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of Latter-day Saint and/or Utah
Film Personalities


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Cliff Maag
Works primarily as a recording engineer for music albums, but has done some music-related film work. Foley recordist and music recordist for the Feature Films For Families video "On Our Own" (1988). Music recordist for the Latter-day Saint-themed direct-to-video movie "Shadow of Light" (2002), the music for which was recorded at Record Lab. Music recording engineer, along with Brian Blosil, for the award-winning BYU short student film "Wildest Dreams" (1986). Maag also had a supporting role on-screen as a recording engineer in "Wildest Dreams."
Marilyn MacArthur
Born 25 May 1927, Brigham City, Utah. Birth name: Marilyn Baird. Played herself in the blaxploitation film "The Black Six" (1974).
Jaylene MacFarlane
Latter-day Saint. Raised in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Graduate of Brigham Young University (clothing and textiles major). Won awards at the International Textile and Apparel Association conference in August, 1996: honored for her designs in a competition open to faculty and graduate and undergraduate students. Was the costume designer for Eric Samuelsen's play The Seating of Senator Smoot, staged at BYU in 1996. Was also a piper with the Y Mountain Pipe Band while at BYU.
James W. Machowski
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sometimes credited as: James Machowski. AES, CAS. Production sound mixer whose credits include numerous TV movies and direct-to-video movies, including: You're Killing Me... (2001); Flies On Cupid (2000); Soccer Dog: The Movie (1999); Brown's Requiem (1998); Evasive Action (1998); Night Calls: The Movie (1998); The Westing Game (1997).
Antonio Macia
Latter-day Saint. Writer and one of the stars of the critically acclaimed direct-to-video feature film "Anne B. Real" (2003). Bio from
The son of Argentine and Chilean immigrants, Antonio was born and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. He graduated from Stamford High School with Highest Honors and then attended Middlebury College for one year. He then served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Toronto, Canada where he worked with Hispanic communities. Upon his return to campus he majored in International Studies with a concentration on Latin America and Western Europe. During his undergrad experience he spent over a year living and studying abroad in Paris, Madrid, and Argentina.

In the summer of 2000 moved to New York City with aspirations of acting and writing. He wrote and co-starred in his first feature film, Anne B. Real (2003) by the spring of 2002. The piece is a coming of age Hip Hop story of a Dominican girl that dreams of being a rapper, and who finds her voice and inspiration through the Diary of Anne Frank.

Since its release the film has garnered critical acclaim around the world and inspired audiences from all walks of life. the culmination of festival awards came on December 3rd 2003 when the IFP nominated Anne B. Real for a Spirit Award under the John Cassavettes award given to Best Feature under 500K.

After completing filming on Anne B. Real, Antonio went on to co-star in the independent features Turn and Uneasy. During the fall of 2003, Antonio was the youngest artist and first ever screenwriter invited by the prestigious Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico as an artist-in-residence.

Marion Mack
9 April 1902, Mammoth, Utah. Died 1 May 1989, Costa Mesa, California. Birth name: Joey Marion McCreery. Actress. Best known as the beautiful but brainless heroine Annabelle Lee in Buster Keaton's classic "The General." Also starred in "The Carnival Girl" (1926); "One of the Bravest" (1925); and "Mary of the Movies" (1923), but retired as an actress, preferring to spend time with he husband working behind the camera. With her husband Lewis Lewyn she was a talented screenwriter and producer, whose credits include "Streamlined Swing" (1938) and "Mary of the Movies" (1923), and shorts such as "Voice of Hollywood" and "Hollywood on Parade." Footage of her from "The General" was included in the compilatin film "The Great Chase" (1963), making her one of the stars of that film -- long after she had retired as an actress.
Fritz MacNamire
Lives in Utah. Film editor for Tucker Dansie's films, including his Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Love Logs On" (2003). Bio from "Love Logs On" website (
Aw, what can you say about Fritz. A quiet man, doesn't like to be seen much, but a heck of an editor. He has edited everything that Tucker has ever done. And he's very talented and hard to get. Thanks Fritz.

