appeared in King Lear and Laughing Stock. She recently completed a successful run of The Memory of Water at The Salt Lake Acting Company. During the summer she performed in the sold out run of The Laramie Project for the Plan-B Theatre Co. Joyce received a City Weekly "slammy" award for Best Actress for her performance in Plan-B's production of Molly Sweeney. She has appeared on and off-Broadway, as well as in numerous commercials and films. Most recent tv/film credits include The Road to Redemption, SLC Punk, Touched by an Angel and Independence Day. Joyce worked for several years with the Sundance Playwrights Lab.
Robin L. Cohen
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Also credited as: Robin Cohen. Production coordinator. Office production assistant for the feature film "A Life Less Ordinary" (1997). Credited as assistant to executive producer Richard Solomon for the movie "Traffic" (2000). Credited as assistant to producer Joel Silver for the movie "Lethal Weapon 4" (1998).
Lives in South Ogden, Utah. Set dresser or props.
Lives in Midvale, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Lawane Cole Boltz. Costume designer for numerous Utah-made TV movies and feature films, including: Double Teamed (2002); Hounded (2001); The Poof Point (2001); The Luck of the Irish (2001); Just in Time (1997); Coyote Summer (1996); The Paper Brigade (1996); Wish Upon a Star (1996); Just Like Dad (1996); Neon City (1992); Rubin and Ed (1991). Nearly all of these are Disney TV movies or family films. "The Paper Brigade," "Wish Upon a Star" and "Just Like Dad" were all directed by Blair Treu. Costume designer for Salma Hayek's TV movie "The Maldonado Miracle" (2002). Costume designer for the 1990s Utah-filmed TV series "Promised Land." Costume supervisor or costume supervisor for the TV movies "Prophet of Evil: The Ervil LeBaron Story" (1993) and "Deliver Them from Evil: The Taking of Alta View" (1992), the TV miniseries "Perfect Murder, Perfect Town" (2000), and the films "F.T.W." (1994) and "A Midnight Clear (1991). Wardrobe assistant for "Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers" (1988) and "Halloween 5" (1989).
Latter-day Saint. Born 4 August 1945, Hollywood, California. Married to TV producer Volney Howard III in 1967. Best known for her eight seasons as "Katie Miller Douglas" on the TV sitcom "My Three Sons" (1967-1972). Tina was/is a member of the "King Family Singers." Small part in the feature film "Palm Springs Weekend" (1963). TV guest appearances include: Family Feud; Adam-12; The Rookies; To Rome with Love; The Hollywood Squares; The Lucille Ball Show; Hawaiian Eye. IMDb: "Tina Cole also appeared in an earlier episode when the Douglas family lived in Bryant Park as a high school classmate of Robbie's. Her character was not the same as later when she played Katie Miller Douglas." Bio from the website for the theater she now directs (http://www.jlsac.org/theater/tina.htm):
Tina Cole has been the resident director of the Junior League of Sacramento's Children's Theater for the last five years. Tina moved to Sacramento in 1982 to raise her four children. For the last eight years, she has been working with a "looping group" doing voice over work for national television series and movies. Tina has starred in five television series including Hawaiian Eye, The King Family Show and The Jonathan Winters Show, but she is best known for the eight seasons she appeared as Katie in My Three Sons.
Tina's most recent theatrical work includes starring in Six Women with Brain Death (currently showing at The Studio Theater, Sacramento), the musical I Do, I Do! and guesting as "Madame DuBonnet" in the CSUS production of The Boyfriend.
We are excited to have Tina as our director again for 2002, and as you will see she brings a very professional standard to our production.
Lives in Ogden, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Doug R. Coleman; Douglas R. Coleman; Douglas Coleman. Stunt man, stunt coordinator, and 2nd unit director. Nominated for a Taurus Award for Best Stunt Coordinator and/or 2nd Unit Director for "The Perfect Storm" (2000). Second unit director of the feature films "Surviving Christmas" (2004), "Star Trek: Nemesis" (2002), "Analyze That" (2002), "Road to Perdition" (2002), "Lost Souls" (2000), "The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle" (2000), "The Crow: City of Angels" (1996) and "The Dream Machine" (1990). Second unit director of the TV series "Lawless" (1997). Credited as an actor in bit action parts in the video "Fox Hunt" (1996) and feature film "The Pelican Brief" (1993). Stunt coordinator for numerous feature films: Surviving Christmas (2004); Disney's The Haunted Mansion (2003); The Life of David Gale (2003); Analyze That (2002); Road to Perdition (2002); Changing Lanes (2002); Star Trek: Nemesis (2002); Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001); Cast Away (2000); Lost Souls (2000); The Perfect Storm (2000); The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000); Ride with the Devil (1999); Six Days Seven Nights (1998); City of Angels (1998); Air Force One (1997); The Devil's Own (1997); Albino Alligator (1996); The Crow: City of Angels (1996); Flipper (1996); Up Close & Personal (1996); Before and After (1996); Casino (1995); Strange Days (1995); Murder in the First (1995); The Pelican Brief (1993); Mad Dog and Glory (1993); Consenting Adults (1992); A Bronx Tale (1993). Stunt coordinator for the TV movie "Love Kills" (1991). Stunt work in over 30 other movies, including: Daylight (1996); Independence Day (1996); The Great White Hype (1996); Heat (1995); City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994); Super Mario Bros. (1993); Cape Fear (1991); Dead Again (1991); Diplomatic Immunity (1991); Total Recall (1990); Action Jackson (1988); Predator (1987). Has been the stunt double for actor Robert DeNiro in multiple movies.
Latter-day Saint. Movie producer. Executive producer of "Family Tree" (1999). Production executive for "A Voice from the Dust," a series of feature films based on the Book of Mormon. Bio from the project website (http://www.voicefromthedust.com/):
A key industry consultant for A Voice from the Dust: Journey to the Promised Land, Coleman is Director of Worldwide Co-Productions and Acquisitions for Warner Brothers. He is responsible for furthering relationships with directors, producers, and sales companies, while tracking, screening, and acquiring both English and foreign language films for worldwide distribution. His scope of interest ranges from completed films to co-ventures, negative pick-ups, and pre-buys. Coleman's entertainment background includes motion picture acquisitions analysis and database design at 20th Century Fox; ownership of a 24 track recording studio; and vocal contracts with Phonogram and MCA/Curb Records.
Natalie R. Collins
Latter-day Saint (Raised as a Latter-day saint, now disaffected and a non-churchgoer). Would-be movie author. Wrote a novel titled Outer Darkness, about her upbringing in a Latter-day Saint home and why she doesn't like Latter-day Saints any more. Served as an editor for the Sundance Film Festival in 2001 and 2002. Said that through Sundance she met people interested in screenplay rights to another book she wrote: SisterWife, about "Fundamentalist" Mormons practicing polygamy, a practice banned by the Church in the late 1800s.
