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Heather Staheli
Assistant wardrobe designer for producer Charles Sellier's feature film "Earthbound" (1981), filmed in Utah.
Julie Staheli
Lives in Payson, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Julie West Staheli. Julie West. Costume designer for the "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams" TV series (1977-1978). Costume designer for at least 9 TV movies and feature films, including: The Secret Life of Archie's Wife (1990); Kid Colter (1984); The Avenging (1982); The Boogens (1981); Earthbound (1981); Hangar 18 (1980); In Search of Historic Jesus (1980); Alien Zone (1978); Beyond Death's Door (1978). Wardrober credits include "The Red Fury" (1984) and "Solo" (1984).
Ronald Staheli
One of the conductors for the PBS specials "Thanksgiving of American Folk Hymns" (1994) and "Songs of Praise and Remembrance: A Memorial Day Celebration" (2000), featuring the choirs and orchestra of Brigham Young University (BYU).
Julie Staheli
Lives in Payson, Utah with her husband, production designer Paul Staheli. Costumer. Started her career as the costume designer for most of producer Charles Sellier's films and TV shows, beginning with the TV series "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams" (1977-1978). Costume designer for the feature films: Beyond Death's Door (1978); Alien Zone (1978) In Search of Historic Jesus (1980); Hangar 18 (1980); Earthbound (1981); The Boogens (1981); The Avenging (1982); Kid Colter (1984). Costume designer for the TV movie "The Secret Life of Archie's Wife" (1990). Wardrober for Lyman Datyon's feature films "The Red Fury" (1984) and "Solo" (1984). Other wardrobe credits include "Runaway Heart" and "Father Dowling Mysteries."
Lee Staheli
Lives in Payson, Utah. Also known as Lee R. Staheli. Animal wrangler. Provides specialty horses for TV and stage. 20 years experience.
Michael Staheli
Based in Utah County. Sometimes credited as: Mike Staehli; Michael D. Staheli; Mike Staheli. Craft service provider for numerous projects, including: Divided by Hate (1997); Money Plays (1997); Riders of the Purple Sage (1996). Medical technician/set medic for films, including: The Crow: Salvation (2000); Bats (1999); Meet The Deedles (1998); Money Plays (1997); A Life Less Ordinary (1997); In The Shadow Of Evil; and for commercials, such as SkiDoo.
Paul Staheli
Lives in Payson, Utah with his wife, costume designer Julie Staheli. Prolific production designer and art director for film and television. Art director for the TV series "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams" (1977-1978) and "Father Dowling Mysteries" (1989-1991). Production designer for the TV series "Safe Harbor" (1999), "Charmed" (1998-2002) and "Diagnosis Murder" (1993-2001). Production designer for the feature films: Kid Colter (1984); The Boogens (1981); Earthbound (1981); Hangar 18 (1980); In Search of Historic Jesus (1980); Beyond Death's Door (1978). Art director for the feature films "Revenge of the Ninja" (1983), "Alien Zone" (1978) and "Guardian of the Wilderness" (1977). Production designer or art director for over 15 "Perry Mason" TV movies between 1988 and 1993. Production designer for the TV movies "A Twist of the Knife" (1993) and "The Secret Life of Archie's Wife" (1990). Art director for the TV movies "Manhunt for Claude Dallas" (1986), "The Time Machine" (1978) and "Donner Pass: The Road to Survival" (1978). Did special effects for the Lyman Dayton-directed movie "The Red Fury" (1984), and also had a small on-screen role as the father of Homer, one of the main characters. Paul Staheli has worked as a production designer alongside cinematographer Robert Seaman on at least 13 TV movies, including 11 "Perry Mason" movies, and also "The Secret Life of Archie's Wife" (1990) and "A Twist of the Knife" (1993).
Randy Staheli
Set decorator for Charles Sellier's Utah-made feature films "Earthbound" (1981), "Hangar 18" (1980) and "In Search of Historic Jesus" (1980).
Allan Staker
Latter-day Saint. Born 27 December 1975, Denver, Colorado. Co-producer of the award-winning short film "The Salesman" (1999). IMDb bio:
Allan grew up in Littleton, Colorado as the youngest of two children. After studying theater extensively in high school, he decided to pursue a degree in Film Directing from BYU. While still in school, Allan founded a boutique advertising agency and launched campaigns for national clients. The highlight of his scholastic career was writing and directing three commercials for Meadow Gold Dairies, Inc, which aired on Superbowl Sunday and on regional prime time television. Feb. 2000: Managing an advertising agency in Provo, Utah.

Tom Stam
Lives in Grantsville, Utah. Actor. Has appeared in a number of stage productions. Was the Ghost of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol at the Hale Center Theater in Orem. In November 2002 he auditioned for a role in Gary Rogers' Book of Mormon feature film, and was invited to "call backs" (second round of auditions).
Darcy Stapleford
Non-LDS. Born 24 March 1987, Salt Lake City, Utah. Currently attending Bountiful High School. Birth name: Darcy Lynn Stapleford. Nickname: Night. Was an extra in the direct-to-video "Dumb Luck" (2001), written and directed by Latter-day Saint filmmaker Craig Clyde. Bio which she wrote about herself, from
Darcy Stapleford was born in the Holy Cross Hospital on March 24 1987, to George and Lesa Stapleford. She was attracted to the arts from an early age, in particular visual arts, but also enjoyed theatre and film. Always an outsider at school, and being a non-Latter-day Saint in a town that was 90% LDS, she never quite fitted in, preferring to be by herself at home expressing herself in visual arts.

She is currently creating abstract paintings, working with acrylic on canvas. From December 2000 to the present day, she works at a volunteer theater company called Stageright in Salt Lake City. She loves animals and so far has had three cats, thirty-five dogs, three lizards, two snakes, a rabbit, two birds and many fish. She has also worked at Wasatch Humane Society during the summer of 2001.

Darcy is now attending Bountiful High School and taking all visual, theatrical, and screen art classes. She has worked on a video biography on Channel 2's Brian Mullahy and has made a movie trailer for an as yet unmade movie (The Thief in The City Unamed), but is extremely short of funds and experience. She has written three unpublished books: Pharaoh's Maze, The Thief in The City Unamed and Thief Judgement.

Darcy hopes to become a screenwriter, director, producer, and art director.

