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LDS Cinema (Latter-day Saint-themed feature films shown theatrically, already released):
God's Army | Brigham City | The Other Side of Heaven | The Singles Ward | Out of Step | Charly | Handcart
The R.M. | Suddenly Unexpected | The Work and the Story | The Book of Mormon Movie, Vol. 1: The Journey | Day of Defense
Pride & Prejudice | The Home Teachers | The Best Two Years | Saints and Soldiers | Baptists at Our Barbecue | The Work and the Glory
Sons of Provo | Mobsters and Mormons
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[Nearly all of the films in this list are not only about Latter-day Saint characters, but are also made by Latter-day Saint filmmakers.]
Theatrical Release Dates in 2016
Love Everlasting-----------------------------April 2016
Singing With Angels--------------------------April 2016
Theatrical Release Dates in 2015
Freetown------------------------------------April 8, 2015
Thunder Broke the Heavens--------------------April 12, 2015
The Cokeville Miracle------------------------June 5, 2015
Once I Was a Beehive-------------------------August 14, 2015
Nationwide Release---------------------------September 11, 2015
War Pigs-------------------------------------September 2015
Just Let Go----------------------------------September 28, 2015
Miracle Maker--------------------------------November 2015
Theatrical Release Dates in 2014
Saints and Soldiers: The Void---------------August 15, 2014
16 Stones------------------------------------October 1, 2014
Christmas Dragon-----------------------------November 2014
Theatrical Release Dates in 2013
An Ordinary Hero-----------------------------February 15, 2013
Saga: Curse of the Shadow--------------------April 11, 2013
Ephraim's Rescue-----------------------------May 31, 2013
Abandoned Mine-------------------------------August 15, 2013
Austenland-----------------------------------September 27, 2013
The King of Instruments----------------------September 27, 2013
The Saratov Approach-------------------------October 9, 2013
Ender's Game---------------------------------November 1, 2013
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UPCOMING FILMS BY LATTER-DAY SAINT FILMMAKERS
Corianton: A Story of Unholy Love: Drama, Director: Wilfrid North; Screenplay: Wilfrid North; Producer: Lester Park; Director of Photography: George Peters, Walter Strenge; Production Designer: Joseph Physioc; Original Score: Edgar Stillman Kelley; Editor: Russell Shields.
Cast: Eric Alden, Theo Pennington, Alis Frost, Emil Yousoff, James Phillips, Charles Edwards, Reginald Barlow, Herschel Mayall, H.H. McCullum, Ignacio Martinnetti, Joseph Smiley.
In this film adaptation of a novella by Brigham H. Roberts and the subsequent 1933 play based on incidents in the Book of Mormon, Corianton, son of Alma, serves a mission to the Zoramites, and is compromised by the harlot Zoan Ze Isobel. However, he repents of his fall to temptation and, in the film's climax, fights the Zoramites, who attack Zarahemla. Premier at 11th Annual LDS Film Festival, January 28, 2012.
Ephriam's Rescue Ephriam's Rescue From T.C. Christensen, director of the sensational pioneer film, 17 Miracles, comes the heroic true story of a simple man who was called to do the work of angels. Ephraim’s Rescue relates the story of Ephraim Hanks: a rescuer of the Martin Handcart company.
Follow Ephraim as his adventures lead him to join the Mormon Church and to ultimately lead one of the most heroic rescues in American history. With a unique desire to help and strengthen others, Ephraim learns that each choice we make can prepare us for what lies ahead. He discovers, through it all, that decisions determine destiny.
The cast is led by Darin Southam, who plays Ephraim Hanks; Joseph Paur--Brigham Young; Katherine Nelson--Alice Dobson. Producers--Ron Tanner and Steven A. Lee; Cinnematographer, director, and Producer--T. C. Christensen; Editor--Tanner Christensen. Premier May 31, 2013.
The Evanescence of Hope:Documentary, 71 minutes, color, 2015. Writer, Director, Producer: Loren M. Lambert; Director of Photography: Sami Jawhar, Josh Sampson; Production Designer: Loren M. Lambert; Original Score: Layly Minoui; Editor: Josh Samson. Synopsis: Against all odds, many small miracles converge to rescue the life of Mansour Aryzand, husband, father of three, community leader, Iranian immigrant and BYU graduate, who has been washed over several waterfalls in Bells Canyon, suffered severe injuries and is about to drown. Screening: Friday, March 6, 12:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II.
Finding Hope: Drama, 106 minutes, color, 2014. Writer, Director: Julian Grant; Producer: Suzette Brown, Julian Grant, Shannon Brown; Executive Producer: Helen Caldwell, Mike Krukowski, Cheryl Lippard, David Lippard, Charles Harris, Victoria Harris; Director of Photography: Kyle Dones; Production Designer: Crystal Forlano; Original
Score: David Findlay; Editor: Jason Becker. Cast: Shannon Brown, Suzette Brown, Robyn Coffin,Sean Patrick Leonard, Craig James, Kim DeJesus, Charles Harris, Dagoberto Zolio Soto, Walt Sloan, Shayna Beining, Lorrisa Julianus, Mino Mackic, Michael Gellman, Amanda Lipinski, Gail Hafar, Shavar D. Clark, Elaine Brown, Jen Buhrow, Ruth Kaufman, Mike Pusateri, Patricia Urbonas Clark, Deborah Ann Smith, Harold Dennis, Lindsay Rathert. Synopsis: Exploring the ideas of eternal love and the importance of faith and family, this contemporary drama follows the story of Andrew, a returned LDS missionary, who has become a duty-obsessed husband. Andrew must help his wife Hope, who is plagued with amnesia, fall in love with him all over again as he comes to terms with his own destiny. Screening at LDS Film Fesival, Friday, March 6, 2015, 7:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II.
For Our Day: Covenant on th Land: Documentary, 2013; Official Website: For Our Day: Covenant on the Land; Writer, Director: James F. Stoddard III, L. Hannah Stoddard; Producer: James F. Stoddard III; Executive Producer: James F. Stoddard III; Editor: L. Hannah Stoddard, James F. Stoddard IV; Animator/Artist: Leah M. Stoddard; Animator: James F. Stoddard IV. Cast: Timothy Ballard, Scott N. Bradley, Jenet J. Erickson, Von N. Hansen, Michael Kennedy Jr., Jayson S. Kunzler, Rod L. Meldrum, Jack Monnett, Bruce H. Porter, Hartman Rector Jr., Candace E. Salima, Scott P. Swain, V. Lauri Updike. Synopsis: Is latter-day history laid out and foreshadowed in the Book of Mormon? What if we were to take the most fundamental and key prophetic events of the last days and organize them chronologically, and then lay out the Book of Mormon history on top of it? How does this help us better understand the signs of the times in the last days? For Our Day: Covenant on the Land discusses the covenant on the Promised Land for both ancient and modern inhabitants. Premier: 14th Annual LDS Film Festival, February 7, 2014, at Scera Center, Orem Utah.
Freetown: FREETOWN tells the story of eight courageous young missionaries. We plan to shoot the entire film in Africa, which would make it the first of its kind from a local production company (Utah). Garrett Batty has signed on to direct the film, while TCP (Three Coin Productions) will produce. Melissa Larsen has authored the screenplay. IN 1989, Charles Taylor’s rebel group, The National Patriotic Front of Liberia, launched an insurrection against then leader, Samuel Doe. By the following year, Taylor’s rebels had taken control of most of the country and killed Doe. More than 200,000 people died in the fighting that occurred between 1989 and 1996 in what is known as the First Liberian Civil War. At this time, the presence of the LDS Church in the area was relatively new. Eight native Liberian missionaries were serving in the country and were under immediate threat when war broke out. They had to leave the country, but doing so could be impossible, even deadly. Producer: Adam Abel, Garrett Batty; Executive Producer: Bob Carter, Kathy Carter, Nathan Fisher, Rachel Fisher, Brit Server, Bridgette Server, Dan Ashby, Nicole Ashby, Mark Holt, John Whetten; Director of Photography: Jeremy Prusso; Production Designer: Albert Aidoo Bervell; Original Score: Robert Allen Elliott; Editor: Connor O'Malley, S. Mckay Stevens; Sound Mixer: Aaron Merrill. Cast: Henry Adofo, Michael Attram, Phillip Michael, Bright Dodoo, Clement Amegayie, Alphonse Menyo, Great Ejiro, Nuong Faalong, Bill Myers, Godwin Namboh. Based on incredible true events, Freetown is a thrilling and inspiring story of hope and survival. Utah Premier at the LDS Film Festival March 4, 2015. Release date April 8, 2015.
Hypothesis Documentary, 47 minutes, color, 2012; Writer, Director, Producer: Brett Smith; Original Score: Jeremiah Olsen, ValhallA; Editor: Brett Smith; New York City Unit: Ted Walter, Justin Lange. Synopsis: Hypothesis is documentary film about BYU physics professor Steven E. Jones and explores his startling discoveries about the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the implications these data had on the public, academia, and even his own career. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Friday, January 25, 12:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II.
A Labor of Love: The Story of Amasa Mason Lyman: Documentary, 2013; Director: Dennis Lyman; Writer: Glenn Rawson; Producers: Dennis Lyman, Glenn Rawson; Executive Producer: Jack Lyman, Amy Lyman, Clayson Lyman, Clisbee Lyman, Greg Lyman (The Lyman Family History Organization); Director of Photography: Dennis Lyman; Original Score: Kevin MacLeod; Editor: Adam Lyman; Sound Design: Matt Davis. Cast: Glenn Rawson, Scholars - Richard Lambert, Richard Lyman Bushman, Mark Staker, Edward Leo Lyman, Jan Shipps, Alex Baugh, Richard Bennett, Richard E. Turley, Jr, Lyman DePlatt. Synopsis: History of the Saints presents this documentary about Amasa M Lyman's life with insights from religious historians. Amasa was a dedicated missionary and Church leader who made many important contributions to the new and rapidly growing church for which history has forgotten him. He was there at critical times in Nauvoo, Winter Quarters, Utah, and California. This documentary follows Amasa from his conversion in New England to Kirtland and that memorable moment when he met the prophet Joseph Smith, through numerous missions around the world, and finally his efforts to lead the Saints as they built numerous settlements throughout the American West. Premier: 14th Annual LDS Film Festival, February 6, 2014, at Scera Center, Orem Utah.
Larry Gelwix: No Regrets Documentary, 52 minutes, color, 2011; Director: Nathan D. Lee; Producer: Adam Abel; Executive Producer: Scott Swofford, Derek Marquis; Director of Photography: Nathan D. Lee; Original Score: Jeremy Lamb; Editor: Nathan D. Lee, Stephen Aldridge. Synopsis: The Highland High School rugby team has won 20 out of 23 National Championships. They have an unmatched record of 390 wins and 9 losses. The program has changed young boys into men and community leaders. At the center of it all is their volunteer coach, Larry Gelwix, a man who lives what he teaches: a life with no regrets. This documentary follows Larry and the Highland Rugby team through their history and through Larry's final season with the team in 2011, exploring what makes people champions of life. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Thursday, January 24, 4:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre.
