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of Latter-day Saint and/or Utah
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Angelo Baca
Born in Montezuma Creek, Utah circa 1990. Navajo. Champion long distance runner. Anthropology graduate from the University of Washington. Along with Virginia Thiel, he made the 15-min. documentary "Running with Tradition," which "takes a look at modern Native American runners and the people and programs that drive them to succeed. The film focuses on a younger generation of high school and collegiate runners, who discuss influences ranging from Olympic dreams to diabetes risk." The film competed in the first annual Native Voices Film Festival at the University of Washington in 2003.
Randy Bachman
Latter-day Saint (convert). Born 27 September 1943, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Father of musician Tal Bachman. Best known as the Canadian rocker who was a member of the groups "Guess Who" and "Bachman-Turner Overdrive." Has earned over 120 Gold and Platinum album/singles awards. Starred in the "Bachman-Turner Overdrive" TV special (1976) and the Manitoba Flood Relief Concert (1997). Featured in the biography "The Genius of Lenny Breau" (1999), about his fellow band member. Composer of the song "American Woman", used as the theme song of the TV series "G String Divas" (2000). Guest appearance as himself on "The Simpsons" episode "Saddlesore Galactica" (2000). Author of the autobiography Randy Bachman: Takin' Care of Business. Website:
Alice Backes
Born in Salt Lake City, Utah. Actress. Also credited as: Alice Backus. Has appeared in at least 17 feature films and made-for-television movies, including: The Cat from Outer Space (1978); Gable and Lombard (1976); Columbo: Negative Reaction (1974); Snowball Express (1972); The Glory Guys (1965); That Touch of Mink (1962). TV guest appearances include: The Greatest American Hero; Barney Miller; Welcome Back, Kotter; Maude; Adam-12; Mannix; The Alfred Hitchcock Hour; Bewitched; Wagon Train; The Andy Griffith Show; Leave It to Beaver' Gunsmoke.
Bob Badore
Latter-day Saint. Aspiring playwright and screenwriter. Wrote the screenplay "The Dead Guy" (2003), a spiritual romantic comedy that filmmaker Michael Karr plans to produce.
Parley Baer
Born 5 August 1914, Salt Lake City, Utah. Died 22 November 2002, Los Angeles, California. Sometimes credited as: Parley E. Baer. Actor. Provided the voice of Ernie Keebler on the Keebler cookies commercials. Played the role of Chester on the radio version of "Gunsmoke". Has appeared in at least 75 movies. Regular roles on the TV series "The Young and the Restless" (1993, 1996), "The Double Life of Henry Phyfe" (1966), "The Andy Griffith Show" (1962-1963, as Mayor Stoner, "Swamp Fox" (1959) and "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" (1955-1961, as Darby). Major roles in featue films: Almost an Angel (1990); Amazing Dobermans (1976); The Ugly Dachshund (1966); Two on a Guillotine (1965). Major roles in TV movies: Rodeo Girl (1980); The Time Machine (1978); Incredible Rocky Mountain Race (1977); Boy Who Stole the Elephant (1970). Smaller movie roles include: Last of the Dogmen (1995); Dave (1993); Time Trackers (1989); Carbon Copy (1981); Sixteen (1972); Day of the Evil Gun (1968); Counterpoint (1968); The Money Trap (1965); Marriage on the Rocks (1965); Gypsy (1962); Wake Me When It's Over (1960); The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960); The FBI Story (1959); The Young Lions (1958); Drango (1957); The Frogmen (1951); Air Cadet (1951); Union Station (1950); Comanche Territory (1950). Obituary article from Deseret News, 3 December 2002 (,1249,450018297,00.html):
Salt Lake native Parley Baer, 88, a well-known character actor who appeared in more than 60 movies and 1,600 television shows during a six-decade career, died on Nov. 22 at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland, Calif., of complications following a massive stroke he had suffered two weeks earlier. The Tarzana, Calif., resident was born Aug. 5, 1914, in Salt Lake City. He graduated from West High School and studied theater at the University of Utah. In 1965, he returned to dedicate the new Babcock Theatre in the basement of the Pioneer Memorial Theatre building. Mr. Baer was a former student of the venue's namesake, Maude May Babcock. According to his obituary in the Los Angeles Times, Mr. Baer had performed on 15,000 radio programs, including the voice of Chester in the original version of "Gunsmoke." He was probably best-known as Mayor Stoner of Mayberry on "The Andy Griffith Show." He was also the voice of one of the Keebler Cookie elves, and enjoyed a six-year run on "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," playing their next door neighbor, Darby, 1955-61. Prior to moving to Los Angeles in 1947, Mr. Baer was busy in radio. His first radio work was at KSL, which included handling broadcasts from Wendover Field in the early 1940s. His acting career was ended by a stroke in 1997. As a sideline, Mr. Baer was also a publicist and ringmaster for circuses, including tours with Barnum & Bailey and the Circus Vargus. He met and married his wife, aerialist and bareback rider Ernestine Clark, in 1946. She died in 2000. They were the parents of two daughters, Kim Baer and Dale Sloane. Baer is also survived by three grandchildren.

