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- American Mormon: Documentary by Daryn Tufts and Jed Knudsen. People say the darndest things about Mormons! In the tradition of The Mouths of Babes, intrepid interviewer Daryn Tufts (The Singles Ward) tours the country documenting the hilarious misconceptions people have about Latter-day Saints. From New York to Los Angeles, this sidesplitting collection of man-on-the-street interviews helps answer the question: What in the world do people think of us? It will be released on DVD and VHS Sept. 6, 2005, through Excel Entertainment and Deseret Book.
- American Mormon in Europe: Daryn Tufts and Jed Knudsen flew to Rome, Italy, on October 17, 2005, to film a sequel to American Mormon. This time they found out what people in different countries know and think about the Mormons, and they also talked to LDS people to find out what it's like being a Mormon in Europe. This documentary was filmed throughout Western Europe, including Rome, Paris, London, and Berlin. The documentary also includes hilarious and touching looks into the experiences of being LDS outside of the United States. LDS interviews include the first LDS Patriarch in Rome, Italy, and an LDS family that lived in East Berlin before and during the historic fall of the Berlin Wall. "American Mormon in Europe" is longer and more in-depth than the original because it explores the humorous and spiritual experiences of Latter-day Saints, and takes some time to visit sites of LDS history in Europe, including the oldest LDS chapel on Earth. The DVD will arrive September 26, 2006, through Excel Entertaimment and Deseret Book.Three trailers now available on American Mormon. As of 9/13/2006, DVD is available for pre-sale.
- Anxiously Engaged: Formerly titled "Piccadilly Cowboy" A romance about Carson Wells, a Montana cowboy living in England; filmed entirely in the United Kingdom; starring Bro. Jaelan Petrie ("Handcart", "Missy"); directed by Bro. Tyler Ford (M.A. London Film School); produced by Daniel Shanthakumar; musical score by legendary LDS composer Alan Hawkshaw. Others in the cast are Sophie Shaw, Tom Butcher, Kate Foster-Barnes, Gwyneth Powell, James Greene, Daniel Rabin, and Ian Bustard. The teaser can be seen on their production website at Piccadilly Cowboy. World Premier was at LDS Film Festival at the Scera Center in Orem, Utah, January 21, 2006. As of 6/14/2006, Ford reports "Piccadilly Cowboy" will be heading to the St. Petersburg Film Festival in Russia June 23-29. The festival's official website is at www.filmfest.ru. As of August 12, 2006, Ford reports "PC" will be riding out to Reno, Nevada, for the Tahoe International Film Festival Friday, August 25, 2006, at Squaw Creek Resort. Release in London March 16, 2007; Utah release Provo/SLC March 23, 2007. DVD Release from Excel Entertainment August 14, 2007.
- Beauty and the Beast: A Latter-day Tale: Candlelight Media Group has just completed production on a modern, LDS-adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast.” Based on the original 1700s fairytale, the romantic film stars Summer Naomi (Passage to Zarahemla) and Matthew Reese (Tears of a King). “Beauty and the Beast: A Latter-day Tale” was directed and produced by Brian Brough. It was also produced and written by Brittany Wiscombe. The film stars a wonderful supporting cast, including Matt Bellows, Lindsay Bird, Caitlin Meyer, Debbie Ellis and Dan Larsen. This new version of “Beauty and the Beast” tells the story of Belle (played by Naomi), who tries to save her father’s job after he breaks a work of art at the Beast’s mansion. The Beast (played by Reese) is the handsome and wealthy Eric, who through a series of tragedies and choices has become bitter about life and God. DVD released May 22, 2007.
- Beneath: Directed by Dagen Merrill, Kieth Merrill’s son, is in final post production (January 2006) for Paramount/MTV. It is produced by LDS Producer Chris Wyatt and non-LDS producer Sean Covel (two of the three producers for “Napoleon Dynamite.”) Out on DVD.
- The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: feature film being produced by Jerry Molen; adaptation of the popular book by Barbara Robinson, which has been read by more Sunday School teachers to their classes than just about any other book which is absolutely not part of the official Church curriculum.
- Blacks in the Scriptures: This 2 DVD set contains lecture style scriptural presentations by Darius Gray and Marvin Perkins on: Blacks in the Bible; Skin Color; Curses; Equality; Priesthood. Blacks in the Priesthood Release date: September 25, 2007.
- Church Ball: comedy about Church basketball leagues where the battle on the basketball court is of mythic proportions--an underdog story about the misfit Mud Lake Ward hoops team that enters a tournament in the hopes of toppling the mighty Crystal Hills Ward. Directed by Kurt Hale and produced by Dave Hunter from HaleStorm Entertainment; $1 million budget. Script by John Moyer ("The Singles Ward", "The R.M."). Cast includes non-LDS Hollywood actors: Fred Willard ("Bewitched," "Anchorman," TV's "Everybody Loves Raymond"), Clint Howard ("Cinderella Man," "Apollo 13"), Gary Coleman (TV's "Diff'rent Strokes," Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jr., son of the basketball legend, and Andrew Wilson, older brother of Luke and Owen ("Fever Pitch"). Cameos by Mark Eaton, Hot Rod Hundley, and Utah radio personality Jimmy Chunga. MPAA Rating: PG for mild language and some rude humor. Theatrical release March 17, 2006. DVD now available.
- The Dance: A new romantic comedy from Michael Flynn, the producer of “The Best Two Years” began principal filming April 24, 2006, in SLC and then onto Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. Flynn is also a lead actor in the film and brings back KC Clyde and Scott Christopher from “The Best Two Years.” They will play leads against newcomer Kari Hawker,(“Jack’s Law”) from Holladay. Other cast members include Joyce Cohen, Monique Lanier, Frank Gerrish, Jeff Johnson, and 10-year-old Stefania Barr. Her role as Ally in the film is already being hailed as a break-through and guaranteed to melt hearts. Written and directed by McKay Daines, it is based on an award-winning Carol Lynn Pearson play, with an LDS flavor and should appeal to all ages. The story follows the intertwined romantic stories of three couples living in the Harvard University Cambridge area and takes place all in one evening. Ron Hill is the director of photography; Ben Lokey the choreographer; John Lyde Editor, and original music by Sam Cardon. The Dance was well received when it was screened three times at the 2007 LDS Film Festival Jan 17-20. Release date April 6, 2007. DVD release September 25, 2007.
- Divine Comedy: Break the Mold Pro Tour: On sale now at Deseret Book and BYU Bookstore is "Divine Comedy: Break the Mold Pro Tour" DVD. Filmed by some of the best LDS filmmakers in Utah, this comedy sketch show is a awesomely, tubularly, wickedly, spentacular, wonderific, alluring, sweetious good time! This sketch comedy group has been selling-out audiences in Utah County for years. This is their first DVD. Check out the cover art at their website.