Hometown: Ogden, Utah. Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photographer, videographer, camera operator. Company: Brett Colvin Photography. Does wedding photography. Still photographer for the movie "Just a Dream" (2002), directed by Danny Glover. Bio from Silver King Media Group (http://www.silverkingmedia.com/about.html):
Brett Colvin hails from Ogden, Utah but calls Salt Lake City home. He holds a BFA in fine arts from the University of Utah and began his professional career in advertising photography in 1989. Colvin has been recognized locally and nationally, for creating stunning images regardless of subject or circumstance. His work, for example, was included in the prestigious trade publication Communication Arts 38.
Latter-day Saint. 3 April 1956, Hamilton, Ohio. Died 2 June 1996, Glendale, California. Birth name: Raymond Neil Combs, Jr. Host of the TV game show "Family Feud" from 1988 to 1994. Host of "Family Challenge" from 1995 to 1996. TV guest appearances include: The Larry Sanders Show; The Facts of Life; The Golden Girls. IMDb trivia:
Committed suicide on his wife's 40th birthday (June 3, 1996).
Was a stand up comedian.
1995 - He hosted his second and final game show "Family Challenge" on the Family Channel, which lasted til his death in 1996.
1995 - Was in an accident that nearly left him paralyzed.
1994 - With ratings slipping, Goodson Productions decided to let Richard Dawson return as host of "Family Feud," replacing Ray Combs.
On July 4, 1988, Ray Combs was introduced formally to America as the new host of "Family Feud."
Born 19 March 1897, Beaver, Utah. Died 18 April 1974, Glendale, California. Married to movie star James Cruze (a non-practicing Mormon). Divorced in 1930. Second husband: Irving Weinberg. Third husband: Silvius Jack Gall. Frequently a leading lady, she appeared in at least 142 films between 1914 and 1948. Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for "The Barker" (1928). Other memorable roles include: Docks of New York (1928); Invisible Ghost (1941); Lady Refuses (1931); Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941)
Born 1941, Salt Lake City, Utah. Credited as an actress with a small role as a "Lake Zombie" in the feature film "Carnival of Souls" (1962).
Sometimes credited as: Mary Jo Manwill-Conder; Mary Jo Manwill-Condor; Mary J. Conder; Mary Jo Conder; Mary Condor; Mary J. Manvill-Conder. Lives in Utah. Script supervisor of numerous films (mostly made-for-TV movies made in Utah), including: The Ballad of Lucy Whipple (2001); Absence of the Good (1999); Stranger Than Fiction (1999); Friends & Lovers (1999); Virtual Obsession (1998); In My Sister's Shadow (1997); The Rage (1997); Not In This Town (1997); Invasion of Privacy (1996); Unabomber: The True Story (1996); Terror in the Family (1996); Breaking Free (1995); In the Shadow of Evil (1995); Automatic (1994); Mortal Fear (1994). Also script supervisor for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature films "The Singles Ward" (2002) and "The R.M." (2003), both directed by Kurt Hale. Producer/director of: "Taken Care of Business", "The Competition" and "Tooele Army Depot Overview."
Lives in Riverton, Utah. Actor and film crew member. Sometimes credited as: Bob Conder; Robert N. Conder. Key grip for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature films "Brigham City" (2001) and "The Singles Ward" (2002). Also key grip for the movie "Hungry" (2000). Best boy grip for "The Right Temptation" (2000) and the TV movies "The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All" (1999) and "Dead by Midnight" (1997). Small roles -- often as a police officer -- in a number of films, including: Mr. Atlas (1997), Ski Patrol (1990), Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), Choke Canyon (1986). Small roles in TV movies: In the Blink of an Eye (1996); Deliver Them from Evil: The Taking of Alta View (1992); Evil in Clear River (1988); In My Sister's Shadow (1997); The Man with Three Wives (1993). Bit part as a counselor in the bishopric in "The Singles Ward" (2002).
Latter-day Saint. Student at Brigham Young University (BYU). Director of the short film "Terry Nails the Sale," the dramatic story of the reunion of a father with his estranged son. Art director on Aaron Ruell's short film "Happy Go Lucky." Theater acting experience includes playing Claudio in Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing," and performing in "A Man for All Seasons," both at BYU.
Lives in Oakley, Utah. Still photographer. Credits include: Crossroads, Boys of Twilight, A Midnight Clear, Touched by an Angel, Sunset, Arizona Highways, National Geographic, Time.
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Provo, Utah with his wife, Natalie. Film student at BYU. Presenter at the BYU-Idaho session of the 2nd LDS Film Festival, held in November 2002. His short dramatic film, "Cursed Be the Ground" (2002), competed in the Festival and was selected for inclusion in the Festival's touring "Best of 2002" program. The film is described thus: "18-year-old Dennis is kicked out of his grandparents' home and forced to live on the streets of Seattle until he has a dream that changes his life. Based on a true story." First assistant director for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Pride and Prejudice: A Utah Comedy" (2003). He was the first assistant director of the award-winning short film "Roots & Wings" (2002), directed by Christian Vuissa. First Assistant Director for the award-winning short film "The Snell Show" (2002). Also has a small role on screen in "The Snell Show." Director of the student films "Cursed is the Ground" and "The Accordion Player" (2003), which competed in BYU's 2003 Final Cut film festival. "The Accordion Player" was selected as one of the top three films by the audience vote. "The Accordion Player" (13 minutes, color) competed in the 3rd LDS Film Festival (Jan. 2004) and was described thus: "Antony abuses his musical talents as he tries to seduce the woman he loves." Conforto was the first assistant director, key grip and dolly grip for Vuissa's short film "Unfolding" (2003). Also appears as an extra in "Unfolding."
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Provo, Utah with her husband, filmmaker Jason Conforto. Had a small part in the award-winning short film "The Snell Show" (2002), for which her husband was the 1st assistant director. Was an extra in the award-winning film "Roots & Wings" (2002). Both films were made by BYU students.
Lives in Provo, Utah. Driver for the Feature Films For Families video "The ButterCream Gang" (1992).
Latter-day Saint. Born 31 March 1949, California. Birth name: Jon Christopher Conkling. Received the coveted Hugo Award as screenwriter of the animated film "The Lord of the Rings" (1978). (Director Peter Jackson said that this animated film inspired him to read Tolkien's novel, and later make the award-winning live action version released in 2001). Author of many articles in Church magazines, such as Ensign. Story consultant for the classic BYU-made Church video "The Mailbox" (1977). Bio from the Thunderbird International Film Festival, where he was a judge in 2001:
Conkling has a wife and six children, and lives in Southern California. He currently directs all advertising, branding and public relations for the Axius/MEDO divisions of the Pennzoil-Quaker State Company. Previously, he was a creative director at the Pool/Sarraille Advertising Agency in Beverly Hills and Director of Marketing at Prima Publishing.
He attended Dartmouth College, UCLA and BYU and is currently finishing a Masters Program at Cal State Dominguez Hills while being heavily involved in the Idiot Central Improv troop in Los Angeles. His first job out of college was researching and writing for the BYU film studios on such projects as The Mailbox and The Emmett Smith Story. After returning to Los Angeles, he wrote television for the Hardy Boys on ABC, did many industrial / educational / documentary projects for Universal Studios and McGraw-Hill, several of which have aired on PBS.