Dean F.H. Macy
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Author, screenwriter and artist manager. Screenwriter of the unfinished 1-hour TV movie "One Christmas Eve," which is scheduled for a November 2003 premier according to IMDb. The cast includes: Emily Hamilton, Meredith Ryan Packer, Scott Hamilton, Deborah Wyndham, Katherine Hamilton and Jillian Wheeler. President and founder of New England Talent, Ltd.. Website ( Profile Page
Rick Macy
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Murray, Utah. A leading character actor in many films made in Utah. He is perhaps best known for playing "Helam," the lead role (the father whose sculptor son goes astray) in Academy Award-winning director Kieth Merrill's Church-commissioned 70mm film "Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd" (2000). Before that Macy appeared in major supporting roles in a number of family-oriented direct-to-video feature films, including: "Message in a Cell Phone" (2000); "Return to the Secret Garden (2000); "Secret of Treasure Mountain" (1993); "Willy the Sparrow" (1989). His debut in a commercially screened feature film came in Richard Dutcher's critically acclaimed Latter-day Saint-themed thriller "Brigham City" (2001). Macy played "Ernie," a counselor in a bishopric led by Dutcher's character, and the father of a murder victim played by Jacque Gray. Macy followed this up with an even larger supporting role as the father of the lead character (played by Alison Akin Clark) in the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Out of Step." The male lead in "Out of Step" was Jeremy Elliott, who had played Macy's son in "Testaments." Macy once again played the father of the lead character in Blair Treu's feature film "Little Secrets" (2002). Distributed nationally by Columbia TriStar, this was Macy's first appearance in a major studio release. In "Little Secrets" Macy had the sixth-billed role, co-starring with Evan Rachel Wood, Michael Angarano, David Gallagher, Vivica A. Fox, Jan Gardner, and Tayva Patch. Macy has also had small roles in national television productions, including the TV movie "Divided by Hate" (1997), the miniseries "Perfect Murder, Perfect Town" (2000) and the HBO movie "Shot in the Heart" (2001). TV guest appearances on "Touched by an Angel."
Matt Madden
Latter-day Saint. Film student at Brigham Young University (BYU). Producer, director and co-writer of the short documentary "The Endowment School" (2002). The film is about a Utah charity that as put money into creating a primary school in Cambodia. The film talks about the problems - monetary, social, and logistical - that this school is facing.
Trent Maddox
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Salt Lake City. Actor. Described in RuthAnn Hogue's article "So you want to become a movie star -- LDS Style" (
Salt Lake- based actor Trent Maddox, for example, had the gut-wrenching experience of being called back -- twice -- as a finalist for the supporting role of Kori Swenson.

"I totally think I've got it," he'd said with the passion of a winner as he emerged from his initial call back. "I've never felt like this before!"

Maddox, whose experience includes local commercials and modeling gigs, has striking features that seem to suggest the potential to become the LDS version of superstar Tom Cruise. The chance to break in, he said, was more about the opportunity to make a difference than to attain fortune or fame. The 27-year- old husband and father of a 3-year-old son has arranged his life around his dream of breaking into film. That's why he sells real estate. The flexible schedule allows him to earn a living while pursuing acting opportunities.

"I've never really let on how much it means to me," he said. "It could change my life."

Inside sources said the role of Kori Swenson was particularly difficult to cast, meaning there was more than one "final" audition. It wasn't till the day shooting began that Maddox learned casting directors had hired someone from out of state for the role.

"I thought I had it," a visibly disappointed Maddox said.

Steve Madsen
Credited as Second Second Assistant Director and 2nd AD/Production Coordinator (Second Unit) for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Jack Weyland's Charly" (2002). Also has a bit part as a garbage man in "Charly."

Cheri Magill
Latter-day Saint. Singer/songwriter. Set production assistant for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Jack Weyland's Charly" (2002). Website: Bio from (
Cheri just released her first album, Crossing Avenues, in May of 2001. The album features her own collection of songs in a pop-folk style. Her well-crafted lyrics express her thoughtful side and her sense of humor. Cheri writes about experiences that she has encountered while crossing the avenues of life. Cheri is a native of Wisconsin. She graduated from college in Utah and is currently showcasing her music there.
Bio from her official website (
Cheri released her debut album, "Crossing Avenues" in May 2001. The album features all original songs in a pop-folk style. Her well-crafted lyrics express her fun-loving and serious parts of her personality. Cheri writes about experiences that she has encountered while crossing the avenues of life.

Cheri is a native of Wisconsin. She graduated from Brigham Young University in April 2001 with a BA in media music. Currently, she is taking a break from performing to serve a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Portugal.