- EMMA SMITH; My Story:: A feature film is being produced by The Joseph Smith Jr & Emma Hale Smith Historical Society and Morning Dew Entertainment. Written by Gary Cook and directed by Gary Cook & T.C. Christensen. Executive Producers are Steven A. Lee, Michael Kennedy, and Paul Savage. Producers are Ron Munns and Gary Cook. Gracia Jones (Emma's great-great granddaughter, and noted author) is the historical consultation to make certain the production is as accurate as possible. The film tells story of Emma Smith as she reflects on her life. Beginning with her childhood, we learn about the world that molded Emma into the woman she would ultimately become. The film follows Emma up through her final years in Nauvoo providing insight into this amazing woman's complicated life. The film stars Katherine Nelson Thompson as Emma Smith, and Patricia Place as the elder Emma Smith Bidamon. The film also features Nathan Mitchell as Joseph Smith, Tayva Patch as Lucy Smith, and Rick Macy as Joseph Sr. The film first showed in January at the 2008 LDS Film Festival at the Scera Theater in Orem. It is being distributed by Candlelight Media Group and priemered in Sandy, Utah, April 10, 2008. It opened in Utah and Southern Idaho April 11, 2008. See the trailer at EmmaSmithMovie: All proceeds from the film will go to support the programs and activities of the The Joseph Smith Jr & Emma Hale Smith Historical Society. Release date April 11, 2008.
- The Errand of Angels: Writer/director/producer Christian Vuissa will premier his movie "The Errand of Angels" at the LDS Film Festival 2008, January 18, 2008. Synopsis: Rachel Taylor comes to Austria to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She begins her journey with high ideals and low language skills. Through her challenges with the culture, the cuisine, and a companion from another place, she is able to find meaning behind the very beliefs she has set forth to share. From happiness to sadness to anger to peace, with enough awkwardness along the way to keep us laughing, the film explores Rachel's growth as she finds love for those less lovable and learns the true purpose of her mission. Cast includes: Erin Chambers, Rachel Emmers, Bettina Schwarz. Heidi Johnson also produces with Vuissa; Executive Producers include Mark Johnson, Ian Stong, Julie Stong, Brent DeWitt, Shelly DeWitt, and Farrel M. Smith. Director of Photography Brian Wilcox; Production Designer Joshua Ligairi; Story Heidi Johnson; Original Score Robert Allen Elliott; Editor Ludwig Einklang. Film festivals that will screen "Errand of Angels" Spring of 2008 are the Thunderbird Film Festival April 11, 2008, WorldFest Houston International Film Festival April 15, 2008, and Fallbrook Film Festival April 27, 2008, at the Mission Theatre in Fallbrook, California. TEOA has also been invited to screen at the BYU Women's Conference Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 7 p.m. in the Tanner Building. Excel Entertainment is proud to distribute TEOA. Theatrical release August 22, 2008.
- Evil Angel: Richard Dutcher is doing the principal photography on a supernatural thriller for six weeks in SLC. Filming began October 2, 2006. The film stars Richard Dutcher and Ving Rhanes ("Mission Impossible III," "Pulp Fiction"); Kristopher Shepard, Ava Gaudet and (High School Musical's) Bart Johnson, there are Dutcher alumni actors like Chris Kendrick (Brigham City), Desean Terry (God's Army), Jacque Gray (God's Army), Lucas Fleischer (State of Grace), LaMont Stephens (States of Grace), jj Boone (States of Grace), Rachel Emmers (States of Grace), and Leonard Kelly-Young (Falling). The film's official site Evil Angel Movie is up and running, but the IMDb site IMDb has more information. Legendary cinematographer Bill Butler ("Jaws" "Grease") is the director of photography. It is produced by Dutcher and Utah Entrepreneur Rick Koerber. The line producer is Jeff Miller. Plans are for a Halloween release.
- Familiar Spirits: After a successful screening at the LDS Film Festival in January 2007, the producers of the LDS indie horror flick Familiar Spirits are working on finalizing a DVD before pursuing commercial distribution. Shot on an ultra-low budget, Familiar Spirits concerns a lost girl who befriends a ghost in a dark forest, only to eventually discover that she did not survive an accident and is herself, therefore, also a spirit. In spite of its horror genre, the movie aims to be family-friendly and the script is imbued with LDS theology. Featuring Shanda Crapo, Sarah Bell (Vampire Chicks With Chainsaws), Larry Laverty (Legacy), and Kathy Peterson. Written and directed by Perry Shumway. Familiar Spirits
- Five Days of Fire: Formerly entitled "Hidden Soldiers" had its theatrical debut January 26-27, 2007, at the American Family Entertainment Center in Rexburg, Idaho. Sold out performances for each showing made budding Mormon filmmakers from Madison High School and BYU-Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho, very pleased with the reception of their 80 minute feature length film. Written and directed by Mason Stoddard and Max Daines, seniors at Madison High School worked with Schyler Porter and Piers Tueller, freshmen at BYU-Idaho who are producing the film. Although amateurs, Stoddard and Daines were winners at the 2006 Mad Cat Film Festival at Madison High School with their 10 minute shorts entitled "Pocket Watch," and "The Evacuee" respectively. Stoddard, along with another filmmaker, Nic Mosely, took the overall best film at the 2006 Kiwanis Teen Film Festival for "Pocket Watch," and won $1000 and training in film techniques at the film school in Driggs, Idaho, run by Dawn Wells, of "Gilligan's Island" fame. "Five Days of Fire" is set in World War II and follows a U.S. platoon that crosses into enemy territory to secure a German scientist. Captain Casdorph (Schyler Porter) must lead a group of men that is becoming increasingly divided. As the enemy attempts to impede their progress from the outside, the platoon becomes torn apart from the inside. One of the soldiers, Jimmy Pratt, (Taylor Barton) must overcome his fear of death to complete the mission. What started as a short high school movie has become one of the biggest feature length films that Eastern Idaho has produced. Created by teenagers with little experience, and an even smaller budget, "Five Days" exceeds the limits of independent filmmaking. The film received assistance with costuming and props from Shane McCann, who also worked on the film "Saints and Soldiers." McCann said, "I'm in charge of uniforms and equipment to make sure it's all accurate and authentic--down to the way they carry their guns." McCann has a military museum in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Others in the cast are Bennett Briggs, Levi Price, Taylor Barton, Devon Marrott and Rob Page. The filmmakers have plans to submit "Five Days of Fire" to as many film festivals as possible in 2007.
- For Tom and all Eternity: directed by Dan Harville; starring Drew Martin, Peggy Matheson and Penny Harville. Self-described "menace-to-society" laments that "Finding an eternal mate shouldn't take an eternity", but ignores clues leading him to the right woman because of his dark obsession for a girl he knew in the 7th grade. "For Tom and All Eternity" is around 98 minutes in length and is looking for distribution. Contact Dan Harville, c/o Mormon Cinema, Inc., P.O. Box 11, Rodessa, LA 71069 or e-mail email@example.com
- God's Army:"God's Army Deluxe Edition": The phenomenally successful movie is back in a new, expanded, 2-disc deluxe DVD edition. Loaded with special features and never-before-seen footage.