Alan Stark
Actor. Bit part in the TV movie "The Man with Three Wives" (1993), filmed in Utah. TV appearance on a 2-part episode of the TV series "Matlock" in 1989 titled "The Mayor." Appeared in "The Restoration" film series produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, directed by Blair Treu, Peter N. Johnson and Jerry Craven.
Robert Starling
Latter-day Saint. Born 31 January 1946, Columbus, Georgia. Writer/producer/director of some video and DVD projects for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Writer/producer/director of the Church DVD "An Introduction to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" (2002), which features numerous video vignettes providing basic introductory information about the Church with audio tracks in 8 languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Russian, Japanese and Chinese. Topics the DVD covers include: humanitarian service, the role of the family, arts and culture, church education, temples, etc. The DVD is also known as the Bridge Building Presentation. Writer/producer/director of "Celebrate America," a TV special of featuring the Latter-day Saint 1985 Rose Bowl Dance Festival, which aired in prime time on Channel 9 in Los Angeles in 1985. Writer/producer/director of "Monument to Faith," a Church documentary abut the Vernal, Utah Tabernacle and its rebirth as a temple. Writer/producer/director of "Hurricane Mitch" (1998), a documentary about the Church's response to one of the worst natural disasters in the the modern history of Central America. Starling has worked on many film projects aside from those done for the institutional Church. Many of these projects relate to Latter-day Saint culture and belief, but others have been general Christian subjects or films for a general family audience. Starling was the consulting producer for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Jack Weyland's Charly" (2002). Worked on "Baker's Hawk." Second unit director on the feature Charles Sellier's documentary "In Search of Historic Jesus" (1980). Also wrote the original treatment and the first draft of the screenplay for "In Search of Historic Jesus," although he received no screen credit as a writer. Worked on many Church film projects. In 1977 he co-founded ALMA, the Associated Latter-day Media Artists. Developing a feature film biopic of Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts movement - a film project originally started by Cecil B. DeMille. In January 2004 Starling gave a presentation at the 3rd LDS Film Festival, which was described thus: "Robert was the producer of the first BYU student film 'Ice Cream and Elevators,' filmed in the early 1970s. He will showcase the film, which plays on a 'nostalgic' BYU campus and talks about his experience as a producer for the Church." Starling is currently developing a TV documentary miniseries project titled "They All Discovered America": six 1-hour episodes about fascinating but little-known evidences of many voyages to America before Columbus by peoples from diverse lands and cultures between 3500 B.C and 1472 A.D. including at least one voyage by Jewish refugees to the Promised Land in 132 A.D. that is not mentioned in the Book of Mormon. Starling is currently seeking additional funding for the project, which has been 30 years in the making.
Tara Starling
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Riverton, Utah. Previously lived in Draper, Utah. Daughter of veteran Latter-day Saint screenwriter/filmmaker Robert Starling. Graduate of Brigham Young University. Makeup artist for many Disney Channel movies, including "The Poof Point" (2001), "The Luck of the Irish" (2001), "On The Right Track" (2002) and "Virtual Perfection" (2003). Make-up artist (2nd unit) for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Jack Weyland's Charly" (2002). Key make-up artist and hair stylist for "The Last Good War" (1999), the award-winning short film made by Ryan Little as a BYU film project. Key make-up artist and hair stylist for the Latter-day Saint-themed World War II movie "Saints and Soldiers" (2003), also directed by Little. Makeup artist for the National Geographic IMAX film "Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West" (2002). She has started her own line of makeup products. Helped produce "Sweet Songs of Liberty," a special fund-raising concert for victims of the New York Sept. 11 disaster, held September 29, 2001 at Kingsbury Hall on the University of Utah campus.
John Starrs
Latter-day Saint. Producer and director of the 2001 PBS television series "Artists in Zion," highlighting the lives and artistry of various contemporary Latter-day Saint artists, including painters, sculptors, dancers and filmmakers.
Jesse E. Stay
Latter-day Saint. Also credited as: Jesse Stay. Had a very important role in at least one film made by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Was the head of BYU Motion Picture Studio for many years. Bio from BYU Magazine, Fall 2002 (
Seven people will be honored during Homecoming 2002 with university awards for their extensive devotion and service... Elder Alexander B. Morrison and Jesse E. Stay will be presented with Honorary Alumni Awards. This award acknowledges those who have not attended BYU but who have rendered significant service to the university...

Stay, of Huntington Beach, Calif., spent 27 years as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force and retired as a colonel. He received degrees from UCLA and George Washington University. His BYU affiliations include being the first professor of air science at BYU, an assistant director at the Department of Motion Picture Productions, and director of media productions. He retired from BYU in 1984. Among his honors are the USAF Legion of Merit, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, eight Air Medals, the Air Force Commendation Medal, several awards for educational films, and the Silver Beaver from the Boy Scouts of America.