Michael Magleby
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Orem, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Mike Magleby. Co-producer of the monumental "Light of the World: A Celebration of Life" show sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the 2002 Winter Olympics. Has done extensive set design and set construction work. Company: Signature Scenery.
Laila Maizer
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Director of the 5-minute film "Up;Right," a youth perspective on women's rights. The film competed in the Young Media Artist division in the 2002 Utah Short Film & Video Festival.
Wade Major
Latter-day Saint. Movie reviewer for Box Office Magazine. Co-producer of the video "Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies" (2001), which is also known as "Splitscreen: The Secret History of American Movies." Author of the movie star biography Jackie Chan, published by Metro Books, 1996. Board member of Vision Film Festival, Los Angeles, 2001. A graduate of UCLA Film School, Wade Major is a Los Angeles-based entertainment journalist and independent filmmaker. His work has appeared in Entertainment Today, BoxOffice Magazine, Transpacific, Face and the online magazine Mr. Showbiz.
Steve Mallen
Lives in Murray, Utah. Gaffer and grip. Electrician for "Made Men" (1999).
Kyle Mallory
Latter-day Saint. Filmmaker in Layton, Utah. Director of the short films: The Atonement Box; Family Reunion; Mormon Mafia; The Raising; NeverReady. Founder of JimmyJohn Productions and Blunt Reality Films. Website:
Joey Maloney
Lives in Park City, Utah. Made the short (4 min., 40 sec.) narrative film "Sketched Dreams," which was shown at the 2003 Utah Short Film & Video Festival. The film is described thus: "In life we chase dreams that seldom become realities."
Bryan Mangum
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Provo, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Brian Mangum. Works as an Animation/Graphics Manager at KBYU, the local public broadcasting station affiliated with Brigham Young University (BYU). Visual effects supervisor for the Latter-day Saint-themed direct-to-video movie "The Shadow of Light" (2002). Credited with "Graphic Elements" for the KBYU dance film "Woman, the Pioneer" (1997). Post production audio for the Latter-day Saint-themd KBYU film "Eliza and I" (1997).
Burch Mann
Born 16 August 1908. Died 25 June 1996, Cedar City, Utah. Choreographer for "Treasure of Matecumbe" (1976).
Michael T. Manning
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Michael Manning. Hair stylist and make-up artist.
Yvonne Manzanarez
Assistant hair stylist and makeup artist for the Leucadia TV movie "Windrunner" (1995).
Dan Marchbanks
Lives in Lehi, Utah. Carpenter whose set construction credits include "Invasion of Privacy", "Last Chance", "Extreme", "Slaughter of the Innocents."
Jon Marchbanks
Lives in Murray, Utah. Set construction/design, set dresser or props.
Lawrence B. Marcus
Born 1917, Beaver, Utah. Died 28 August 2001, Woodland Hills, California. Early in his career wrote for radio. During the 1980s taught screenwriting at New York University. Received an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for "Stunt Man." Two Writers Guild of America nominations (for "Stunt Man" and "Petulia"). Screenwriter of: Threesome (1984); Witness for the Prosecution (1982); The Letter (1982); The Five of Me (1981); Stunt Man (1980); Alex & the Gypsy (1976); Going Home (1971); Justine (1969); Petulia (1968); A Covenant with Death (1967); Brainstorm (1965).
Sparky Marcus
Latter-day Saint. Born 6 December 1967, Hollywood, California. Sometimes credited as: Sparkey Marcus; Marcus Issoglio. His family's actual surname is Issoglio. Child actor and later a voice actor. Had roles on many short-lived TV series in the 1970s. He played "Shelby" on "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters" (1973-1975). He was "Michael Futterman" on "The Nancy Walker Show" (1976). He was "Jimmy Joe Jeeter on "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" from 1976 to 1977. He was "Kevin Kelley, Jr." on "Grandpa Goes to Washington" (1978). He was "Leslie Ogilvie" on "The Bad News Bears" (1979). He played "Skeeter" on "Goodtime Girls" (1980). Perhaps his best known role was as a voice actor. He starred as "Richie Rich" on "The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Hour" animated series (1980-1982). He later had regular roles as a voice actor on "Space-Stars" (1981), "Challenge of the GoBots" (1984), and "Space Ace" (1984). He did voice work for "The Get-Along Gang" (1984-1986). TV guest appearances include: Trapper John, M.D.; Happy Days; WKRP in Cincinnati; What's Happening!!; Maude; The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries; The Bob Newhart Show; Eight Is Enough; Starsky and Hutch. Marcus also appeared in the feature films "The Pinballs" (1977) and "Freaky Friday" (1976), as well as in many TV movies, including: Goldie and the Boxer Go to Hollywood (1981); Goldie and the Boxer (1979); The Amazing Cosmic Awareness of Duffy Moon (1976); Friendly Persuasion (1975); Someone I Touched (1975); The Last Day (1975); Beat the Turtle Drum (1978). He was a voice actor for Don Bluth's animated short film "Banjo the Woodpile Cat" (1979), as well as for the TV movies "The Puppy Saves the Circus" (1981) and "The Incredible Book Escape" (1980). He had the title role in the TV movie "The Stableboy's Christmas" (1978). His last known movie role was a brief cameo as a bellboy in "The Man with Two Brains" (1983), starring Steve Martin. In Kimball Jacobs' biography Faith and Fortune: A Mormon Family In Hollywood (2002), he writes about his family meeting Sparky's family:
Rachel [Jacobs] and Sparky performed the commercial as brother and sister. They would work again together int he fall. They not only became friends, but so did their parents. In fact, we thought so much of the nice family from Pasadena that we sent in a missionary card to the California Anaheim Mission headquarters... full-time missionaries paid a visit to the family. Before very long, some good Lutherans became good Mormons. Unbeknown to the Issoglio family in California, at the time of their conversion, their other children, in other parts of the country, were also investigating the Church as well. Eventually, they all joined The Church about the same time. Part of... Skeets [Sparky's mother] conversion was an experience of Saturday's Warrior as performed in the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. They came away from the performance definitely impressed.