Bryan Bagby
Latter-day Saint. Brother of actor Larry Bagby. Producer/writer/director/editor of "L.I.N.X." (2000). Editor of "On Duty" (2000).
Larry Bagby
Latter-day Saint. Born 7 March 1974, Marysville, California. Also credited as: Larry Bagby III. Best known for playing the recurring character "Larry Blaisdell" on the TV series "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer" (1997). Played "Private Shirl Kendrick" (one of four lead roles) in the critically acclaimed LDS Cinema movie "Saints and Soldiers" (2003). Co-starred as "Laman" in the direct-to-video/DVD musical adaptation of 1st Nephi from the Book of Mormon: "Liken the Scriptures: I Will Go and Do" (2003). Had a major supporting role as real-life musician Marshall Grant in the Twentieth Century Fox feature film "Walk the Line" (2005), a biopic about Johnny Cash. Starring roles in independent feature films "The Trip" (2001) "L.I.N.X." (2000). Appears briefly onscreen in Richard Dutcher's "God's Army," playing the police officer making an arrest, seen by the main character as he is driven from the airport to the mission office. Other small film roles in "Invasion Earth: The Aliens Are Here" (1987), "Hocus Pocus" (1993) and "Airborne" (1993). TV guest roles include: C.S.I.; JAG; Married... with Children; Saved by the Bell: The New Class; thirtysomething; Mr. Belvedere. Pop singer; member of the group "Otter Pops." Bio from his website (
I was born on March 7th, 1974 at an Air Force base in Marysville, California. I am currently living in Califronia with my my wife, Jenni and my dog, Chewie. I've lived in Thousand Oaks, California, and Sandy, Utah, as well as spending two years in Cordoba, Argentina. I moved from Utah when I was 12. My trip to Cordoba, Argentina was for my two year mission as part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

I've been in many movies and television series, including a recurring role on Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Growing up in Sandy, Utah, my school performed a lot of stage productions. One of my early performances was as Oz in The Wizard of Oz. When I was young, my father was in a dance band. I would get up on stage and entertain even then. Looks like entertainment was in my life from the beginning.

When my family moved out to California, my parents went to a career day at church and signed my brothers, sisters, and I up for pictures. We also started acting classes through which I got myself a manager. My manager signed me up with an agent who started to send my pictures around to casting directors. On my fourth audition, I landed a role on Invasion Earth. It was a blessing and allowed me to save enough money to buy my first video camera. That's when my cousin and I started making movies and a whole new creative side of myself opened up. This led to our creating the movie "Linx."

I have a lot of fine memories of acting. I was flown out first class to Salem, Mass. during the making of Hocus Pocus. I also enjoyed working with an old high school buddy on an episode of Married with Children. I did NOT enjoy having to eat all that steak and shrimp during a Sizzler commercial.