Jerry Stayner
Latter-day Saint. Film editor on the big budget 70mm Church-produced film "The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd" (2000), directed by Academy Award-winning director Kieth Merrill. Film editor of the Columbia Tristar feature film "Little Secrets" (2002), directed by Blair Treu.
Lee Steadman
Sometimes credited as: Lee A. Steadman. Utah-based location scout and location manager. Location scout (for Utah locations) for the major feature films "Joy Ride" (2001), "Mulholland Falls" (1996), "Species" (1995), and "Dumb & Dumber" (1994). Location scout for films made in Utah: "Nobody's Baby" (2001), the Disney TV movie "Don't Look Under the Bed" (1999) and Blair Treu's TV movie "Just Like Dad" (1996). Location manager for Utah-made films, TV movies and miniseries: "Clay Pigeons" (1998); "Nothing Lasts Forever" (1995); "New Nightmare" (1994); "Parallel Lives" (1994); "The Stand" (1994, assistant loc. mgr.); "Evil in Clear River" (1988). Location manager for the TV series "Touched by an Angel" and assistant location manager for the TV series "Crossroads" (1992). Production designer and art director for Craig Clyde's independent feature film "Heaven Sent" (1994).
Randy Stebbing
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Credited with computer graphics/animation work (company: Virtual Images) for Lee Groberg's documentary "Treasure House: The Utah Mining Story" (1995).
Tonia Stefiuk
Utah-based actress and dancer. Appeared in the film "Music Lessons" (Canadian Broadcasting Corp.). Appeared on TV in Disney's "The Tin Soldier" and "Raggedy Anne." Small parts in "Beaver Creek" (C.F.Q.C.T.V. Saskatoon), "Homesteaders" (University of Saskatoon) and "Into the Night" (BRAVO! Canada). Appeared in a commercial for Harmon's Grocery Stores. Appeared on stage at Ballet West, Canadian Opera Company and Saskatoon Gateway Players in Sleeping Beauty (lead); Cinderella (lead); Romeo and Juliet; Peter Pan; Eugene Onegin; Hans Christian Anderson; Damn Yankees.
Chad Steglish
Lives in Hurricane, Utah. Storyboard artist.
Jonathan 'Earl' Stein
Lives in Park City, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Jonathan Earl Stein. Earl Stein; John 'Earl' Stein; Jon 'Earl' Stein; Jon Earl Stein; Jonathan 'Earl' Stein; Jonathan Earl Stein; Jonathan Stein; Jon Stein. Sound mixer for over 70 feature films and TV movies, including: Stuck On You (2004); Shallow Hal (2001); Osmosis Jones (2001); American Pie 2 (2001); Freddy Got Fingered (2001); Say It Isn't So (2001); The Way of the Gun (2000); Me, Myself & Irene (2000); Road Trip (2000); The Crow: Salvation (2000); Absence of the Good (1999); The Runner (1999); Drive Me Crazy (1999); There's Something About Mary (1998); Legion of Fire: Killer Ants! (1998); The Rage (1997); Beverly Hills Ninja (1997); Unhook the Stars (1996); Kingpin (1996); Riders of the Purple Sage (1996); Dumb & Dumber (1994); The Sandlot (1993); The Man with Three Wives (1993); Beyond the Law (1992); Sidekicks (1992); China O'Brien (1990); DMZ (1990); Tripwire (1990); Ski Patrol (1990); The Survivalist (1987); Desperado (1987); Private Resort (1985); Children of the Corn (1984); Romancing the Stone (1984); A Killer in the Family (1983); Enter the Ninja (1981); The Adventures of Nellie Bly (1981); Beyond Death's Door (1978). Sound mixer for TV series: "Promised Land" (1996-1999), "Extreme" (1995), "Crossroads" (1992), "1st & Ten" (1986, 1987). Cameo appearance as a bowling farmer in "Kingpin" (1996).
Marty Steinberg
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Boom operator/location audio.
Branden Steineckert
Latter-day Saint (non-churchgoer). Also credited as: Branden Steinedart. Drummer with the Orem, Utah-based rock music group The Used, named as an official "MTV2 2003 Artist to Watch." Their music video "The Taste of Ink," which played on MTV beginning in 2002, included a mom character wearing a BYU sweatshirt. Branden was raised as a Latter-day Saint in Utah County. His parents divorced when he was 11. His mother soon remarried and his father committed suicide. His father had played drums, and Branden took up drum playing as a tribute. He and his band was one of many featured in the direct-to-video comedy horror film "Punk Rock Holocaust" (2004).
Craig L. Steiner
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Lehi, Utah with his wife Carol. Sometimes credited as: Craig Steiner. First assistant director on the Utah-made films "Horse Crazy" (2001), "Bug Off!" (2001), "Just a Dream" (2001), "Little Secrets" (2001), "A Kid Called Danger" (1999) and "Wish Upon a Star" (1996). First assistant director and associate producer of the Crystal Heart Award-winning short film "A Truce with Death" (1993), a story about Latter-day Saint pioneers. First assistant director for the KBYU dance film "Woman, the Pioneer" (1997), a tribute to Latter-day Saint pioneer women. Camera operator or assistant on "Dead Ringer" (Speedy Films), "Last Resort" (Dayton Studios) and "Same River Twice." Location manager for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Jack Weyland's Charly" (2002). Also credited as one of the alien voices in "Bug Off!"
Duane V. Stephens
Latter-day Saint (non-churchgoer). Sometimes credited as: Duane V. Stephens. Utah-based actor. Minor roles in the films: No Dogs Allowed (2002); Cowboys and Angels (2000); Clay Pigeons (1998); Meet the Deedles (1998); Walking Thunder (1997); A Life Less Ordinary (1997); Coyote Summer (1996); Wish Upon a Star (1996). Many of these were independent and/or direct-to-video productions. Minor roles in the TV movies: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (2001); The Luck of the Irish (2001); The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All (1999); Legion of Fire: Killer Ants! (1998); Dead by Midnight (1997); Just Like Dad (1996); Night Sins (1997; miniseries).
Emily Stephens
Latter-day Saint. Now lives in Los Angeles, California. Graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU) in 2002. Wrote the feature-length screenplay "The Last Hope," which won 1st place (and $400) at the 2002 LDS Film Festival, competing against 24 other entries which were accepted for competition. Researcher for the KBYU program "Letting God Have His Way: A Conversation about C.S. Lewis" (1999; PBS).
Laurie Bonnell Stephens
Latter-day Saint. Producer/director of "The Miracles of Love, Music Video Vol.1 (1990) and "The Miracles of Love, Music Video Vol.2 (1992). Producer/director of the "Docudrama of the Restoration" video series for Living Scriptures, Inc. The series features more than 10 videos, about topics such as "The Mormon Battalion," "New York: The Church Restored,"The Handcart Pioneers" and "Nauvoo: The City of Joseph."
Rick Stephenson
Colorist for "Clubhouse Detectives" (1996) and the Feature Films For Families video "The ButterCream Gang" (1992). Film-video transfer for "Fedora" (1994). IMDb also lists him as the weapons coordinator for "Crosscut" (1996), filmed in California, although this is probably a different person.
Robin Michelle Stepp
Robin Michelle Patrick
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Robin-Michelle Stepp; Robin Stepp; Robin Michelle Patrick. Makeup artist who has worked on numerous TV movies and feature films made in Utah. Makeup department head for the Disney TV movies "Hounded" (2001), "The Poof Point" (2001), "Double Teamed" (2002), and "The Luck of the Irish" (2001). Key makeup artist (and sometimes key hair stylist as well) for: The Maldonado Miracle (2003); Partners in Crime (2000); Stranger Than Fiction (1999); No Laughing Matter (1998); Not In This Town (1997); Something Borrowed, Something Blue (1997); Coyote Summer (1996); The Paper Brigade (1996); Wish Upon a Star (1996); Just Like Dad (1996); Unabomber: The True Story (1996); Face of Evil (1996); Breaking Free (1995); Windrunner (1995). Key makeup artist for the TV series "The Visitor" (1997-1998). Other hair/makeup credits include the TV movie "Right On Track" (2003).
B.C. Sterrett
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Provo, Utah. Also known as: Blair Sterret. Previously lived in Ogden, Utah. Served a full-time mission in the Taiwan Taichung Mission. Since 2002 has been studying animation at Brigham Young University (BYU). Has been the host of the Oddity Rock Radio show on KWCR. Cartoonist for Weber State University's student newspaper Signpost. His first film, the short film "My Party with Broccoli," was shown at the Loaf-I film festival in Salt Lake City, 2002. Sterrett has collaborted on projects with filmmaker Tyrone Davies, who served in his mission.
Dan Stetich
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Made the short (3 min., 40 sec.) experimental film "It's When People Refuse to Talk That Real Trouble Sets In," which was shown at the 2003 Utah Short Film & Video Festival. The film was described thus: "In every town there's a boy and a girl."
David Stevens
Latter-day Saint. Sometimes credited as: David H. Stevens. Lives in Los Angeles, California, but has worked extensively in Utah productions. Became interested in acting while attending Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. Moved to Los Angeles and began an acting career after he got a part in the pilot episode of "Extreme," a short-lived "Baywatch"-on-skis series filmed in Park City. Along with his three younger brothers, David Stevens had a major supporting role as Adam Sandler's nemesis in the feature film "Punch-Drunk Love" (2002). Major supporting roles in: No Dogs Allowed (2002); Twice Today (2001); Cage in Box Elder (2000); The Crow: Salvation (2000); Address Unknown (1997); Heaven Sent (1994). Supporting role in Eric Hendershot's direct-to-video family film "Message in a Cell Phone" (2000). Small roles in the TV movies "The Ballad of Lucy Whipple" (2001) and "The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All" (1999). In addition to his 3rd-billed role in the low-budget feature "No Dogs Allowed", Stevens also served as first assistant director. The brothers have formed their own production company, Stevens Brothers Productions. They intend not only to make their own movies, but also train fellow actors in the area to perform other jobs, from editing to key grip.
Mike D. Stevens
Latter-day Saint. Also credited as: Michael Stevens. Actor. Became interested in acting while attending Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. Along with his three brothers, he had a major supporting role as Adam Sandler's nemesis in the feature film "Punch-Drunk Love" (2002). Salt Lake Tribune "Michael, the family man of the group, left acting for a day job -- he is purchasing manager at the Provo-based genealogy Web site, which gave him time off to act with his brothers."
Nathan Stevens
Latter-day Saint. Also credited as: Nate Stevens. Actor. Became interested in acting while attending Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. Moved from Utah to Los Angeles in 2001 to pursue a full-time acting career. Along with his three older brothers, Nathan Stevens had a major supporting role as Adam Sandler's nemesis in the feature film "Punch-Drunk Love" (2002). Major supporting role in the Disney TV movie "Don't Look Under the Bed" (1999), which starred Erin Chambers. Small role in the TV movie "The Ballad of Lucy Whipple" (2001). Worked behind the scenes as a grip on Joseph Osborn's low-buget feature film "No Dogs Allowed" (2002), on which his brother David served as first assistant director. The brothers have formed their own production company, Stevens Brothers Productions. They intend not only to make their own movies, but also train fellow actors in the area to perform other jobs, from editing to key grip.
Shawn Stevens
Latter-day Saint. Born April 5. Grew up in southern California. Actor best known for his television roles. Recently starred in the short film "The Good Samaritan" (2002), produced by Latter-day Saint feature film producer Cary Derbidge. Played "Kevin MacKenzie" on the short-lived TV series "The MacKenzies of Paradise Cove" (1979). Played "Zack Andrews" on the daytime soap opera "Search for Tomorrow" during the 1980s, and played "Oliver Martin" on the soap "Days of Our Lives" from 1982 to 1983. Starred with Jennifer Jason Leigh in the TV movie "I Think I'm Having a Baby" (1981). Starred in the 3rd-billed role in the feature film "Savage Harvest" (1981), about a family in Africa attacked by lions. Small role as a saxophone player in the feature film "Yellow Pages" (1988). TV guest appearances include: Fame; The Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour; Bret Maverick; The Facts of Life; Buck Rogers in the 25th Century; CHiPs; Eight Is Enough.
Denis Steward
Lives in Park City, Utah. Production manager/line producer. DGA.
Denis L. Stewart
Lives in Park City, Utah with his wife Nancy. Sometimes credited as: Denis Stewart. Now an experienced assistant director, Denis Stewart largely began his film career working for Charles Sellier's Sunn Classics in Utah, including serving as the extras coordinator for "Earthbound" (1981). He served as first assistant director on Sellier's low-budget horror movie "Silent Night, Deadly Night" (1984). He then got his real start as an assistant director working as the second assistant director on multiple episodes of the TV series "Hunter", 1986-1987, and then as the first assistant director on multiple episodes 1987-1988. Second assistant director for the TV movies "I Saw What You Did" (1988) and "Weekend War" (1988), and the feature films "Nobody's Fool" (1986) and "Space Rage." First assistant director on "Legacy" (1990), a major film produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, directed by Academy Award-winning director Kieth Merrill. First assistant director on feature films: Christmas in the Clouds (2000); Quantum Project (2000); Random Hearts (1999); Amistad (1997); Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997); Executive Decision (1996); The Chamber (1996); Fair Game (1995); Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995); The Mask (1994); Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993); Captain Ron (1992); Ski Patrol (1990); Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988). Unit production manager for the feature film "Panic Room" (2002). Bit parts onscreen in the movies "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory" (1995) and "P.K. and the Kid" (1987). Company: Painless Productions L.L.C.
Doug Stewart
Latter-day Saint (convert). Actor. Played "Benny," the Asian investigator who is miraculously healed in Richard Dutcher's ground-breaking Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "God's Army" (2000). Had a supporting role in the award-winning short BYU student film "The Promethean" (2003).
Douglas C. Stewart
Latter-day Saint. Lives in St. George, Utah. Also credited as: Doug Stewart. One of the most influential writers in the history of Latter-day drama, Stewart was the playwright and lyricist of the groundbreaking Latter-day Saint-themed musical Saturday's Warrior (1989), an project staged by California college students independent of institutional Church sponsorship. He followed this up with a sequel, the musical Star Child. "Saturday's Warrior" was adapted to a direct-to-video feature film in 1989 by director Bob Williams and producer David West, and has been widely seen by Church members. A "Star Child" video was released in 1999. Stewart also wrote the screenplay for the major Church-produced film "The Lost Manuscript" (1974), which was directed by Wetzel O. Whitaker. He wrote the screenplay for the independent family film "Where the Red Fern Grows" (1974), produced by Lyman Dayton. Bio from "Saturday's Warrior: The Movie" website (
Doug Stewart brings with him a distinguished career in stage and film. He received his MA degree from BYU in 1968. He went on to become the associate producer of the film, The Fearmaker. In 1973 Doug won first place in the Utah Playwriting Contest for his book and lyrics to Saturday's Warrior. He also wrote the screenplay for Where the Red Fern Grows, which starred James Whitmore and Beverly Garland and won the Blue Ribbon Box Office Award, parent's Magazine Citation, and awards from McCall's and the Motion Picture Association. He also wrote the screenplays Seven Alone and Against a Crooked Sky, which starred Richard Boone. In 1976, he was commissioned by the LDS Church to write the book and lyrics for the Bicentennial Musical, Threads of Glory, part of which was performed at Ronald Reagan's Inauguration in 1981. In 1978 he formed his own production company which toured shows throughout the nation, and continues to license shows world-wide. In 1983 and 84, he co-produced the films Solo and The Red Fury. Other musicals to his credit include Latter-Day Ruth, Star Child, A Day, A Night & A Day, Dream Street and Almost Perfect. In 1991 Doug first shared his dream of producing the outdoor musical UTAH! The magnificent Tuachan Amphitheater and Center for the Arts are the result of that dream. Doug currently serves as President of the Mormon Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging LDS artists to produce works of arts equal to the best the world has created. Doug and His wife Mary are the parents of eight children, and reside in St. George, Utah.