Kelly Margetts
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Has worked on educational films for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a "Phantom of the Opera" multimedia project, and commercials for Don Fitzpatrick & Associates. Bio (
I am your man for getting the job done. I do it all... Quick learner and your best buddy while on location... Jack of all trades... Skilled in the arts of Audio Visual mediums... Sound boards, mics, cabling, recording, editing... Lighting skills... Camera/video operator... Carpenter... Electrician... Props... Computers... Data Projectors... Projectionist... Rigging... Stage/studio mechanic/technician or stage projectionist/audio technician for United Concerts Inc. Utah Theatrical Union, Local 99, Oasis, stage werks, Capitol Theatre, Kingsbury Hall, Salt Palace Convention Center. Has worked live events for numerous artists, shows and acts, including Neil Diamond, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Howard Jones, Phantom of the Opera, Grease, CATS, Sundance Film Festival, Slamdance Film Festival, and the Association of Governors.

Mel Marion
Latter-day Saint.
Sammie Markham
Lives in Utah County. Sound mixer/boom operator for the KBYU documentary "The Best Crop: A History of Orchard Farming in Orem, Utah" (2002) and for the BYU student films "Sublimating Arthur" (2001), "Woodwork" (2001) and "The Wrong Brother" (2000). Film editor for the BYU student film "Just Say When" (2000), directed by Tawnya Cazier.
Tony Markham
Latter-day Saint. Graduate of Brigham Young University (BYU) film school. Immediately after graduation he worked on the Latter-day Saint pioneer-themed direct-to-video film "Perilous Journey" (1984), directed by John Linton. Author of the Latter-day Saint-themed, critically acclaimed science fiction novel The Jaxon Files (1996).
Paul Maritsas
Lives in Utah. Sometimes credited as: Paul H. Maritsas. Production Sound Mixer for Blair Treu's feature film "Little Secrets" (2002), the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Jack Weyland's Charly" (2002), and for the independent film "Just a Dream" (2001), directed by Danny Glover. Sound recordist for the short film "Baby" (2001). Boom operator for the independent feature films "Partners in Crime" (2000) and "Friends & Lovers" (1999). Cable person for the TV miniseries "The Stand" (1994), based on Stephen King's novel. As an actor, had a bit part in "Invasion of Privacy" (1996).
Guy Marler
Second Unit Electrician for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Out of Step." Was one of the key staff members of the first-ever Salt Lake City Film Festival, held in 2002: he was in charge of Filmmaker Relations.
Kenneth Marler
Latter-day Saint. Co-producer of the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Out of Step" (2002). Bio from "Out of Step" website (
Marler started his career on the road to producing right out of high school at The Record Lab in Provo, learning sound engineering. He spent the next ten years doing live sound for several local bands such as Sun Shade & Rain, The Justus Brothers, Avatar and Ike Egan. During this same time he opened his own recording studio, Premier Info. He produced several recording projects such as Talon, Flight Upon Light and Kynda. Marler has commissioned two other screenplays to be written, Turnabout and Other Side, which will be going into production this coming year.

Miriam Marlin
Born 16 July 1913, Richfield, Utah. Acress. Small roles in at least 11 films during the 1930s, including: Top of the Town (1937); Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936); Cain and Mabel (1936); Wonder Bar (1934); Melody Cruise (1933); Dancing Lady (1933); The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933); Meet the Baron (1933); Broadway to Hollywood.
Marc Marriott
Latter-day Saint. Graduate of Brigham Young University film school. Producer/director of the short film "Snow Child" (1997), which the Crystal Heart Award at the Hartland Film Festival. Director of the Vision Film Festival, held in Los Angeles in 2001. Director of the short films "Sunrise at Soward's Butte" (1992) and "Short Order."
Arianna Marsden
Latter-day Saint. Had a major supporting role as "Mara" (daughter and sister of the two male leads) in the Church-produced 70mm film "Testaments of One Fold and Shepherd" (2000). Small role as a young girl in "Heart of the Sun" (1997).
John Marsh
Latter-day Saint. Member of the Director's Guild of America (retired). Worked as a stage manager in Hollywood for many years. Worked on many game shows, Barbara Mandrell's TV show, and the TV sitcom "Out of this World" (1987-1991). Stage managed all of the national telethons and directed the National Children's Miracle Network Telethon from Disneyland and Disney World. Appeared in an episode of "Out of This World."
Brent Marshall
Owned and operated WT Recording Studios for over two decades. This studio did post-production sound work for Lee Groberg's documentary "Treasure House: The Utah Mining Story" (1995) and independent feature films such as "Laughing Boy" (2000), although the sound design on these partcular projects was done by the studio's sound engineers and not by Marshall himself. Marshall is now (2002) the executive producer and audio specialist at the production company Metropolis Integrated Media, based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Website: Bio from Metropolis Integrated Media website:
Audio producer. Voice specialist. Partner.

Brent oversees all of Metropolis' audio production. Before Metropolis, Brent owned and operated WT Recording Studios for 21 years. In the summer of 1998 he purchased the building that is now Metropolis and oversaw the renovation of the entire 10,000-sq. ft. facility in the fall of 1998.