Thomas C. Baggaley
Latter-day Saint. Film composer. Served a mission in Venezuela. B.M. Music, Brigham Young University, 1995. M.A. Music, University of California, Los Angeles, 2000. Currently finishing Ph.D. Music, University of California, Los Angeles. Did Masters and Ph.D. work studying under famed film composer Jerry Goldsmith. His music is used on Steve Olpin's BMX documentary "Nasty's World (2002). Composer of short film "Dreamland" (2000) and the video "Limericks" (1992). Wrote the musical score, which incorporated newly orchestrated Rachmaninov music as well as original music, for Christian Vuissa's critically acclaimed short film "Unfolding" (2003). Composer for John Lyde's short film "Mariah's Prayer" (2003). Was one of 3 orchestrators (along with Kurt Bestor and Aaron Merrill) for Gary Rogers' feature film "The Book of Mormon Movie, Vol. 1: The Journey" (2003). President of Quest Haven Publishing. Co-webmaster of Served as a judge for the 2nd LDS Film Festival, held in Provo, Utah in November 2002. Regular film reviewer for the world's most widely read online Latter-day Saint publication Meridian Magazine.
Bo Bahoravitch
Lives in Utah County. Post production manager for the KBYU documentary "The Best Crop: A History of Orchard Farming in Orem, Utah" (2002). Credited with film transfers for the big budget 70mm film "The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd" (2000), produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Color corrections for the BYU student film "Daybreak" (2000), directed by Christian Vuissa. Transfer/colorist for the short film "Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath" (1997), filmed at LDS Motion Picture Studio. Included in the special thanks section of the Vuissa's short film "Roots & Wings" (2002).
Diana Bahtishi
Latter-day Saint. Wrote the feature-length screenplay "The Artist," which competed in the 2002 LDS Film Festival. Author of The Trouble with Women (Cedar Fort, 2000), a humor book. Bio from website of her publisher, Cedar Fort (
Diana Bahtishi was raised in N.C. where she learned invaluable lessons such as how to walk barefoot across a briar patch. She is the mother of three highly intelligent children and one she's not quite sure about. She currently lives with her husband of 14 years, in Northern Utah. Diana is a humorist novelist and freelance writer. She writes a weekly column called "Reality Check" in the Standard Examiner in Ogden, Utah.

Nick Bailey
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Along with 9 other filmmakers, made the short (19 min., 45 sec.) film "The Farm," which was shown at the 2003 Utah Short Film & Video Festival. The film is the story of a group of children sent to a camp to learn to conform to society.
Rick Bailey
Security coordinator for the feature films "A Life Less Ordinary" (1997) and "Unhook the Stars" (1996), and for Leucadia's "Coyote Summer" (1996), "Breaking Free" (1995), and "The Paper Brigade" (1996), and "Just Like Dad" (1995). Key carpenter for the TV movie "Gentle Ben" (2002). Carpenter for the low-budget film "Storm" (1999) and the feature film "Heathers" (1989), both made in southern California. Assistant art director for 26 episodes of the California-filmed TV series "Power Rangers Lost Galaxy" (1999), whose main director was Blair Treu.
Thurl Bailey
Latter-day Saint (convert). Professional basketball player. Stars in the video "Thurl: Forward with New Power." Cameo appearance in the Latter-day Saint themed comedy "The Singles Ward" (2002). Small role in the TV movie "The Luck of the Irish" (2001). Starred as "Goliath" in the direct-to-video/DVD musical adaptation of the Biblical story of David and Goliath: "Liken the Scriptures: One Smooth Stone" (2005).
Adam Baillio
Latter-day Saint. Hometown: San Antonio, Texas. Lives in Provo, Utah. Full name: Blair Adam Baillio. Student at Brigham Young University. Art department intern for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The R.M." (2003).
Bryan Baird
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Also credited as: Brian Baird. Company: Lectric Pictures in North Salt Lake, Utah. Video production services. Live Satellite feeds; Oprah, HBO, ESPN, Globecast Corporate Videos; American Express, Albertsons, EPK's; Microsoft, Gateway, SLC Olympics National News; All major networks Documentaries; TLC, Discovery Commercials; Cottnwood mall, Dr. Hoops HDCAM Demo and many others. Gear: Ikegami HL V-55. Tape operator for "The Children's Video Songbook Vol. 2: I Am a Child of God" (1991).
Grant Baird
Latter-day Saint. Production supervisor for "Nora's Christmas Gift" (1989). Baird has directed most of the "Homefront Series" PSAs (Public Service Announcement commercials) for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints between 1989 and 2003. Has also directed hundreds of other TV commercials.
H. K. Baird
Latter-day Saint. Sometimes credited as: H.K. Baird. Star of the short film "Happy Go Lucky" (2000). Stars as Peter Whitmer, Sr. in the Church-funded, BYU-produced film "Fourth Witness: The Mary Whitmer Story" (1996). Voice work for the PBS documentary "Trail of Hope: The Story of the Mormon Trail" (1997).
Roger Baird
Latter-day Saint. Graduated from Brigham Young University film school with BFA in 1994. Best boy gaffer for the award-winning short film "Fedora" (1994), directed by BYU film school graduate Kenneth Kemp.
Annie Baker
Utahn who, as a child, had a small role as a "ButterCreamette" in the Feature Films For Families (FFFF) video "The ButterCream Gang" (1992) and its sequel "Secret of Treasure Mountain" (1993). Provided the voice of a forest animal in the FFFF animated video "The Seventh Brother" (1991). She is presumably the daughter of Forrest S. Baker, the executive producer of these films.
Forrest S. Baker III
Latter-day Saint. Founder of Feature Films For Families. Executive producer of numerous family-friendly direct-to-video movies, including: The Forgotten Attic (2002); Return to the Secret Garden (2000); No More Baths (1998); The Secret of Treasure Mountain (1993); Rigoletto (1993); Seasons of the Heart (1993). Writer of: The Princess and the Pea Chronicles (2003); The ButterCream Gang (1992); Split Infinity (1992); In Your Wildest Dreams (1991). Small onscreen roles in "No More Baths" (1998) and "The ButterCream Gang" (1992). Profile Page
Glen A. Baker
Latter-day Saint. Well-known music critic in Australia. A frequent judge on Australia's "Star Search" TV series.
Holland Baker
Actress. Significant stage acting, voice over, commercial industrial film, and print modeling experience. Principal roles on the TV series "Unsolved Mysteries", "Clarissa Explains It All", "Arrest and Trial" and "Hearts of the City." Principal roles in the films "The Longest Shadow" (Quizzer Productions), "Aparteid" (TVM) and "Dimension in Fear" (TVM).
Ira Baker
Latter-day Saint. Currently working as the film editor of Gary Rogers' Book of Mormon feature film. Bio from that project (
Ira Baker graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Film. Ira honed his skills in writing, editing and directing at BYU, winning several of the program's distinguished awards.