- Gordon B. Hinckley: A Giant Among Men A biopic written, directed, and filmed by T.C. Christensen. This is the first film to dramatize how President Hinckley was prepared by the Lord from his youth. From boyhood lessons, to tender moments with his mother in their library, to overcoming rejection in the mission field, you will feel the warmth that endeared him to so many later in life. In the railroad yard, behind a typewriter, and hand-in-hand with Marjorie, the love of his life, Gordon B. Hinckley grew to become a giant among men. Released November 2008.
- Happy Valley: Documentary directed and produced by Ron Williams along with Co-Director Dan Barnett; Editor Ben Unguren. One miracle after another occurs through the passion of one full time single father whose original intention was to reunite his 12 year old daughter with her addicted mother. Deep in the heart of Utah, commonly referred to as "Happy Valley," residents enjoy one of the lowest crime rates, highest literacy and language fluency--even the most jello consumption accross the nation. Yet under the flossy exterior of this beautiful community, there are less popular categories that Happy Valley contends in but doesn't advertise, including prescription drug abuse, double the national average of anti-depressant drugs, even suicide. In Happy Valley at least one teen per week dies from drug overdose. Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff calls the film "an honest, must-see experience." Premiere showing January 17, 2008 at the LDS Film Festival in Orem at the Scera Theater. Theatrical release March 28, 2008. Check out Happy Valley the movie to see the trailer.
- Journey of Faith:> Documentary five years in the making at locations in Israel, Jordan, Yemen, Oman, and Guatemala. Director Peter Johnson worked with BYU Professor of ancient scripture, S. Kent Brown, to record what scholars believe is the probable route followed between 600 BC and 589 BC by ancient inhabitants of Jerusalem who traveled to the Americas, as documented in the Book of Mormon. It was shown during Education Week at BYU August 15-19, 2005. Film funded by private donors through BYU Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS). The film is distributed by Amalphi. Order DVD at Deseret Book. Journey of Faith:.
- Liken the Scriptures: Lightstone Studios, co-owned by Ken Agle, Dennis Agle, Aaron Edson, and Craig Brooksby, is on a roll. They have been churning out the musical series “Liken the Scriptures” on DVD’s since 2003. They have four DVD’s in the series released, and two more will be ready for release in the next few months. “Liken the Scriptures” is a series of scriptural stories which have been put in the creative context of a young boy’s or young girl’s imagination—then combined with music to teach spiritual lessons. They both educate and entertain children and adults of all ages. (One unique thing about these productions is that they must conform to the "For the Strength of Youth Pamphlet.") “Nephi and Laman,” “Ammon and Lamoni,” “David and Goliath,” and “Alma and King Noah’s Court” are the four DVDs already released and can be ordered on their website at www.likenthescriptures.com.“The First Christmas” came out November 2005. March 2006 was the release of “The Story of Esther.” Other new releases available now--in 2007-- include “Samuel the Lamanite” and “Daniel and the Lions Den.”
- Mobsters and Mormons: from HaleStorm Entertainment; Screenplay written by John E. Moyer (writer of "The Singles Ward", "The R.M.", "The Home Teachers"); Moyer also directs, marking his directorial debut. The story of a dysfunctional mobster family placed in the witness-relocation program among an all-Mormon community in Utah. Filmed in Springville, Utah, cast members include Mark DeCarlo, Jeanette Puhich, Clayton Taylor, Scott Christopher, Britani Bateman, Olesya Rulin, Jan Broberg Felt, and John E. Moyer as Agent Tuttle. Mobsters and Mormons won Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Actress at the Spudfest Film and Music Festival, August 20,2005. Released September 9, 2005. Now on DVD.
- Money or Mission: A new movie from John Lyde is based on an article from the Ensign Magazine with the same name. As Patrick Gill prepares to serve a mission, he is offered his dream job--a manager at the local skateboarding shop. Now Patrick is faced with the hard decision of taking the job or serving a mission. Written and Directed by John Lyde (Take a Chance); starring Nick Whitaker (Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration), Sheryl Lee Wilson (Take a Chance), and Rick Macy (Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration). Dhylan Meyer will be playing the role of Max, Patrick's little brother. The 35 minute film will be distributed on DVD August 29, 2006, by HaleStorm Entertainment. Premier in Utah, August 29, 2006. at the Noni Theater in Provo at 7 p.km. Money or Mission
- New York Doll: Documentary about the late Arthur "Killer" Kane, a recovering alcoholic who has became a devout Latter-day Saint and then reunited with members of the legendary punk rock band he belonged to in the 1970s: the "New York Dolls." Competed in the Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival, January 2005. Film made by a predominantly LDS film crew, led by director Greg Whiteley. Was entered at the Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF) June 16-26, 2005. Check out new weblink posted 11/12/05. DVD April 4, 2006.
- Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons: Previously titled "The Eleventh Hour Laborers." Few people, Mormon and non-Mormon, are aware that there has been an African American presence in the LDS Church from its earliest days, that the vanguard company of Mormon pioneers included three “colored servants” who were baptized Mormons, and whose descendants remained active in the Church for several generations. This documentary talks about that little-known legacy, and confronts the hard issues which surfaced in the most turbulent years of the Civil Rights Movement, when the Church restricted its priesthood from those of African descent. It discusses how that restriction was lifted and what the lives and challenges of the modern Black Mormon pioneers are. The project is headed by Margaret Young and Darius Gray, authors of several award-winning books and articles about Black Mormons, and by Danor Gerald, a promising new filmmaker. Executive Producer is Richard Dutcher; Editors are Jim Hughes and Danor Gerald. "Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons" is sponsored by Independent Feature Productions, which makes all donations tax-deductible. See trailer at Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons Premiere at LDS Film Festival January 18, 2008 at the Scera Theater in Orem. Scheduled for release Summer of 2008.
- One Good Man: Christian Vuissa wrote and directed this story of a happily married father of six children who is suddenly bombarded with one major event after the other. Then he gets called to be the bishop of his ward. He ends up having to rescue those around him. The father is played by Timothy Threlfall. Formerly entitled Father in Israel, One Good Man premiered January 18, 2009, at the LDS Film Festival at the Scera Fine Arts Center in Orem.
- One Man's Treasure: Drama/Comedy/Missionary; Director, DP, Editor: John Lyde; Producers: John Lyde and Brian Brough; Executive Producer: AJC Pennyworth; Writers: Sally Meyer and Craig Clyde; Original Score: Robert Allen Elliott. Cast: Darin Southam, Charan Prabhakar, Paul Hunt, Dustin Harding, Chantel Flanders, Shalaina Fotheringham. Synopsis: Four elders and two sister missionaries are transferred into a small suburb of Philadelphia. The area has not had missionaries for several years and success looks to be difficult. But all this changes when the missionaries discover a journal that takes them on an adventure to discover a missionary treasure. Shown at the LDS Film Festival January 24, 2009. DVD release March 31, 2009.