With Peter Beagle, he wrote the screenplay of the United Artist Production of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, directed by Ralph Bakshi and produced by Saul Zaentz (Amadeus; Cuckoo's Nest; English Patient). He has finished four other screenplays currently "making the rounds" and two books awaiting publication. He has published two previous books and about a dozen magazine articles. He has also done considerable public speaking with some very minor rolls in a few movies and television programs.
Donna King Conkling
Latter-day Saint. Born 3 September 1918 in Utah. Birth name: Donna Olivia Driggs. Sometimes credited as: Donna Conkling. Married to James Conkling from 1943 until his death in 1998. Famous as one of "King Sisters" singing trio. One of the stars of the King Family Show during the 1960s. Small roles (as a singer) in "Def-Con 4" (1985), "Grease 2" (1982), "Larceny with Music" (1943) and "Follow the Band" (1943). Small role in "Hideous Sun Demon" (1959), directed by her brother-in-law Robert Clarke. IMDb bio, http://us.imdb.com/Bio?King,+Donna+(I):
For many years, Donna performed with her sisters as "the King Sisters", using the middle name of their dad, William King Driggs. She married record producer, Jim Conkling with who she had 5 children: Candy, Jamie, Chris, Xan and Laurette. In the 60's-70's, Donna and her family appeared on The King Family Show, and toured with the family. Donna is retired and resides in Arizona.
James B. Conkling
Latter-day Saint. Obituary from Variety, 16 April 1998:
James B. Conkling, a longtime recording industry executive who played a key role in the formation of Warner Bros. Records and served as the first national chairman of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, died Sunday at Sutter Oaks Alzheimer's Hospital in Sacramento. He was 83.
Conkling, a native of East Orange, N.J., was born March 1, 1915. While attending Dartmouth College in the 1930s, he played trumpet in an orchestra and became friendly with musician Paul Weston.
Following the war, Weston introduced Conkling to the founders of the newly formed Capitol Records -- Glenn Wallichs, Buddy DeSylva and Johnny Mercer. The trio hired Conkling as assistant manager of A&R, giving him his start at producing hit records with such luminaries as Nat King Cole, Jackie Gleason, Peggy Lee, Kay Starr, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
Conkling became Capitol's first vice president, and soon earned a reputation with artists -- including Les Paul and Dave Brubeck -- as one of the few executives who would greenlight musicians' experiments with new rhythms and instruments.
In 1951, William Paley and Frank Stanton of CBS invited Conkling to Columbia Records, where he became president and served on the board of directors. Conkling was responsible for starting the Columbia Record Club, (now Columbia House).
In 1956, Conkling once again joined with Weston, who was a part of a group that founded NARAS.
In the late '50s, Jack L. Warner approached Conkling about starting a record label, and Conkling assumed the title of president. Though Warner Bros. Records initially struggled, Conkling eventually signed such acts as the Everly Brothers, Peter, Paul & Mary, Connie Stevens and Edd (Kookie) Byrnes.
At age 46, Conkling retired from the record business and dedicated himself to philanthropy.
In 1981, President Ronald Reagan asked him to head up the Voice of America, which he did for two years.
Conkling is survived by his wife of 55 years, Donna King Conkling, five children, one brother, three sisters, 23 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 11022 Riverside Drive, North Hollywood.
Latter-day Saint. Sang and performed on "The King Family" from 1960 to 1969. Appeared in a stage production of the Latter-day Saint-themed musical "My Turn on Earth."
Latter-day Saint. Born 10 September 1950, Bronxville, New York. Birth name: Donna Alexandra Conkling. Married name: Xandra Conkling Albright. Married Gregory Oran Albright in 1974. Four children. One film role: the 8th-billed role in Robet Clarke's "The Hideous Sun Demon." IMDB bio:
Xan made her movie debut in "The Hideous Sun Demon" as "Suzy". Her real-life mom, Donna Conkling played her mom in the horror film. During her teens, Xan performed with her family, the King Family, on their TV shows/specials as well as in concert and recordings -- as long as it didn't interfere with her school work. Xan's mom, is also know as Donna King, one of the famed singing King Sisters. Her dad, the late James B. Conkling was well-known in the music industry. Xan is also cousin to Tina Cole, who played Katie on "My Three Sons." Xan is a homemaker in Arizona.
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Also known as: Elizabeth S. Conley. Adjunct assistant professor in the Division of Film Studies at the University of Utah. Bio from faculty page (http://www.film.utah.edu/conley.html):
Elizabeth Conley has taught courses at the University of Utah since 1978. She earned an M.A. in Journalism with an emphasis in Mass Communication in 1974, and a J.D. from the University of Utah in 1986. She is the co-author with Ann Heintz of Mass Media, and the award-winning Me and My TV. She has been an editor of the Television Newsletter of the Journalism Communication Association.
Conley teaches classes in film history for the Division of Film Studies as well as classes for the University of Utah Honors Program.
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Marc A. Conn. Location assistant. Location assistant for Blair Treu's TV movie "Just Like Dad" (1996).
Also credited as: Gary Griffin Constable; Gary G. Constablel; Gary John Constable. Production designer for Blair Treu's feature film "Little Secrets" (2002) and Salma Hayek's TV movie "The Maldonado Miracle" (2002), both filmed in Utah. Production designer of many other films, made in and out of Utah, including: Detonator (2002); In the Shadow of the Cobra (2002); They Crawl (2001); At Any Cost (2000); Blue Ridge Fall (1999); Stranger Than Fiction (1999); No Laughing Matter (1998); The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1998); Dead Men Can't Dance (1997); Not In This Town (1997); Out of Annie's Past (1995); The Sister-in-Law (1995); Seduced by Evil (1994); Bitter Vengeance (1994); Accidental Meeting (1994); Rubdown (1993); Blue Sky (1994). One of many credited "story consultants" in T.C. Christensen's "Bug Off!" (2001).
James L. Conway
Born 27 October 1950, New York City. Married 1981. Received B.A. from University of Denver. Director who began his career primarily working for Chuck Sellier's film company Sunn Classic Pictures, based in Summit County, Utah. Conway directed many of Sellier's theatrically released feature films, including: The Boogens (1981); Earthbound (1981); Hangar 18 (1980); Beyond and Back (1978); In Search of Noah's Ark (1977); The Lincoln Conspiracy (1977). Also directed TV movies, including: Greatest Heroes of the Bible (1978; miniseries); Donner Pass: The Road to Survival (1978); Incredible Rocky Mountain Race (1977); Last of the Mohicans (1977). Directed "Broken Bow" (2001), the pilot episode of the "Star Trek" prequel series "Enterprise." Extensive TV series directing credits include: Charmed; Kindred; Star Trek: Voyager; Burke's Law; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine; Bodies of Evidence; Star Trek: The Next Generation; Tour of Duty; MacGyver; Hunter; Hotel; Matt Houston. Worked as a consulting producer for the TV miniseries "Kingpin" (2003) and the TV series "All Souls" (2001).
