Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath

"Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath" is a short student film made by director Alisa Anglesey in 1996. It is just 12 minutes long, but is an impressive, gorgeous-looking work.

The story is taken directly from 1 Kings, chapter 17 in the Old Testament: The prophet Elijah meets a poor widow and asks her to bring him some water and prepare him some bread. Despite the fact that she thinks she and her son are about to starve to death for lack of food or money, she does as Elijah asks. After feeding Elijah, she finds that, miraculously, her containers of oil and grain do not run out, and she can feed her son and herself.

Anglesey wrote the screenplay, produced, and directed "Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath" while a film student at Brigham Young University. She clearly had access to adequate funding, costuming, soundstages, etc., because everything about the sound or look of the film is professional-quality. Every scene looks like it could have come from a Hollywood-funded feature film made by an accomplished director.

In 1998 Anglesey won a national CINE Award for "Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath." She also won a CINE Award for her film "The Good Samaritan." CINE recognizes the highest quality non-theatrical film and video productions throughout the country, awarding Golden Eagles to select films chosen from over one thousand entrants annually.

Starring as "the widow" is Carrie Morgan. Moviegoers will recognize Ms. Morgan as the female lead from Richard Dutcher's critically acclaimed feature film "Brigham City" (2001). Morgan played "Peg," Sheriff Clayton's sleuthing secretary. Morgan's talent as an actress is evident after seeing her as the widow of Zarephath: her part here as the downtrodden Israelite could hardly be more different from the gregarious role she played in "Brigham City."

Robert Nelson co-stars as the prophet Elijah. Nelson also had a starring role in Bruce Neibaur's Feature Films for Families production "In Your Wildest Dreams" (1991).

"Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath" ably recreates a busy market scene from Old Testament times, even using Hebrew-language dialog. After scenes which set up the widow's desperate plight, she finally meets Elijah. They converse, not in Hebrew, however, but in English. The switch in languages is unexpected and jarring, but is the only major flaw in the film. It actually is nice to understand the English language conversation, with dialogue from the King James Bible. But the film should have been consistent: using English in the opening scenes, or using sub-titles with Hebrew dialogue throughout the film.

Despite this minor complaint, "Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath" is an impressively produced and directed work of filmmaking. The beautiful cinematography and carefully considered lighting help to show off the superbly designed sets and authentic-seeming costuming. The acting is restrained and seems perfect for the story. The whole film is an impressive accomplishment, especially given what must have been a limited budget. One can only hope that Anglesey will helm full-length feature films in the future.

"Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath" has been available by itself on videotape, and is currently included on at least two compilation videotapes available online, as well as in Latter-day Saint and general Christian bookstores. The 1999 BYU-produced video "No Greater Faith: Stories From the Bible" includes "Elijah" as well as three other short films: Anglesey's "The Good Samaritan", Karl Bowman's "Akedah: The Binding" (about Abraham), and Adam Anderegg's "The Touch."

Two Anglesey films can also be found on "Treasured Stories of the Golden Rule", a compilation video from Candlelight Media. Along with "Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath", this video also includes Anglesey's 1999 contemporary short "In Time of Need" (starring Ruth Hale, Lincoln Hoppe and Page Hoppe), and Ryan Little's award-winning "The Last Good War" (set in World War II, starring Lincoln Hoppe and Christian Bell).


"Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath" credits as they appear in the film


Carrie Morgan
as the
Widow of Zarephath

Bob Nelson

Jensen Morgan Widow's Son
Walter Wright Gate Merchant
Shane Seggar Rich Young Man

Merchants at the Gate
Larry Blancett
Josh Brady
Marc Chapuis
Krista Isaacson
Travis Isaacson

Customers at the Gate
Vilma Bird
Clarence Forsberg
Patsy Forsberg
Wendy McCabe
Charlotte Nelson
America Peterson
Michelle Smith
Steven Smith, Jr.

Dallin Bird
Andre Hicken
Valerie Huntsman


Alisa Anglesey Producer
Munn Powell Director of Photography
- Interiors
Kelly Mecham Director of Photography
- Exteriors
Brandon Christensen 1st Assistant Camera
Christina Cardenas 1st Assistant Camera
Nathan Phillips 2nd Assistant Camera
Boom Operator
Ricky Acker 2nd Assistant Camera
Scott Elder Mixer
Mike Hutchinson Mixer
Boom Operator
Chris Hatch Videographer
Swing Gang
Cristy Powell Photographer
Al Williams Gaffer
Jason Hatfield Gaffer
Spencer Filichia Key Grip
Larry Blancett Grip
Russ Kendall 1st Assistant Director
Marc Chapuis 1st Assistant Director
2nd Assistant Director
Jeremy Williams 2nd Assistant Director
Alice Blancett Script Supervisor
Becky deMilk Continuity Assistant
Production Assistant
Carol Ann Anglesey Production Assistant
Miriam Loewy Translator
Hebrew Dialogue Coach
Kendall Wilcox Art Director
Set Decorator
Ruth Ann Beardall Set Decorator
2nd Assistant Camera
Daryl Bolander Propmaster
Rhett Bautista Swing Gang
Shane Seggar Swing Gang
John Uibel Storyboard Artist
Eli Despain Pre-storyboard Artist
Curtis Despain Cover Design
Shari Ohman Wardrobe Coordinator
Effects Makeup
Esther Allen On-set Wardrobe
Mary Alison Davis Makeup/Hair
Fran Anglesey Craft Service
Ben Anglesey Craft Service
Natalie Tinney Craft Service
Alisa Anglesey Composer
Jim Anglesey Arranger
Michael Bailey MIDI Lab Technician
Pete Czerny Student Advisor
Sharon Beaty Production Scheduling
Bruce Sundstrom Construction Advisor
Randy Champion Construction Advisor
Geoffrey Neyman Set Construction
Dave Card Properties
Dave Shaw Accounting
Susan Carter Accounting
John Taylor Post Production Manager
David Nauta Film Lab
Chuck Hale Film Lab
Hal Farrer Film Lab
Bo Bahoravitch Transfer/Colorist
Wynn Hougaard Avid Off-line Editor
Kelly Peterson Special Effects
Rob Morton On-line Editor
Michael Chadbourne Post Production Audio

Many Sincere Thanks
to all those who made this film possible.

Adapted from the account as found in
1 Kings, chapter 17
The Holy Bible
King James Version

Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath
Copyright © 1997, Triangle-C Productions

Web page created 27 December 2001. Last modified 28 December 2001.