- Passage to Zarahemla: Author Chris Heimerdinger has made a feature length film based on his popular book--"Passage to Zarahemla." It is about contemporary people traveling to Book of Mormon times. The cast includes: BYU graduate Summer Naomi Wood as SaKerra; 11 year old Brian Kary as Brock; Alex Petrovich ("Bold and Beautiful") as bad guy Hitch; Bryce Chamberlain ("The RM" "The Book of Mormon Movie") as Grandpa Lee; Bruce Newbold as Uncle Drew; and Jan Broberg Felt ("Everwood" "Baptists at our BBQ") as Aunt Corinne. Heimerdinger is directing the movie himself and also composing some of the music. He will also have a supporting role on screen. John Lyde (editor of "Mobsters and Mormons," "Outlaw Trail," and writer/director of "Take a Chance") is doing the final edit on the film. An unpredicented 185 special effects scenes were created by Stephen Sobisky, (formerly of Dreamworks) now with Utah based Sandman Studios. The premiere was October 12, 2007. As of November 1, 2007, Heimerdinger announced that there will be additional theaters added: November 2, 2000, Elko, Nevada; November 9, 2007, Mesquite, Nevada; and November 9, 2007, Preston, Idaho. After the beginning of the year, P2Z will be released in Seattle, Las Vegas, Rexburg, Pocatello, and Boise, Idaho, Anchorage, Alaska, Oahu, Hawaii, and Cody, Wyoming. DVD release June 3, 2008.
- Rescued: Candlelight Media Group presents "Rescued" starring Jaci Twiss, Shea Potter, and Matthew Reese as three coworkers who get stranded on an island after a business flight gone wrong. As they survive together, a love triangle emerges, and Megan (Twiss) starts to see the importance of being true to yourself and what matters most. The film is directed by Brian Brough, and produced by Brough and Brittany Wiscombe, and written by Wiscombe. It will be on DVD April 29th. See Rescued Movie for the trailer and more!
- Scripture Bugs: A 3-D animated musical adventure about Noah, an eight-year-old boy with an adventurous imagination. Spending his time in the backyard, he has made friends with six quirky and amusing bugs who play with him and offer support through learning important lessons. After playing football one afternoon, Noah's confidence wavers because he feels slower and less coordinated than his crawly peers. His father pulls him aside and tells him the biblical story of Moses. Noah and the bugs take on the roles of the story and his imaginary quest shows Noah the power of finding your own talents and worth in any situation. Written and directed by producer/songwriter Aaron Edson, Scripture Bugs combines the musical talents of David Osmond, Jessie Clark Funk, Jericho Road, and many others. It will be released on DVD August 12, 2008 by Excel Entertainment.
- Return with Honor: A Missionary Homecoming: formerly entitled "The Return" is a romance/drama/comedy directed by Michael Amundsen; written and produced by Tracy Garner. A returning missionary (Javen Tanner) anxious to reunite with his long time sweetheart-fiancee (Joey Jalalian), awakens from a near fatal accident with the new priority of saving his wayward mother. Cast also includes: Tayva Patch, Raymond Zeiters, Keri Hatfield and Tracy Garner. Co-produced by Kenneth Garff, James W. Broughton, and Steven A. Lee; Executive Producers M. Kathryn Anhder and Ruanne McArthur; Associate Producer Dusty Dukatz; Director of Photography Kenneth Garff; Art Director Lana Daniels; Musical Score Rich Ragsdale. Official website: www.SeeTheReturn.com. Paradise Road Productions. World premier was January 21, 2006, at LDS Film Festival in Orem, Utah, at the Scera Center. Opening February 24, 2006, at Coral Cliffs Cinema 8 in Hurricane, Utah for 4 weeks. Eddie Esplin on MormonCinema.com stated, "Return with Honor" is a film that provokes reflection without shocking and delicately wears its tender side on its sleeve with an edge that stays with you long after you leave the theater. As of 5/3/2007, Tracy Garner reports that "Return with Honor" made the official selection of the Worldfest International Film Festival in Houston,Texas, and won the GOLD REMI award in the Dramatic Feature Film Category. There were over 500 feature films submitted and only 56 chosen to screen. Also, as far as he knows, "Return with Honor" will be the first "LDS Feature Film" to be selected to play at the NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL, this July.(2007) Theatrical release September 14, 2007. DVD release December 4, 2007.
- Singles 2nd Ward: The follow-up to 2002's "The Singles Ward;" John Lyde has just finished the editing as of 9/13/2007. Dave Hunter and Kurt Hale will executive produce. Kirby Heyborne stars along with Erin Chambers. The original cast returns in this hilarious sequel of marital proportions. Dalen (Kirby) has finally met the girl of his dreams. Christine (Erin) is everything Dalen has ever wanted: sweet, simple, and devoted to the gospel. Too bad his future in-laws are anything but! The original gang is back for the celebration five years in the making! Preorder yours now at Deseret Book DVD Release December 11, 2007.
- Sons of Provo: Confidential: A new documentary about the Mormon Boy Band is to be released this spring along with a new album. John Lyde recently finished the editing. Now on DVD at www.deseretbook.com
- States of Grace: Richard Dutcher's film "States of Grace" was scheduled to be shown in Los Angeles the week of June 16th. DVD release October 10, 2006.
- Suits on the Loose: A New Harmony Pictures Production; Written, directed, and produced by Latter-day Saint Hollywood insider Rodney Henson; Executive producers: George Dayton, Kurt Hale, Dave Hunter (all of HaleStorm); musical score by Alan Williams; Director of Photography Barry M. Wilson; Co-producer and film editor David Broberg; Co-producer Kelly Moran-Brown. Starring Brandon Beemer, Ty Hodges, Sean Weiss and Jason Winer; Cast also includes: Fred Dryer; Allison Lange; Charles Napier and Robert Prosky. Suits on the Loose is the story of two delinquent teens, Justin and Ty, and their breakout from a desert survival camp. Scrapping their military fatigues, they pose as conservative missionaries in the small town of New Harmony. With the camp's General Wilkins closing in, Justin and Ty try to map out their ultimate escape. However, they are so embraced by the town, that getting away does not come easy. Filmed early in 2004 in Los Angeles w/SAG actors. VISIT THE WEBSITE at www.suitsontheloose.com to register for a chance to win a FREE iPOD Nano! "Suits on the Loose" had its World Premiere the opening night of the 5th Annual LDS Film Festival, January 18, 2006, at 7:30 p.m. at the Scera Center in Orem. Release to Utah theaters February 3, 2006; Idaho theaters February 17, 2006. SUITS ON THE LOOSE is now available on DVD! ORDER NOW AND SAVE 30% at HaleStorm
- Tears of a King: A new Elvis movie began shooting September 1, 2006, in Orem, Utah, directed by Rob Diamond who also wrote the screenplay. "Tears" is being produced by 7 Films 7 of Salt Lake City in association with Matthew Reese Films of Orem. The producers are Diamond, Joshua Pearson, and Kels Goodman. Reese is the executive producer. Co-Producers are Rhet Marsing and Bob Conder. The background story goes like this: A "Book of Mormon" studied by Elvis before he died was given to the LDS Church by members of the Osmond family, who received it from a woman named Cricket Butler, a friend of Elvis', who gave the "Book of Mormon" to him in the months preceding his death. The book was subsequently returned to Butler by Elvis' father, Vernon, two days after Elvis' death. Much of his life and career are retold in flashback sequences. Elvis will be portrated by Matt Lewis (Legends in Concert, Las Vegas), LDS actress Erin Chambers (Jodi in "Heber Holiday", lead role of Sister Taylor in "Diary of a Sister Missionary") plays the part of Priscilla Presley. Robert Starling is associate producer. Tara Starling is the makeup artist. A trailer is available on YouTube. As of 5/15/2007 Robert Starling reports they are finishing some re-shoots of key scenes on "Tears." Starling is producing and directing a companion documentary tentatively called "Peace in the Valley," which will be on the "Tears" DVD but which will be distributed as a stand-alone 1-hour TV special. This documentary will provide the eyewitness accounts and the visual "proof" of Elvis' true spiritual nature, and his study of the BOM and the LDS Church. December 20, 2007 was the theatrical release at the Scera Theater in Orem, Utah. Featured at the 2008 LDS Film Festival, January 17 and 18, 2008.