The Left Field: Live at the Wagner: Comedy, 2011; Official Website: The Left Field: Live at the Wagner; Director: Zach Kempf; Writer: Josh Bolding, James Littlejohn, Bryson Kearl, James Archibald, Pete Kern, Abi Harrison, Jefferson Snow, Stephen Jones; Producer: Tanner Kay, Zach Kempf, Bryson Kearl, Holley Theodore; Executive Producer: Tanne Kay, Zach Kempf; Director of Photography: Scott Winn; Production Designer: Zach Kempf; Music: Jefferson Snow, Imagine Dragons, Joshua James, Fictionist, Sharkspeed, Just Yell Fire; Editor: Chad Hemelstrand; Wardrobe: Holley Theodore; Hair and Makeup: Laura Prete; Post Sound: Ryan Purcell. Cast: Josh Bolding, James Littlejohn, Bryson Kearl, James Archibald, Pete Kern, Abi Harrison, Jefferson Snow, Stephen Jones. Synopsis: Eight BYU alumni stand-up comedians perform their clean comedy live at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in Salt Lake City. Premier: 14th Annual LDS Film Festival, February 6, 2014, at Scera Center, Orem Utah.
The Measure of a Man: Drama; Director: Elizabeth Waite, Andrew Waite. After tragic beginnings, Donald Bailey achieves the quintessential American Dream. Traversing the dust bowl from Oklahoma to California during the Great Depression, his optimistic demeanor and strong drive help him achieve success. This is the true story of a man who left an indelible mark on his large posterity, singing his way through life and passing on for generations the true measure of a man.
Miracle Maker: A Christmas fable. Starring Jason Wade, Melanie Stone, Brian Krause, Jake Stormden. Mainstay Productions, Synopsis: It all starts with one little seed of love.“The Miracle Maker is coming!” Everyone in the tiny hamlet is excited when they hear the news that the renowned man of wonders is coming to their village. But the humble traveler who appears isn’t what anyone expected. They were looking forward to someone magnificent who would change their lives. But it seems this man can barely take care of himself, let alone fulfill the dreams of others. However, miracles can come in all shapes and sizes—and sometimes from unexpected places.Theatrical release November 2015.
Murder of the Mormon Prophet: Documentary, 82 minutes, color, 2013; Director: Nick Galieti; Writers: LeGrand L. Baker, Bret Eborn, Nick Galieti; Music: Erik Malory, Michael Creagor; Narrator: Doug Stone. Synopsis: This is the story of the murder of Joseph Smith, the Mormon prophet. He was the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, translator of the Book of Mormon, Mayor of Nauvoo, Illinois, and, at the time of his death, a candidate for the presidency of the United States. Based on the book by LeGrand L. Baker. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Thursday, January 24, 2:30 pm, Scera Showhouse II.
Once I Was A Beehive: Writer, Director: Maclain Nelson; Producer: Jake Van Wagoner, Lisa Clark, Hailey Smith, Clare Niederpruem; Executive Producer: Maclain Nelson; Director of Photography: Joel Remke; Production Designer: Anne Black; Original Score: Mike Bishop; Editor: Kristi Shimek. Cast: Paris Warner, Mila Smith, Clare Niederpruem, Lisa Clark, Hailey Smith, Barta Heiner, Adam Lane Speer is your typical teenage girl. She loves her mom and dad but doesn't want to spend every waking moment with them. She never realized how much she took them for granted until she loses her father to an unexpected bout with cancer. Lane finds herself in a
crisis of faith, doubting everything her dad taught her about God and religion. Only one year later, her mother remarries a man she met in a support group for people who have lost a spouse to cancer. Lane is beyond upset. She hardly knows the guy and... he is a Mormon, something she knows nothing about. To top it off, she must stay with her new step-aunt while her mom is away on her honeymoon. Lane finds herself with her new anxiety-ridden step-cousin, Phoebe, on her way to an LDS young women's camp with a bunch of girls she knows nothing about. Confronted with memories of camping with her father in the wilderness, she tries to find her place at camp, make sense of the past year’s events and deal with her crisis of faith. Screening at LDS Film Festival, Saturday, March 7, 10:00 am, Scera Showhouse II. Theater premiere Utah August 14, 2015, opens nationwide September 11, 2015.
Pete & Maxine: The Grimms' Tale: Documentary, 94 minutes, color, 201; Director: Christopher Allen Garcia; Writer: Joel Ackerman, James Alexander; Producer: Christopher Allen Garcia, Joel Ackerman; Executive Producer: Michael Hill; Director of Photography: Scott Winn; Original Score: Ryan Shengren King; Editor: Christopher Allen Garcia, Scott Winn. Synopsis: Against the backdrop of tragedy and prosperity, this is the story of Pete Grimm and Maxine Tate, their childhood and how they were brought together during WWII in the Pacific. They eventually married, started a family and lived in the Philippines. All the while Maxine, a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, drew members together wherever she went. She and Pete helped to make it possible for the church to enter the Philippine Islands and they have an honored place in the history of the church and the hearts of the members there. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Thursday, January 24, 2:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre.
The Playbook: Steven Thomas (Mick Preston) strives to live a worthy life as a loving father and basketball coach. However, after a tragic accident caused by a drunken friend sees Stevens family torn apart, Steven struggles to come to terms with forgiving the person responsible, and this causes him to lose a grip on those things most important to him. But as his ideal world begins to fall apart, it is through the support of his young basketball team, he manages to use his basketball playbook to rekindle his spiritual worthiness and be the father he was meant to be. Thus not only inspiring his young team to realize that there is more to life than winning basketball games, but also get his life and family back on track.
The Playbook is an inspirational feature film that will move you to tears and have you cheering for the underdog.
It features an outstanding cast of wonderful Australian actors including exciting new talent Harry Borland as Cody, Dennis Coard (Home & Away), Lauren Clair (Underbelly) Kath Gordon (City Homicide) as Bonnie, and introducing Lloyd Edwards as Garrett.
It is filmed entirely on location in the Bass Coast and South Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia, with the generous assistance of Film Victoria.
LDS members who worked on the film include:Darran Scott as Writer/Director/Producer; Executive Producer: Paul Hutchinson; Associate Producer and Production Supervisor: Jennifer Scott; Danna Tanner: Script Editor; Albert Chompff; Cast:Elijah Costigan; Barclay Kaipuke; Matt Kaipuke; Orien Wright; Sharon Mits; Tim Mits; Jaysen Valdes; and Shannen Valdes. Music composed by Stephen J Anderson. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Wednesday, January 23, 7:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II; Saturday, January 26, 4:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre.
The Pratt Brothers: Builders of Zion: Stuart Heimdal directed, produced, and wrote the music for this 113 minute documentary. Paul R. DeBry wrote the screenplay and was the Executive Producer. Narration by Lloyd Newell ( the voice of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's "Music and the Spoken Word"); Artwork Glen Hopkinson; Musical Arrangement by Roger Hoffman and W.E. Peterson. Features Susan Easton Black, Joseph Fielding McConkie, Karl Ricks Anderson, Robert Grow, David Whittaker, Matthew Grow, Jenny Hale Pulsipher, Stephen Pratt, Paul R. DeBry, Glenn N. Rowe, and Ernest Robison. Synopsis: From humble beginnings, the Jaret Pratt family struggled for survival. Time would reveal their importance as missionaries, apostles, seventies, and faithful Latter-day Saints. This incredible family has left a legacy of faithfulness, obedience, and honor. Their stories will live on as we share them and remember "The Pratt Brothers: Builders of Zion."
Redemption:Writer, Director: Tom Russell; Producer: Courtney Russell, James Alexander, Asia Stryker; Executive Producer: Russell Judd, Mark Eddy, Tom Lefler, Bill Nelson; Director of Photography: Derek Pueblo; Production Designer: Jennie K. Brown, Whitney Donald; Original Score: Spencer Russell; Editor: A. Todd Smith.
Cast: John Freeman, Margot Kidder, Barry Corbin, Rance Howard, Jon Gries, David H. Stevens, Larry Thomas, Edward Herrmann.
How do you forgive the unforgivable? A true story of conflict and compassion, Redemption follows the story of Henry Heath, a lawman on the western frontier in 1862. After the grieving sheriff buries his only child, he learns that Jean Baptiste, an impoverished French immigrant, has been robbing the graves of the recently deceased. Torn between duty, outrage, and guilt about his own past, Heath becomes Baptiste’s only defense against the bloodthirsty contempt of the community and the brutal isolation of the inhospitable Antelope Island where Baptiste has been exiled. Through his reluctant service, Heath is forced to examine his own beliefs about mercy, justice, and redemption. Can Heath show compassion and forgiveness toward the man who seems the least deserving of Christian love? Premier January 25, 2012, at the 11th Annual LDS Film Festival.
Reel Legacy: Documentary, 50 minutes, color, 2012; Writer, Director: Thomas E. Laughlin; Producer: Chad Carr, LeGrand Hunsaker, Cade Thalman; Director of Photography: Chad Carr; Original Score: Aaron James Karr; Editor: Thomas E. Laughlin; Historical Consultant: Pete Czerny, David K. Jacobs. Cast: T.C. Christensen, Reed Smoot, George Griner, Grant Williams, Pete Czerny, Peter Johnson, Richard Hatch, John Linton, Dennis Lisonbee, David K. Jacobs, Scott Swofford, Richard Bickerton. Wally Broberg. Synopsis: Former Disney character animator Wetzel (“Judge”) O. Whitaker left a lucrative career at Walt Disney Studios to answer the call of LDS Church President David O. McKay, to come to Utah and start a film studio for the LDS Church and head up a film program at Brigham Young University. For the first time ever on camera, veteran filmmakers who knew and worked with Judge, sit down and talk about his life, his trials, and the challenges he faced, from no film crews or sufficient funding, to building a state-of-the-art Hollywood style studio in the 1950's. For those looking for an authentic, real glimpse into what ‘independent’ filmmaking was like back in the 1950’s, this documentary offers insights into the LDS Church’s untold and unique film-making history from the filmmakers’ point of view. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Thursday, January 24, 4:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre.
Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed: Go Films presents in association with KOAN, an Adam Abel Production; A Ryan Little film: Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed, the highly anticipated new chaper of the award-winning film, Saints and Soldiers. On August 15, 1944, the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team (PRCT) jumped over the south of France. Their mission was to support and protect the Allied Troops marching to Berlin. Landing in enemy territory, they fell under immediate attack. In their effort to complete the mission and rendezvous with their unit, three isolated paratroopers come across a group of French resistants in desperate need. They decide to help liberate some of the captive Partisans. Doing so, they risk their lives in an effort to live the Airborne Creed. Starring Corbin Allred, David Nibley, and Jasen Wade. Screenplay by Lamont Gray and Lincoln Hoppe. Landing in theaters August 17, 2012.