Latter-day Saint. Born 22 July 1978, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. Married her college sweetheart Nathan Anderson in September 2001, and lived for a time in Utah to be with him, before they they moved to Los Angeles. Birth name: Andrea Joy Cook. Actress. Starred as "Shelby Merrick" on the TV series "Higher Ground." Female lead in: The House Next Door (2001); Out Cold (2001); Wishmaster 3 (2001); Ripper: Letter from Hell (2001); Teen Sorcery (1999). Played one of the main sisters in the critically acclaimed movie "The Virgin Suicides" (1999). 2nd-billed role in the feature film "Final Destination 2" (2003), which grossed over $46 million at the U.S. box office, making it her biggest movie so far. Other major roles include the TV movies "The Spiral Staircase" (2000), "Blue Moon" (1999) and "Elvis Meets Nixon" (1997). Recently began co-starring as "Lindsay" on the TV series "Tru Calling," which premiered on FOX in 2003. The cast of "Tru Calling" is headed up by Eliza Dushku.
Latter-day Saint. Biographical sketch provided by the filmmaker:
Chance Cook's long and distinguished career has led him through each of the media disciplines. His long-time friend, Chris Cobb, who he grew up with in Los Angeles, initially exposed Cook to the film industry while both were attending Brigham Young University. There he worked on several important projects for the LDS Church. Quickly proving his worth, he performed in various positions as a location scout, set dresser, production assistant, second and first assistant director. He then suddenly left film to finish his degree in communications.
Cook graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications/Public Relations and joined the NBC affiliate in Salt Lake City, Utah (KSL Television) rising through the ranks from master control operator, contributing writer to associate producer. When the new local programming department was founded in late 1996, Cook was promoted to become the only producer in the department under the department's director, Doug Miller.
From that point, Cook wrote and produced three weekly programs ranging from an outdoor-oriented show hosted by renown outdoor enthusiast Doug Miller to a ski program and The Utah Business Show hosted by Keith McCord. Cook turned out 50 brand new programs each year for the Outdoors Show With Doug Miller and The Utah Business Show. Ski Utah only ran for 23 episodes during each winter season.
During his tenure at KSL, Cook also co-produced KSL coverage of The Days of '47/KSL Parade from 1996 through 2001 and was lead producer of KSL's local media coverage of the Champion's Challenge at Thanksgiving Point. He has also assisted on First Night coverage and co-wrote and produced KSL's lineup of special Olympic programming, 2002 Up Close and 2002 Preview, in preparation towards the upcoming 2002 Olympic Winter Games. During the 2002 Olympic Winter Games his features could be seen on SLC Live. Cook was also approached by E! Entertainment and interviewed Gold Medalist Picabo Street before the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
For years the KSL Local Programming Department dominated local and regional awards relating to lifestyle programs, sports, non-news segments and features. Cook's work on Outdoors With Doug Miller, Ski Utah and The Utah Business Show was also recognized by the Utah Broadcasting Association and The Society of Professional Journalists. He also won several Tellys. Cook was also prestigiously nominated as the "Chamber Champion" in 1998 by the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and "Media Advocate of the Year" in 1997 by the Small Business Administration.
After the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, the local programming department was eliminated by KSL management and Cook left the organization to pursue his true passions -- Travel and human powered outdoor adventure consisting of canyoneering, whitewater rafting, hiking and skiing.
Chance Cook now is a freelance travel and adventure writer based in Salt Lake City, Utah and his work has been published in the regional magazine Amazing Oudoors.com and currently online at Utah Outdoors.com. A few of his awards are as follows:
- Society of Professional Journalists-TV Feature Long Format, 1st Place (1998)
- "Chamber Champion" - Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (1998)
- Two Gold Telly Awards for "Ski Utah" (1998)
- Silver Telly Award for "Outdoors with Doug Miller" (1998)
- Utah Broadcast Association Gold Awards: Best Lifestyle Report, 1998 Best Entertainment Program, Best Sports Program
- Four UBA Silver Awards: Best Entertainment and Lifestyle Programs (1998)
- "Media Advocate of the Year" - Utah Small Business Association (1997)
- Gold Telly Award for "Utah Business Show"; Silver Telly for "Ski Utah" (1997)
- UBA Gold Awards: Best Lifestyle, Entertainment and Sports Program (1997)
- UBA Gold and Silver Awards: Best Locally Produced and Non-New Programs (1996)
Latter-day Saint. Producer/director of the documentary video "More Precious Than Gold: The Contributions of the Mormon Battalion" and the video "Zion in the Wilderness" (made at LDS Motion Picture Studios). One of numerous credited "story consultants" for T.C. Christensen's "Bug Off!" (2001).
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Michael W. Cook. Electrician, gaffer, grip, videographer, boom operator. Electrician for "A Midnight Clear" (1992).
Lives in Sandy, Utah. Production coordinator for the movies "The Way of the Gun" (2000) and "Made Men" (1999). Production supervisor for the movie "Just a Dream" (2002). Production assistant for "Happiness" (1998), "Money Plays" (1997), "Invasion of Privacy" (1996) and "Face of Evil" (1996).
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Matthew Coombs. Choreographer for the 1999 production of Doug Stewart's Latter-day Saint-themed musical "Star Child," which was taped and made into a video available in LDS bookstores. Choreography for local stage productions, including productions at the Pleasant Grove Youth Theatre. Bio from unknown source:
After performing non-stop for 20 years, Kieri graduated from BYU with a degree in Theater and Film Directing. She worked freelance in the commercial and film industry for 3 years. Her highlight was working as the second Assistant Director on the Legacy film with her father Keith Merrill.
After marrying the very darling Matt Coombs, Kieri returned to her first love--children's theater. Kieri taught high school and junior high theater and was creative director of a youth theater group in California for 5 years. She took this singing/dancing/acting group on tours around the world, including tours in China, Japan, Russia, and Eastern Europe. Faithfully, following her husband, she moved to Utah where she began freelancing as a director/choreographer in St. George, and now Utah Valley. This is her second year as a member of the Pleasant Grove Youth Theatre creative team.
Latter-day Saint. From Texas. Graduated with a degree in film from Brigham Young University (BYU) in 2002. Director of the short comedy film "Logjammin'" (2002). The film is described thus: "Ken, a novice robber, embarrassingly attempts to rob a video store. Video store manager Sid reluctantly offers some advice to help the robber improve." Producer and editor of the award-winning short BYU student film "Peluca" (2002), which competed in the prestigious Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah in January 2003. Was one of the producers of "Napoleon Dynamite," a feature-length comedy, made largely by BYU graduates including its director, Jared Hess, which began production in July 2003 and competed in the Sundance Film Festival in January 2004. Coon, with Hess, gave a presentation at the 3rd LDS Film Festival in January 2004. Bio from "Peluca" website (http://www.peluca.net/about_peluca.htm):
Jeremy Coon is a native Texan who graduated in business and film from BYU. His experience as a producer and editor on over twenty productions has given him recognition in film festivals such as the Rochester International Film Festival. Jeremy is currently collaborating with Hess on "Napoleon Dynamite" [the feature-length expansion of "Peluca"].