- This Divided State: Minority Films; A raw and riveting examination of the heated "red versus blue" rift in the nation, "This Divided State" begins in September 2004 with the presidential election fast approaching and the State of Utah ready to declare itself "Bush Country" once again. However, this complacent state of Republican majority was rocked when Utah Valley State College announced that liberal filmmaker Michael Moore would speak on their campus two weeks before the election. Within 24 hours of the announcement, a media frenzy descended upon the school as angry community members and religious leaders shouted protests, pointed fingers, and quoted Mormon scripture. Some even claimed Moore's arrival would bring the Apocalypse! Directed by Steven Greenstreet; Assistant Directors Elias Pate and Bryan Young; Production Manager Michelle Pate. Filmmakers edited 76 hours of raw footage down to 88 minutes. Limited theatrical release started in SLC July 2005, then spread across the country. Check website for complete list of theaters. It was at the Vancouver International Film Festival September 29th through October 14th. DVD was released nationwide September 27, 2005. 82% Rotten Tomatoes rating with 22 reviews.
- Time Out for Women: Volume 1: Excel Entertainment and Deseret Book are releasing this DVD which boasts highlights of the women's event that have toured in 38 cities across the country. Presenters include: Michael McLean, Cherie Call, Hilary Weeks, Sheri Dew, Jane Clayson Johnson, Mary Ellen Edmunds, Chris Stewart, Richard Holzapfel, Robert Millet, and Virginia Hinckley Pearce. "This is big for women who, for whatever reason, cannot attend the events," said Randy Davis, General Manager, Excel Entertainment Group. "The messages are inspiring to all women; we are glad to bring it into their homes." Order from Deseret Book Release date October 2, 2007.
- Turn Around: An inspiring movie based on the story of Alma the Younger. The story of "Turn Around" is about Sara (Jaci Twiss) who is at the top of her game. She has the chance to be chosen for an elite summer tennis program, but her hopes are dashed unexpectedly by the one person no one likes--Colton (Jordon Sorenson). Colton is at the bottom of life, constantly leading others away, hurting people, giving no one respect, and making fun of other teens for going to church. But then his parents pray for some intervention in his life. When he’s partying one night, Colton ends up in a car wreck with Sara, and goes through an experience that changes him. But facing life after you’ve done everything wrong can sometimes be the hardest step, and Colton must find a way to prove to everyone—especially to Sara—that he’s changed. Director Brian Brough also is the producer along with Brittany Wiscombe who also wrote the screenplay. Times and places for showings are September 17 - 20, throughout the day at 5 Star Cinemas - Magna; Gateway 8 - Bountiful; Showcase 6 - Taylorsville; Spanish 8 Cinemas - Spanish Fork; September 17 and 18 at 7:30 pm
Jordan Commons in Sandy; September 21 - 27, and daily showings at the Orem Scera. See the trailer at "Turn Around"
- Vampire Chicks with Chainsaws: Imagine a horror film with no swearing, sex, or nudity. Vampire Chicks fills that bill. However, it is NOT for kids. It is a horror film with chainsaws, vampires, and aliens, so it does contain some violence. This feature length film stars Adam Abram (“The Collectors”), Sarah Bell (“Familiar Spirits”), RaeAnn Christensen (“Take a Chance”), Oleysa Rulin (“Mobsters and Mormons”), Jamie Rosquist, and Jenna Linsonbee. Directed by Carlos Don Diego. All the myths about vampires are just that. Crosses, holy water, garlic—they do absolutely nothing! The only thing that can kill a vampire has been injected into Quinn, a rough and rugged hillbilly with a chip on his shoulder. Now he is wanted by both vampires and those who want to destroy them. Quinn’s only hope of survival is Karel, a renegade vampire warrior who does the unthinkable--she falls in love with him. Watch the trailer and learn more at www.vampirechickswithchainsaws.com.
- Witness of the Light: A Photographic Journey in the Footsteps of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A new feature-length DVD by Scot Facer Proctor is an epic photographic journey into the life of Joseph Smith from Sharon to Carthage. Drawing upon more than 30 years of research and photography, Proctor's life-long passion has been to recapture and make vivid the scenes of the Restoration--not through re-enactments but by taking viewers to the authentic places where the spirit of the events still lingers. Originally it was a multi-media fireside on the Prophet Joseph--a two-hour show using some of Proctor's best photos of the Church historical sites and telling the most compelling stories of the Prophet Joseph. It was shown in literally hundreds of stakes across the United States. Music by Merrill Jenson ("Legacy", "Testaments", & the Church's new Joseph Smith movie) with guitarist/musician Michael Dowdle. Kieth Merrill's review said, "I was fascinated by facts, reflections, and anecdotes I've never known." Pre-order your DVD for a significant $18.30. The "first printing" is also a significant 5,000 copies, but they will press plenty more. It was released December 2005 with an initial showing in Palmyra, New York, on Friday, November 4, 2005.
- Wolfman's Cabin: Student filmmaker Gideon Oakes from BYU-Idaho is in post-production on a feature-length film loosely based on a local legend in Rexburg, Idaho. Legend has it that a man went insane and killed his family in the mountains of Eastern Idaho nearly a hundred years ago. They say he returns to his cabin each year on the anniversary of the murders. The film follows four college students from BYU-Idaho who decide to investigate the legend. What they discover, nobody can predict. Buffalo Rock Productions From his website--as of January 27, 2006--Gideon reports that his production crew is currently fine-tuning the film. When it is completed, in a few months, it will go onto the festival circuit and be released on DVD.