Allison Martin
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Los Angeles, California. Hometown: Twain Harte, California. Previously lived in Provo, Utah (2002). Her family lives in Highland, Utah. Birth name: Allison Arlene Martin. Currently working as a freelance producer, mostly with CBS network news. Studied Broadcast Journalism, with a Performing Arts Emphasis at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah and Laie, Hawaii. Graduated April 2002. Utah Miss Days of '47 2001. Miss California 2000 Semifinalist. BYU Broadcast Journalism Talent Award. CMEA State Honor Choir. USA All-Star Songleader/Dancer. Theater experience: Annie at Villa Playhouse; Wizard of Oz at San Diego Theatre; Odyssey of the Mind (California State Competition Winner). Producer for KBYU Evening News. Anchor and reporter for Community Cable News. Appeared in Public Service Announcements for KSL and KUTV (Salt Lake City). Minor role in the PBS film "Song of the Lark" (2001; an adaptation of the Willa Cather novel). An extra on the USA Network miniseries "Firestarter: Rekindled" (2002), the independent film "Redemption of the Ghost," and several episodes of the CBS series "Touched by an Angel." Associate producer of the live finale of "Survivor: Thailand."
Russell Martin
Raised in Cortez, Colorado, the son of active Episcopalians Clause and Jean Martin. Currently lives in Denver, Colorado. Previously lived in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he authored a number of his books. Russell Martin and his wife Lydia Nibley form "Say Yes Quickly," which (according to their website) develops "narrative nonfiction, novels & stories, documentaries & screenplays." The proposed film "Doom and Beauty" is based on Martin's book Picasso's War. "A Story that Stands Like a Dam" is a film treatment based on Martin's prize-winning book. "Out of Silence" is a proposed film based on Martin's same-titled book about a boy with autism. Bio from Say Yes Quickly (
Russell Martin's Picasso's War: The Destruction of Guernica, and the Masterpiece That Changed the World will be published by Dutton in the fall of 2002. He is the author of Beethoven's Hair (2000), a U.S. bestseller and winner of the Colorado Book Award, which has been published in fifteen editions around the world and will soon be the subject of an international television documentary. His highly acclaimed 1994 book, Out of Silence, was named by the Bloomsbury Review as one of fifteen best books of its first fifteen years of publication. A Story That Stands Like A Dam: Glen Canyon and the Struggle for the Soul of the West (1989), won the Caroline Bancroft History Prize.

He also is the author of the novel Beautiful Islands (1988); The Color Orange: A Super Bowl Season with the Denver Broncos (1987); Matters Gray and White: A Neurologist, His Patients & the Mysteries of the Brain (1986); Entering Space (co-authored with Joseph P. Allen, 1984), and Cowboy: The Enduring Myth of the Wild West (1983). He has edited two anthologies of contemporary western writing, Writers of the Purple Sage (1984) and New Writers of the Purple Sage (1992).

He is a graduate of The Colorado College in Colorado Springs, where he has returned to teach for eighteen years. He also has taught courses at conferences including Writers@Work and the Desert Writers workshop. He spent a postgraduate year on a Thomas Watson Foundation fellowship in Great Britain and Guatemala and worked as a newspaper reporter in Telluride, Colorado for a number of years before becoming a freelance writer. In 1995, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by his alma mater.

Sarah Martin
Lives in Bluff, Utah. Set construction and set design (credits include Taco Bell commercial.) Security guard for "Pontiac Moon" (1994; Dysphuntional Films).
Steven Martin
Lived in Orem, Utah. Camera operator/assistant whose credits include: Siringo, Silk Stockings, Tough and Deadly (1995), The Champion.
Tyke Martin
Utah-based actor. Part-time actor. Real estate agent. Bit part in the TV movie "Double Teamed" (2002).
Jake Martinez
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Along with 8 other filmmakers, made the 23-minute film "Messages: A 2002 Olympic Documentary," which was shown at the 2003 Utah Short Film & Video Festival. The film focuses on aspects of Utah's culture during the 2002 Olympics.
Yvonne Martinez
Lives in West Jordan, Utah. Production assistant.
Jason Marty
Set dresser for the HBO movie "Made Men" (1999). Swing gang for T.C. Christensen's "Bug Off!" (2001).
Matt Marxtyyn
Lives in Utah County. Editorial intern ond the Blair Treu film "The Paper Brigade" (1996). Member of Cannibal Buffet, a performance oriented industrial-dance band, located in Provo, Utah. Bio from Cannibal Buffet bio (
Armed with a repertoire of high energy original music, Cannibal Buffet regularly performs for audiences in the greater Salt Lake area... Included in the Cannibal Buffet lineup is visual artist and keyboardist Matt Marxtyyn, designer of CB's multimedia performance which includes: original film, 35 mm slides, and computer animation. Cannibal Buffet's first show was on May 7th, 1996. Since then, they have played with such acts as Hate Dept., The Vandals, Kevorkian Death Cycle, Mentallo & the fixer, and Spahn Ranch, in hopes to expose their audience to a broader musical experience.