Saints and Soldiers: The Void: Director--Ryan Little;Writing Credits--Ryan Little (story and screenplay); Producers Adam Abel--executive producer; Gil Aglaure--executive producer; Randy Beard-- executive producer; Ryan Little—producer; Ray Meldrum—co-producer; Cast:Adam Gregory = Cpl. Carey Simms; Bart Johnson = Captain Davis; Talon G. Ackerman = Fritz Bauer; Matthew Meese = Barlow; Andrew W. Johnson = Pvt. Wolsey; K. Danor Gerald = Sgt. Jesse Owens; Dave Bresnahan = German Soldier; Allan Groves = Kelser; Jeff Johnson = ; P#1; Brenden Whitney = Pvt. Nelson; Scott Swoffard = General Allen; Alex Boye = Perry; Timothy S. Shoemaker = Atwood;
Lonzo Liggins = Cooper; David Morgan = Shonbeck; Joel Bishop = Whitaker; Randy Beard = Guard; Music--James Schafer; Cinematography--Ryan Little; Film editing--Burke Lewis & Rhett Lewis; Casting—Jeff Johnson; Production Design = Christopher R. DeMuri; Art Direction = Chloe Huber; Art Direction = Rubic Huber; Costume Design = Anna K. Findlay. Release Date: August 15, 2014.
The Saratov Approach: Garrett Batty wrote and directed this drama about two Mormon missionaries who were kidnapped and held ransom while serving in Saratov, Russia in 1998. Corbett Allred plays missionary Elder Tuttle; Maclean Nelson plays Elder Probst; Alex Veadov and Nikita Bogolyubov play their Russian captors. Release Date is March 15, 2014.See the trailer at The Saratov Approach
16 Stones: Sixteen stones were touched by the finger of the Lord. They came across an ocean to a new land--but where are they now? Two people race against competitors and time to find the stones today, before they're lost to the wrong hands. Coming to theaters October 1, 2014. From Candlelight Media Group and director Brian Brough. See 16 Stones for trailer and updates.
The Song That Changed My Life: TV Series/Documentary, 75 minutes, color, 2012; Director: Russ Kendall, Micah Merrill; Producer: Russ Kendall; Executive Producer: Scott Swofford, Derek Marquis, Sam Cardon; Director of Photography: Munn Powell, Justin Andrews; Editor: Yurri Hydrick, Michael Bradshaw, Enge VanWagoner. Synopsis: The Song That Changed My Life features musicians talking about the songs that changed the direction of their lives and careers and influenced who they are as people and artists. Directors Russ Kendall and Micah Merrill will show several episodes of this original series from BYUtv. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Saturday, January 26, 1:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II.
Tragedy & Truth: What Happened at Hawn's Mill: Documentary, 2013; Director: Dennis Lyman, Bryant Bush; Writer: Glenn Rawson; Producer: Dennis Lyman. Glenn Rawson; Director of Photography: Dennis Lyman; Original Score: Melanie Park, Kevin MacLeod, Vadim Kiselev, Jason Cassel; Editor: Adam Lyman, Bryant Bush; Historical Consultant: Alex Baugh; Sound Design: Matt Davis. Cast: Glenn Rawson, William Hartley, Jonathan Bullen, Alexander Baugh, Kim Wilson. Voice Over - Diane Prince, Rob Prince, Kenneth Peck, Richard Kannarr, Michael Landon, Lynn Croft, Wallace Wright. Synopsis: On the afternoon of October 30, 1838, a vigilante force of over two hundred armed men attacked and raided the small settlement known as Hawn's Mill in eastern Caldwell County, Missouri. The premeditated assault left 17 Mormon men and boys dead and over a dozen others wounded. But those who remained had little time to mourn their loss. Afraid of another attack, short of help, and facing unseasonably cold temperatures, the shocked survivors quickly buried their dead in an unfinished dry well. From the producers of the History of the Saints television series comes this full-length documentary on the story of the Hawn's Mill Massacre.Premier: 14th Annual LDS Film Festival, February 6, 2014, at Scera Center, Orem Utah.
Two Brothers: Documentary, Director: Rick Stevenson; Writer, Producer: Rick Stevenson, Kevin Klar.
Cast: Sam Nelson, Luke Nelson.
At the turn of the century, award winning filmmaker Rick Stevenson decided to track the lives of 100 children for the next 5000 days. Two Brothers follows two of those children, Sam and Luke Nelson, in a surprisingly candid journey through time involving their adolescent struggles with brotherhood, depression, peer pressure, forgiveness and growth in their Mormon faith. As a Protestant Christian, Stevenson got a front seat view of this oft misunderstood religion. The result is a compelling, eye-opening account growing up in American today.
Unresolvable? The Kingdom of God on Earth: Documentary, 87 minutes, color, 2012; Writer, Director: Bryan D. Hall, Jack Donaldson; Producer: Bryan D. Hall, Jack Donaldson, John Carosella; Executive Producer: Randall Paul, W. Wilder Knight II; Director of Photography: Johnny Hall; Production Designer: Jimi Salazar; Original Score: Jamen Brooks; Editor: Bryan D. Hall, Jack Donaldson. Synopsis: Angered by the barrage of attacks on his faith and desperate for answers, Bryan Hall, a devout Mormon, travels into the heart of the Bible Belt to discover for himself what it means to be a "Christian." The world he discovers is more terrifying and heartwarming than he ever could have imagined. Somewhere between the growing movement to establish a Christian Nation and those who believe Christ's Kingdom is not of this world, the lines between fanaticism and devotion are easily blurred. Ultimately, Hall is forced to face the same questions that he is lancing at his religious rivals. Unresolvable? challenges viewers to ask themselves the most difficult and revealing question in all of Christianity: Must you - really - love your enemies to be a true disciple of Christ? Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Friday, January 25, 2:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre.
See also: LDS-Themed Films Not Yet in Pre-Production
Other Upcoming Films, made by Latter-day Saints
As much as possible, the names of Latter-day Saint filmmakers and actors are bold in the list below.
Other Upcoming Films by Latter-day Saint Filmmakers
- Adrenaline: Drama, 94 minutes, color, 2014. Director: Joseph Simpkins, Alex Chatfield (co-director); Writer: Joseph Q. Simpkins, Alex Chatfield, Michael Rosander; Producer: Irene Santiago, William Simpkins, Bryce Neier; Executive Producer: Del M. Baron, Joseph Simpkins, William Simpkins, Irene Santiago, Bryce Neier; Director of Photography: Eli Wallace-Johansson, Chris Davis; Production Designer: Natalie Smith, Kristin Mason;Original Score: Jason Graves; Editor: Ryan Risley; 1st AD: Joth Riggs; 2nd AD: Casey Mako, Cory Howard. Cast: John Schneider, Gregory Alan Williams,Charlene Amoia, Michael Rosander, Myke Holmes, Anthony Reynolds, Mark Jeffery Miller.Synopsis:
A young street racer has his life turned upside down when he is involved in a near fatal accident while illegally street racing. He is then befriended by an old racing partner of his father who helps him get back in a car to race again legally on the track using hand controls. He also must learn to walk, love and ultimatley trust again with the help of his hospital roomate and therapist. Screening: LDS Film Festival, Friday, March 6, 2015, 7:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre.
- Austenland: Comedy/Romance, 97 minutes, color, 2013. Official Website: Austenland; Director: Jerusha Hess; Writer: Jerusha Hess, Shannon Hale; Producer: Stephenie Meyer, Meghan Hibbett, Gina Mingacci; Executive Producer: Robert Fernandez, Dan Levinson; Associate Producer: Jared Hess; Director of Photography: Larry Smith; Production Designer: James Merifield; Original Score: Ilan Eshkeri; Editor: Nick Fenton. Cast: Keri Russell, JJ Feild, Bret McKenzie, Jennifer Coolidge, James Callis, Georgia King, Rupert Vansittart, Ricky Whittle, Jane Seymour. Synopsis: Austenland is a romantic comedy about 30-something, single Jane Hayes, a seemingly normal young woman with a secret: her obsession with all things Jane Austen. But when she decides to spend her life savings on a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane's fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined. Based on the novel by Shannon Hale, the film was written and directed by Jerusha Hess (writer, Napoleon Dynamite) and produced by Stephenie Meyer's Fickle Fish Films. Screening at LDS Film Festival, Friday, March 6, 2015, 2:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre.
- Begin Again: Drama, 2013; IMDB Link: Begin Again; Director: Joshua Samson, Lisa Spurrier, Bill Gillane; Writer: Lisa Spurrier; Producer: Lisa Spurrier, Bill Gillane; Executive Producer: Lisa Spurrier; Director of Photography: Joshua Samson; Production Designer: Lisa Spurrier; Original Score: Jon Schmidt; Editor: Joshua Samson; Post Production Sound: Blaine Stewart; Colorist: Russ Lasson; Gaffer: Holly Tuckett. Cast: Lisa Spurrier, Bill Gillane, Dusti Jones, Savanna Kylie Lewis, Matt Mascaro, Trevor Hawkes, Carter Blanc, Michael Solarez, Sarah Ruth Kent, Vicki Robinson, Kim Paige, Nathan Sears, William Ferrer, Michelle Palmer, Steve Bethers, Howard Hong, Pamela Chase, David Harris, Liz Hales. Synopsis: Begin Again is about 12-year old Jessica Jones, whose world is torn apart when she is taken out of her abusive home and placed into foster care. She must grapple with her past, present and future and make heart-wrenching decisions along the way. Premier: 14th Annual LDS Film Festival, February 7, 2014, at Scera Center, Orem Utah.
- The Bob Adventures: Trush Day: Comedy/Adventure, 83 minutes, color, 2014. Director: Keith Maloy; Writer, Producer: Keith Maloy, Daniel Parker Smith; Director of Photography: Daniel Parker Smith; Original Score: Angus Maloy; Editor: Keith Maloy. Cast: Keith Maloy, James Ahlstrom, Marie Garcia, Bryan Jackson, Richard Maloy, Justin Francom. Synopsis: Bob, a cursed bachelor, wills his way through a day of chores and setbacks to accomplish the tasks at hand. Screening: Friday, March 6, 12:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre.