Gary Stewart
Latter-day Saint. Grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. Now a theater professor at Indiana State University (ISU). Former chairperson of the Theater Department. Author and playwright. Author of the novel Avenging Angel, which was adapted as a TNT TV movie of the same name in 1995. The movie, which features a well-researched and balanced portrayal of Latter-day Saints, starred Tom Berenger as the fictional Latter-day Saint bodyguard "Miles Utley," and co-starred screen legend James Coburn as the real-life Porter Rockwell, the famous bearded bodyguard to the prophets. Charlton Heston had a smaller role as Brigham Young. Stewart is the author of other books and plays. He wrote two detective novels about "Gabe Utley," a hard-boiled private investigator who a lapsed Mormon: The Tenth Virgin (1983) and The Zarahelma Vision (1986). Gabe's Latter-day Saint background is frequently on his mind as he investigates crimes in Salt Lake City. His love interest is a reporter for the Church-owned Deseret News. Stewart's plays include Daddy's Gone Home to Mother in Heaven and Utah Plays: Ambivalence in Action. Gary Stewart was married to novelist and fellow theater professor Diana Markham Stewart for 40 years, until she passed away in 2001. Together they helped form Indiana State University's theater department. Recipient of the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash award.
Marty Stiles
Boom operator for the Christian Vuissa's BYU thesis film "Unfolding" (2003). First assistant camera for the award-winning short BYU student film "The Promethean" (2003).
Bryan Stinson
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Orem, Utah. Graduate of Brigham Young University (BYU). Co-production designer and art director for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The Singles Ward" (2002). Property master for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Out of Step" (2002). Assistant art director and assistant location manager for Ryan Little's award-winning short film "The Last Good War" (1999). Assistant props for the short film "Journey to Harmony" (2002).
Nathan Stock
Lives in Layton, Utah. Grip, whose credits include the direct-to-video movie "The Crow: Salvation" (2000). Also a boom operator.
Alan E. Stoddard
Lives in Utah. Sometimes credited as: Alan Stoddard. Electrician for the feature films "Little Secrets" (2002), "The Right Temptation" (2000) and "The Crow: Salvation" (2000).
Byron Stoddard
Storyboard and set artist for J. Daniel Nell's film production company, Envision Entertainment, based in Taylorsville, Utah.
David Stoddard
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Highland/American Fork, Utah. Birth name: David W. Stoddard. Also credited as: Dave Stoddard. Gaffer whose credits include 8 seasons of the CBS TV series "Touched by an Angel", the TV movies "The Man with Three Wives" (1993), "Plain Road" (NBC), "Monday After The Miracle" (CBS), "The President's Child" (CBS), the film "Born to Race" (1988), and the Latter-day Saint-themed direct-to-video film "Christmas Mission" (1999). Lighting director for the LDS-oriented videos "The Children's Video Songbook, Vol. 1: My Heavenly Father's World" (1990) and "The Children's Video Songbook, Vol. 2: I Am a Child of God (1991). Lighting design for the short puppet musical film "Cinderabbit" (1978), made at BYU.
Darrell J. Stoddard
Associate producer of the short film "Joseph Smith: The Man" (1980), distributed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Roger Stoddard
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Electrician for the short film "Water with Food Coloring" (2001), the feature film "The Crow: Salvation" (2000) and the direct-to-video films "Clubhouse Detectives" (1996) and "Breaking Free" (1995). Best boy electric (2nd in command of electricians) for the Latter-day Saint-themed direct-to-video film "Christmas Mission" (1998) and for T.C. Christensen's direct-to-video family film "Bug Off!" (2001).
Mark Stoddard
One of 3 best boys (along with Sam Stoddard and Michael Stoddard) for the video "The Children's Video Songbook, Vol. 1: My Heavenly Father's World" (1990), for which David Stoddard was the lighting director.
Michael Stoddard
One of 3 best boys (along with Sam Stoddard and Mark Stoddard) for the video "The Children's Video Songbook, Vol. 1: My Heavenly Father's World" (1990), for which David Stoddard was the lighting director.
Sam Stoddard
Electrician for the Leucadia TV movie "Windrunner" (1995) and the Latter-day Saint-themed direct-to-video film "Christmas Mission" (1998). One of 3 best boys for the video "The Children's Video Songbook, Vol. 1: My Heavenly Father's World" (1990), for which David Stoddard was the lighting director.
Scott Stoddard
Latter-day Saint. Student at Brigham Young University (BYU). Director of the experimental animated short film "Bounding Blocks" (2002).
Grant Stokes
Also credited as: L. Grant Stokes; Grant L. Stokes. Prop master for the classic BYU-made Church film "The Phone Call" (1977). Set construction for the BYU-made Church films "The Gift" (1977) and "The Mailbox" (1977). Set assistant for the classic BYU-made Church film "Uncle Ben" (1978).
Julie Stoffer
Latter-day Saint. Born 6 April 1979, Sacramento, California. Raised in Wisconsin. Became famous when she starred in MTV's popular reality TV series "The Real World" (1992) in its ninth season, which took place in New Orleans. Made a cameo appearance in the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The Singles Ward" (2002). Appeared in the Eminem video "Without Me" as herself on the set of a Real World. Syrus from Boston and Puck from San Francisco also appeared. Profile Page
Sylvia Stoll
Latter-day Saint. Hometown: Ellwangen, Germany. Lives in Provo, Utah. Full name: Sylvia Maria Stoll. Art department intern for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The R.M." (2003). Was an extractor with the Immigrant Ancestors Project.
Jeanette Stone
Lives in Provo, Utah. Previously lived in California. Actress and dancer. Has appeared as a swing dancer on an episode of the TV series "Touched by an Angel" (Feb. 2000), as a volleyball player on "Baywatch" (Sep. 1994), and on "Dream Makers with Richard Simons" (Oct. 1999). Was a dancer in Pageant of the Masters, Erte to Monet Paintings in California from 1990 to 1995. Was a dancer in a Gap commercial filmed by Lee Booking International (June 2002) and was the lead actress in a commercial for KCAL 9 in California, filmed by Stan Reamer Productions. In 2002 worked as a production assistant in the art department at Paramount Pictures in California.
Norma Storch
Latter-day Saint (believed to be a non-churchgoer during most of her adulthood, although her parents, brothers and sisters were devout Church members). Born 6 April 1922 in Pocatello, Idaho. Died 28 August 2003 in New York, New York from cancer. Birth name: Norma Greve. Also known as: Norma Booth; Norma Greaves. In 1952, Norma went to New York City, where she met African-American vaudville comedian James "Jimmy" Cross. Two years later the couple gave birth to their daughter June Cross. As Jimmy's career declined, he became a physically abusive alcoholic and drug user. Norma left him in 1957 not long afterward sent four-year-old June to be raised by a black family Norma knew in Atlantic City. Norma then married comedian/actor Larry Storch on 10 July 1961. They remained married until she died. Norma's biological daughter June stayed with Norma and Larry Storch during the Summers, during which time the couple told people that June was their "adopted daughter" who usually stayed with a black couple out of state. Norma Storch is featured in the PBS "Frontline" documentary "Secret Daughter" (1996), in which her daugher June Cross traces her own childhood and complicated family background. Film credits including small parts in the movie "The Perils of P.K." (1986), and the TV movies "Exo-Man" (1977) and "The Six Million Dollar Man" (1973). Had a supporting role in the TV movie "The Woman Hunter" (1972). During their long marriage, Norma's husband Larry was a very successful New York-based actor who appeared in over 75 movies and network TV series, and was well known for TV roles such as paying "Cpl. Randolph Agarn" in the 1960s comedy series "F Troop." Larry Storch's film roles include: The Great Race (1965); Airport 1975 (1974); S.O.B. (1981); The Flight of Dragons (1982); Journey Back to Oz (1974). Larry Storch did voice work for many animated TV series including: The Pink Panther and Friends; Scooby and Scrappy-Doo; The Brady Kids; The Batman/Superman Hour ("The Joker"); Underdog. Larry Storch also starred as the voice of "Koko the Clown" in over 100 animated short films that debuted on television from 1961 to 1963. Obituary for Norma Storch from the New York Times (22 September 2003, written by Douglas Martin):
NEW YORK - Norma Storch, a white woman whose decision to have her 4-year-old mixed-race daughter raised by a black couple became the subject of an Emmy Award-winning documentary made by the daughter in adulthood, died Aug. 28 at her Manhattan home. She was 81.