- The Work and the Glory: American Zion: Sequel to "The Work and the Glory;" “American Zion” unearths the gripping tale of the passion, in the face of cruel intolerance, which eventually spurred the colonization of the West. Very few people know of the injustices inflicted by the government against a group of its own citizens who wanted only to exercise their First Amendment rights. Directed by Sterling VanWagenen, co-founder of the Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival, the cast includes Sam Hennings (“The Aviator”), Brenda Strong (“Desperate Housewives”), Eric Johnson (“Smallville”), and Jonathan Scarfe (Steven Spielberg’s “Into the West”). Filmmakers include Academy Award-nominated producer Scott Swofford (“Mysteries of Egypt”); Director of Photography Reed Smoot, winner of the Kodak Vision Award; and entrepreneur, and Executive Producer Larry Miller, owner of the Utah Jazz NBA basketball team. Filmed entirely on location in Tennessee. Based on the second book in the 9 volume historical series by Gerald N. Lund, Vineyard Productions, along with Vineyard Distribution, released the film nationwide October 21, 2005. DVD release May 9, 2006.
- The Work and the Glory 3: A House Divided: Filmed consecutively with "The Work and the Glory 2: American Zion"; based on Gerald Lund's third book, "The Truth Will Prevail;" focuses on the years 1836-1838. This is the last film of the trilogy. Distribution by Excel Entertainment. Release date in Utah, Thanksgiving 2006. Idaho release February 2, 2007 DVD released May 2007.
Other Already Released DVDs
by Latter-day Saint/Mormon Filmmakers
- Believe: formerly titled "The Impossible Dream;" written and directed by Loki Mulholland; filmed in Salt Lake County and Utah County; made in cooporation with Kaleidoscope Pictures ("Jack Weyland's Charly"); producers: Russ Kendall (1st assistant director/UPM for "Charly") and Micah Merrill; cinematography by Ryan Little (The Singles Ward; The R.M.; The Home Teachers; Saints and Soldiers); Production Designer Anne Black; Editor Ethan Vincent; Composer Aaron Merrill. Cast includes: Larry Bagby, Lincoln Hoppe, Steve Anderson, Ann Bosler, Brian Clark, Britani Bateman, Danor Gerald, Jeff Olson, Craig Clyde, Jodi Russell, Vanessa DeHart, Jansen Davis, Lori Rees, Maclain Nelson, and Curt Dousett. Special Guests: Graham Russell (lead singer of Air Supply) and Troy Dunn. The film follows Adam Pendon, a struggling laid-off steel mill worker, who unwittingly rises to fame and fortune in the ranks of multi-level giant, Believe Industries. Through Adam, enter the mysterious and hilarious world of MLMs and the people who inhabit them. "Believe" is the ultimate multi-level marketing mocumentary. Release Date: April 20, 2007.
- Down And Derby: Coming to stores nationwide January 24, 2006, is the DVD of "Down and Derby," a comedy about Cub Scouts, Pinewood Derby cars, and over-zealous/competitive dads, starring Greg Germann, Lauren Holly, and the late Pat Morita. Bonus materials include: History of the Pinewood Derby, Interview with Pinewood Derby founder Don Murphy, Exclusive coverage of the Hollywood premier, Deleted scenes, and Free collector's patch for the first 25,000 copies sold. Pre-order at website listed.
- Everything You Want: Feature film directed by Ryan Little (“Saints and Soldiers”) had it’s Utah Premier at the 5th LDS Film Festival at the Scera Center in Orem, Utah, January 20, 2006. Abby’s long-time friend, the perfect and delectable Sy, has been her strength since childhood. When Abby meets Quinn, she faces a choice between the perfect Sy and the flawed but genuine Quinn. (Based on a BYU stage play) No plans for a theatrical release. Buena Vista Home Entertainment (Disney) has picked it up for television. Check out the new website Everything You Want DVD and soundtrack released April 25, 2006.
- Forever Strong: Champions of Highland: Producer Adam Abel and Director Ryan Little have teamed up again (“Saints and Soldiers”) to produce an inspirational drama about Larry Gelwix (coach of Salt Lake City’s Highland rugby team who has won 16 National Championships) and a Seattle-area youth who transferred reluctantly to Highland in 1994 from a rival team—only to face his former teammates later in the championship game. Screenwriter Dave Pliler built his fictionalized movie around real events. Little states they have taken creative license here and there, but it's a true story. The plot involves Rick, a troubled teen who is sentenced to a juvenile detention center in Utah, where he meets a counselor (Sean Astin from “The Lord of the Rings”) who gets him a tryout with the Highland team. Under the tutelage of Gelwix (Gary Cole--Will Farrell’s dad in “Tallageda Nights”) Rick turns his life around in time to face his old team, which is coached by his disapproving father. Gelwix is a consultant on the film and has supplied more than a dozen of his players as extras. Little says, “This movie is about Gelwix’s philosophy of teaching boys to be champions--not just in rugby--but in life.” Other actors in cast include: Sean Faris as Rick Penning (“Yours, Mine and Ours,” “Sleepover”); Neal McDonough as Coach Penning ("Flags of Our Fathers," "Minority Report," "Band of Brothers"); Max Kasch as Griggs ("Greatest Game Ever Played," "Holes"); Nathan West as Q ("Miracle," "Bring it On"); Arielle Kebbel as Emily ("Grudge 2," "Be Cool"); and Larry Bagby. Crew members include: Director of Photography, T.C. Christensen; Line Producer, Steven A. Lee; Editor, John Lyde; Production Designer, Geary Sivertsen; Costume Designer, Anna K. FindlayPremiers at LDS Film Festival, January 16, 2008. Theatrical release September 26, 2008.
- The Forgotten Carols: A timeless classic, Michael McLean's The Forgotten Carols have been enjoyed by sold-out audiences nationwide. Now you can feel the warmth of the Christmas spirit from the stage performances in your own home on a DVD. The Forgotten Carols tells the story of a nurse whose empty life is changed when a new patient recounts the story of Christ's birth as told by little known characters in the nativity story. The accounts from the Innkeeper, the Shepherd and others help her discover what the world has forgotten about Christmas, and open her heart to the joy of this special season. Featuring the McLean family together on one stage! Distributed by Excel Entertainment; Release date November 6, 2007.
- Friends for Life: -- Flynn-Daines Productions, LLC has just completed Friends for Life, the third feature film they have made in Utah over the last 18 months. It is one of twenty feature films they are slated to make over the next five years in association with Grizzly Adams Productions. Friends for Life was filmed entirely in Utah using Utah cast and crew. Michael Flynn and McKay Daines are the producers. Michael Flynn also plays Jim Crawford a a retired lawyer who, after losing his wife, finds four wolf cubs who have been orphaned. He raises them to maturity – with the help of an angel – and at the same time confronts and defeats the plans of an unscrupulous land developer who wants to ruin the quaint mountain town that Jim calls home. Jimmy Chunga (Forever Strong, Heber Holiday) plays Ralph the archangel. Also starring in the film are Connie Young (Singles Second Ward), Tayva Patch (Return with Honor. Brigham City) and David Nibley (The Best Two Years, High School Musical). Michael Spence directed and Ron Hill was the Director of Photography as he was on the Flynn-Daines Productions of Heber Holiday and The Dance. Mark Nelson edited the film as he did Heber Holiday and Merrill Jenson (Out of Step,The Testaments, Legacy) is composing the soundtrack. The wolves and grizzly bear were trained for by the world famous Utah trainers Doug and Lynne Seus (Dr. Dolittle 2, The Bear, Evan Almighty) The film will be released on DVD for Thanksgiving 2007 nationwide and internationally by Grizzly Adams Productions.