Sometimes credited as: Thomas "Tiff" Cooney; T.F. Cooney. Grip for Blair Treu's feature film "Little Secrets" (2002) and the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Jack Weyland's Charly" (2002). Grip for the feature film "Friends & Lovers (1999). Electrician for the feature films "Stargate" (1994) and "Love Field" (1992).
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Bountiful, Utah. Cinematographer. His gear includes: Sony HD-F900, Canon XL1, Steadicam. Website: http://www.clarkcooper.cc/. Director of photography for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature-length film "Day of Defense" (2003), which he shot using digital cameras. Bio from "Day of Defense" website:
Clark Cooper began his career in the visual and media arts at a very early age. His entrepreneurial artistic spirit has ventured into drawing, graphic arts, programming and visual effects to acting. He has performed in front and behind the camera, in a wide variety of disciplines, working both as an actor, gaffer, grip, camera operator, and assistant camera operator, editor, storyboard artist, and visual effects director, in commercials, industrial, and features. Prior to Day of Defense, Clark has worked as Director of Photography, on a number of commercials and film shorts. A firm believer in the market of High Definition Digital Cinematography, he is currently in pre-production on two other digital projects.
Latter-day Saint. Actor. Cast in a small role as one of Ishmael's sons in Gary Rogers' Book of Mormon movie (2003). Appeared in the low budget independent feature film "Blue Universe." Bio from Book of Mormon movie website (http://www.bookofmormonmovie.com/cast/jeremycooper.html):
Jeremy is a graduate of the Academy of Performing Arts. He has also studied Film with Rob Diamond's Actor's Lounge and Studio 9 with Geoff Hansen.
Jeremy's Stage roles include: Jungle Book, (Academy of Performing Arts), A Streetcar Named Desire, (SLCC Theatre Showcase), Jungle Book, (Academy of Performing Arts), Juvie, (Academy of Performing Arts), Bowl In A China Shop, (Academy Community Theatre) and Antigonie (Academy of Performing Arts).
Jeremy has appeared in one feature film, Blue Universe and one television show, City Beat (WB Network).
Set dresser for the feature film "Drive Me Crazy" (1999), filmed in Salt Lake City and Ogden, Utah. Swing gang for Blair Treu's direct-to-video feature "Wish Upon a Star" (1996).
Todd F. Cope
Latter-day Saint. Author of the book The Shift, which was made into the TV movie "The Last Dance" (2000).
Credited as the "Master Intern" for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The R.M." (2003).
Utah-based actress. Supporting roles in "Stray Dog" (a Nickelodeon pilot) and a number of children's videos, including "Raising Cattle", "Making Steel", "A Day At The Farm", and Vineyard Productions' "Under The Street." Has appeared on the TV series "Promised Land" -- once as a dancer and once as a Gypsy. Has appeared in commercials for for Handstand Productions, Aways Kids (Bonneville Communications and Childrens Miracle Network). Voiceover work for the children's video "Student on Field Trip" (Vineyard Productions).
Calvin M. Cory
Latter-day Saint. Also credited as: Calvin Cory. Wrote the short screenplay "Rulon's Game," which competed in the 2002 LDS Film Festival. Cory made his screenplay into a film, which he completed in 2003. His film "Rulon's Game" (2003, 15 minutes, color) competed in the 3rd LDS Film Festival (Jan. 2004) and was described thus: "A man's circumstances in the present are changed by his decisions in the past."
[1st reported LDS film-making student in Colombia, supported by Perpetual Education Fund]
Volved el Corazón (in pre-production 2008; s)
Atada a mi Viente (in pre-production 2008; s)
Lo que me ata, me mata (in production 2008; as art director; vd)
Un Martes (2008; s)
Abre las Alas, Cucarrón Cojo (2008; s)
Rendez-vouz (2007; also actor; s) - "Primer Festival Sueños Cortos" Finalist
Prisión de la Conciencia (2007; a.k.a. "Conscience Jail"; also actor and script; s)
El Espejo (2007; as photography director; s)
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Also known as: Donald Cosney; Donald F. Cosney. Played "Stake President Wallen" in the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The R.M." (2003). Supporting role as "Sergeant Finn" in the Disney TV movie "Hounded" (2001). Small role as the President of the United States in "The Undercover Kid" (1996), from Leucadia Film Corporation. Supporting role in the Dale White production "No Place to Ride." Appears as a father in the Bob Condor/Thomson Productions video "Profiles in Faith." Small role as an old man in Martin Andersen's inspirational video drama "Turning Point" (1996). Guest appearance on the TV series "Touched by an Angel", in the 1998 episode "Deconstructing Harry," and appearances in smaller roles on 2 other episodes of the series. Also appeared on an episode of "CrossRoads." Hosted "CinemaView" for KSTU-TV, Salt Lake City. Has appeared in over 60 industrial films, for clients such as, Novell, Natures Sunshine, NuSkin, United Healthcare, America First Credit Union, Dean Witter, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, working with directors such as Kirk Strickland, Scott Jackson, Tyler Meason, Lance Huber, Jim Pruitt, Jim Alvey, Richard Marshall, Craig Flynn, Cathy Spangler, Quinn Orr, and Gary Esterholdt. Extensive theater experience performing in the Hale Centre Theatre in West Valley City; Pages Lane Theatre, SLC, Pioneer Theatre Company, SLC; Little Theatre in Burbank, CA; Crossroads Theatre, Hollywood, CA; The Cellar Theatre, Hollywood, CA; and the USO Touring Theatre, Washington, DC. Has appeared in numerous TV commercials for clients including Gus Paulos Chevrolet, Huntsman Cancer Center, Iomega, United Healthcare, Standard Optical, Deseret Industries, ZCMI, Zion's Bank and FHP, working with directors such as John Greene, Scott Featherstone, Dave Sapp and Bryan Capner. Has done considerable voiceover work for comercials, films, etc., including work on Lee Groberg's PBS documentary "Sacred Stone: Temple on the Mississippi" (2002). Has appeared in numerous print ads. Has directed stage plays: Bundle of Trouble, Hale Centre Theatre; Within These Walls, Cedar City West Stake, UT; Martyr in Waiting, One-Act Play Competition; Once More With Feeling, Little Theatre, Burbank, CA; Cactus Flower, Little Theatre; Never Too Late, Little Theatre; Mary, Mary, USO Touring Theatre, Washington, DC. Profile Page
Lives in West Jordan, Utah. Associate producer/director for Video Lines. Camera operator for Broadcast International Studios.
R. Craig Costin
Lives in Sandy, Utah. Actor. Bit part in the French film "Un 32 aout sur terre" (1998, English title: "August 32nd on Earth").
Lives in Utah. Set medic/EMT for the Latter-day Saint-themed direct-to-video film "Christmas Mission" (1999), the TV series "Touched by an Angel", "Invasion" (Arizona Productions) and "Dos Santos" (Chris/Rose Productions). Also craft service provider for "Christmas Mission."
Latter-day Saint. Best known for his major role as the villainous "Kohor" in the Church-produced motion picture "Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd" (2000). Small role in the film "Uninhibited (1995). TV guest appearances on "Fantasy Island" and "Baywatch."