- Champions of the West: Documentary, 87 minutes, color, 2014. Director: Matt Judkins; Writer: David Rodeback; Producer: David Rodeback, John Miller, Allison Dean, Sarah Beeson; Executive Producer: Matt Judkins, David Rodeback; Director of Photography: Matt Judkins, Russ Judkins; Production Designer: Matt Judkins, Russ Judkins; Original Score: Audio Network, FirstCome; Editor: Matt Judkins; Cinematographer: Russ Judkins. Cast: John Miller, Ed Gobbel, and the American Fork High School Marching Band. Synopsis:
Champions of the West features the American Fork High School Marching Band and their 2013 journey to Grand Nationals in Indianapolis with their show, Fury. Highlighted by dozens of personal interviews with band members, staff, parents, administrators, and community leaders, Champions of the West offers an intimate view of the Western Regional
Champion marching band and its place in the American Fork community. Narrated by L. Kent Bates. Screening: LDS Film Festival,Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10:30 am, Scera Xango Grand Theatre.
- Chick Magnets : Comedy, 94 minutes, color, 2012; Director: Brian Douros; Writer: Josh Putnam; Producer: Michael Hardle, Adam White; Director of Photography: Josh Rowley; Original Score: Josh Putnam; Editor: David Skousen. Cast: Josh Putnam, Dashiell Wolf, Tatum Langton, Heather Meacham, Jason Wixom, Jarrod Phillips. Synopsis: The art of getting women just seems to evade some guys. And in this case it's Truman, Fitch and Ryan. Armed with "Fitch's 32 Rules to Get Women," these complete and utter dorks set out to attract the ladies of their dreams. Truman has loved Beth for as long as he can remember. But she's the pretty girl in school, and he's the kind of guy the jocks shove into lockers. Can these three figure out a way to get Beth to notice Truman? Their clumsy attempts will take them through a myriad of awkwardly funny moments that will either unlock the secret to any woman's heart, or label them losers for the rest of their lives. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Thursday, January 24, 9:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre.
- Chihauhau the Movie: was directed by Michael Amundsen. He is a member of the LDS Church and not only directed the film but also did writing on the film and edited it. Johnny Mask, an active member of the Hollywood Ward in California, has a supporting part in the film. Synopsis:
Sondra, an attractive weight loss doctor in her 30s, looks down at people that she feels are not at her level. She especially dislikes Jeanie the medical offices receptionist. Jeanie a heavyset single mother of two, works the phones and cannot be separated from her beloved Chihuahua, Bella.
One day, Sondra falls and is knocked unconscious only to awaken in the body of Bella. After the initial shock of realizing she is now a dog, Sondra uses her new sense of smell to make discoveries about herself and the lives of the people around her. In her altered state she learns that people are not always as they seem and maybe her life isn’t as perfect as she had once believed. Will Sondra return to her attractive snobbish self… or will she spend the rest of her life embarking on a new life in the body of the adorable Bella? Watch the trailer here
Chihuahua the Movie
- Christmas Angel: Candlelight Media Group, distributor of "Emma Smith: My Story," began production this past January on a new holiday movie, "Christmas Angel." The film stars Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe Award winner Bruce Davison ("X-Men" and "Runaway Jury"), KC Clyde ("The Best Two Years") and Kari Hawker ("The Dance"). "Christmas Angel" tells the story of Ashley (Hawker), a lonely single woman whose best friends are her dog, Dash, and Nick (Davison), an elderly neighbor. Nick has a secret: he's filthy rich. Except he doesn't use his money on himself--instead, he uses it to help
those in his community that are less fortunate. Every Christmas he acts as a "Secret Santa," committing random and premeditated acts of kindness, and this year he has enlisted Ashley to help him. A well-meaning reporter with somewhat shady ethics named Will (Clyde) catches wind of the "Secret Santa," and has now set his sights on Ashley to spill the beans about Nick's covert gift-giving operations. The film is directed by Brian Brough, who has directed the LDS films "Beauty & the Beast," "Rescued," and "Turn Around." While "Christmas Angel" is his first non-LDS directorial effort, he knows not to stray too far from his core demographic. "Although it's not an overtly Mormon movie," says Brough, "there are themes of charity and following Christ that members of the Church will definitely recognize and relate to. It's highly accessible to people of all faiths and beliefs." Co-writer/producer Brittany Wiscombe was thrilled to get a Hollywood actor like Davison in a substantial role. "We wanted to find the right person to play Nick, and we were very fortunate to get someone like Bruce," she said. "He raised the bar for us in terms of our production going from 'small production' to something that can reach broader audiences." "Christmas Angel" is now available on DVD at amazon.com and walmart.com.
- Christmas Oranges: Feature length film by Covenant Communications and Mainstay Productions. Directed by John Lyde and Written by Sally Meyer. Synopsis: In a town not so far away and a time not so long ago, baby Rose was left on the porch of Greenwoods Orphanage, where Mrs. Hartley (Nancy Stafford) and the children under her tender care became her family. At Greenwoods, resources are scarce, but there is an abundance of love, and Rose ( Bailee Johnson) enjoys a nearly idyllic childhood until shortly after her tenth birthday, when tragedy strikes and an influenza epidemic wields a deadly toll on Greenwoods. The surviving children are abruptly separated and sent to various places to live. Rose is callously shipped to Irongates Orphanage—a place that seems as cold and cruel as her previous home was kind. The strict headmaster, Mr. Crampton (Edward Hermann), immediately seems to dislike Rose—and makes sure she is punished for any minor infraction of his rules. Rose soon makes friends with Emily (Savanna Kylie Lewis), but in spite of her gentle and forgiving nature, she also has rivals who will take any chance they can to get her into trouble. When she learns that every Christmas Mr. Crampton’s generous brother donates a box of oranges for the children, Rose waits in eager anticipation. An orange is an unknown indulgence to her. And the way the other children describe the sweet and juicy fruit, Rose is sure it must be the most delicious treat in the world. However, on Christmas morning, Rose is more than brokenhearted when she learns Mr. Crampton is punishing her again. But, Christmas can be a time of miracles. Share a slice of Christmas sweetened with friendship and love in this poignant Christmas story based on a classic holiday tale. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Saturday, January 26, 11:30 am, Scera Xango Grand Theatre.
- The Cokeville Miracle: On May 16, 1986, David and Doris Young stormed into Cokeville Elementary in Cokeville, Wyoming, and took the entire student body hostage then set off a bomb. It’s something the tiny community will never forget and an incident filmmaker T.C. Christensen is documenting. The working title for the movie is "The Cokeville Miracle," and Christensen said to watch for it to be released between March and July 2015. Ron Hartley was an investigator for the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office at the time and he remembers the day clearly. "I didn't even know anything about the bombing until I drove up on the scene," Hartley said. "My heart just sank, because I knew I had four children in there." As he arrived on scene, it was a mass of confusion. "There were little kids, lots of little kids coming out, and they were black with smoke," Hartley said. "Their faces were tear streaked through the smoke. It was total chaos. The ceiling lights were all blown out and the TV was all melted. There were pockmarks on the wall and the explosion went straight up through the ceiling instead of going out." The bomb investigator had no explanation for why the bomb went up instead of out.
"When I walked up towards him, he just said, 'Hartley, I'm not a religious man,' but he said this is a miracle," Hartley said. "If this had gone off the way it was intended to go off, it would have leveled this school and there would be a lot of dead children." After the Youngs set off the bomb, miraculously the only people killed in the blast were them. In the days following the explosion, many of the children in the room reported seeing guardian angels present in the room at the time of the bombing. Ron Hartley’s boy was one of them "I asked, 'What happened at the bombing, son?' And he said there were angels there," Hartley said. "There were angels for everybody."
Hartley's son told him as the bomb went off the angels surrounded the explosion and went up through the ceiling with the blast and then came back down. His son had no idea that the bomb investigator was perplexed about how the bomb went up instead of out. After hearing his son's explanation of events, Hartley was convinced his boy spoke the truth. This is the event Christensen plans to highlight on the big screen. Survivors from the original hostage situation have gone there and have found healing. Kamron Wixom was a sixth-grade student at Cokeville Elementary at the time of the bombing. He visited the set of the film several times. "I gave 17 pages of journal notes that I compiled together and tried to remember everything I could and handed it over to T.C.," Wixom said. "Whether it was for him or for me, I needed to write it down. It made it so that the experience for me became a third-person thing that I could look at as if I was watching a movie." Screening: March 7, 2015 at LDS Film Festival, 7:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand
- Common Chord: Drama, 2013; Official Website: Common Chord; Director: Deric Olsen; Writer: Trevor Carroll, Deric Olsen; Producer: George Gallant, Deric Olsen; Executive Producer: Guy McNabb, Michael Orr; Director of Photography: Jim McNally; Original Score: Thyro Sharell; Editor: Deric Olsen; Art Director: C. Blake Evernden.
Cast: Jason Cermak, Pete Seadon, Ashlin Malik, Douglas MacArthur, Erin Bourke-Henderson. Synopsis: After the tragic death of his ex-girlfriend, Kyle struggles to accept the responsibility of being a father to Teigan, the young daughter who they had together. Amidst pressure from Teigan's grandfather, Bill, for legal custody and Kyle's desire to pursue his dreams of being a professional musician, he strives to find his way. As details of their complex history emerge, the pain and resentment Kyle and Bill feel towards each other blinds them to the love they share for the little girl who connects them. As their unwillingness to reconcile threatens to tear her away from both of them forever, their journey becomes an odyssey of redemption, commitment and forgiveness as they discover what is most important in their lives.
Premier: 14th Annual LDS Film Festival, February 6, 2014, at Scera Center, Orem Utah.
- Cripta: Mystery, 2013; Official Website: Cripta; Writer, Director, Producer, Director of Photography, Editor: Marco Lui; Executive Producer: Marco Lui; Original Score: Massimiliano Titi. Cast: Virginia Ruspini, Risolino Francesco, Giovanni Drago, Baldacci Costanza, Walter Peraro. Synopsis: Six young virtual archaeologists are learning a special lesson about the truth. A virtual enemy sequesters their curator - he will be the ransom to force them to solve an enigmatic videogame. The key for all will be the word truth. Will they be able to arrive at a conclusion? Italian with English subtitles. Premier: 14th Annual LDS Film Festival, February 7, 2014, at Scera Center, Orem Utah.
- Dawn of the Dragon Slayer:
Mystery, 80 minutes, color, 2013
Official Website: Cripta
Writer, Director, Producer, Director of Photography, Editor: Marco Lui; Executive Producer: Marco Lui; Original Score: Massimiliano Titi.
Cast: Virginia Ruspini, Risolino Francesco, Giovanni Drago, Baldacci Costanza, Walter Peraro.
Six young virtual archaeologists are learning a special lesson about the truth. A virtual enemy sequesters their curator - he will be the ransom to force them to solve an enigmatic videogame. The key for all will be the word truth. Will they be able to arrive at a conclusion? Italian with English subtitles.
- Dawn of the Dragon Slayer: Drama/Fantasy. Director: Anne Black. Will and his father live a simple and pastoral life in the mountains. When Will's father is killed by a dragon, Will must journey down the mountain and use a mysterious family connection from years earlier to prepare for his final battle with the dragon. Premiere at the 2012 LDS Film Festival, January 26, 27, 2012.