- Hands of Heaven: Three-screen multi-media presentation tells the true story of four friends who find strength through their friendships with one another. Following the death of a newborn, years of infertility challenges, divorce, and a near-drowning, these four women learn the true meaning of bearing one another’s burdens. Still images, music, and narration tell the message of friendship, service, and healing. Producer Mary Potter; Director Kathryn Turley; Screenplay by Linda Metcalf, Kim Peterson, and Kathryn Turley. Starring Lynda Roskelley, Jen Dyer, Jodie Buehner, Holly Turley; Screenings: The Palms Theatres in Las Vegas October 15, 2005; Scera Theatre in Orem, November 5, 2005. As of 2/19/2006, Kathryn Turley reports "Hands of Heaven" will be showing at BYU Women's Conference May 4, 2006, 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; Nashville, TN, with Deseret Book's Time Out for Women on June 24, 2006. DVD now available at Deseret Book. As of February 20, 2007, Kathryn Turley reports: "Our next showings are at Time Out For Women events with Deseret Book in Reno, March 10th and Pocatello, June 8th.
- In Convenience: Sound Refuge of Rexburg, Idaho, held auditions for a new dramatic comedy they will be producing this summer (2006). It is written and will be directed by Nels Chick. Brian Carter will be the producer. "In Convenience" is about a college student named Nole who loses her financial backing shortly before she is going to graduate. To finish school, she decides to take some drastic, and not entirely legal, measures. The story takes place mostly at night at a convenience store. Producers are looking for volunteer technicians for behind-the-scenes work and extras. E-mail contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. See the trailer at In Convenience: Premiere at The Rex in Rexburg June 27, 2008, through July 1, 2008. DVD will be released July 4, 2008.
- Jonah: A Great Fish Story: Based on the work of fantasy artist James C. Christensen, the enchanting story of the Old Testament prophet Jonah comes to life in this delightful, award-winning film from Ageless Animation. Directed by Chris and Nathan Smith. Distributed by Richard Dutcher's Main Street Movie Company. DVD in stores now.
- Junior's Giants: Excel Entertainment's first animated film of any kind. Junior Anderson is an elementary school student with wit, imagination, and a comically whimsical family. Together with the help of his best friend Niko, his parents, and the Word of God, Junior discovers that to defeat an evil giant, he must learn to follow the Spirit. Released September 6, 2005, on DVD.
- Kosmic Karl: As a defender of the Universe, Kosmic Karl (played by Andrew Barrus) is set to take on the world’s problems, if only his Shrink can help him regain his memory. Others in the cast are John James, Valerie Hall, Rob Diamond, and Kristen Carte. Written and directed by Mark Whipple (directorial debut); Director of Photography and Editor is Gary Whipple; film score by John Ballantyne. Five years in the making, this 90 minute film, shot on 16mm film and transferred to Digital Beta, will be distributed directly on DVD and Video in September 2005. This film is suitable for all ages.
- Moving McAllister: Andrew Black (Pride and Prejudice) is directing this comedy. Screenplay by Ben Gourley ("Everything you Want" "Pride & Prejudice"). Cast includes: Mila Kunis, Ben Gourley, Jon Heder ("Napoleon Dynamite"), and Rutger Hauer ("Batman Begins" "Ladyhawke"), who plays McAllister. "Moving McAllister" is an on-the-road comedy that proves that a mismatched pair can find love in all the wrong places.
Story centers on Rick Robinson (Gourley), a lowly intern at a prestigious Miami law firm who dreams of becoming a partner one day. Eager to impress, he
agrees to help the firm’s top lawyer, Maxwell McAllister (Rutger Hauer), with a favor he really cannot afford. Just five days before the bar exam, Rick finds himself in charge of moving McAllister’s dearest possession across the country: his seductive, yet untouchable niece Michelle (Kunis). In a less than stellar moving van, the mismatched pair begins their cross-country journey. Along the way they encounter numerous obstacles and unforgettable characters, like freespirited hitchhiker Orlick Prescott Hope (Heder), who all contribute to slowing down the journey much to Rick’s dismay. However, through the experience, Rick begins to see that there’s more to life than becoming a successful lawyer. First Independent Pictures. Theatrical release date September 14, 2007. DVD release January 29, 2008.
- The Outlaw Trail: Director Ryan Little of critically acclaimed “Saints and Soldiers” and Producer Adam Abel are taking on action-adventure in their latest venture together. Boy Scouts, bad guys, and a tie to the legendary Butch Cassidy are the ingredients. Set in 1950 in Circleville, Utah, the story is about 16-year-old Roy Parker who inherits a belt buckle from his Great Uncle Leroy a.k.a. Butch Cassidy. The buckle has a treasure map on it. Ryan Kelley as Parker said: “I get to jump on moving trains, airplanes, and moving horses. I also get to shoot guns and blow stuff up. It’s action packed, so it’s fun.” Starring as the bad guy is Bruce McGill, a Hollywood veteran of more than 80 major motion pictures. Others in the cast include Steve Anderson, Dan Byrd, James Gammon, James Karen, Arielle Kebbel, Rick Macy, Ron Melendez, Brian Peck, Shauna Thompson, and Brent Weber. Production Designer Lana Daniels; Executive producer Brad Pello; Screenwriter David Plillar; Line Producer Steve Lee; Directors of Photography TC Christensen and Gene Salvatory. Shooting wrapped November 2005. "Outlaw Trail" received the Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis, October 2006. It also had its Utah Premiere showing as the opening night film for the 2007 LDS Film Festival. DVD will be released October 16, 2007.
- Portrait of Patriotism: Documentary takes a look at American patriotism from the perspective of numerous real citizens in central Utah and Iraq war soldiers from the Mt. Pleasant area; Stories of courage, faith, loyalty and heroism. Produced by Central Utah Filmmakers Association; Directed by Joseph L. Puente; Produced by Emilee Blackham with associate producer Dianne Blackham. DVD on sale at LDSVideo.com A portion of the proceeds go towards the restoration of a veteran's memorial in Mt. Pleasant.