The cause was cancer, said the daughter, June Cross, producer of the documentary "Secret Daughter," which PBS broadcast in 1996.

The film was heralded as a searing look at race relations in the 1950s and '60s, and drew praise for its emotional rawness and the bravery of both mother and daughter. Other reviews suggested that the documentary's power came from a mother's willingness to reject her daughter and then rationalize it.

Cross said in an interview last week that this impression properly reflected the documentary but not their real relationship. She said that tensions were exaggerated for dramatic effect.

But for almost 35 years, Mrs. Storch and her husband -- the actor and comedian Larry Storch, who starred as Cpl. Randolph Agarn in the 1960s comedy series "F Troop," -- indisputably lived a lie. They told friends and acquaintances that the black girl who visited them at their Hollywood home was their adopted daughter, who lived with a black family for most of the year.

The truth was that Cross was the child of an affair Mrs. Storch had had with Jimmy Cross, a black song-and-dance man who was Stump in the well-known performing team Stump and Stumpy.

Norma Storch fled Cross soon after their daughter's birth in 1954, because of his drinking, drug use and violence toward her, she said. As June matured and her complexion darkened, she and her mother encountered racist reactions, including a petition from residents of their Manhattan building demanding that they leave.

Norma Storch asked two friends, a middle-class black couple in Atlantic City, N.J., to raise June. After they took her in, Norma Storch cried every night, developed shingles and wrote daily letters to the girl, according to the documentary.

Norma Greve was born on April 6, 1922, in Pocatello, Idaho. Her mother moved from place to place, married seven times or so, and from time to time vanished completely. From the time Norma Storch was 9 until her marriage, she used the last name Booth, the name of one of her stepfathers.

Suzanne Storrs
Born 1934 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Actress. Had a regular role as "Janet Halloran" on the TV series "Naked City" (1958 - 1959). Also a regular hostess on "Number Please", a 1961 early predecesor to "Wheel of Fortune", the game show. Appeared in made-for-TV movies "The Heiress" (1961) and "The Scarlet Pimpernel" (1960). TV guest appearances include: The Untouchables; 77 Sunset Strip; Maverick; Hawaiian Eye.
David Stosich
Cinematographer and director for J. Daniel Nell's production company, Envision Entertainment, based in Taylorsville, Utah. In November 2002 Envision Entertainment announced that it had begun development of an as yet untitled full-length feature film written by Nell and co-directed by Nell and Stosich, to be filmed on digital HD in Salt Lake City in June 2003. Stosich was included in the "Special Thanks" section of the credits for Nell's short film "Descent into Madness" (2002).
Janet L. Stott
Production attorney for and Blair Treu's direct-to-video movies "Just Like Dad" (1995) and "Wish Upon a Star" (1996), as well as for "Coyote Summer" (1996).
Dirk Stout
Boom operator whose numerous credits include the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The Singles Ward" (2002), movies "Like Hell: Jeepers Creepers 2" (2003), "Auto Focus" (2002), "Eight Legged Freaks" (2002), "Big Bad Love" (2001), "Jumping for Joy" (2000), "Family Plan" (1997), TV movies "Skinwalkers" (2002), "The Lost Child" (2000), "Down Will Come Baby" (1999), "Stranger in My Home" (1997) and the TV series "V.I.P." (1998-2002) and "The Visitor" (1997). Only some of these were made in Utah. Has worked on at least four movies with sound mixer Steve Aaron: Auto Focus (2002); Big Bad Love (2001); The Lost Child (2000); The Singles Ward (2002).
William Stout
Born 1949, Salt Lake City, Utah. Best known as one of the country's leading dinosaur illustrators. Has worked as a production illustrator, creature designer and/or storyboard artist on films including: Predator 2 (1990); Monster in the Closet (1986); Invaders from Mars (1986); Conan the Destroyer (1984); The Hitcher (1986); First Blood (1982); Masters of the Universe (1987); The Return of the Living Dead (1985). Onscreen cameos in "The Return of the Living Dead" (1985). Co-writer of "The Warrior and the Sorceress" (1984).
William Stoye
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Set construction/design.
Anthony Straga
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Provo, Utah with his wife, filmmaker Hillary Straga. Birth name: Anthony J. Straga. Graduate of Brigham Young University (BYU) film school. Received an award while at BYU: Outstanding Award for Support of Student Production. Director of the short film "Unengaging Conversations," starring Lincoln Hoppe. Set decorator for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Brigham City" (2001). Worked in the location department for the TV series "Touched by an Angel." As an extra, he appears on screen in Alisa Anglesey's short film "In Time of Need" (1999), in the cafe. Also credited as the casting coordinator and "swing everything" for "In Time of Need." Sound mixer and special effects advisor for Ryan Little's national award-winning short film "The Last Good War" (1999).
Hillary Straga
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Provo, Utah with her husband, filmmaker Anthony Straga. Graduate of Brigham Young University (BYU) film school. Production coordinator for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Jack Weyland's Charly" (2002). Swing for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Brigham City" (2001). Hair dresser/make-up artist for Alisa Anglesey's short film "In Time of Need" (1999). Key makeup artist and hair designer for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The R.M." (2003) and for the short film "Freedom on the Water" (2002). Also did wardrobe for "In Time of Need," along with Christopher West. Assistant hairdresser/make-up artist for Ryan Little's national award-winning short film "The Last Good War" (1999), working under Tara Starling. Hillary Straga's husband Anthony Straga also worked on "Brigham City", "In Time of Need" and "The Last Good War."
Thomas D. Streich
Grip for the Feature Films For Families video "The ButterCream Gang" (1991).
Kirk Strickland
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Layton, Utah. Company: Kirk Strickland Productions. Director of the documentary videos "The First Utahns" (1987), "Utah's Indians in the 1880s" (1986) and "Utah's Indians and the Spaniards" (1985). Producer, director and editor of the video "The Maze" (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). Producer/director of "A Peoples' History of Utah" for KEUD, "Doing Utah Justice" and "Learning Through Discovery." Editor of the PBS documentary "Treasure House: The Utah Mining Story" (1996), directed by Lee B. Gorberg. Editor of "The Chameleon" and film projects for NuSkin International. Strickland plans to produce and direct a feature-length screenplay written by Laird Roberts titled "Last Dance in the Heartland," about a small farming town facing a wave of foreclosures from the local bank; the main character is the banker.
Carrie Stringfellow
Latter-day Saint. Actress. Student at Utah Valley State College in Orem, Utah, where she competes on the track and field team. Cast as Sam's wife in Gary Rogers' Book of Mormon movie (2003). Bio from Book of Mormon movie website (
Carrie literally came out of nowhere to "dazzle" us with her talent. The Book of Mormon Movie will be Carrie's acting and film debut. Carrie is a 2-time All-State track athlete in the high hurdles and intermediate hurdles. Carrie was also 2-time All Conference in track. She broke the UVSC High Hurdle record, Outdoor and Indoor! Carrie was part of the 4 by 100 relay team that broke the school record.