Extras casting assistant for Blair Treu's TV movie "Just Like Dad" (1995).
Lives in Utah. Actress who has been working in Utah since 1983. Had bit parts in the TV movies "Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenet and the City of Boulder" (2000) and "Slaughter of the Innocents" (1994). Had a guest appearance on the 1998 episode of "Promised Land" titled "Purple Heart." Has also appeared on "Touched by an Angel."
Latter-day Saint. From Alberta, Canada. English major studying at Brigham Young University-Hawaii (BYU-H). Director, producer, co-writer and star of the hour-long film "Kevin and Jay" (2001), made by students at BYU-H. Prior to making "Kevin and Jay," Cowden made about 50 short films, most of them comedies. Ke Alaka'i, 14 Nov. 2001: "At his home in Alberta, Canada, Cowden had several of his productions broadcasted on Northern Cable Vision, a public access channel. During his senior year of high school, Cowden won a regional gold medal for TV and video production at a competition called Skills Canada. He also competed at a provincial level."
Utah-based actor. Small roles in the documentary film "The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition" (2000), the Park City-filmed independent feature film "Net Worth" (2000), and "West Wisconsin Ave." (MUTV Productions). Played a corporate lawyer on an episode of "Touched by an Angel." Has appeared in commercials for clients including: Huntsman Chemical, Hoyt U.S.A., BigPlanet.com, Beneficial Life and Tesoro. Stage roles include: Wendover; Out Of The Frying Pan; The Insect Comedy. Has also done print modelling for clients including Dickies, Franklin Covey, and John Lainge Homes.
C. Jay Cox
Latter-day Saint (Raised in a devout Latter-day Saint home, but not currently active in the Church). Best known as the screenwriter of the hit feature film "Sweet Home Alabama" (2002), which starred Reese Witherspoon as a woman torn between her rural Southern heritage and her new successful life in New York City. Previously wrote the little-known mystery film "The Thing in Bob's Garage" (1998). In 2003 Cox wrote and directed the low-budget feature film "Latter Days," marking his directorial debut. Billed as a GLBT romantic comedy, "Latter Days" tells the story of a promiscuous GLBT party boy ("Christian", played by Wesley A. Ramsey) who seduces a Latter-day Saint missionary ("Elder Aaron Davis," played by Steve Sandvoss) on a bet, and then finds himself actually falling in love with him. Christian is significantly changed as he learns about spirituality and Christian values from the missionary, while the missionary in turn changes significantly as he leaves his mission and converts to a GLBT lifestyle. Much of the story is autobiographical, drawing from Cox's own background as a Latter-day Saint, which he eventually left to embrace homosexuality. The conflicts between Cox and his family over his decisions are mirrored in some of the movie's dramatic and most memorable moments. With its open criticism of the shallowness of the GLBT lifestyle as lived by Christian early in the film, "Latter Days" drew praise from many GLBT viewers as being something significantly moving and inspiring, a film that went beyond the typical GLBT film. The film garnered a number of audience choice awards at GLBT film festivals. Mainstream film critics, however, largely dismissed the film as amateurish at best. A scheduled screening in a Salt Lake City art house theater run by a national chain was cancelled due the film's lack of cinematic quality and low production values. The film, which contained graphic sex and nudity, was largely ignored by the Latter-day Saint community and failed to generate the level of controversy hoped for by the film's promoters in order to fuel broader interest and bigger box office returns. Cox is also credited with small roles in the low budget films "Nightmare Sisters" (1987) and "The Offspring" (1987).
Gary R. Cox
Lives Utah. Sometimes credited as: Gary Cox. Electrician, best boy electric, key grip. Best boy electric for the feature films "Partners in Crime" (2000), "Stranger Than Fiction" (1999) and "The Rage" (1997). Electrician for Scott Featherstone's independent feature film "Same River Twice" (1996). Other credits include the TV series "Touched By An Angel", the family film "Address Unknown", the BYU-produced PBS documentary series "Ancestors", and the Church-produced series for young people, "Center Street."
Lives in Sandy, Utah. Electrician.
Latter-day Saint. Director of the documentary "Remembering Vinnytya" (2003, 12 minutes, color), which competed in the 3rd LDS Film Festival (Jan. 2004) and was described thus: "An eyewitness recounts the traumatic childhood experience of learning of her missing father's whereabouts."
Latter-day Saint. Sometimes credited as: Kelly C. Crabb. Received bachelor's and master's degrees at Brigham Young University (BYU). Writer and composer of "All My Friends Are Cowboys" (1998). Associate producer of Paul Tuerpe's "View from the Swing" (2000). He was included in the "personal thanks to the following for their contribution to the making of this movie" section of the closing credits of the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Jack Weyland's Charly" (2002), presumably because he was an investor. Crabb did work for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics. He speaks Japanese. Crabb was recently hired by Elizabeth Smart's family to handle negotations for her story to be made into a book and movie.
Lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Kathy Crandal. Lead person for: The Right Temptation (2000); The Way of the Gun (2000); Bats (1999); The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All (1999). Painter for "Made Men" (1999).
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Roger S. Crandall. Production designer for the IMAX documentary "Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure" (2001), the TV movie "Dying to Belong" (1997), and the Disney Channel serial "The Secret of Lost Creek" (1992). Photographer for Kieth Merrill's IMAX film "Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets" (1984), which is perhaps the highest-grossing documentary in world history. Art director for the Feature Films For Families videos "In Your Wildest Dreams" (1991) and "Secret of Treasure Mountain" (1993), the feature films "Wait Until Spring, Bandini" (1989) and "Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers" (1988), and the TV movie "Louis L'Amour's Down the Long Hills" (1986). Set decorator for the big budget 70mm film "The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd" (2000), produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and directed by Kieth Merrill. Property master for the feature films "P.K. and the Kid" (1987) and "Cujo" (1983). Property master for the classic Church film "Mr. Krueger's Christmas" (1980) and the feature film "Windwalker" (1980), both directed by Merrill. Assistant property master for the feature film "Harry's War" (1981), directed by Merrill. One of numerous credited "story consultants" for T.C. Christensen's "Bug Off!" (2001). Grip for the classic Church video "The Emmett Smith Story" (1979), filmed by a BYU crew.
Latter-day Saint. Bio from production notes for Evita at Scera Theatre (2002):
Costume Designer. Tami studied Music Dance Theater and Costume Design at Brigham Young University. She has designed costumes for Man of LaMancha, Pippin, King John, Bye Bye Birdie, Music Man, Annie Get Your Gun, Titanic, Singin' in the Rain, Hello, Dolly!, She Loves Me, Witness for the Prosecution, Forever Plaid, Into the Woods, School House Rock! Live, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Tami also designed costumes for the Regional Utah Premiere of Scarlet Pimpernel and the premiere production of Heidi The Musical. Her film credits include "Dreaming of You", and work for the LDS Motion Picture Studios. Currently Tami is the resident designer for Acting Up! Theater for Youth and MJ Productions.
