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Other Possible Upcoming Films by Latter-day Saint Filmmakers
The following film projects have been announced or rumored, but most are not yet in pre-production. For a few of the films listed below, however, significant pre-production work and even principle photography has already been done, but further work and completion of the film has been long delayed, and the completion and release of the film has not been scheduled.
Not Yet in Production or Pre-Production
The following films are to be written, directed or produced by a Latter-day Saint, and feature at least one major Latter-day Saint character (or scriptural character).
Films already solidly into pre-production are listed on the main page.
- Heart of Africa : Thousands of people have seen Mormon missionaries in Africa—at least as represented on a Broadway stage. Only a few hundred actually know what it’s like to be a Mormon missionary in Africa. They’ve been there and done that. Elder Price in The Book of Mormon musical proclaims "A Mormon just believes." Elder Price in Heart of Africa says to his Congolese companion: "I don’t have a clue what Jesus looks like. I think his skin was closer to your color than mine." His Congolese companion, Elder Kando, has spent years as a revolutionary, but is nothing like the war lord Parker and Stone have scripted in their Book of Mormon satire. Kando is trying to understand his new religion. He has been trained to hate whites and all emblems of colonialism. Elder Price is his first Anglo companion. As for Price, he is a new missionary, fresh from a farm in Marley, Idaho. Together, these missionaries will confront their cultural differences, and the realities of the Congo, including poverty, malaria, and polio. They will have to answer Rodney King’s famous question, "Can’t we all just get along?" There will be no catchy tunes repeating "Hello" or "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream." Instead, the songs will be those which Congolese revolutionaries sing today, in a dialect called Lingala, as well as street music from African musicians. This is a film about Mormons, but intended for all.
- Seven Sisters: Screenplay by Carolyn Hart Bennett of Rexburg, Idaho. Synopsis: In 1863 the "Amazon" sails from London to New York with 800 emigrating Latter-day Saints on board. Among these are seven single young women who are traveling individually. The Priesthood leaders place them together as a family. Although they aren't related, as such, they are "sisters" in the gospel, and together, they face the adventures, hardships, and dangers of an ocean voyage. No plans are yet in place for production: this screenplay is available to those who may be interested in using it. Contact Carolyn at carolyn dot hart dot bennett at gmail dot com (The Seven Sisters Series of books is complete as of October 2014. Carolyn's books, Seven Sisters: The Voyage and Seven Sisters: Overland Trek, are available to order from Amazon dot Com or Barnes and Noble dot com)
- Singing With Angels : Candlelight Media Group, Inc. in conjunction with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is pleased to announce their collaboration on a new feature length motion picture currently titled Singing with Angels. This inspirational movie will be produced by Silver Peak Productions this fall, and distributed by Candlelight Media Group. It will be directed and produced by Brian Brough, whose credits include 16 Stones (coming to theaters October 3, 2014), Nowhere Safe, and Scents and Sensibility. The screen-play is being written by Brittany Wiscombe (Changing Hearts, Nowhere Safe and Christmas Angel). The movie is slated for a 2015 theatrical release and is historic in that it is the Choir’s first full-length narrative feature where the Choir is integrated significantly in this inspiring original story. While the Choir has been the subject of documentaries (such as One Voice and America’s Choir) and been a part of TV movies and episodes (Mr. Krueger’s Christmas and Touched by Angel), Singing with Angels, as created by Brough and Wiscombe, will tell a heart-warming story of one woman’s journey to join the Choir. The Choir is delighted to be collaborating on this film with Candlelight Media, said Ron Jarrett, president of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The story of the film will be an affirmation that the Choir’s music can bring peace and hope and transform lives. The production will be shot on location at Temple Square and in the Tabernacle, as well as other areas in Utah. Auditions for roles in the film will be held soon. TO AUDITION, details about roles will be released soon. Not all roles involve singing, but the lead role is a female who is an outstanding singer. Please send a recent photo and resume to Casting@CandlelightMedia.com for consideration.
Other Rumored/Announced Films by Latter-day Saint Filmmakers
The following film projects have been announced, but are not yet in production.
The following films are to be written, directed and/or produced by Latter-day Saints, or based on a book written by a Latter-day Saint. But these films do not feature Latter-day Saint characters.
Films already in production are listed on the main page.
- Christmas Jars: Kieth Merrill wrote the original screenplay adapted from the novel "Christmas Jars" by Jason Wright. Merrill will direct this feature length film for Audience Alliance Motion Picture Studios--the first production for the newly formed studio. LOG LINE: A young woman’s passion to be a great writer collides with her values as she struggles to unravel the mystery of the Christmas Jar and comes face to face with the most difficult decision of her life and an unexpected stranger from her past.
- Schune: Black Pond Entertainment of Utah is pleased to announce an open casting call for “Schune,” a science fiction thriller short film to be
produced locally beginning the last week of March. Black Pond is a fresh entertainment company focused on the short film format. “Schune” will become the company’s first project with many more to follow. Innocent stock boy Nate Williams takes a job at the local Schune Country
Market. He quickly finds himself stuck at the peak of a century old plot to terrorize the country.Sci-Fi thriller with comedic quirk. “Tremors” meets “Predator.” PG to PG-13 rated material for suspense and violence. No swearing, no nudity,
no drugs, no gore. Produced by: Kenneth Hill & Jared Buttars; Written and Directed by: Jared Buttars; Casting Director: Michelle Wright.Send *headshot*, *resume*, questions to *SchuneCast@buttars.com* Links to demo reels a major plus!!
- The Way to Dance: Genre Dance/Drama. From the creators of "Powerless" comes "The Way to Dance," an unforgettable dance drama about finding the strength to believe in yourself, no matter what life has dealt you. Kate was a dancer, and a good one. The future was hers: the excitement, the competitions, the awards. At just 16 she had it all, but then the accident happened. Not only was she scared for life, but her injuries took away her voice. Now a reclusive mute, she lives a secluded life hidden from the world, but when she meets Danny, in an Internet chatroom, he is determined to break her out of her shell. Smooth talking and not afraid to bend a few rules, Danny makes it his personal mission to get Kate back on the stage. However, as their friendship grows, Kate begins to suspect that Danny is not everything he claimes to be. Directed by Matt Daniels, the film is currently in post-production after completing principle photography in August 2007. It will be released in late 2008.
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