In addition to being a champion athlete, Carrie is also an experienced model. Carrie has always had the ability and the desire to act but never pursued it.

Randy Stroman
Lives in South Jordan, Utah. Also known as: Randy N. Stroman. One of numerous credited "story consultants" for T.C. Christensen's "Bug Off!" (2001).
Leonard Strong
Born 12 August 1908 in Utah. Died 23 January 1980, Glendale, California. Birth name: Leonard Clarence Strong. Actor. Appeared in over 35 movies during the 1940s and '50s, including: Hell's Half Acre (1954); Shane (1953); Back to Bataan (1945); Blood On The Sun (1945); Little Tokyo, U.S.A. (1942). TV guest appearances include: Get Smart; Rawhide; The Man from U.N.C.L.E.; The Twilight Zone; The Lone Ranger. Specialized in Asian roles, often playing Japanese villains. One of his best-remembered postwar film roles was the obsequious Siamese interpreter in both "Anna and the King of Siam" (1946) and its musical remake "The King and I" (1956).
Katie Stuart
Latter-day Saint. Born in Sonora, California. Birth name: Kathryn Elizabeth Stuart. Had the title role (Allison 'Frog' Parker) in the HBO feature film "Frog and Wombat" (1999). Nominated for a Young Artist Award (Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress) for "Frog and Wombat." Had a regular starring role on the children's TV series "Adventures With Kanga Roddy." 4th billed role in the direct-to-video horror movie "Fangs" (2001). Had a recurring role as "Faith" on the TV series "Titans." Other TV guest appearances: Xena: Warrior Princess; City Guys; 7th Heaven; Traffic. Bio from (
Katie Stuart first became involved in the entertainment field through baby beauty pageants where her love of performing really came to life. She began doing commercial ads as a child and some of them include Pet Co. and Invisalign braces. She was a series regular ("Sarah") on the childrens show "Adventures with Kanga Roddy" at age 11. She soon moved onto a recurring role on the primetime soap "Titans" and eventually a heavy-recurring and quite prominent role on ABC's "General Hospital." She is now 20 years old and beginning a major film career. On top of that, she is a singer/song-writer and a college student at USC. She currently lives with her brother Ken in Los Angeles, California.

Peggy Stuber
Lives in Park City, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Peggy Stuber-Peterson. Second assistant director for "Nora's Christmas Gift" (1989), produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, available on video and shown often on television. Second assistant director on the large format film "Legacy" (1990), produced by the Church for display in the Joseph Smith Building in Salt Lake City. Since then Stuber has been the second assistant director or 2nd 2nd assistant director on a number of TV movies: "The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All" (1999), "Virtual Obsession" (1998), "Money Plays" (1997), "Riders of the Purple Sage" (1996) and "In the Line of Duty: Siege at Marion" (1992). Location manager for the Disney TV movie "The Witching of Ben Wagner" (1987). Production manager/coordinator on the Latter-day Saint video "Easter Dream," and for commercials, including Cadillac, Hyundai.
Hannah Stum
Latter-day Saint. Student at Brigham Young University (BYU). Actress. Bit part as "Gossip Girl #2" (at the singles dance) in the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The Singles Ward" (2002). Finalist in the Irene Ryan acting competition in 2002. Stage roles at BYU include appearing in Eric Samuelsen's adaptation of Skelton's play Magnificence (2002); Samuelsen's The Odyssey (1999); and "Agnes" in Moliere's School for Wives (2001).
Robert Stum
Latter-day Saint. Sometimes credited as: Robert W. Stum; Robert W. Strum. Head cinematographer in the BYU Motion Picture Department for 28 years, Stum filmed more than 150 motion pictures, including the quintessential Church video classic "Johnny Lingo" (1969). Also the cinematographer of the Church videos "Windows of Heaven" (1963) and "Man's Search for Happiness." Cinematographer for the independent feature film "Seven Alone" (1974). Production manager for the Church film "The Lost Manuscript" (1974).
Matt Stumphy
Was a grip for the BYU/LDS Motion Picture Studio film "Fourth Witness, The Mary Whitmer Story" (1996). Received a Department Outstanding Student Award while a film student at Brigham Young University (BYU). Boom operator and grip the short BYU student film "In Time of Need" (1999). Also appears on screen as an extra in "In Time of Need" (1999). Electrician for the BYU student film "The Last Good War" (1999).
James Sukhan
Lives in Utah. Attends Viewmont High School (2002). One of six camera operators credited in Tanner Christensen's "making of" film included on the DVD release of T.C. Christensen's "Bug Off!" (2001). Appears briefly on screen in "Bug Off!" as a passerby and as a member of the alien council.
Brian Sullivan
Latter-day Saint. Birth name: Brian Dimitri Sullivan. Sometimes credited as: Utah Brian Sullivan. Lives in Provo, Utah with his wife Linda Reynolds Sullivan. Education: BA in Sociology from Pacific University, 1974; MA in Theatre and Cinematic Arts from Brigham Young University (BYU), 1983. Instructor in the BYU film department, 1984-1985. Cinematographer. Director of Photography on many of Blair Treu's films: Little Secrets (2002); The Paper Brigade (1996); Wish Upon a Star (1996); Just Like Dad (1995); The (2000). Director of Photography on other films made in Utah, including "Coyote Summer" (1996), the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen twins video "Getting There: Sweet 16 and Licensed to Drive" (2002) and the comedic short about Steven Spielberg/George Lucas "Courage & Stupidity" (2004). Steadicam operator for the Feature Films For Families video "Secret of Treasure Mountain" (1993) and the TV movie "Rubdown" (1993). Camera operator or 2nd unit director of photography on more than 60 movies, including: Dumb & Dumber (1994); Bicentennial Man (1999); The River Wild (1994); Dying Young (1991); Cure, The (1995); Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993); Almost Heroes (1998); Mr. Jones (1993); Gleaming the Cube (1989); Nora's Christmas Gift (1989); Most Wanted (1997); Breaking Free (1995); Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983); Brimstone and Treacle (1982); Liebestraum (1991); A Home of Our Own (1993); 84C MoPic (1989); Hangar 18 (1980); The Runner (1999); The Executioner's Song (1982); Revenge of the Ninja (1983); Indian Summer (1996); Hounded (2002). TV series work includes "Gilmore Girls" (2000), "The Visitor" (1997) and "Morton & Hayes" (1991). Worked as the "A" camera operator for the Emmy-winning WB TV series "Everwood" (2002-2005). Gaffer for the classic BYU-made Church film "Uncle Ben" (1978). Appears in bit parts in "Little Secrets" (2002), "The World's Greatest Athlete" (1973) and "Courage & Stupidity" (2004).
Craig Sullivan
Lives in Utah. Grip for Blair Treu's feature film "Little Secrets" (2002) and the movie "Made Men" (1999). Key grip for "Partners in Crime" (2000) and "The Night That Never Happened" (1997). Dolly grip for "Stranger Than Fiction" (1999). Electrician for "Friends & Lovers" (1999). Electrician for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The Singles Ward" (2002).
George Sullivan
George K. Sullivan
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sometimes credited as: George Sullivan; George K. Sullivan. Actor. Has mostly had small or bit parts, mostly in made-for-television movies. He has frequently played a police officer or police detective. Has appeared in at least 24 films since the early 1980s, including: The Right Temptation (2000); The Huntress (2000); Stolen from the Heart (2000); Absence of the Good (1999); Mother Knows Best (1997); Night Sins (1997 miniseries); Windrunner (1995); Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare (1995); The Stand (1994 miniseries); A Home of Our Own (1993); Deliver Them from Evil: The Taking of Alta View (1992); Tripwire (1990); Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988); Evil in Clear River (1988); Revenge of the Ninja (1983). Has worked as a technial advisor for the TV series "Touched by an Angel", "Miracles & Other Wonders" (1992) and "The Boys of Twilight" (1992), and for the TV miniseries "The Stand" (1994).
Jennifer Sum
Latter-day Saint. From Canada. Student at Brigham Young University-Hawaii (BYUH). Had 3rd-billed roles in two of the feature-length films made each semester by students, directed by faculty member Glenn Kau: "A Dangerous Game" (2002) and "Reflections of Eve" (2001). In "A Dangerous Game" she plays "Ling," a guide who leads the main character through the dangerous game. In "Reflections of Eve," a Hitchcockian suspense film, she plays "Bridget Nelson," the friend of the title character Eve.
Jarond Suman
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Utah. Student at Utah Valley State College. Won honorable mention for his short film "The Jacket," which he and his team created as part of the 24-Hour Filmmaking Marathon competition at the 2nd LDS Film Festival, held in Provo, Utah in November 2002.
Christy Summerhays
Latter-day Saint. Bit part in Blair Treu's feature film "Little Secrets" (2002). Actress with small roles in the TV movies: Just Like Dad (1995); Divided by Hate (1997); In My Sister's Shadow (1997); Dead by Midnight (1997); Detention: The Siege at Johnson High (1997); Unabomber: The True Story (1996); Out of Annie's Past (1995). Did voice work for the PBS documentary "Trail of Hope: The Story of the Mormon Trail" (1997). Part of the New York City acting troupe "Handcart Ensemble." Made at least 4 guest appearances on the TV series "Touched by an Angel" in 1994. Guest appearance on the TV series "Everwood" in 2002.
Hyrum Summerhays
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Graduated Brighton High School in Sandy, Utah in 1993. Received an Associates Degree in Electronics Engineering from ITT Technical Institute in 1996. Producer and co-writer, along with James Holmes, of the the short (5 min., 45 sec.) animated music video "Little Girl With Blue Eyes" (2002), which is described thus: A heroic astronaut is forced to choose between his earthbound fiance and his new found alien love. The film received the Special Merit Award for Animation at the 21st annual Utah Short Film and Video Festival in 2002. It was one of only 2 locally-made films chosen to be part of the Utah Arts Festival's inaugural film program in 2003. Producer and co-writer of award-winning short film "Flat Earth." Beginning in 1997 he worked as Chief Operations Officer, Project Manager, Head Audio Engineer at Cue Media Integration, working on video and CD-ROM projects. Has released four music albums with my band Elsewhere. Bio from
10 years hands on experience in the professional live and studio audio engineering market. Good understanding of electronic principles gained through schooling in electronics at ITT. Strong troubleshooting and repair skills gained through experience repairing electronic musical instruments at Summerhays Music. Extensive knowledge of internet and electronic audiovisual communcations through experience as the owner of an audiovisual/internet development based business. As a business owner I have also learned how to manage projects in order to complete them in a timely and cost effective manner.