Production controller for Blair Treu's "Wish Upon a Star" (1996). Production accountant for "Breaking Free" (1995), "Windrunner" (1995), "Coyote Summer" (1996), Treu's "The Paper Brigade" (1996), and Sterling Van Wagenen's feature film "Alan & Naomi" (1992). Production assistant for Treu's "Just Like Dad" (1995). All of these movies were produced by Salt Lake City-based Leucadia Film Corporation.
Latter-day Saint. Lives in South Jordan, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Gerry Craven. Producer/director for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Producer/director of Church videos such as "Family First," "Hannah," and "Seek Learning," as well as numerous commercials for the Church. Directed "The Restoration" film series for the Church, along with Blair Treu and Peter Johnson.
Latter-day Saint. Major roles in "Minor Adjustments" (2002), "Dead by Monday" (2000) and "My Dog Vincent" (1998). Small role in "The Five Senses" (1999). One of the stars of the comedy series "Sonic Temple" (2001), "Hype" (2000), "The Red Green Show" (1991) and "The Gavin Crawford Show" (2000).
Latter-day Saint. Actor with small roles in: Summerspell (1983); California Gold Rush (1981); Guardian of the Wilderness (1977); The Last of the Mohicans (1977); The Lost Manuscript (1974; V); Harry in Your Pocket (1973).
Costume designer for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The R.M." (2003).
Craft service for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The R.M." (2003).
Lives in Hyrum, Utah. Actress.
Dale L. Cressman
Latter-day Saint. Writer/producer of the documentary "Russia: Hidden Memory" (1995).
Charles V. Criddle
Videotape editor for the video version of the Latter-day Saint-themed stage musical "My Turn On Earth" (1986). Sound engineer for the stage musical "The Trail of Dreams," written by James Arrington, Marvin Payne, and Steven Kapp Perry, and directed by Payne, produced at Utah Valley State College in 1997.
Lives in Kamas, Utah. His company, Slash C. Rodeo Company, provides animals and wrangling.
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Cedar Hills, Utah (just outside of Pleasant Grove). Also credited as: Kenneth Cromar. Was one of 10 people credited with a "story by" credit in the animated feature film "All Dogs Go to Heaven" (1989), an MGMG/UA international release directed by Don Bluth which had a U.S. box office gross of over $27 million. Production coordinator for the animated feature films "An American Tail" and "The Land Before Time," both of which were directed by Don Bluth and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. Shared a screenplay credit for the animated feature film "The Princess and the Pea" (2002). Was a field producer/director for the TV series "Hollywood's Greatest Stunts" and "Access Hollywood." Producer/director of "The Just" (shot entirely on location in Ireland) and "Justice and Mercy" for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, specifically for the Church Educational System's seminary program. Made the "Answers To Life's Questions" touch-screen, multi-lingual, DVD, CD-ROM, interactive kiosk and internet presentation for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, used in visitors centers and elsewhere. Producer, director an writer of "Networking a Billion Connections," which won the "Best of Show Aurora Award in 1996. Has produced numerous other high-quality promotional films, videos, CD-ROMs and convention presentation productions for Novell Corp., shot in various locations including London, Paris, Boston and San Francisco, etc. Producer/director of "The Art of Teamwork" (an international award winner), and other promotional video productions for Sullivan Bluth Studios Ireland Ltd. Director of "Decimal and Percents" and "Geography". Company: Blue Moon Productions. Website: http://www.bluemoonprod.com/.
Latter-day Saint. Film student at Brigham Young University (BYU). Director of the documentary "Bill's Christmas" (2001).
Lives in Utah. Sometimes credited as: Jeff Crowshaw. Graduated from Springville High School. Boom operator and Set Production Assistant for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Jack Weyland's Charly" (2002). Along with partner Spencer Peterson, Jeff received Honorable Mention in the High School Animation category at the 2001 Utah Multimedia Arts Festival for his film "Butterfly."
Ethnic Mormon. Born in 1954 in New York. Producer for the PBS documentary series "Frontline." Producer of the autobiographical "Frontline" documentary "Secret Daughter" (1996). In this emotionally gripping program, Cross traces her childhood and family background. Her mother was Norma Greve, a Latter-day Saint woman from Pocatello, Idaho. Cross's father, who was not LDS, was Jimmy Cross (James Cross), a black song-and-dance man who was "Stump" in the well-known performing team "Stump and Stumpy." Jimmy Cross was a major influence on white comedians of his time, including Jerry Lewis. Soon after June was born in 1954. Norma took the baby and fled from Jimmy Cross in 1957 because of his drinking, drug use and violence toward her. As June matured and her complexion darkened, she and her mother encountered racist reactions from their Manhattan, New York neighbors, including a petition from residents in their apartment building demanding that they leave. Norma was worried that being raised in all-white world by would ruin June's sense of identity. Norma asked friends of hers - a middle-class black couple in Atlantic City, New Jersey - to raise June. After giving up her daughter, Norma cried every night and wrote daily letters to the girl. June returned to live with Norma during the Summers. When June was 7 year old, her mother married famed actor/comedian Larry Storch, star of the TV series "F Troop" (as "Randolph Agarn"). June's mother began using the name she would be known by the rest of her life: "Norma Storch." Norma and Larry Storch told everybody that June was their "adopted daughter," who lived most of the year with an African-American family. The documentary chronicles all of this and also features June Cross's visit to her Latter-day Saint relatives in Idaho. Other film credits include: Writer/producer/director of the documentary "Russian Roulette" (1998), about difficulties in controlling the nuclear arsenel of post-USSR Russia. Writer and producer of the PBS miniseries "This Far by Faith" (2003), a six-part documentary on religion in African-American life.
Lives in North Hollywood, California. Cross is the director of the feature-length documentary film "West End Story," which won the award for Best Documentary at the 2001 Thunderbird International Film Festival in Cedar City, Utah. He is also director of the documentary "Follow the Leader" (2002), which focuses on four days in the life of the President. "Follow the Leader" competed in the 2002 Gloria Film Festival (Salt Lake City Film Festival). Cross wrote two screenplays which were finalists in the 2003 Thunderbird International Film Festival. "Hector Hawkins" is described thus: "A documentary filmmaker who finds his way into the conclave that elects the Pope. The rest is history." Cross co-wrote the other screenplay, "Champagne & Chocolate," with Marianne Quinn. It is described thus: "A woman's plan of finding a man to accept her for who she is did not include a scheme that takes her from oblivion to the shark infested waters of national fame."
Latter-day Saint. Utah-based actor. A leading professor in BYU theater deptartment. Major roles in Living Scriptures Inc. animated videos, such as "The Savior in America" (1989) and "He is Risen (1988), in which he provided the voice of Jesus. Narrator for the classic BYU-made film "Christmas Snows, Christmas Winds" (1978), in which narration is spoken throughout most of the film. Minor roles in feature films, including: Brigham City (2001); The Last Resort (1997); Secret of Treasure Mountain (1993); The ButterCream Gang (1992); Money Plays (1997); The Man with Three Wives (1993); It Nearly Wasn't Christmas (1989). Guest appearance on "MMC" (the new Mickey Mouse Club).