- Dr. Smith and the Fantastic Castle: Drama/Comedy, 70 minutes, color, 2013; Writer, Director, Producer: Marco Lui; Director of Photography, Editor: Marco Lui; Original Score: Massimiliano Titi. Cast: Marco Lui, Virgilia Ruspini, Laura Loritz. Synopsis: Dr. Smith and the Fantastic Castle is a magical story, located in an enchanted castle where a psychologist tries to save a rebellious teenager from an imaginary world in which she lives in. Will Dr. Smith manage to conquer the girl's trust? A funny but also thought-provoking movie in which the narrative is led by psychological and creative duels. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Saturday, January 26, 7:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre.
- Elizabeth's Gift: Drama, Director: Rob Diamond; Writer: Rob Diamond, Kristina Rising, Troy Hinckley; Producer: Rob Diamond, Troy Hinckley, Nyk Fry; Executive Producer: Howard Hayes, Ed Fasy, Peggy Fasy, Steven Simmons; Director of Photography: Nyk Fry; Production Designer: Maynard Nohow; Original Score: Troy Hinckley; Editor: Nyk Fry.
Cast: Kari Hawker, Paul Hunt, Savanna Lewis, Brianna Pattison, Steven Simmons, Jason Manning, Ed Fasy.
When a precious little girl dies tragically of a rare heart condition, her loving parents are left to pick up the pieces of their once perfect life. In a sequence of miracles, an angel guides their way to another little homeless girl on the streets and the fight to get her away from the clutches of the films villian, Paulie will prove to reunite a family once again and heal their broken hearts.Featured at the 11th Annual LDS Film Festival, January 28, 2012.
- Ender's Game: Science Fiction; Synopsis: 70 years after a horrific alien war, an unusually gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion.
Gavin Hood (screenplay), Orson Scott Card (novel);
Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin and Hailee Steinfeld; Release date March 15, 2013.
- The Final Cut: Kurt Hale's latest film is a Cloverfield-type thriller that may film the summer of 2008.
- Heart of the Matter: Documentary, 75 minutes, color, 2014. Director: Jessica Mockett; Producer: Jessica Mockett, Nathan D. Lee, Jordan Harker; Director of
Photography: Travis Cline; Production Designer: Sam Demke; Original Score: Jeremy Lamb; Editor: Nathan D. Lee. Synopsis: The Heart of the Matter is the first documentary to
give viewers an honest, complete portrait of what it's like to be a Christian addicted to pornography and sex. This one-of-a-kind film is unique because it brings hope to a subject typically shrouded in shame and silence. From first exposure to complete healing, you will witness both personal accounts and expert commentary on the devastating effects of pornography on one’s self-worth, family, and faith - but you will also experience the hope and joy ofrecovery. Screening at LDS Film Festival, Saturday, March 7, 2015, 1:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand.
- Heaven's Door: Drama, 99 minutes, color, 2012; Director: Craig Clyde; Writer: Craig Clyde, Bryce W. Fillmore; Producer: Dave Hunter, Bryce W. Fillmore; Executive Producer: Dave Hunter; Director of Photography: Brandon Christensen; Production Designer: Lee Steadman; Original Score: Sean Genockey, Tom Luce, Adam Ben Rossi; Editor: Cody Petersen; Visual Effects: Tanner Christensen. Cast: Charisma Carpenter, Dean Cain, Tommy Duane Lister, Joanna Cassidy, Kirstin Dorn, Edward Herrmann. Synopsis: A heartwarming family tale about a small town girl who discovers a window into Heaven and uses her new found powers to help heal and bolster faith in the small community until she is faced with the ultimate sacrifice. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Saturday, January 26, 7:30 pm, Scera Showhouse II.
- Home Movies: Documentary, 2012; Supporting shorts and information: Home Movies; Writer, Director: Dean Duncan, Tom Russell; Producer: Becca Potter Summers, Tom Russell; Executive Producer: Dean Duncan; Director of Photography: Dean Duncan, Tom Russell; Editor: Drew Duncan, Brooke Parker, Becca Potter Summers, Tom Russell. Synopsis:
The earliest movies were divided between exotic faraway places and cinema's ground zero, the family film in the domestic space. This documentary turns from commerce and industry to consider the intensity, trouble and tenderness of the first and best kind of film: the home movie. Premier: 14th Annual LDS Film Festival, February 8, 2014, at Scera Center, Orem Utah.
- John: How to Win a Girl's Heart Production Company: Marco Lui; Writer, Director, Producer: Marco Lui; Director of Photography, Editor: Marco Lui; Original Score: CR. Cast: Jacopo Golin, Anna Mistura, Marco Lui, Alison Medini, Fabio Ganz, Yari Polla, Alberto Limatore, Roberto Cristofoli, Alice Risolino, Dania Bulbarelli, Roberto Canevaro, Giulia Sarte, Giada Marra, Giada Bizzarro, Michela Bombieri, Valentina Savoia, Andrea Restiglian, Federica Gibilisco. Synopsis: A modern knight makes a long adventurous journey in search of the princess of his dreams. Unfortunately, he is a bit clumsy with girls. But one night in a dream, a magical character directs him to the wises of love, the most mysterious experts in winning a girl. John puts all of their somewhat strange advice into practice, only to discover that the magic of love might be closer than he thought. Screening at the LDS Film Festival, Thursday, March 5, 2:30 pm, Scera Showhouse II.
- The Last Eagle Scout: Political satire, action film written, directed and produced by Kels Goodman. Co-Producer
Danna Tanner; Executive Producer: Kels Goodman; Director of Photography: Tahlee Booher; Production Designer: Clark Shafer; Original Score: J Bateman; Editor: Kels Goodman.
Cast: Nick Whitaker, Jaci Twiss, Andrew Cotrill, Dallin Boyce, Scott Christopher, Chris Laird, Michael Flynn.
In the not-so-distant future, society has allowed political correctness to go beyond the point of the absurd. For years the Boy Scouts have been under the government microscope and finally have been mandated to close their doors for good. Boy Scout Cliff Elliot stirs the pot as he tries to cling to the last shreds of patriotism and earn his Eagle Scout Award. In this dramedy, watch as Cliff jumps through ridiculous hoops, avoids the bumbling antics of government cronies, and tries to escape murderous plots against him, as he sets out to accomplish what he sees as the ultimate honor—becoming the Last Eagle Scout.Premier at the 11th Annual LDS Film Festival, January 27, 2012.
- The Last Man(s) on Earth: The Last Man(s) on Earth Comedy, 87 minutes, color, 2012; Writer, Director: Aaron Hultgren; Producer: Joe England; Director of Photography: Eric Dove; Original Score: Kevin G. Lee; Editor: Brady Bluhm, Kenlon Clark; Co-Producer: Katie Toscano. Cast: Charan Prabhakar, Brady Bluhm, Andrea Ciliberti, Darin Southam, Rick Macy, Elizabeth Knowelden. Synopsis: When inept YouTube survival experts Kaduche and Wynn discover the world’s destruction will be man-made, it’s up to them to thwart the mysterious forces trying to end the world before it’s too late. Teaming up with their nemesis, the girl of their dreams, and an eccentric visionary known as the Oracle, the group sets out to battle domestic terrorists, disenfranchised Russian communists and zombies, only to learn that instead of saving the world they may be the ones destroying it! Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Saturday, January 26, 9:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre.
- The Last Straw: Rob Diamond is the director of The Last Straw. Synopsis: Christmas is supposed to be a season of love, warm feelings, and happy hearts. But with the children’s constant bickering, pretty packages and a sweet-smelling tree don’t come close to filling the McDonald home with the true spirit of the first Christmas. Then Mom remembers an old tradition of building a soft bed for Baby Jesus one straw at a time. Each time someone secretly does something nice for another family member, he or she gets to add a single straw to the manger. Soon the children’s quarreling and negative feelings subside and the homemade crib is overflowing. But for one family member, a required act of kindness becomes more than he can take. The Last Straw is a true story. Producers: Shelley Bingham Husk,producer;Ron Brough,executive producer; Rob Diamond, producer; Barry evans, executive producer; Joshua Pearson,producer; Writers, Shelley Bingham-Husk & Rob Diamond (contributing writer); Cast:Corbin Bernsen = Mr. G.; Adam Johnson = Richard; Britani Bateman = Paula; Darien Willardson = Landon; Madison Bontempo = Jordan; Bryton Myler = Eric; = Aisha Garcia—Amber; Cassidey Nelson = Kelly; Emerson Hamp = Randi; Kellen Hart = Mike. Music: Russ Whitelock; Cinematography: Nathan D. Lee; Film Editing: Bradley Olsen; Set Decoration: Aaron B. Cole; Makeup Department:Denise Christensen--key makeup artist. (2014)
- The Letter Writer: Drama, Writer, Director, Producer: Christian Vuissa; Executive Producer: Derek Marquis, Scott Swofford; Director of Photography: David Skousen; Production Designer: Bruce Wing; Art Director: Mark Mullins; Costume Designer: Jyllian Petrie; Original Score: James Schafer; Original Songs: Micah Dahl Andersen; Editor: Ludwig Einklang, John Lyde.
Cast: Aley Underwood, Bernie Diamond, Pam Eichner, Kylee Thurman, Stella McComas, Nicholas Neve, Curt Doussett.
Maggy Fuller, a rebellious teenager, receives a life-affirming letter from an unknown source. When Maggy is able to track down the writer of the letter – an old man in a rest home she has never met – she decides to become a letter writer herself by being the old man’s apprentice. Featured at the 11th Annual LDS Film Festival, January 28, 2012.
- A Light In the Woods: Modern Fairy Tale, Official Website: A Light In The Woods; Writer, Director: Elizabeth Hansen; Producer: K. Vernon Castleton, Elizabeth Hansen, Cammon C. Randle; Executive Producer: Elizabeth Hansen, K. Vernon Castleton; Director of Photography: Cammon C. Randle; Production Designer: Christopher Hayes; Original Score: Ryan Augustine; Song: Trevor Price; Editor: Q. Bryce Randle; Sound Effects Supervisor: Ryan Austine; Assistant Director: Scott Freebairn. Cast: Courtney Scott, Dee Macaluso, Ryan Lambert. Synopsis: Brittany is a spoiled teenage-girl who ventures into the woods with her little brother, Ryan, to find her missing iPhone. In the process, they get horribly lost. While desperately trying to find their way out, they stumble across a strange mountain woman living in a worn-out trailer. Little do they realize the danger they are in. Premier: 14th Annual LDS Film Festival, February 8, 2014, at Scera Center, Orem Utah.