Professionally, Ira has had extensive experience in film and video production. Ira has edited projects for many of the world's finest corporations, including, Rockwell International, SBC, Coca-Cola, Lucent Technologies, Honeywell and many more.

Ira has gained a strong reputation for his work in animation and motion graphics. In addition, Ira is also skilled in DVD design and authoring. Mr. Baker has developed a keen sense for story and a natural instinct for how a film should flow.

James Baker
Born 5 January 1965, Kanab, Utah. Birth name: James David Baker. Credited as a "singer" in a minor role in "Black Circle Boys" (1997), filmed in the state of Washington.
Karily Baker
Latter-day Saint. Sometimes credited as: Sometimes Credited As: Carily Baker; Kari Baker. Credited as an actress with small roles in many Feature Films For Families videos executive produced by her father, Forrest S. Baker: Return to the Secret Garden (2000); No More Baths (1998); The Secret of Treasure Mountain (1993); The ButterCream Gang (1992); Split Infinity (1992); In Your Wildest Dreams (1991).
Rob Baker
Lives in Draper, Utah. Location manager and location scout. Production coordinator and location manager for T.C. Christensen's direct-to-video movie "Bug Off!" (2001). Also appears briefly on screen in the movie as a teacher.
Sarah Baker
Latter-day Saint. Credited as an actress with small roles in many Feature Films For Families videos executive produced by her father, Forrest S. Baker: The Seventh Brother (1991); Return to the Secret Garden (2000); No More Baths (1998); The Secret of Treasure Mountain (1993); The ButterCream Gang (1992); Split Infinity (1992); In Your Wildest Dreams (1991).
Sharon Baker
Latter-day Saint. Sometimes credited as: Sharon Oates Baker. Associate producer of the Feature Films For Families video "On Our Own" (1988). Co-author of the story treatments for "In Your Wildest Dreams" (1991) and "Split Infinity" (1992), Feature Films For Families videos co-scripted by company president Forrest S. Baker (who is presumably Sharon Baker's husband).
Elwon Bakly
Latter-day Saint. Born 16 April 1975, Great Falls, Montana. Resident of Provo, Utah. Actor with small roles in "Jazz Seen: The Life and Times of William Claxton" (2001) and "The Basket" (1999). Stage roles include "The Hasty Heart," "Cash on Delivery," and "Arsenic and Old Lace" at the Hale Center Theater in Orem, Utah, and the critically acclaimed starring role in J. Scott Bronson's AML Award-winning "Stones," at the Little Brown Theatre. Bio from cast notes for Stones:
Elwon, being a native to Montana and an eight-year Washington tourist, is fairly new to the Utah region. Elwon has been performing for well over eight years in all aspects of the performing arts -- stage, film, voice, etc. Recently Elwon has been seen in performances at the Hale Center Theatre as the bitter Scot in The Hasty Heart, and the bewildered Englishman, Norman, in Cash on Delivery, as well as in Deathtrap for the Provo Theater Company. He can also be seen in the DVD, "The Basket."