Latter-day Saint. One of three film editors for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The Work and the Story" (2003).
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Provo, Utah. Wardrobe or costume design credits include: "Dream Machine", "It Nearly Wasn't Christmas" (1989), "Down The Long Hills", "Wildest Dreams". Did hair/make-up for the 1989 video adaptation of the hit Latter-day Saint musical "Saturday's Warrior" (1989). Makeup and hair assistant for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Jack Weyland's Charly" (2002). Makeup and hair supervisor for the award-winning BYU student film "Wildest Dreams" (1986).
Latter-day Saint. Head football coach for Brigham Young University (BYU), succeeding the hugely successful and popular LaVelle Edwards. Cameo appearance as "Bishop Andrews" in the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The R.M." (2003).
Latter-day Saint (non-practicing as an adult). Born 27 March 1884, Ogden, Utah. Died 3 August 1942, Los Angeles, California. Birth name: James Cruze Bosen. Married to Betty Compson. Later married to Marguerite Snow. Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Actor who appeared in over 40 movies. Director of at least 75 movies, including: Come On, Leathernecks! (1938); The Gangs of New York (1938); Sutter's Gold (1936); Once a Gentleman (1930); The Great Gabbo (1929); Old Ironsides (1926); The Pony Express (1925); The Dictator (1922); Crazy to Marry (1921); The Valley of the Giants (1919); Too Many Millions (1918). Producer of at least 34 films. Writer of "Waking Up the Town" (1925). Bio from SilentMajority.com (http://www.silentsmajority.com/BTC/directb.htm): "Actor, director. An important artist of the silent era, James Cruze put his own special stamp on the films that he acted in, such as "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (Thanhouser, 1912), and directed, such as "The Covered Wagon" (Famous Players-Lasky, 1923) and "Old Ironsides" (Paramount Famous Lasky Corp., 1926)."
Latter-day Saint. Born 24 May 1881 in Utah. Died 16 August 1965, Los Angeles, California. Sometimes credited as: Mae Cruze. Sister of actor/director James Cruze. Minor actress. Appeared in a few films, including a major role in the silent film "The Impersonation" (1916).
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Audio engineer at Metropolis Integrated Media in Salt Lake City, Utah. Bio from company website (http://www.metropolispost.com):
Mario's interest in production began in high school. In college he worked as lighting and technical director for a touring song and dance revue. He attended Middle Tennessee State University, graduating in 1997 with a BS in Communications, majoring in Recording Industry Management. Mario is also manager of Metropolis' audio/video duplication facilities.
Latter-day Saint. Executive producer of Kieth Merrill's IMAX film "Ozarks: Legacy & Legend (1995).
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Provo, Utah with her husband Eugene. Sometimes credited as Georgia Faux. Utah-based actress. Minor roles in "Brigham City" (2001), and "Esperanza" (1997), "The Appleby Sensation" (1997).
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Actor.
One of 3 credited executive producers of the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Out of Step" (2002).
Lives in Cleveland, Utah (near Moab). Wrangler whose credits include "Lonestar" (a video for Deaton Flanigan Productions), and a Marlboro commercial.
Lives in Utah. Independent film producer. Voice work for the PBS documentary "Trail of Hope: The Story of the Mormon Trail" (1997). Arranged for a painting by Ephraim, Utah artist Larry Nielson to be presented by actor Rick Schroeder to President George Bush as part of a post-September 11 event.
Lives in Park City, Utah. Location scout and location manager. Credits include: Nike, Salt Lake Organizing Committee, Lincoln/ Mercury, Columbia Sportswear and Acura. Company: Scout Utah. Website: http://www.scoututah.com
Set P.A. for Blair Treu's feature film "Little Secrets" (2002). Location production assistant (i.e., set P.A.) for the independent film "Just a Dream" (2001), directed by Danny Glover. Associate producer for "Lost In La Mancha" (2002).
Latter-day Saint. 15 February 1925, Salt Lake City, Utah. Died 12 October 2002 in the Heritage Place retirement center in Bountiful of complications due to Alzheimer's disease. Won a Tony Award in 1971 for the Broadway musical "The Rothschilds." Versatile actor perhaps best known for his recurring role as "John Allen Hill" on the hit TV sitcom "Cheers" (1990-1993). Also had regular roles on other TV series: The Magician (1973-1974); Amanda's (1983); Smurfs (1981); Space-Stars (1981-1982); One in a Million (1980); Scooby and Scrappy-Doo (1979). Major roles on the video "Richie Rich's Christmas Wish" (1998), and the films "Mother Teresa: In the Name of God's Poor" (1997) and "The Magician" (1973). Minor roles in over 15 films, including: I.Q. (1984); Heaven Can Wait (1978); Rabbit Test (1978); Lambada (1990); Macbeth (1948); Blade (1973); Legalese (1998); Strange New World (1975). TV guest appearances include: Ally McBeal; Beverly Hills, 90210; Cannon; Caroline in the City; Coach; The Drew Carey Show; Eight Is Enough; Ellery Queen; ER; Full House; Hawaii Five-O; Hope & Gloria; The Jeffersons; Knight Rider; Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman; Lou Grant; M*A*S*H; Matt Houston; Men Behaving Badly; Murder, She Wrote; Ned and Stacey; Night Court; Party of Five; The Pretender; Sanford and Son; The Single Guy; Star Trek: Voyager; Stargate SG-1; Three's Company; Touched by an Angel; Whiz Kids; The Wizard; Wonder Woman. One of his first major stage roles was playing Lennox in Orson Welles' production of "Macbeth," staged in Kingsbury Hall as part of the Utah centennial celebration in 1947. The following year he played the same role in Welles' screen version. As an adult, Curtis was not active in the Church, but he attended Church meetings whenever he returned to Bountiful to visit his family. His younger brother, Hal Curtis, was a bishop.
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Scenic artist for the feature film "Bats" (1999). Lead man for "Body of Love" (2000) and for the Feature Films For Families video "The ButterCream Gang" (1992). Set dresser for Leucadia's "Breaking Free" (1995). Set dresser or painter for: "Geronimo" (MGM Pictures) "Stephen King's The Stand" and "This Boy's Life" (Paramount). Prop department: "Passion in the Desert" (Roland Films) and "City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold" (1994; Columbia Pictures).
Peter G. Czerny
Latter-day Saint. Also credited as: Peter Czerny. Film editor. Works at LDS Motion Picture Studio in Provo, Utah. Editor of the movie "The Radicals" (1990), which won the CINE Golden Eagle for Best Feature Motion Picture, the Chris Award for Best Feature Motion Picture at the Columbus International Film Festival in Ohio, and the Silver Award at the WorldFest in Houston. Editor for PBS films and documentaries made at Brigham Young University (BYU), such as "A More Perfect Union: America Becomes a Nation" (1989), "Minerva Teichert: A Mission in Paint" (1988) and "The Faith of an Observer: Conversations with Hugh Nibley" (1985). Film editor for the BYU-made classic short films "Cipher in the Snow" (1973), "John Baker's Last Race" (1976), "Christmas Snows, Christmas Winds" (1978) and "The Phone Call" (1977).
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