Carla Summers
Lives in Orem, Utah. Wardrobe assistant and seamstress for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Handcart" (2002). Other wardrobe credits include: "Touched By An Angel", "Promised Land", "Murder at 75 Birch", "Dying To Belong", Martin Andersen's short film "Follow Your Heart" (1998).
Maxine Summers
Utah-based actress. Has over 40 years experience acting on stage. Supporting role in Thomas Camoin's independent feature film "How to Smoke Pot" (2000). Stage roles include "Mrs. Fezziwig" in A Christmas Carol at Hale Centre Theatre, West Valley, Utah.
Noah Sunday
Latter-day Saint. Hometown: Layton, Utah. Best boy grip for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The R.M." (2003). While he was a student at Layton High School, Sunday, along with Miles Hicks, created a drinking and driving public service announcement (PSA) which won 1st Place in the 2002 Utah High School Filmfest.
Tore Sundelin
Latter-day Saint. Director of the short film "Patriarch."
Leah Sutliff
Born circa 1982. Utah-based singer and actress. Interested in film and television roles. Performed original songs and covers at clubs and other venues. Performed "Bye Bye Birdie" at Westminster College. Performed "The Star Spangled Banner" at several college sporting events. Performed and toured with Thompson Lane, a singing and dancing group. Studied theatre at Westminster College.
Richard Sutter
Lives in South Jordan, Utah. Art director for Lee Groberg's documentaries "American Gunmaker: The John M. Browning Story" (1991) and "Enduring Legacy: The Story of Firearms" (1992).
Mack Swain
Born 16 February 1876, Salt Lake City, Utah. Died 25 August 1935, Tacoma, Washington. Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Swain was comedy legend Charlie Chaplin's most frequent co-star. Swain and Chaplin appeared together in at least 22 films, including: The Gold Rush (1925), A Busy Day (1914), Caught in a Cabaret (1914), Caught in the Rain (1914), Gentlemen of Nerve (1914), His Musical Career (1914), Laughing Gas (1914), Pay Day (1922), The Pilgrim (1923) and When Comedy Was King (1960). IMDb bio (,+Mack):
Mack Swain was born in 1876 and soon became a talented vaudevillian. In 1913 he was hired by Mack Sennett and appeared in a few Mabel Normand pictures until a year later he became even bigger when Chaplin, Charlie arrived at the Keystone Studio. Swain later created a character by the name of Ambrose whom he appeared with Mr. Walrus (Played by comic Chester Conklin) most memorably in "Love Speed & Thrills" (1915).

After that his career began to go downward until Charlie Chaplin rescued it in 1921 and he later appeared in his masterpiece "The Gold Rush" (1925). After "The Gold Rush" he appeared in many Hollywood productions such as Lon Chaney's "Mockery" and "The Last Warning" (1929).

In 1932 he appeared in the academy award nominee for best short "Stout Hearts and Willing Hands" which also co-starred former keystone actors such as Chester Conklin, Hank Mann, Harold Lloyd, Bobby Vernon, Ben Turpin and Owen Moore. He retired from then onwards and died in 1935.