- Love Everlasting: Written and directed by Rob Diamond. Produced by Rob Diamond, Dallon Smith, Josh Pearson, Michael Andrew, Lucky Blue Smith. Starring: Lucky Blue Smith, Emily Procter (CSI: Miami, The West Wing), and Christie Burke. Synopsis: Bridger Jenkins was born with a rare heart defect and is in desperate need of a transplant. At the tender age of only 3 years, Bridger's life is hanging in the balance. His doting mother Helen is raising Bridger on her own and is in search of a miracle. The doors of heaven are soon opened and Bridger receives the heart he needs to go on living. 14 years later, Bridger has grown into an outstanding young man who knows that his time on earth is limited. His romantic heart longs to find true love and to see the ocean before his time runs out. Living in poverty, his mother has done everything in her power to give her son a good life, but their world is once again turned upside down when Bridger's abusive stepfather threatens their lives. On the road with only 197 dollars to their name, Bridger and his mother embark on one finally journey to fulfill a lifelong dream. But a series of obstacles foil their plan and they end up stuck in the middle of nowhere - a small town that will prove to change their destiny. When Bridger has a chance encounter with a green-eyed beauty shrouded in insecurity sparks fly and an everlasting bond is ignited between two misfits longing for acceptance and true love.
- Melted Hearts 2: Hablando de Suenos:Drama/Comedy, 98 minutes, color, 2014. Official Website: Catching Up Hablando de Sueños. Writer, Director: Jorge Ramirez Rivera; Producer: Madeline Tuckfield, Brent Jorgensen, Elizabeth Edmiston; Executive Producer: Kirk Thorpe, Brian Jewkes, Peter Benedict, Scott Jorgensen, Brent Jorgensen; Director of Photography: Michael Brewer, Michael West; Production Designer: James Clifford, Jamin Mata; Original Score: Manuel Carrasco; Editor: Jorge Ramirez Rivera; Gaffer: Michael West; Sound: Ryan Pederson; Wardrobe, Makeup and Hair: Tina Barnes; Casting: Joan Peterson. Cast: David Nibley, Cecile Munoz-Spinner, Menny Carrasco, Sophie Tuckfield, David Cardona, Rosalinda Lopez, Kenneth Applegate, Tony Davis, Ricky Dowse, Ed Cameron, Jonny Swenson, Elizabeth Edmiston, Jaron Winder, Angela Asay, Omar Sanchez Poncé. Synopsis: David, a young high school student in Mexico City, is in love with his fellow student, a Canadian girl named Monique. In their senior year of high school, Monique is fond of David as well, but she makes it clear to David that since he doesn’t come from her privileged background, he will not be part of her future. He follows Monique to the University in Utah, where he knows he can make a success of himself and meet Monique's expectations. There, he finds his calling as a singer. He also realizes that every step towards success and wealth is a step away from Monique, although he never stops loving her. David meets Monique again at their ten-year high school reunion and hopes they will pick up where they left off. Screening at the LDS Film Festival, Thursday, March 5, 2015, 5:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre.
- The Mine: Drama, 96 minutes, color, 2012; Rating: PG-13; Writer, Director, Producer: Jeff Chamberlain; Executive Producer: Mark Victor; Director of Photography: Brian Sullivan; Production Designer: Adam Henderson; Original Score: Russ Howard III; Editor: Michael R. Fox, Steve Haugen; Line Producer: Matias Alvarez; Co-Producer: Robert Starling; Associate Producers: Joe Batzel, Brent Geisler, Dan Farr. Cast: Alexa Vega, Reiley McClendon, Saige Thompson, Adam Hendershot, Charan Probhakar, Cody Walker, Valerie Walker. Synopsis: Five high school friends seek adventure on Halloween night in a legendary haunted mine, only to find the ghostly rumors may be true as they are forced to fight for survival when events mysteriously unravel. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Friday, January 25, 9:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre.
- Missed Connections:Comedy, 2013; Official Website: Missed Connections; Director: Brandon Ho; Writer: Joseph Reidhead; Producer: J.R. Andrus; Executive Producer: J. Mark Andrus, Bonnie Andrus; Director of Photography: Micah Brown; Production Designer: R.C. Smith; Original Score: Justin Jensen; Editor: Boston McConnaughey, Jace Nava, Brandon Ho, Jacob Olsen. Cast: Tatum Langton, Kevin O'Keefe, Lawrence Fernandez, Sarah Kent, Joseph Reidhead, Renny Grames, Bryce Chamberlain, Amanda Marziano, Carlos Cabarcas, Jennifer Chandler, Jourdan Lance. Synopsis: Marc Reid, a discouraged romance novelist, is set up on a blind date with Melissa by his over excited sister Julia. Marc, a little less than enthusiastic, ends up picking up Jessie instead of Melissa from the apartment complex. As the night unfolds Jessie and Marc meet up with old friends Gary and Mary and make a couple of new friends along the way. Things are complicated by Jessie's boyfriend Trent. Premier: 14th Annual LDS Film Festival, February 7, 2014, at Scera Center, Orem Utah.
- Mythica: Drama/Fantasy, 92 minutes, color, 2015. Production Company: Arrowstorm Entertainment. Director: Anne Black; Writer: Anne Black, Jason Faller, Kynan Griffin; Producer: Jason Faller, Kynan Griffin; Executive Producer: Saad Al-Enezi, Rizwan Virk; Director of Photography: A. Todd Smith; Production Designer: Lauren Spalding;
Original Score: Nathaniel Drew; Editor: Kohl Glass, Rob York; Sound Design: Nate Hoffman; Visual Effects: Blufire Studios. Cast: Kevin Sorbo, Melanie Stone, Adam Johnson,
Jake Stormoen, Nicola Posener, Natalie Devine-Riskas, Christopher Robin Miller, Michael Flynn, Sebastian Barr, Kee Chan. Synopsis: Stuck in a life of indentured servitude, Marek dreams of becoming a wizard. When she meets a beautiful priestess, Teela, in need of help, Marek escapes her master and puts together a team of adventurers - including Thane the Warrior and Dagen the Thief and embarks on an epic quest to free Teela’s sister from a vicious ogre. Screening at LDS Film Festival, March 6, 2015 at 9:45 p.m.
- 95ers: Echoes : Science Fiction/Drama, 96 minutes, color, 2012; Writer, Director: Tom Durham; Producer: Tom Durham, Ali Durham, Brian Paul; Executive Producer: Tom Durham, Ali Durham; Director of Photography: Brian Paul, Tom Durham, Brett Evans, Craig Sullivan, Kels Goodman; Production Designer: Tom Durham, Kip Rasmussen, Clark Schaffer; Original Score: James Durham, Matt Cropper; Editor: Tom Durham; Based on "95ers" created by: Tom Durham, James Durham; Visual Effects: Tom Durham; Miniatures and Special Effects: Clark Schaffer. Cast: Ali Durham, Joel Bishop, Terence Goodman, Ian Paul Freeth, Chris Laird, Danor Gerald, Alix Taulbee, Anne Sward, Chris Miller, Alan Peterson. Synopsis: Special Agent Sally Biggs has a secret. She can rewind time--a few seconds--whenever she wants. It's enough to make her a celebrity at the FBI and control almost everything in her life. But deep down, she's afraid of the pain that comes from the things no one can control. Her life begins to unravel when her scientist husband disappears mysteriously. Paranormal apparitions begin to surround her, and strangers with terrifying technologies know her secret--and want her dead. Her only clue is her husband's ghost--who she follows onto a battlefield she never knew existed. She must discover the awesome truth that ties all the mysteries together before the fabric of her being--and the ones she loves most--fade out of reality. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Friday, January 25, 7:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre.
- Nitro Circus 3D: Travis Pastrana and the whole Nitro Circus crew are back together in a truly LEPICDARY (epic n’ legendary) action packed 3D film. Expect the impossible, ridiculous, insane, hysterical, and purely awesome! Coming to you in 3D, it will feel like you are riding shotgun with the crew. We have captured the biggest and best stunts we have ever attempted. Produced by Dave Hunter. Comedy/Documentary, 92 minutes, color, 2012; Rating: PG-13; Director: Gregg Godfrey, Jeremy Rawle; Writer: Gregg Godfrey, Travis Pastrana, Jeremy Rawl; Producer: Gregg Godfrey, Dave Hunter, Travis Pastrana, Jeremy Rawl; Executive Producer: David F. Brooks, Bill Gerber, Jared Knight; Director of Photography: Donny Anderson, Brandon Christensen; Original Score: Paul Phillips; Editor: Seth Torok. Cast: Travis Pastrana, Jolene Van Vugt, Gregg Godfrey, Tommy Passemante, Jeremy Rawle, Erik Roner, Jim DeChamp, Greg Powell. Synopsis: Travis Pastrana and his tight-knit, highly-skilled, adrenaline-addicted friends bring their impossible, ridiculous, insane and hysterical adventures to the big screen for the first time. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Friday, January 25, 9:30 pm, Scera Showhouse II.
- Orc Wars: Comedy/Action, 2013; Production Company: Orc Wars; Writer, Director: Kohl Glass; Producer: Jason Faller, Kynan Griffin; Executive Producer: Maclain Nelson, Rizwan Virk, Saad El-Anezi; Director of Photography: Cammon Randle; Production Designer: Anne Black; Original Score: Stephen J Anderson; Editor: Kohl Glass; Sound Designer: Nathan Hoffman; Visual Effects Supervisor: Rob Au; Co-Producer: Jennifer Griffin. Cast: Rusty Joiner, Masiela Lusha, Wesley John, Maclain Nelson, Adam Johnson, Isaac C Singleton Jr. Synopsis: Looking to leave the world behind, John Norton, an ex-Marine, buys a ranch in the remote American West, where he encounters a strange series of trespassers, including a beautiful elf princess and a Native American mystic. But when orcs invade his property, John must give up his isolation to become a hero, before the orcs sacrifice his new charges and unleash a dark magic on our world. Premier: 14th Annual LDS Film Festival, February 8, 2014, at Scera Center, Orem Utah.
- An Ordinary Hero: Documentary, 91 minutes, color, 2012; Writer, Director: Loki Mulholland; Producer: Loki Mulholland, Danor Gerald; Executive Producer: Stewart F. Hughes; Director of Photography: Denver Riddle; Original Score: Roger and Melanie Hoffman; Editor: Loki Mulholland. Synopsis: The courage to do what is right is rarely ever easy. When Joan Trumpauer Mulholland was only 10 years old she decided she would help end segregation in the South once and for all. By the time she was 19 years old she had been involved in over three dozen sit-ins and protests before she was put on death row without ever committing a crime... but that's just the beginning of her story. An Ordinary Hero is a rare glimpse into the life of a Civil Rights Legend and a message of hope and inspiration. It's a powerful reminder that all of us can do what is right and make a difference in this world. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Saturday, January 26, 2:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre.
- Resistance Movement : Drama, 94 minutes, color, 2012; Writer, Director: Kathryn Lee Moss; Producer: Nathan D. Lee; Executive Producer: David & Gwyneth Kenner, Myron & Susan Lee, Tara Nicole Lee; Production Designer: Erin Rowley; Original Score: Jeremy Lamb; Editor: Lee Daniels.
