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Natl Film Title Weekend Gross Rank LDS/Mormon Filmmaker/Star Total Gross Theaters Days --- ----------------------------- ----------- ----- ---- 3 The Santa Clause 2 12,133,257 2,526 31 Ken Daurio (screenwriter) 113,587,046 Cinco Paul (screenwriter) 29 Punch-Drunk Love 171,813 131 52 LDS actors/characters: 17,592,824 David Stevens, Nathan Stevens, Michael D. Stevens, Jim Smooth Stevens (James Smooth) 53 Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man 29,634 5 941 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 14,390,061 61 Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure 15,879 8 661 Scott Swofford (producer) 13,679,319 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) Sam Cardon (composer) Stephen L. Johnson (film editor) 64 Jack Weyland's Charly 10,789 11 66 Adam Anderegg (director) 534,972 Jack Weyland (book author) Janine Gilbert (screenwriter) Lance Williams (producer) Micah Merrill (producer, film editor) Tip Boxell (co-producer) Bengt Jan Jonsson (cinematographer) Aaron Merrill (composer) Actors: Heather Beers, Jeremy Elliott, Adam Johnson, Jackie Winterrose Fullmer, Diana Dunkley, Gary Neilson, Lisa McCammon, Randy King, Bernie Diamond, etc. 68 Galapagos 8,181 5 1130 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 13,848,806 73 China: The Panda Adventure 5,131 5 493 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 2,961,345 104 The Other Side of Heaven 77 1 353 Mitch Davis (writer/director) 4,720,371 John H. Groberg (author/character) Gerald Molen, John Garbett (producers) Steven Ramirez (film editor)
MORE PAUL AND DAURIO - So what are Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio ("The Santa Claus 2") working on now? They are currently working on another family movie for Disney that will hopefully be released in 2004. It is a musical featuring singing dogs. They are also editing a short film based on a script titled "Special" that they wrote together in 1999.
CHARACTER ACTOR PARLEY BAER PASSES AWAY - Salt Lake native Parley Baer died in California on November 22nd. He was probably best-known as Mayor Stoner of Mayberry on "The Andy Griffith Show." He also provided the voice of Ernie Keebler in the Keebler cookies commercials. Baer's more than 75 film roles include major roles in "Almost an Angel" (1990), "Amazing Dobermans" (1976), "The Ugly Dachshund" (1966) and "Two on a Guillotine" (1965).
ALAN WILLIAMS ON TNT - A new musical score by leading Latter-day Saint film composer Alan Williams will debut next week on national TV. The TNT movie "Miss Lettie and Me" stars Tyler Moore and Burt Reynolds. Williams' more than 3 dozen scores include the critically acclaimed IMAX films "Kilimanjaro: Mountain of Many Faces" (2002), "Island of the Sharks" (1999), "Mark Twain's America" (1998), and "Amazon" (1997), as well as TV movies, feature films, and videos available at Latter-day Saint bookstores. "Miss Lettie and Me", a Johnson & Johnson Spotlight Presentation, debuts Sunday, December 8th at 8pm (ET). It will also appear on TNT at the following times:
Sunday, December 8th at 10pm
Monday, December 9th at 12am
Wednesday, December 11th at 9pm
Saturday, December 14th at 10pm
Sunday, December 15th at 4pm
Monday, December 16th at 12am
Saturday, December 21st at 12:30pm
LDS FILM FESTIVAL UPDATE - From LDSBox.com: The winners of the Feature Screenplay Competition will be announced next week. One more judge has to finish reading the scripts before we can announce the winners. Please be patient as we try to carefully examine 25 scripts and over 2000 script pages. We would like to thank all the filmmakers and volunteers for their great work! We are looking forward to an exciting next year! Hope to see you and your films there!
