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

Weekend of August 23, 2002

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Natl  Film Title                Weekend Gross
Rank  LDS/Mormon Filmmaker/Star   Total Gross Theaters Days
---  ----------------------------- -----------  -----  ----
12   Master of Disguise              2,121,014  1,737    24
     Perry Andelin Blake (director) 34,194,816

15   Possession                      1,148,836    343    10
     Neil LaBute (director)          3,436,292
     Aaron Eckhart (lead male actor)

21   Minority Report                   425,584    407    66
     Gerald Molen (producer)       129,828,482

30   Little Secrets                    191,747    366     3
     Blair Treu (producer/director)    191,747
     Brian Sullivan (cinematographer)
     Sam Cardon (composer)
     Jerry Stayner (film editor)
     Actors: Jan Broberg Felt, Rick Macy,
        Tayva Patch, Caitlin E.J. Meyer, etc.

46   The Divine Secrets of the          63,725    118    80
     Ya-Ya Sisterhood               68,800,560

51   ESPN's Ultimate X                  47,287     32   108
     Reed Smoot (cinematographer)    3,953,076

56   Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure   40,958     13   563
     Scott Swofford (producer)      13,260,279
     Reed Smoot (cinematographer)
     Sam Cardon (composer)
     Stephen L. Johnson (film editor)

68   Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man   24,948      8   843
     Reed Smoot (cinematographer)   13,834,607

73   The Singles Ward                   17,498     14   206
     Kurt Hale (writer/director)       975,700
     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.

76   The Believer                       15,692      6   101
     Ryan Gosling (lead actor)         300,896

83   Galapagos                          10,393      4  1032
     Reed Smoot (cinematographer)   13,652,829

89   China: The Panda Adventure          8,814      6   395
     Reed Smoot (cinematographer)    2,800,972

95   Ziggy Stardust & Spiders from Mars  7,670      5    47
     Mick Ronson (2nd billed actor)     81,102

119  The Other Side of Heaven            1,577      3   255
     Mitch Davis (writer/director)   4,687,149
     John H. Groberg (author/character)
     Gerald Molen, John Garbett (producers)
     Steven Ramirez (film editor)

121  Mark Twain's America 3D             1,101      1  1515
     Alan Williams (composer)        2,263,842

LITTLE SECRETS: Blair Treu's "Little Secrets" did not take the box office by storm. Hampered by a limited release (although technically it was a nationwide release), lacking strong promotional support from the studios that released it, handicapped by the incorrect perception that this is a film for kids only, and released at a time when those kids are starting to go back to school, the film only managed to gross $191,747 in its first weekend. The best hope for this film is that word-of-mouth will bolster its numbers in the coming weeks, because it really is well done with a great story that the whole family can enjoy. Reviews of the film have been mostly positive. rates it as "Fresh" (over 60% positive reviews). The nation's most prominent film critics, Ebert and Roeper, gave "Little Secrets" TWO THUMBS UP on their nationally-seen review show. Bold Prediction - Although "Little Secrets" box office gross for the weekend seems small in the face of even a limited nationwide release, it will still pass the $1 million mark in 6-8 weeks, if not sooner.

SINGLES WARD WATCH: At its current performance level, "The Singles Ward" should pass the magical $1 million mark with two weeks.

MOVIEGOERS CLAMOR TO SEE POSSESSION: Speaking of limited releases: Neil LaBute's "Possession" was still playing in only 343 theaters over the weekend - even less than "Little Secrets" - leaving interested moviegoers, especially in Utah, asking when they would be able to see it. We have not heard any definite news regarding a more extensive release of the film, which still took in almost $1.15 million in its 2nd weekend of release and ended up #15 nationwide, but we will keep you posted as information becomes available. "Possession" has already earned more at the box office than LaBute's first feature film "In The Company of Men", and looks poised to out-gross the $4.7 earned by his second film "Your Friends and Neighbors."

AMERICAN GRACE: Latter-day Saint novelist Curtis Taylor is wrapping up principal photography of his feature film "American Grace" at the end of August. The coming-of-age story set in 1973 Modesto pays homage to Lucas' "American Grafitti," and is also a tribute to Taylor's hometown of Modesto, California, where the movie was filmed. Latter-day Saint actor/director Richard Dutcher and famed Latter-day Saint rock musician Randy Bachman both have supporting roles in the movie.

TOP 10: The home page now features a list of the Top 10 LDS Directors. The list is limited to directors who are currently alive and working, and is based on U.S. box office gross. Check it out. It's on the bottom of the home page.

You may be struck by the number of these directors listed there who only have only one or two theatrically-released films to their credit. For now, an aspiring director with a hit can quickly find themselves on the list. But the bar is continually being raised.

NUMBER 6: "Serving Sara" opened nationwide in 2,154 theaters, taking in $5,758,236 at the box office over the weekend. This put the movie in 6th place nationwide. The movie featues Dallas-based Latter-day Saint actress Alaina Kalanj in a small role as the receptionist at the health spa. "Serving Sara" stars "Friends" star Matthew Perry and British actress Elizabeth Hurley. Kalanj, who teaches nursery in her home ward, had the fourth-billed role in the Cannes-screened feature film "Pendulum" (2001), starring alongside Rachel Hunter, James Russo and Matt Battaglia. Kalanj has also starred in a number of critically acclaimed short films and had a major guest role on the TV series "Dawson's Creek." "Serving Sara" is her first theatrically-released feature film. She is currently filming an independent feature film in Austin, Texas, in which she has the lead role.