Cast: Joseph Paul Branca, Caleb Jenson, Dashiell Wolf, Jennifer Finlayson Williams. Synopsis: The story of three teenagers who risk their lives when they commit treason to spread the truth in Nazi Germany. Based on the true story of the Helmuth Hübener group: the youngest German resistance fighters in World War II. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Thursday, January 24, 7:30 pm, Scera Showhouse II.
- Riot: Plot: Copper Jack Stone purposefully orchestrates a bank robbery in order to be thrown into prison with the notorious Russian kingpin Balam. Balam is more than just a mob criminal; he's a very cunning and dangerous lord who controls the police force from behind bars. Balam lives in prison as a cover for his real power, which is King of the city. His cell is a lavish private room built specifically for him, inaccessible to most in the depths of the prison structure. Even the warden fears venturing into his area of the prison. However, even surrounded by his loyal henchmen and guards in his sectioned off fortress, Balam doesn't know Jack is coming for him to avenge his family, whom Balam murdered in cold blood. Balam is tough... but Jack is tougher. Directed by John Lyde; Writing Credits John Lyde, Spanky Dustin Ward. Cast: Matthew Reese, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Liddell.
- River of Victory: Documentary, 60 minutes, color, 2012; Director: Trevor Wright; Producer: Trevor Wright, A. Todd Smith, Jordan Augustine; Executive Producer: Jack Emery; Director of Photography: A. Todd Smith; Original Score: Lance Montgomery; Editor: Trevor Wright, A. Todd Smith; Sound Mixer: Ryan Augustine; Title Design: Josh Kikkert; Assistant Editor: Mark Lewis. Synopsis: River of Victory explores the complex love-hate relationship between Sang Ly, a young Cambodian mother, and the Stung Mean Chey landfill where she lives. While the dump provides her with a source of income, it's killing her son. After numerous attempts to heal her child fail, Sang Ly leaves the dump in search of a Cambodian healer from her homeland. In a haunting encounter with the healer, Sang Ly places faith in her culture, hoping to keep her son alive. Her experiences in the countryside cause her to reevaluate her relationships, not only with those she loves, but also with the dump she has come to abhor. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Friday, January 25, 4:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre.
- Romance in the Outfield: Drama, 91 minutes, color, 2014. Official Website: Romance In The Outfield; Writer, Director: Randy Sternberg, Rebecca Sternberg; Producer: Randy Sternberg; Executive Producer: J&K Hubbard, Randolph Sternberg; Director of Photography: Michael Reese; Original Score: Donny Gilbert; Editor: Randy Sternberg, Rebecca Sternberg; Makeup and Hair: Melissa Miller; Sound Designer: Brian Parsons; Gaffer: Greg Norris. Cast: Lauryn Kent, Derek Boone, Christie Langendorf, Shawn Carter, Mariah Hollister, Chris York, Nicole Robie, Beau Stine, Danor K. Gerald. Synopsis: Heather an attractive, competitive, softball player, who is used to winning. She is sweet and sassy but tends to strike out with guys once they find out she's not their type. Tyler is a competitive baseball player, charming and saintly, who hasn't kissed a girl yet. What happens when Heather tries to get his first kiss, and Tyler tries to win her heart to help launch his baseball career? The result is a head-on competition igniting a series of light-hearted ploys of cat-and-mouse chases. Screening: LDS Film Festival, Friday, March 6, 2015, 5:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre.
- Saga: Curse of the Shadow: Fantasy. A secret cabal, The Shadow, works to bring about the return of Goth Azul - the Undead God - in the rich world of SAGA, populated by elves, orcs, dwarves and dragons. Director:John Lyde; Writers:Jason Faller, Kynan Griffin ; Stars:Danielle Chuchran, Richard McWilliams, and Paul D. Hunt. Premier April 11, 2013.
- Saint Street Drama, 80 minutes, color, 2012; Writer, Director, Producer: Rob Diamond; Executive Producer: Casey Craner; Director of Photography: Bradley Olsen; Production Designer: Dyonne Diamond; Original Score: Michael Lee Bishop; Editor: Bradley Olsen; Sound Mixer: Bob B. Melanson; Co-Producer: Dyoone Diamond, Mark Webb, Amanda Crander. Cast: Mark Webb, Jasen Wade, Jarrod Phillps, Karen Peterson, Clint Vanderlinden, Patrick Bogdanich, Amanda Craner, Aiden Beagley, Sahara Yasmin Krompel, Danya Craner, Nathan Dobbin, Sandra Stevens. Synopsis: Percy is a good man, but finds himself caught up in the riches of the world and is neglecting his most prized possession: his family. After being warned time and again to change his ways from a heavenly being from beyond, Percy is about to experience some grave consequences for his actions. In a series of tragic events, Percy faces humbling circumstances after losing everything in a car accident – his family, job and home. Paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair, he is forced to be homeless and live in the gritty world of misfits on Saint Street. It is on Saint Street where Percy sees the light and changes his ways through the examples of the most unlikely of souls. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Friday, January 25, 7:30 pm, Scera Showhouse II.
- Silent Night: Drama, 95 minutes, color, 2012; Writer, Director, Producer: Christian Vuissa; Executive Producers: Scott Swofford, Derek Marquis; Director of Photography: Ty Arnold; Production Designer: Curtis McOsker; Costume Design: Jyllian Petrie; Original Score: James Schafer; Editor: Ludwig Einklang. Cast: Carsten Clemens, Markus von Lingen, Clemens Aap Lindenberg, Janina Elkin, Florence Matousek. Synopsis: In 1818, when Joseph Mohr is assigned to be the new assistant priest in Oberndorf, a small Austrian town near Salzburg, the young man is full of ideas and ideals. His passion to bring the church closer to the common people sets him on a collision course with his new superior Father Nöstler. When Mohr organizes a church choir that includes outcasts from the local tavern and performs in German instead of Latin, Nöstler threatens him with disciplinary action. Their relationship further deteriorates when Maria, a regular tavern patron, surprisingly joins the performance of the all-male church choir. As Mohr’s initial successes start to crumble and his efforts backfire on him, he loses all hope and faces a trial of faith. The night before Christmas, Mohr has to decide if he will accept defeat and leave Oberndorf or embrace the true significance of the Holy Night. Shown at the LDS Film Festival 2013; Thursday, January 24, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II.
- Stand Strong: Writer, Director: Amy Kenney; Producer: Shawn Kenney; Director of Photography: Roderick A. Santiano; Original Score: Russ Whitelock; Editor: John Lyde.
Cast: Chris Steele, Alison Trouse, Jon McKenzie, Shelby Smith, Sachary Platt, Aura Kenney, Nathan Dobbin, Charlotte Sheffield, Davynee Smith, Alex Gilson, Stacey Turner, Bryce Bishop, Dave Young, Tamara Resendes, Bryan Moss, Stephanie Goodman, Ricky Egan, David Peterson.
Matt Webster measures his success by his possessions. Though he appears to have it all, pride of ownership does little to fill the void of a purposeless life. Broken relationships, isolation and pain for himself and his family, are the result of his pride and selfishness. Through a series of financial and family crises, Matt and his family are stripped of all they own and are humbled enough to learn what success is really all about. Premier at 11th Annual LDS Film Festival, January 26, 2012.
- Storm Rider:Drama, Director: Craig Clyde; Writer: Craig Clyde, Bryce W. Fillmore; Producer: Bryce W. Fillmore, Dave Hunter; Executive Producer: Trevor Drinkwater, Dave Hunter; Director of Photography: Brandon Christensen; Original Score: Russ Whitelock; Editor: Cody Petersen. Cast: Kevin Sorbo, Kristy Swanson, Danielle Chuchran, Jacob Buster, Darien Willardson, Sam Sorbo, Terrance Goodman, Sarah Bernstein, Jacque Gray, Amanda Swanson, Joey Miyashima, C. Thomas Howell. Synopsis: Spoiled 18-year old Dani Fieldings world is turned upside down when her father gets arrested for securities fraud, and she has to leave her upscale life in the city to stay with her gruff Uncle Sam out in the country. As Dani and her uncle struggle to bond, she's given an orphaned horse to foster and train. Dani pours her affection into this young horse, calling her Stormy and giving her all the attention she's missing from her unsettled life. Dani soon realizes that truly caring about others is the answer to most of life's biggest problems. Premier: 14th Annual LDS Film Festival, February 7, 2014, at Scera Center, Orem Utah.
- Survivor: Director—John Lyde; Producers: Gil Aglaure--executive producer; Saad Al-Enezi Rizwan Virk-- executive producer; Jason Faller-- executive producer; Kynan Griffin-- executive producer; John Lyde—producer. Cast: Dave Bresnahan—crew member; Danielle Chuchran—Kate Mitra; Deborah Lee Douglas—Deborah; Paul D. Hunt—Bunyon; Andrew Dee Jones—Angry Scavenger; Ruby Jones—Nidal; Abigail Mason—Anne; Braxton McAllister—Gorgon; James C. Morris—Snicker; Rocky Myers—Rogan; Vaughn Odenbrett—Sr. Crew member; Nicola Posener—Computer System Voice; Kevin Sorbo—Captain Hunter; Melanie Stone—Hayley ; Paddy Wallace—Johnny; Blake Webb—Weston; Music—James Schafer. Cinematography:Arik Thaughbaer; Film Editing:Arik Thaughbaer; Makeup Department:Kory Gregersen; Sound Department: Carie Lynn Lustig—foley artist; Phillip Raves—foley mixer; Special Effects—Kira Peacock—Special effects assistant; Visual Effects—Rob Field—visual effects artist. Screening at the LDS Film Festival March 5, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
- Sweetwater: Drama, Director: Brian Skiba; Writer: Kim Hughes; Producer: Laurie Love, Dominic Ross, Brian Skiba; Executive Producer: Cody Jones, Kim Hughes, Kent Hughes, Kim Jones; Director of Photography: Joe Passarelli; Production Designer: Chris Henry; Original Score: Olympia DeCarlo; Editor: Brian Skiba.
Cast: Holly Lynch, Dean Cain, John Savage, William Katt, Ashley Wilkerson, Michelle Rene.
The story of two childhood friends who have grown apart and are suddenly thrust back into each other’s lives when a parent develops cancer. They join forces to find the cure but soon realize their lives are danger if they expose the truth. This film is supported by an all-star cast including William Katt (Greatest American Hero, Carrie, House), Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Out of Time, Ripley’s Believe It or Not) and John Savage (The Deer Hunter, The Godfather: Part III, Fringe). Featured at the 11th Annual LDS Film Festival, January 27, 2012.