"BEST OF 2002 PROGRAM TO TOUR NOW NATIONWIDE AND ABROAD - Similar to last year's "Best of 2001" program, the best films of this year's LDS FILM FESTIVAL competition will go on a national and international tour. The "Best of 2002 tour program is offered to wards, stakes, institutes, private parties, high schools, university campuses, media arts centers, museums, libraries and independent theaters across the country and abroad. Organizers are free to charge admissions. The program is available for a rental fee of $ 46.00 (includes shipping). Additional screenings are $ 19.00 each. The program is only available in English and on VHS. Screenings can now be scheduled. The "Best of 2002" program is a collection of 12 short films and is 135 minutes long. The program includes comedy, drama, documentary, and experimental films. It is enjoyable for all ages and can be appreciated by members and nonmembers alike. If you are interested in organizing a screening of the "Best of 2002" program, contact the LDS Film Festival at: http://www.ldsbox.com/cgi-bin/feedback.php
ADDITIONAL SCREENING OF 24-HOUR FILMMAKING MARATHON FILMS - Come and see over 30 short films that were made within only 24 hours or less. LDSBox.com will have an additional screening this coming Friday, December 6, at 9.30 p.m. at MUSE MUSIC in Provo. The theme of the marathon was "redemption." Filmmakers also had to implement an object (a bar of soap) and a dialogue line ("You can't just change..."). A sold out screening of the 24-hour filmmaking marathon films at the LDS Film Festival showed many different approaches to the same theme. Many films were well crafted and impressed the audience. We congratulate all the participating groups for their excellent work and endurance.
See them all:
Friday, December 6, at 9.30 p.m. at MuseMusic
145 North University Avenue, Provo
$ 3 at the door
LDS FILM FESTIVAL IS LOOKING FOR SPONSORS AND PARTNERS - In its second year, attendance doubled from 750 to 1500. Over 30 events were held between November 13-16. Over 80 films were screened. Next year the LDS Film Festival will continue to grow and draw more attention and people. The festival has now a solid foundation and feels ready to invite sponsors to support the growth of the festival. There are several sponsorship programs for businesses and individuals interested in supporting young LDS filmmakers and the LDS Film Festival. The programs offer many benefits for sponsors in exchange for their support. Please contact the festival at: http://www.ldsbox.com/cgi-bin/feedback.php if you are interested in becoming an official sponsor.
"FACES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE" CONSIDERED FOR NATIONAL DISTRIBUTION - Tawnya Cazier's documentary, "Faces of Domestic Violence", which was made with a community outreach grant, has been sent to the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. The department is considering it for national distribution. In addition, as part of the National Domestic Violence Awareness month in October, a copy of the video was sent to every county community outreach coordinator in Utah. With the release of this video, Cazier's name and credits have been moved from the "Up and Coming" Latter-day Saint filmmakers page on this website and promoted to the main ("professional") directors and producers page.
THE CALL OF STORY TO BE AIRED - Tom Lefler's documentary, "The Call of Story" will be airing nationally. For broadcast dates and times according to area, or to learn more about the documentary and storytelling, go to an impressive site dedicated to the documentary at http://callofstory.org
MORE AP ARTICLE - The C. G. Wallace article on Mormon Cinema distributed by the Associated Press been published in even more newspapers last weekend, including The Fresno Bee (where the headline was "Mormon films are Brigham 'em in: The novelty is wearing off, which may point to a decrease in quality") and The Hartford Courant (Connecticut), which ran the story under the banner "Mormon Movies: An Eager Market Helps, But It May Be Too Eager." The Hartford Courant version adds something after the sentence: "Since then, Mormon-themed movies have been flooding Utah screens"... This version of the article appended the note: "(they are available nationwide for purchase or rental, at video stores or via the Web)" All of the versions contain the phrase "The movies - most of which have played only in Utah." Obviously that's not the case. Of the seven movies released, all have played in commercial theaters outside of Utah except for "Out of Step." The Hartford version of the article is also the only version we have seen with the following sentence: "Dutcher's "Brigham City," about a serial killer preying on a Mormon town, probably went as far as the church would tolerate, earning a PG-13 rating."
As for the upcoming Spielberg movie... One of the actors with a small role in the movie is none other than Bountiful, Utah native James Morrison. Morrison is best known for his starring role as Lt. Col. Tyrus Cassius 'TC' McQueen in the science fiction TV series "Space: Above and Beyond." (He's the white-haired military leader who happens to be a clone.)
KBYU STUDENT GRANT PROJECT - For BYU students: KBYU Student Grant Project is accepting proposals and applications. Forms can be picked up in the TMA Office and must be completed by Dec. 3. Turn in to the TMA office, Attention: Duane Roberts. Proposals must include a treatment on how the student project will produce a 5-10 minute morality tale based on faith promoting stories in the LDS Voices found in the Ensign, meant to air on BYU TV or KBYU-TV or radio. Questions should be addressed to Duane Roberts at KBYU (378-8446) or email@example.com.