Jeanne Mascia
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Jeanne Mascia Eakland; Jeanne Eakland; Jean Mascia; M. Jeanne Mascia; M. Jean Mascia. Wardrobe/costume credits include: Blind Witness (1989); Her Alibi (1989); Clara's Heart (1988); Native Son (1986); Hoosiers (1986); Bachelor Party (1984).
Cathleen Mason
Utah-based actress. Supporting role in the TV movie "Absence of the Good" (1999) as the mother of 3rd-billed Britt Leary's character. Bit part as a "townswoman" in the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Brigham City" (2001). Plays "Sister Atkins" in the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Jack Weyland's Charly" (2002).
Heather Mason
Lives in Aurora, Utah. 1997 graduate of the Department of Communication at Utah State University, B.S. journalism. Vice president for marketing of the Los Angeles-based online enterprise called ShowBIZData. Was the Arts and Lectures Vice President at Utah State University. Has participated multiple times in the Sundance Film Festival. Had a small acting role in the direct-to-video movie "Heaven or Vegas" (1997), directed by Utah-based filmmaker Gregory C. Haynes, filmed primarily in Logan, Utah.
Stan Mason
Lives in Orem, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Stanley Mason. Costumer/wardrobe specialist. Costumer for the episode "What do You Call a Call Girl Mystery" (1989) of the TV series "Father Dowling Mysteries." Wardrobe assistant for Charles Sellier's feature film "Earthbound" (1981). Other wardrobe credits include: Sellier's "In Search of Historic Jesus" (1980) and Lyman Dayton's "Red Fury."
Jennie Massie
Lives in Moab, Utah. Set Medics/EMT (emergency medical technician) for the movies "Passion in the Desert" (1997) and "Space Cadet" (Disney), and for commercials.
Peggy Matheson
Latter-day Saint. Identical twin sister of actress Penny Harville. Sister-in-law of filmmaker Dan Harville. Actress with a supporting role in the Feature Films For Families video "In Your Wildest Dreams" (1991) and small roles in the TV movies "The Man with Three Wives" (1993) and "Louis L'Amour's Down the Long Hills" (1986). Appeared as the redheaded woman in the Church film "Together Forever" whose little girl was killed by a car. Starring role in Dan Harville's feature-length film "For Rita With Love" (2003).
Brett Mathews
Latter-day Saint. His relationship with father was one of the stories profiled in the GLBT-oriented documentary "Family Fundamentals" (2002). Bio from Deep Focus Films (
Brett Mathews is the son of a Latter-day Saint bishop in the rural town of Erda, Utah. He was also a member of the U.S. Air Force, patriotically serving as First Lieutenant and nuclear missileer from 1996-1998. However, due to the military's policies on gay servicemembers, Brett was ousted after a grueling 16-month investigation. Although he finally received an honorable discharge, Brett lost his top secret security clearance and was stripped of all veteran's benefits.

When Brett came out as gay to his family in 1999, their relationship became estranged. Since then, Brett's family has sent a steady stream of letters encouraging him to change his "condition." Angry at their response, Brett ignores their pleas although he knows that his father's duty is to judge and punish any church member who is homosexual, including family; as a bishop, Brett's father is the common judge and presiding high priest of his ward. Brett is a direct descendent of the original Latter-day Saint settlers of the Tooele County, Utah region in the 1850s and his family has since maintained a leadership role in the community.

Brett joined the Board of Directors of PFLAG-LA (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Los Angeles). Through their Speakers Bureau he gives public talks about his experiences and coming out.

Leonard Matlovich
Latter-day Saint. Born and raised Catholic. Joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as an adult. An NBC TV movie was made about his military and GLBT experience: "Sergeant Matlovich Vs. the U.S. Air Force" (1978). The title role of Matlovich was played by character actor Brad Dourif, who had previously received an Academy Award nomination for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975). He was consulted in writing of the movie, but he felt the result only caught "the flavor of story" and he wished it was more accurate. Featured in the 58-minute documentary "Gay Voices, Gay Legends" (1988). The other notable GLBT men interviewed for the documentary were Al Parker and Charles Pierce. The cover blurb on the 8 September 1975 issue of Time read: "I Am a Homosexual: The Gay Drive for Acceptance." The cover pictured Air Force Sgt. Leonard P. Matlovich, Jr. in full Air Force dress uniform. The article made Matlovich a celebrity in GLBT circles. This was the first time a picture of an openly gay person was featured on the magazine's cover. His story was covered in every major newspaper. Matlovich sued the US Armed Force for discharging him because of his GLBT lifestlye. As a result of his coming out, Matlovich was excommunicated in November 1975 from the Church and his ward in Virginia. As of 1978, he considered himself "between an agnostic and an atheist." After the Time magazine story, Matlovich experienced so many demands from the media and from gay/GLBT groups wanting him to speak, visit, and be interviewed, that by the end of 1975 he was "growing sour" of the gay movement. He said he felt "used." In 1980, a federal judge ordered the Air Force to reinstate Matlovich. The Air Force offered him a $160,000 settlement instead, which he accepted. Matlovich usually identified himself as a conservative, and lamented the fact that GLBTs almost uniformly considered themselves liberals because they felt excluded from conservativism. In a 1978 interview, he said he believed he was a "role model for gay people, and I try to be as positive as possible. I don't smoke. I don't drink. I have never used an illegal drug of any kind. I have never even taken a toke off a joint." Matlovich continued to work in GLBT and AIDS activism on and off until he died. Diagnosed with AIDS in September 1996. Died 22 June 1988 from AIDS complications. A biography about him was published in 1989: Matlovich: The Good Soldier, by Mike Hippler. Bio from Affirmation (
Leonard Matlovich (1943-1988): A veteran of the Vietnam War, Leonard Matlovich challenged the US Air Force policy on automatically discharging homosexual service members as "unfit for military service." A speaker at several Affirmation events, Matlovich died of AIDS complications in 1988. His famous epitaph at the Congressional Cemetery in Washington DC reads, "When I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one."