- Thunder Broke the Heavens: Drama, 92 minutes, color, 2015, Writer, Director: Tim Skousen; Producer: Tim Skousen, Robby Fernandez, Jeremy Coon, Hayley Skousen, John Nelson; Director of Photography: Ed Stephenson; Production Designer: Leslie Brown; Original Score: Karl Preusser, Will Bangs; Editor: Tim Skousen.
Cast: Alex Peters, Gavin Howe, Tanner Beard, Hadley Eure. Synopsis: Two siblings are left on their own after their family is killed in a huge tragedy. When the foster system fails them, they strike out on their own to figure out how to survive. They receive help from various sources, including supernatural ones. Screening at the LDS Film Festival, March 5, 2015, 7:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre.
- Unicorn City: Comedy, Director: Bryan Lefler; Writer: Adrian Lefler, Bryan Lefler; Producer: Adrian Lefler, Courtney Russell; Executive Producer: Ken Bretschneider, Tom Lefler; Director of Photography: Brandon Christensen; Production Designer: Whitney Donald; Original Score: Emily Hope Price; Editor: Bryan Lefler, Jared Cook.
Cast: Devin McGinn, Jaclyn Hales, Jon Gries, Matt Mattson, Steve Berg, Missy Hill, Clint Vanderlinden, and Kevin Weisman.
Voss entices local gamers to create a utopia to impress a potential employer, but paradise is disrupted when his nemesis lays claim to the city and Voss’s true love. Unicorn City is a hilarious, epic tale for anyone who wants to become what they pretend to be. Premier at the 11th Annual LDS Film Festival, January 27, 2012.
- Uphill Battle: Drama, Production Company: Uphill Battle; Writer, Director: Amy Kenney; Producer, Executive Producer: Shawn Kenney; Director of Photography: Rod Santiano; Original Score: Russ Whitelock; Editor: John Lyde. Cast: Aura Kenney, Chris Steele, Keegan Steele, Nathan Petty, Shelby Smith, Taylor Petty. Synopsis: Three years after a painful divorce due to her husband's addiction to pornography and subsequent infidelity, Erica Stratton works as an accountant to provide for her two children. Though she appears independent and strong, she struggles to free herself from the devastating memories of her broken marriage. Firm in her resolve to never trust again, she meets Michael and begins to question her decision. Torn between her broken past and an unknown future, will Erica find a way to heal? From the creators of Stand Strong,Uphill Battle is an inspiring story of hope and faith for those faced with starting over again. Premier: 14th Annual LDS Film Festival, February 7, 2014, at Scera Center, Orem Utah.
- War Pigs: Action drama, Ryan Little, the director of 2013 WWII drama Saints and Solidiers, directed War Pigs. Writers: Adam Emerson, Steven Luke, and Andrew Kightlinger. The plot has a ragtag group of misfits on a secret mission behind enemy lines to find and capture a secret weapon being developed by Adolf Hitler and the SS. Luke Goss (Hellboy II), Noah Segan (Looper) and UFC fighter Chuck Liddell co-star. Dolph Lundgren and Mickey Rourke also star. Music by Alex Kharlamov,Director of Photography:
Ty Arnold, Film Editing by Katerina Valenti, Casting By Chelsea Ellis Bloch, Production Design by Chris Canfield, Art Direction by Scott Schulte, Costume Design by Casey Sill. Theatrical release September 18, 2015.
- Wayward: The Prodigal Son: Drama, 2014; Facebook: Wayward: The Prodigal Son; Writer, Director: Rob Diamond; Producer: Mark Webb, Rob Diamond; Executive Producer: Sandra Stevens, Cal Nguyen; Director of Photography: Kels Goodman; Original Score: Russ Whitelock; Editor: Bradley Olsen. Cast: Landon Henneman, Blake Webb, Rob Diamond, Pam Eichner, Crystal Udy, Kristen Marie Jensen, Keith Phelps, Patrick Bogdanich, Keith Hottinger, Walter Platz. Synopsis: The Prodigal Son is well known from the book of Luke in the New Testament. It’s the story of a rebellious son who rejects his father’s upbringing. Prideful and strong, the son leaves home with his inheritance and leads a wild life of adventure, and squanders everything of value. It’s not until he’s confronted with failure and despair, that he returns home repentant and willing to do anything to win back his father’s favor. To his surprise and the surprise of others, he’s welcomed, without question, into his father’s loving and forgiving arms. No amount of time, no amount of money, and no amount of rebellion could get in the way of the father’s patience and unconditional love for his son. Wayward: The Prodigal Son tells this universal story by staying true to the roots of the story, but placing it in our day and age. Premier: 14th Annual LDS Film Festival, February 5, 2014, at Scera Center, Orem Utah.
- White on Rice: Jimmy (Hiroshi Watanabe, LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA) loves dinosaurs and sleeps on the top bunk. Unfortunately, Jimmy is 40, and shares the bunk bed with Bob, his 10-year-old nephew. Freshly divorced, Jimmy has moved in with his sister Aiko and her family while boldly searching for a new wife. His brother in-law, Tak, thinks he’s a disaster. And although Jimmy may lack social grace, he is convinced the best years of his life are just beginning. His plan seems like it’s all falling into place when Tak’s beautiful niece Ramona moves in. But once Jimmy sets his sights on her, he finds he has competition from his handsome co-worker Tim (James Kyson Lee, HEROES), and his intentions begin to go hilariously awry. LDS filmmaker, David Boyle, is planning for a release in September 2009. Christian Vuissa hopes to show it at the LDS FF in January 2010.
- You're So Cupid: Poppy Productions presents, in association with Candlelight Media Group and Mainstay Productions, a film written by Sally Meyer; produced by Cynthia Coury, Sally Meyer, Brian Brough, John Lyde; and directed by John Lyde. It stars Lauren Holly (Before I say Goodbye); Brian Krause (Charmed); Jeremy Sumpter (Friday Night Lights); Caitlin E.J. Meyer (Minor Details); Danie Churchran, Chad Hively, Amanda Gallo, and Malese Jow. Fraternal twin sisters Emma and Lilly are as different as night and day, but they love to play matchmaker, even though they've never fallen in love themselves. They find out their matchmaking skills are not just a gift from heaven, but rather because their father is actually Cupid. As they enter their senior year in high school, they finally fall in love--but discover it is with the same guy. Then they become bitter rivals as they try to win his affections.
See also: Other Upcoming Films Not Yet in Production
|Ranked by Box Office Ticket Sales $
Top Latter-day Saint Film Directors *
(who are currently directing)
1. Kieth Merrill
* Based on total career North American box office gross. Detailed box office data for these directors can be found here.
2. Don Bluth
3. Richard Rich
4. Bruce Neibaur
5. Jared Hess
6. Neil LaBute
7. Perry Andelin Blake
8. Mitch Davis
9. Richard Dutcher
10. Russ Holt
11. Kurt Hale
12. Steven Ramirez
13. Gary Rogers
14. Ryan Little
15. Scott S. Anderson
16. Adam Thomas Anderegg
17. Blair Treu
18. Andrew Black
19. Sterling Van Wagenen
20. Christian Vuissa
21. John E. Moyer
22. Will Swenson
23. Kels Goodman
24. Eric Hendershot
25. Nathan Smith Jones
|Ranked by Critical Response
Latter-day Saint Feature Film Directors
(who are currently working)
1. Sterling Van Wagenen
* Based on average of RottenTomatoes.com ranking combined with average review grade for theatrically released films. The RottenTomatoes.com score is the percentage of reviews that were mainly positive, out of the total number of reviews. The average review grade is an average of number, letter, and star grades, standardized to the same scale. Full data set can be found here.
2. Neil LaBute
3. Scott S. Anderson
4. Jared Hess
5. Richard Dutcher
6. Ryan Little
7. Andrew Black
8. Blair Treu
9. Don Bluth
10. Russ Holt
11. Bruce Neibaur
12. Kels Goodman
13. Kurt Hale
14. Scott Swofford
15. Rick Schroder
16. Richard Rich
17. Nathan Smith Jones
18. Mitch Davis
19. Adam Thomas Anderegg
20. Christian Vuissa
21. Steven Ramirez
22. Gary Rogers
23. Adam Lawson
24. Perry Andelin Blake
Because his films are older or played in a limited number of theaters, there are insufficient reviews for ranking Academy Award-winner Kieth Merrill.
|Best Independent LDS Videos
Best Latter-day Saint-themed
Independent Direct-to-Video Narrative Films
1. Roots & Wings (2002), dir. Christian Vuissa
Note that only films with Latter-day Saint characters are included on this list. Gospel-themed films, including stories from the Bible, as well as documentaries were not considered for this list. Church-produced films and feature films which had a traditional theatrical release were not considered.
2. Only Once (1998), dir. Rocco DeVilliers
3. A Pioneer Miracle (2003), dir. T.C. Christensen
4. Fourth Witness: The Mary Whitmer Story (1996), dir. Spencer Filichia
5. Christmas Mission (1998), dir. Michael L. Schaertl
6. Saturday's Warrior (1989), dir. Bob Williams
7. Dear John (2004), dir. John Lyde
8. Eliza and I (1997), dir. Richard Dutcher
9. A Truce with Death (1993), dir. Bill Shira
Notes about Filmography Pages
Abbreviations Used in Filmography Listings on this Website:
Films listed with the word "TV" or the name of a TV/cable station, and/or listed in this color are made-for-television (or cable TV) movies or specials.
s = short films
V = direct-to-video
d = documentary
mini = TV miniseries
mv = music video
cv = corporate video
sv = short video
dv = documentary video
IMAX = IMAX movie
Nearly without exception, all IMAX films listed here are documentaries. Most PBS productions listed here are documentaries, so they may not be also noted with a "d".
Additional Notes about LDS Filmography Pages
* Names with asterisk: Published biographical sketch doesn't mention religious affilation, but person is from and/or lives in an area of Utah (or Cardston, Rexburg, etc.) in which at least 70% of the population are Latter-day Saints. Aside from those asterisk-marked filmmakers (who may or may not be LDS), all of the filmmakers and actors named on the LDS filmography pages are Latter-day Saints. With a few exceptions, all are active/practicing church members (or were while they were alive). Films have NOT been listed on these pages based on any determination of church activity, but non-practicing LDS filmmakers rarely discuss their church membership in media interviews. Hence, we are unaware of them and unable to add their films to these lists.
1 Superscript 1: Latter-day Saints that are not active churchgoers, or inviduals who were previously churchgoing Latter-day Saints but no longer are. With deceased individuals (e.g. Hal Ashby), refers to individuals who were Latter-day Saints, but were not active Churchgoers during the bulk of their career and when they died.
Note: Most films created by Latter-day Saint filmmakers are not made primarily for LDS audiences, even if they incorporate Latter-day Saint Christian values. This website is NOT any sort of "suggested viewing list." There are some great films listed here. But many of these films simply represent the work of working actors or filmmakers. Also, there are over 3,000 films listed on these pages; it would be senseless to try to see them all.
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