DANSIE: Salt Lake-area filmmaker Tucker Dansie has announced that his upcoming short film "Quarters & Rocks" (now in post production) has changed titles to "Two Nickels and a Dime." The film stars Clara Susan Morey II, who has a small part in "Little Secrets", and has a supporting role in the upcoming "Jack Weyland's Charly" (opening in three weeks across Utah), and a major supporting role in Mark Potter's upcoming feature "Suddenly Unexpected" (scheduled release: 2003). "Two Nickels and a Dime" is the 2nd in Dansie's "Lesson" series of films. Dansie is a Latter-day Saint and the films reflect positive values, but do not feature overtly LDS characters or exclusively LDS themes.

2ND LDS FILM FESTIVAL: If you want your film or screenplay showcased at the 2nd LDS Film Festival, to be held in October 2002, you'll need to hurry! Send in your work no later than September 15. A total of $2000.00 and the prestigious LIGHTBOX AWARD will be awarded to the best screenplays, films and videos. Everyone is invited to participate. You can download the entry form at For more info on the festival:

FORGOTTEN VOYAGE NAMED "BEST DOCUMENTARY": A new documentary film by History Channel veteran and LDS director Scott Tiffany won Best Documentary at the Salt Lake City Film Festival. "Forgotten Voyage" tells the story of a group of nearly 250 Latter-day Saint men, women and children who fled persecution in 1846 by sailing from New York City around the treacherous tip of South America to California. They spent six months at sea and sailed 20,000 miles. The group settled San Francisco for America and its leader, Samuel Brannan, launched the California Gold Rush of 1849. The one-hour documentary features interviews with California's State Librarian-Historian, maritime experts and Western-American historians. "Forgotten Voyage" is available on video at the film's web site The World Congress of Families has announced it will screen winning films of the Salt Lake City Film Festival around the world. In 2003, "Forgotten Voyage" will be shown in such countries as Uganda, Egypt, the Czech Republic, Brazil, the United Kingdom and Russia. For more information, please e-mail

Latter-day Saint filmmaker Mark N. Goodman won both the Audience Award and the Best Feature Film Award for his film "Someone Was Watching." Goodman has long worked as a cinematographer on major, award-winning projects locally-made films. He was the cinematographer for three Latter-day Saint-themed PBS documentaries made by Lee Groberg: "American Prophet: The Story of Joseph Smith" (2000), "Trail of Hope: The Story of the Mormon Trail" (1997), and the upcoming "Sacred Stone" (2002), about the original construction and recent rebuilding of the Nauvoo Temple. Goodman was the assistant cinematographer for the Feature Films For Families films "Clubhouse Detectives" (1996), "Seasons of the Heart" (1993) and "The ButterCream Gang" (1992). "Someone Was Watching" is the first feature film that Goodman has directed. Jongiorgi Enos (who had a supporting role as the tow-truck driver "Ed" in "Brigham City") appears in "Someone Was Watching."

The program notes describe the 88-minute film "Someone Was Watching" as follows:
Three months have passed since Molly turned up missing and was presumed drowned. Her brother Chris is still racked by guilt and nightmares. One evening, while Chris' friend Pat is sleeping over, they come across a home video shot on the day Molly was lost. Far in the background of one of the shots an ice cream truck pulls into a parking lot by the river's edge. Only a few moments later the music stops. After awhile the truck pulls away, but the music never comes back on. Chris and Pat set out on a quest to try to discover what really happened that day. Though they don't find absolute evidence, what they discover leads them to believe Molly isn't really dead, but kidnapped. Eventually they find out that the people they suspect are the kidnappers have moved to New Mexico. With disbelieving parents, and nagging doubts, the boys set out on their own to see if Molly is there -- leading them on a journey filled with doubt, fear, and impossible hopes

The majority of films submitted to and shown at the Salt Lake City Film Festival came from outside of Utah, with many coming from outside the United States. Over 50 films were submitted, and over 26 films were shown at the festival. Below is the complete list of winners at the Festival:

Winners of the 2002 Gloria Awards

The 2002 Gloria Awards was held in the Auditorium on the Salt Lake Community College - Larry H. Miller Campus on August 24. Thanks for making this festival a success. The following are the winners:

Best of the 2002 Festival
Director, Jeff Bemiss

Best Student Film
Director, Baoqi Ye

Best Documentary
Director, Scott Tiffany

Best Short Film
Director, John Plausse

Best Director
Director, The Book and the Rose

SLCFF Audience Award
Director, Mark Goodman

Best Sound
Director, Daniele Pignatelli

Best Cinematography
Director, James Dalrymple

Future Filmmaker Award
Director, No es Facil - Cuban Life on Either Side of the Florida Straits

Best Animation
Director, Scott Bogonieski

Best Screenplay
Writer, Mike Marsh

Best Feature Film
Director, Mark Goodman