Nathan Swain
Latter-day Saint. Film student at Brigham Young University (BYU). Director of the short student film "A Eulogy for Love," which competed in BYU's Final Cut film festival in March 2003.
Bronze Swallow
Latter-day Saint. Screenwriter of the short film "The Streaker" (2002).
Mark Swan
Mark Swan
Director of animated feature films. Founder of Swan Animation in St. George, Utah. His feature film directorial debut was "The Princess and the Pea" (2002). Profile Page
Yayoi Swapp
Latter-day Saint. Previously based in Utah and Tokyo. Background encompasses all aspects of Media Production and Performing Arts. On-camera credentials extend over several hundred titles, including roles in such TV series as "Touched By An Angel" and "Promised Land". As a broadcaster, held full media accreditation for the Olympic Games (Television and Radio), Segment Producer/Writer/Location Director for a live news talk show "Sunday Morning" on the Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS), "World Business Review", etc. In film production, her credits are listed with such award-winning industry professionals as Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Thomas Keneally. As a dancer, performed and competed Internationally in the US, Canada, Asia and Eastern Europe including the former Soviet Union. Her bilingual skills in Japanese and English bring unique strength to her the project she is involved in. Currently reside in California while traveling wherever projects lead her.
Cathy Swarts
Lives in the Moab, Utah area. Casting coordinator, whose credits include a J. Crew Catalog (J. Crew) and "Lonestar," a music video by Deaton Flanigan.
Kathy Sweeney
Production designer for the feature film "After Image" (2000), filmed in Rochester, New York. Art department for Lee Groberg's PBS documentary "American Prophet: The Story of Joseph Smith" (1999), which was filmed partially in upstate New York.
Alfred Swenson
Born 1883, Salt Lake City, Utah. Died 28 March 1941, Staten Island, New York. Also credited as: Albert Swanson; Alfred G. Swenson; Al Swenson. Credited with major roles in: The Great Power (1929); Strife (1917); Hypocrisy (1916). Primarily a stage actor. Worked as a featured actor on Broadway.
Amy Swenson
Latter-day Saint. Sometimes credited as: Amy Westerby; Amy Westerby Swenson. Lives in New York City with her husband, actor Will Swenson. Graduated with a degree in Communications from Brigham Young University (BYU). In 1996 she won first place in the national television broadcast news competition of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation Journalism Awards Program. In 1996 she left her job as a Utah County reporter for KSL-TV to work as a reporter for the CBS affiliate in Florida, where her husband had been hired to perform at Disney World. Amy has a brief role in the Latter-day Saint-themed film "The Singles Ward" (2002) as the woman who calls the police on Cammie. Amy's husband had the lead role in the movie.
Janet L. Swenson
Latter-day Saint. Also credited as: Janet Swenson. BA, MA, Brigham Young University, 1969, 1974. MFA, University of Utah, 1992. Costume designer. Faculty member at Brigham Young University (BYU). Bio from BYU (
Professor Janet L. Swenson is Chair of Design & Technology and resident Costume Designer for BYU's Department of Theatre & Media Arts. During her nearly 30 years at BYU, she has designed over 200 productions, including musicals, operas, Shakespeare and film. For the past 15 years she has also designed for BYU's international touring group, The Young Ambassadors. Professionally, Janet served 15 years as Resident Designer at Robert Redford's Sundance Theatre and has designed at the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespearean Festival for the past 10 years. Other professional credits include work at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, PTTP at the University of Wisconsin, the Tuacahn Center for the Performing Arts and the Skylight Opera Theatre in Milwaukee. She has also designed many summer seasons in Wyoming at both the Pink Garter Theatre and Jackson Hole Playhouse. Professor Swenson teaches courses in costume design as well as supervising and teaching in the department's extensive makeup program. She is the recipient of many awards, including the prestigious Karl G. Maeser Award for creativity in 1996. Janet just completed the biggest project of her career -- designing and supervising construction of 2,500 costumes for the LDS Church's production of Light of the World, which played to sold-out houses in the 21,000 seat Conference Center throughout the 2002 Olympics. She is a member of IATSE, AFTRA, USITT and the Utah Council of the Arts, and is the National Archivist for Theta Alpha Phi.

Paul Swenson
Film critic. Gave a presentation at the 2002 Sunstone Symposium in Salt Lake City, Utah titled "Chick Flicks, Dick Flicks, & Sick Flicks." Bio from "Notes on Contributors", Weber Studies, Spring 1991, Volume 8.1 (
Paul Swenson (B.S., Utah State U), journalist/arts critic/editor, currently analyzes screenplays for Leucadia Film Corporation in Salt Lake City. He was (founding) editor of Utah Holiday magazine from 1971 until 1989, where he also was a film critic. He was a reporter and arts critic for the Deseret News for 13 years.

Robert Swenson
Latter-day Saint. Also credited as: Bob Swenson; Bob-O Swenson; Robert "Bob-O" Swenson. Brother of actor Will Swenson, the star of "The Singles Ward." Actor. Robert Swenson had the 6th billed role in the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The Singles Ward" (2002), directed by his cousin Kurt Hale. His character is "Zak", the lead character's roommate who has excessive piercings. Small also had a small role in Kurt Hale's 2nd feature film "The R.M." (2003). Swenson previously played a "Statutory Pimp" in Salt Lake City-based filmmaker Tucker T. Dansie's short film "Crayoluv" (1997).
Sharon Swenson
Latter-day Saint. Grarduated BA, MA, PhD, University of Utah, 1968, 1974, 1993; Emphases: Film History, Theory, Criticism. Currently she is an assistant professor at Brigham Young University in the Theatre and Media Arts department. Teaches a course in LDS Film history at BYU, currently taught under the course title "Media as a Mirror of Our Times." Also teaches "Intro to Media Arts Theory." Participated in two panel discussions ("Fantasy and Reality in LDS Media" and "The LDS Cinematic Audience") at the 2nd LDS Film Festival, held in Provo, Utah in November 2002. Was consulted as a source when the nationally syndicated radio program the Osgood Files (CBS Radio Network) did a story on the LDS Cinema genre (14 May 2004). Moderated a panel discussion titled "Toward a Definition of Mormon Cinema: Does Neil LaBute Make Mormon Movies?" at the University Film and Video Associatin's 58th Annual UFVA Conference, held at the University Toledo (August 3-7, 2004).
Will Swenson
Latter-day Saint. Lives in New York City with his wife, Amy Swenson. Grandson of legendary theater founders Ruth and Nathan Hale. Stars as the comedian "Jonathan Jordan", the lead role in the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The Singles Ward" (2002), directed by his cousin Kurt Hale. Also listed as an "associate producer" for "The Singles Ward." 2nd billed role in Hale's 2nd feature film "The R.M." Swenson played the best friend of the title character -- a Latter-day Saint who did not go on a mission but whose life seemed to be blessed with wealth and success. Swenson was also credited as an associate producer of "The R.M." Swenson had a key but unseen role in the big budget 70mm Church-produced film "The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd" (2000). He provided the voice of Jesus Christ. The actor who appeared on screen as Jesus, Tomas Kofod, is a Danish actor, and could only speak English with a heavy accent. Other credits for the Church include starring as Moroni in the video "Firm in the Faith" and starring as Naaman in "Naaman and Elisha." He has performed in various off-Broadway and touring productions of Jekyll and Hyde, Miss Saigon and Fame. He starred in the Broadway-bound musical Kept, the first to perform the role of Ian. Swenson made his directorial debut at the helm of the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Sons of Provo" (2004), a comedy mockumentary about a Latter-day Saint boy band named "Everclean." Swenson also starred in "Sons of Provo" and wrote much of its satirical music.
Katherine Swigert
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Provo, Utah with her husband Jason Swigert. Student in the School of Music at BYU (Brigham Young University). Co-screenwriter and key makeup artist for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Pride and Prejudice: A Utah Comedy" (2003). Opera singer (soprano) who has sung onstage at the Assembly Hall on Temple Square, at Portland State University and BYU, among other forums. Was an extra in the short film "The Snell Show" (2002).
Heidi Swinton
Latter-day Saint. Book author and documentary screenwriter. Writer of award-winning PBS documentaries produced and directed by Lee B. Groberg: "Sacred Stone: The Temple at Nauvoo" (2002), "American Prophet: The Story of Joseph Smith" (1999), and "Trail of Hope: The Story of the Mormon Trail" (1997).
Scott Swofford
Latter-day Saint. Lives in South Jordan, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Scott H. Swofford. Producer of numerous award-winning IMAX films, including Taj Mahal: The Great Indian Experience (2002), Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure (2001); Olympic Glory (1999); Mysteries of Egypt (1998); The Great American West (1997); Hearst Castle: Building the Dream (1996). Producer of the big budget 70mm (large format) film "The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd" (2000), produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be shown in the Legacy Theater in the Joseph Smith Building in Sale Lake City. "Testaments" was directed by Academy Award-winning director Kieth Merrill. Producer of the previous Church-made film "Legacy" (1990), also directed by Merrill. Production manager for "Luke II," a video made for the Church. Director of the Feature Films For Families (FFFF) video "Secret of Treasure Mountain" (1993). Producer of many more Feature Films For Families videos: Rigoletto (1993); Seasons of the Heart (1993); Secret of Treasure Mountain (1993); Split Infinity (1992); The ButterCream Gang (1992). Won the award for Best Western Film for "Seasons of the Heart" at the Santa Clarita International Film Festival. Producer and production manager for "A Voice from the Dust," a series of feature films based on the Book of Mormon. Bio from the project website (
Veteran producer, Swofford produced the IMAX box office hit Mysteries of Egypt for National Geographic, Olympic Glory with Frank Marshall, and Amazon, which received a nomination for an Academy Award. His company, Vineyard Productions, has produced seven other IMAX films and Swofford has personally produced seven independent films. He has produced in 31 foreign countries, including 6 months in Japan for Columbia Pictures. This wealth of experience makes him one of the most successful event film producers today.

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