- Powerless: DVD out June 12, 2007. Order here This Can Productions
- The Reunion: Now on DVD. The Reunion is a short film from director Christian Vuissa starring Bernie Diamond (Baptists At Our Barbecue), Heather Beers (Baptists At our Barbecue & Charly), and Adam Johnson (Charly) in which Sam (Diamond) learns about the importance of forgiving and being forgiven. This companion piece to Vuissa's other award winning short film starring Bernie Diamond as Sam was just released on DVD and is currently playing film festivals. Score by Robert Allen Elliott; Editing by Ludwig Einklang; Cinematography by Dave Skousen; Gaffer Ty Arnold ; Production Design by William Rowan, Jr.; Art Direction by Joshua Ligairi; Wardrobe by Mary Rhino; Written, Directed, and Produced by Christian Vuissa ; Mirror Films.
- The Sasquatch Gang: (Formerly "The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang") Written and directed by Tim Skousen,"The Sasquatch Gang" is a comedy about young, fantasy/sci-fi aficionado Gavin Gore and his friends, who stumble onto some huge footprints in the woods. A local cop, reporter, and a renowned Sasquatch authority investigate, while two of Gavin's dim-witted neighbors hatch a scheme to profit from the situation. Producers are Jeremy Coon, Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti, Mark Kassen, Adam Kassen, and Randy Holleschau. DP was Munn Powell; Edited by Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen; and the Music by John Swihart.The Cast includes: Justin Long, Jeremy Sumpter, Addie Land, Joey Kern, Hubbel Palmer, Steven Tobolowsky, Jon Gries (Napoleon Dynamite), and Carl Weathers (Rocky). Utah debut was at the 2007 LDS Film Festival. Limited release November 30, 2007, in Utah as well as NY, LA, Seattle, and Amarillo. Check out website--The Sasquatch Gang
- Screen Door Jesus: dramatic comedy directed by Kirk Davis; starring Alaina Kalanj in the lead role; based on short stories by Christopher Cook about how religion impacts the lives of small-town people diverse in race and social class; filmed in Austin, Texas; shown at South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, TX; DVD released April 3, 2007.
- Stalking Santa: Feature Christmas film is planned for a November 2006 theatrical release through Excel Entertainment. Written and co-produced by Daryn Tufts (star of "The Singles Ward" "American Mormon"), working with Director Greg Kiefer of Cosmic Pictures. It stars Chris Clark, Daryn Tufts, and Lisa Clark and is narrated by William Shatner. DVD release November 6, 2007
- Take a Chance: Feature length film by John Lyde tells the story of two brothers from Texas, Kirby Heyborne (The R.M., The Best Two Years, Saints and Soldiers) and Corbin Allred(Saints and Soldiers), who travel to a small town in Idaho in search of the girls of their dreams. Posing as foreign exchange students, they are welcomed into the home of a fanatical religious family only to find that one of the girls they came for won’t be home for a week. In their quest to win over their dream-girls, they learn what true love really is. Others in the cast are Dave Nibley (Best Two Years), Frank Gerrish, (Baptists at Our Barbecue), Caitlin Meyer (Pioneer Miracle), Sheryl Wilson (Book of Mormon Movie), Carrie Stringfellow (Howdy Town), RaeAnn Christensen (Vampire Chicks With Chainsaws), and Bobby Swenson (The Singles Ward). HaleStone Distribution. Website coming April 8, 2006, Take A Chance Premier Monday May 1, 2006 at Thanksgiving Point. DVD May 2, 2006. "Take a Chance will be available on Comcast on Demand on April 10, 2006. It will be on KJZZ TV on Saturday, June 10, 2006.
- Think Tank: written and directed by Brian Petersen (second assistant director for "Brigham City" and "Napoleon Dynamite", also an actor in "Napoleon Dynamite"); first assistant director: Adam Lawson (director of "Day of Defense"); starring Eric Artell ("The Work and the Story"), Brian Petersen, Aaron Ruell ("Napoleon Dynamite"), James Avery, Connor Ross, Tina Majorino ("Waterworld", "Napoleon Dynamite"), Carter Jenkins, Michael Miranda; produced by Sean Covel and Chris Wyatt ("Napoleon Dynamite", "12 Dogs of Christmas"); production design by Andrea Finn ("The First Vampire", "The Princess and the Pea"); edited by Julia Ruell; cinematography by Michael Fimognari ("The 12 Dogs of Christmas", "The First Vampire"); musical score by John Swihart ("Napoleon Dynamite"); plot outline: A group of geeks achieve their dreams and save their favorite pool hall by creating a "think tank" for super-smarties that invent the ultimate game: frictionless pool; filmed in Los Angeles; has been shown at film festivals, including FilmFest KC festival (Kansas City) and the Jan. 2005 LDS Film Festival; DVD release pending.
- The 12 Dogs of Christmas: written and directed by Kieth Merrill; produced by Sean Covel and Chris Wyatt ("Napoleon Dynamite", "Think Tank") and Daenen Merrill (the director's son); executive producer: Ken Kragen; starring Jordan-Claire Green, Adam Hicks ("Down and Derby", "Titus" TV series) and John Billingsley ("Dr. Phlox" from "Star Trek: Enterprise"). Heartland Film Festival selected "The 12 Dogs of Christmas" for its special family screening and party October 16, 2005. This well received family film is about a 12-year-old during the depression of the 1930's, who is sent to live with her aunt in a small town where dogs are banned. She joins the people and pooches of the town in a war with the Mayor and town dog-catcher, and through plot twists and adventurous chases, succeeds in bringing everyone together through a spectacular finale that involved more than 100 dogs and almost as many children. Filmed in Maine in March 2004, it was released November 1, 2005, in limited theaters and world-wide on DVD. As of January 1, 2006, Kieth Merrill reports that 250,000 DVDs have been sold in 20 countries internationally and the DVD is featured at Wal-Mart Stores, Blockbuster, and other retailers nationwide. The film will be re-released every November for the next 10 years or more.
- Unrest: After a brutal death in the gross anatomy lab, first year medical student Alison Blanchard must discover the truth behind her mysterious cadaver--whose spirit she's certain is in a state of unrest. When her lab partners start dying one-by-one, Alison must face her own mortality before it's too late. Starring: Corri English (Bedford Diaries), Scot Davis (Honeymoon with Mom), Joshua Alba (Alpha Dog), Jay Jablonski (Everybody Wants to be Italian), Marisa Petroro (Reno 911: Miami, Deal or No Deal), Derrick O'Connor (Daredevil, End of Days, Pirates of the Carribean; DIRECROR JASON TODD; IPSON, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER James Huntsman; AN ASGAARD ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION, shot at the VA Hospital SLC, UTAH in November 2005; DVD release March 27, 2007.
- The War Within the War: Tales from the 222: Documentary from Majorscale Productions,LLC. DVD will be released October 1, 2006. Latter-day Saint members, Brady and Susan Tuckett, are the producers. In March of 2005, the 222nd National Guard Battalion was deployed to Iraq, and recently returned home without a single casualty. Beginning in the mid 1800s with the Mexican American War, this battalion has fought in 8 major conflicts including World War I, World War II, Korea - again without a single casualty. This is their story. More information about the project is available at Majorscale Productions Debuted at the LDS Film Festival 2007.
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