Jason Ball
Latter-day Saint. Graduate of Brigham Young University (BYU). Half Caucasian, half African-American. Talented actor capable of playing most character types and ethnicities. Small roles in "It Nearly Wasn't Christmas" (1989) and "Melvin and Howard" (1980). Currently (2002) an adjunct faculty member at The Second City Training Center in Chicago. Second City bio (
JASON BALL is an original member of the Garrens Comedy Troupe. He attended Washington University in St. Louis and Brigham Young University where he majored in theater education. He is a graduate of the Second City Training Center Conservatory program and was part of the Improvising New Voices workshop and the writing progam. Chicago credits include the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the Fox Valley Shakesperare Festival, Comedy Sportz and traffic reporting for Metro Networks. Utah credits include Sundance, the Pioneer Theater Company, radio work, stand-up comedy and appearances on Touched By an Angel. He is SAG, AFTRA, EMC, SAFD & LDS.

R. Jason Ball
Born in Salt Lake City, Utah. Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Also credited as: Jason Ball. Currently attending film school at the University of Utah. Worked for 3 and 1/2 years with the TV show "Touched by an Angel." Has worked with the Sundance Institute's filmmakers lab. Frequent collaborator of filmmaker and University of Utah film student Spencer Christensen. Ball, along with Christensen and Jacen Brewer, competed against nearly 40 other teams in the 24 Hour Filmmaking Marathon competition that was part of the LDS Film Festival held in Provo, Utah in November 2002. The film they created in 24 hours, "The Bond Between Brothers," did not win but received honorable mention. In May 2002 Ball directed the 20-minute short film "SLUGG Fest 2002: Ski and Snowboard Competition", which was commissioned by Slugg Magazine to chronicle their ski and snowboard competition at Brighton ski resort. Director of the 6-minute film "Searching for Lenin" (March 2002), described as "a cross between Fahrenheit 451, 1984 and 'THX 1138'... a film that brings up the important issues of society, basic human nature, and struggling for freedom." "Searching For Lenin" competed in the 2002 Utah Short Film & Video Festival. Director of the 30-minute film "Time is a Strange Thing" (December 2001), about two college students who build a time machine to date girls from the past. Director of the 14-minute martial arts film "Tiger and Dragon" (March 2001), which was inspired by "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." Helped make, and appeared in, Spencer Christensen's short films "No Where to Run" (2003), "Roomate Wanted" (2002), and the short documentary "T.V. is the Thing" (2001). Ball is part of a group known as "Local Filmmakers," loosely organized by fellow filmmaker Spencer Christensen. The group is committed to making films which maintain high ethical as well as high artistic standards.
Matthew Ball
Latter-day Saint. Graduate of Brigham Young University (BYU) film school and AFI (American Film Institute). Now lives in Los Angeles. With writing partner Mark Greenhalgh, has written episodes of "Team Knight Rider" and the screenplay for Cary Derbidge's Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Anxiously Engaged" (2003). The "Anxiously Engaged" screenplay competed in the 2002 LDS Film Festival screenplay competition. Works in distribution at Dreamworks.
Michael Ballam
Latter-day Saint. Best known as an accomplished opera singer. Credited as an actor in a major role in the movie "Clubhouse Detectives" (1996). Has starred in videos: An Evening of Celebration with President Hinckley; A Walk Through the Holy Land; Backstage with Michael Ballam; Developing Divine Power; Majesty of Music. Currently (2002) a professor in the Utah State University music department. Official website: Faculty bio (
Michael Ballam has received critical acclaim with the major opera companies of the USA and a recital career in the most important Concert Halls of four continents. His operatic repertoire includes more than 600 performances of over 70 major roles sharing the stage with the world's greatest singers. At the age of 24, Dr. Ballam became the youngest recipient of the degree of Doctor of Music with Distinction in the history of Indiana University. An accomplished pianist and oboist, he is the Founder and General Director of the Utah Festival Opera Company, which is fast becoming one of the nation's major Opera Festivals. He is the author of over 30 publications and recordings in international distribution and serves on the Board of Directors of four professional Arts organizations.