Suggested readings: Bell, Jay, "Sgt. Leonard P. Matlovich: Patriot, Mormon, and Activist." O'Donovan, Connell, "Leonard Matlovich Makes Time."

Edwin K. Matsu
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Sandy, Utah. Also credited as: Ed Matsu; Edwin Matsu; Edward Matsu. Professional make-up artist and cosmetologist. Key makeup artist for the IMAX film "Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West" (2002) and the LDS Motion Picture Studios film "Special Witnesses of Christ" (2002). Key or only makeup artist for the short films "A Truce with Death" (1993), about Latter-day Saint pioneers, and "The Butterchurn" (1995), both directed by Bill Shira. Has worked as a makeup in projects ranging from big budget features to smaller independent films, including "Touched By An Angel" TV series (1994 - 2002), "Independence Day" (Twentieth Century Fox, 1996), the CBS miniseries "Scarlett" (1994), the TV series "Unsolved Mysteries", "Baby Bedlam" (2000), "Divided By Hate" (1997), "Double Teamed" (2002), "The Robin Hood Gang" (1997) and the Church film "Mountain of the Lord" (1993). Profile Page
Morgan Matthews
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Along with Eric Ulbrich, made the short (6 min., 15 sec.) film "Let Them Eat Cake," which competed in the Young Media Artist division in the 2002 Utah Short Film & Video Festival. The film is described thus: A boy's relationship with his birthday cake takes some unexpected twists.
Jim Mattingly
Lives in Moab, Utah. Mattingly owns and operate Omni Productions based out of Moab Utah. Professional Video Production is just one part of the services they offer in and around Moab, and on location across the US for remote scenic productions. Mattingly has worked as a videographers on projects for NBC, CBS and the Discovery Channel. Casting coordinator for the music video "Smoke Stack Lightning," "The History of Dogs" (MME Entertainment) and commercials. Location manager or location scout for "Smoke Stack Lightning," "The History of Dogs", and commercials, including Audi, Sport Scheck Stills. Website:
Polly Ann Mattson
Lives in Park City, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Polly Mattson Bock; Polly Mattson. Second assistant director on the TV movies "Assault on Devil's Island" (1997) and "Summer of Fear" (1996). Second second assistant director on the feature films "The Rainmaker" (1997), "Miami Rhapsody" (1995) and "Heart and Souls" (1993). Production assistant for the movies "Cadillac Man" (1990) and "Parenthood" (1989).
Vernon W. Mattson
Latter-day Saint. Writer/director of the documentary video "The Dead Sea Scrolls," sold in Latter-day Saint Christian bookstores.
Harvey Job Matusow
Latter-day Saint (convert). Born 3 October 1926. Died 17 January 2002, Lebanon, New Hampshire. (automobile accident). Sometimes credited as: Job Matusow. Married 11 times. Credited as a major figure in bringing an end to McCarthyism. Director of the influential documentary "The Stringless Yo-Yo" (1998). Appears as "Maximillian Saddles" in the BYU student film "The Appleby Sensation" (1997). Onetime aide to U.S. senator Joseph McCarthy. Excerpt from bio at
He invented the Wheelo -- the "Stringless Yo-Yo" -- the second best-selling toy in the United States in the late 1950s and later gave some of the most surreal testimony of the anti-communist hearings when grilled on the toy as part of hearings regarding his admitted perjury as a paid "expert witness" for the FBI and Senator Joseph McCarthy. He also ran election campaigns for McCarthy and gave speeches on his behalf and his second wife was Arvilla Bentley, ex-wife of Senator Bentley and a large contributor of McCarthy's.

After his work with McCarthy he left his work as a witness and read the Book of Job, and embraced Christianity and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He never stopped being Jewish to the core though and loved to sing prayers in Hebrew, even converting biblical texts from English to sing in Hebrew as he thought it was a beautiful language.

