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Feature Films by LDS/Mormon Filmmakers and Actors
Weekend Box Office Report (U.S. Domestic Box Office Gross)

Weekend of June 21, 2002

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Natl  Film Title                Weekend Gross
Rank  LDS/Mormon Filmmaker/Star   Total Gross Theaters Days
---  ----------------------------- -----------  -----  ----
 1   Minority Report                35,677,125  3,001     3
     Gerald Molen (producer)        35,677,125

 7   The Divine Secrets of the       6,028,457  2,310    17
     Ya-Ya Sisterhood               46,711,890

30   ESPN's Ultimate X - The Movie     105,014     44    45
     Reed Smoot (cinematographer)    2,599,305
     
35   Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure   82,658     17   500
     Scott Swofford (producer)      12,443,357
     Reed Smoot (cinematographer)
     Sam Cardon (composer)
     Stephen L. Johnson (film editor)

36   Murder by Numbers                  65,372    160    66
     Ryan Gosling (2nd billed star) 31,798,199
     R.D. Call (6th billed star)

41   The New Guy                        52,053    107    45
     Eliza Dushku (actor)           28,827,716

50   Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man   22,763      6   780
     Reed Smoot (cinematographer)   13,413,891

61   China: The Panda Adventure         11,635      7   332
     Reed Smoot (cinematographer)    2,486,093

62   The Believer                       11,478      6    38
     Ryan Gosling (actor)              183,264

66   The Other Side of Heaven            9,532     13   192
     Mitch Davis (writer/director)   4,585,106
     John H. Groberg (author/character)
     Gerald Molen, John Garbett (producers)
     Steven Ramirez (film editor)

69   We Were Soldiers                    8,542     21   115
     Keri Russell (actress)         78,108,694

70   Galapagos                           7,658      4   969
     Reed Smoot (cinematographer)   13,414,863
     
77   The Singles Ward                    5,456      6   143
     Kurt Hale (writer/director)       793,636
     John E. Moyer (writer)
     Dave Hunter (producer)
     Cody Hale (composer)
     Ryan Little (cinematographer)
     Wynn Hougaard (film editor)
     Actors: Will Swenson, Connie Young,
        Daryn Tufts, Kirby Heyborne,
        Michael Birkeland, Robert Swenson,
        Wally Joyner, Lincoln Hoppe,
        Sedra Santos, etc.

99   Mark Twain's America 3D             1,375      1  1452
     Alan Williams (composer)        2,233,076


MOLEN REPORT: Despite stiff competition from "Lilo & Stitch", "Minority Report", which was produced by Gerald Molen (the producer of "The Other Side of Heaven") did come in at the number one spot this weekend, although only by a mere $400,000.

The reviews are already in the newspapers for "Minority Report" and... wow. RottenTomatoes.com reports an incredible 97% positive ("fresh") rating, with over 60 reviews counted. That compares to 27% "fresh" for Jerry Molen's last move, "The Other Side of Heaven."

Speaking of "The Other Side of Heaven"... new reviews are available from the Kalamazoo Gazette (3 out of 4 stars) and Entertainment Weekly (C grade):

http://interbridge.com/jamessanford/2002/otherside.html

http://www.ew.com/ew/article/review/movie/0,6115,249435~1~0~othersideofheaven,00.html

OLDHAM'S "SMITH FAMILY" DOC: Tonight (Tuesday, June 25th) at 9:00 PM (in Utah), Tasha Oldham's "The Smith Family" premieres on PBS (KUED). Everything we've heard about the 90-minute documentary has been very positive. There is an excellent article about it in The Progressive (Thank LDSToday.com for pointing to this link) - http://www.progressive.org/July%202002/mck0702.html. The PBS web site for for the documentary can be found at http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2002/thesmithfamily/index.html. The cinematographer for "The Smith Family", by the way, is Tahlee Booher, who also was the DP on Rob Sibley's "The Shadow of Light." Future scheduled airings in Utah (all on KUED) are June 28th at 12:30 AM, July 2nd at 9:00 PM and July 3rd at 3:00 AM. Check your local listings for broadcast times outside of Utah.

Tasha has also been working on her documentary "Sisters in Zion" for a long time, but I don't think that's complete. Now that "The Smith Family" has actually gone from the editing bay and a few film festival showings to actual television (PBS' POV series), Tasha is getting kicked off LDSFilm.com's "Up and Coming Filmmakers" page and moved to the "arrived" section. Here is a talented documentarian -- one to watch. The cinematographer for "The Smith Family", by the way, is Tahlee Booher, who also was the DP on Sibley's "The Shadow of Light."

ANDY ACROSS THE WATER (2002): 30 min. Written and directed by native Utah actor/director Leo Geter. Stars Mormon Broadway star Klea Blackhurst as "Kristen," the Latter-day Saint mom. Plot, IMDb: "An aging father, his large family, and a horse are thrown into turmoil when the father has a vision of the Second Coming." Plot, Aspen Shortfest program: "Andy Larson has spent years treating his family badly and they║ve had years to get used to it. Then he has a life-changing vision - but will his nearest and dearest be able to adjust? Set against the starkly beautiful landscapes of Southern Colorado, this down-to-earth family drama explores trust, forgiveness and redemption." Won Best Comedy at Aspen Shortsfest.

A GLIMPSE AT LATTER-DAY SAINT FILM HISTORY: You may have occasionally heard references to the "Nine Old Men". They were the people who started with Walt Disney when things were in an embryonic stage, and they stayed with him through the good times and the bad.

They are:
Les Clark
Ward Kimball
Ollie Johnston
Frank Thomas
Marc Davis
Milt Kahl
Woolie Reitherman
Eric Larson
John Lounsbury

Eric Larson and Les Clark were both born in Utah.

Eric Larson and Les Clark were animators (one of the two was usually the animation director or supervising animator) on a number of movies you may remember: Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi, The Three Caballerosm, Make Mine Music, Casey at the Bat, Peter and the Wolf, Melody Time, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, Mary Poppins, Song of the South, Steamboat Willie, Fun and Fancy Free.

Another young man from Utah was Jack Kinney, legendary Disney director famous for his Goofy cartoons. His more than 70 films include: Mickey Mouse Disco (1979); 1001 Arabian Nights (1959); Chips Ahoy (1956); Casey Bats Again (1954); The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949); Goofy Gymnastics (1949); Melody Time (1948); Make Mine Music (1946). Many of these were written by his brother Dick Kinney.