Roi Maufas
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Production assistant.
G. Lynn Maughan
Lives in Springville, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Lynn Maughan; Lynn Maughn; G. Lynn Maghn. Special effects supervisor for "Powwow Highway" (1989). Also did special effects work for the feature films "Twister" (1988), "Native Son" (1986), "Cujo" (1983), Kieth Merrill's "Windwalker (1980) and the Church-produced film "Nora's Christmas Gift" (1989). Other special effects credits include: "Down The Long Hills." Construction coordinator for the film "The Rage" (1997) and the TV movie "Truman" (1995).
Abigail Mavity
Latter-day Saint. Born 4 March 1993, Mesa, Arizona. Birth name: Abigail Elizabeth Mavity. Sometimes credited as: Abby Mavity. Youngest in a family of 10 children. Child actress. Had a regular role as "Marie Fitzgerald" on the short-lived TV series "The Fighting Fitzgeralds." Had a lead role on the Disney Channel original movie "The Jennie Project" (2001) and the NBC special program "America's Most Terrible Things" (2002). Smaller roles in the TV movie "When Billie Beat Bobby" (2001) and the films "100 Mile Rule" (2002) and "Coastlines" (2002). Has made guest appearances on a number of TV series, including: Haunted; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Becker; Strong Medicine; Gideon's Crossing; Family Law; Touched by an Angel; Judging Amy. Has appeared in many TV commercials, including: Life Cereal; Gateway Computers; Dell Computers; Kodak; Magnavox; McDonalds; Minute Maid; Suzuki. In 2002 had a major regular role in an NBC pilot project for a Chevy Chase series that was not picked up. Nominated for a Young Artist Award for "Best Performance in a TV Comedy or Drama Series - Guest Starring Young Actress Age Ten or Under" for her guest role on the TV series "Haunted" in 2002.
Taylor Maw
Latter-day Saint. Film student at Brigham Young University. Writer/producer/director of "Leftovers" (2002), a short animated film about a boy wakes who up in the middle of the night and finds something ghastly in the fridge.
Richard Maxey
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Rick Maxey. Grip. Dolly grip for the feature films "Bats" (1999), "Idle Hands" (1999) and "Blue Tiger" (1994), the TV movie "Running Mates" (2000), the direct-to-video feature "Beethoven's 3rd" (2000), and the TV series "Profiler" (1996-2000). Key grip for the TV movie "Greenhorn" (1996). Best boy grip for "The Prophecy" (1995). Grip for "The Usual Suspects" (1995), "Cyber Bandits" (1995) and the TV movie "Sawbones" (1995). Set production assistant for "Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993) and "Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills" (1989).
Dean L. May
Latter-day Saint. Died on 6 May 2003 in Salt Lake City, Utah as a result of a heart attack. Also credited as: Dean May. Renowned Utah historian who wrote and published extensively on the social history of Utah and the American West. Was a long-time history professor at the University of Utah. Produced two major video series which have been shown on television and also seen on video by countless Utah schoolchildren. Between 1981 and 1988 he created the "A People's History of Utah" video series, consisting of 20 half-hour segments. The series was a collaboration between Proessor May and the Instructional Media Services at the University of Utah. It explores the dynamic relationship between the natural and political forces sculpting Utah. In 1986 he created the "Utah Remembers" series, consisting of seven 45-minute programs which originally aired on Utah-based KJZZ, Channel 14. His books include Building the City of God: Community and Cooperation Among the Mormons and Three Frontiers: Family, Land, and Society in the American West: 1850-1900. Was a contributor to the FDR Encyclopedia and The Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups. Served as editor of the Journal of Mormon History and as president of the Mormon History Association. In 1996 he was the historical consultant to the Utah Centennial Commission in planning for the state's centennial celebrations. Profile Page
Ray Mayer
Born 24 April 1901, Lexington, Nebraska. Died 22 November 1948, Salt Lake City, Utah. Actor. Appeared in at least 40 films, including: The Arizonian (1935); Sweet and Low-Down (1944); The Last Outlaw (1936). Credited as the writer of 2 films: "Another Face" (1935) and "Hollywood Kids" (1932).
Hoot Maynard
Lives in Park City, Utah. Graduated from Colorado Mountain College, Alpine Campus. Writer, co-producer and director of "Green Diggity Dog" (2001), a feature-length film which won the Audience Choice Award at the Slamdunk Film Festival. Production assistant, action unit for "The Rage" (1997). Did stunt work for the movie "Mr. Atlas" (1997). Stunt work for "Touched by an Angel." Other stunt credits: Minami Sports, American Flyboys Trimind. Member of the US Ski Team Nordic Combines 1988-92. Wrote episode #514 of the TV series "Touched by an Angel", titled "My Brother's Keeper." The episode is about two skiers who are best friends and one accidentally paralyzes the other.
Mark Maziarz
Lives in Park City, Utah. Photographer. Did still photography work for Coyote Summer (1996), the "Touched by an Angel" TV series, "The Bulkin Trail" and commercials, including Sears Diehard, Pontiac, Hyundai. Website:
MaryBeth Mazzone
Lives in Park City, Utah. Production coordinator and production manager. Company: The Production Department. Producer of TV ads, including ABC affiliate spots, and ads for clients such as Harrah's, Kellogg's, NBA, Cinnaburst, American Express and Quaker State. Producer of a Utah Film Commission Video. Production coordinator for the TV series "Touched by an Angel" and for ads for clients such as Chevrolet, Cinnaburst, and ESPN. Locations manager (2nd unit) for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Jack Weyland's Charly" (2002).

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