David Ballard
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Location manager.
David T. Ballard
Based in Utah County. Makes models/miniatures. Company: Minatures & Models.
Pamela Ballard
Born 1941, Salt Lake City, Utah. Credited as an actress with a small role in the feature film "Carnival of Souls" (1962).
Robin Ballard
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Actress. Associate producer and lead actress for the short film "A Domestic Dispute," directed by Ryan Williams and produced by Utah County-based Shinebox Motion Picture filmmakers Paul Green, Bryan Young, and Elias Pate. Lead actress in Ryan Williams' independent film "Abby Singer" (2003). Lead actress in Ryan R. Williams' short film "Edge Running" (2001). Bit parts in the TV movies "Pixel Perfect" (2004) and "Double Teamed" (2002). Bit part as an elderly woman in Blair Treu's feature film "Little Secrets" (2002). Lead actress in the independent direct-to-video film "Elevator Movie" (2004). Appeared on stage in a production of Saturday's Voyeur at Salt Lake Acting Company. TV guest appearance on "Cover Me." Bio from the official "Elevator Movie" website (
Robin Ballard, who plans Lana in the film, has worked in film under the direction of Danny Glover, Mark Dippe, and Sanford Bookstaver, and in theatre under the direction of Neil LaBute and Academy Award winner Tad Z. Danielewski. Robin studied improv at the Groundlings Theater in L.A. and Shakespeare with Chris Hayes. Robin grew up a good Mormon girl and lived in California, Hawaii, and the Bahamas. She attended boarding school in Switzerland (where her parents thought she would be safe from the evils of the opposite sex) and then went on to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. She currently lives in Salt Lake City and is not a polygamist.

Herman Bang
Born 20 April 1857, Adserballe, Alsen, Denmark. Died 29 January 1912, Ogden, Utah. Birth name: Herman Joachim Bang. Influential Danish author. His breakthrough novel was Haablose Slaegter (1880, "Generations Without Hope"). His novels and stories have been adapted films: "Ved vejen" (1988); "Am Wege" (1974); "Tine" (1964); "Sommerglaeder" (1940); "Four Devils" (1928; based on the story "De Fire Djaevle"); "Mikael" (1924); "Vingarne" (1916) (based on Mikael); "De Fire djaevle" (1911; a.k.a. "The Four Devils", based on the story "Les quatres diables").
Steven Gary Banks
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Company: Anthem Pictures. First assistant director of "Broyhill: Young At Heart" and "The Century Home." First assistant director of commercials or industrial films for clients such as Homestead House and Robb & Stucky. Executive producer of "Perimeter" and "The Willies." [Same person as screenwriter Steven Gary Banks?]
Alessia Banning
Actress. Bio from The Actor's Lounge (
Alessia is a multi-talented, ambitious young actress with accomplishments in many performance and artistic areas. She has a wide range of experience in front of an audience, including performing with a local dance company, where she excels in ballet and modern dance; with skilled horsemanship; and with her involvement in school plays. She also paints, produces amateur videos, and enjoys hiking and snow skiing. These abilities, combined with her athleticism and statuesque physical presence, create an eclectic and versatile performer adaptable to a variety of character roles.

Johnathan R. Banta
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Mountain View, California. Also credited as: Johnanthan Banta; Johnathan Banta; Johnny Banta; Jonathan Banta; Jonhathan Banta; Jonathan Barta. Served in the U.S. Army National Guard (1985-1994); graduate of Officer Candidate School. Graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1993 with B.F.A. degree in film production. While at BYU he did additional studies in advanced computer animation and graphic design. Banta is a specialist in digital imagery and computer animation. Has a strong background in film/video production, traditional 2D & 3D animation/visual effects, graphic design and digital imaging. Skilled in stop-motion animation, sculpture, model building, drawing and painting. Before moving to California, Banta worked at the LDS Motion Picture Studio in Provo, Utah, doing storyboards, computer animation, digital sets, and digital matte paintings for story driven instructional videos and multimedia presentations. Fall 1993 to Spring 1994: Worked at KBYU Studios (PBS affiliate) in Provo Utah, doing computer animation of title sequences, underwriting graphics, and digital sets. Since 1990, Banta has had his own computer graphics, animation and visual effects studio: Agrapha Productions, based in Mt. View, California. Since 1990 Banta has worked with companies including Extreme Software Inc. (Laguna Beach, CA), Videomation, Inc. (Santa Clara, CA), Disney Television, Acuris, Seismic Entertainment Software, Core Studio (San Francisco, CA), Ray Dream (Mountain View, CA), The VALIS Group (Tiburon, CA), BOSS Film (Marina Del Ray, CA), Eagle Interactive (Lake Forest, CA). Has done a wide range of work related to computer graphics, including After Effects animation, corporate identity 3D model creation, brochure design, CD-ROM design, and DVD menu design. Digital supervisor for a number of feature films, TV programs, and other video productions, including: The Big White (2005); Anatomy of a Snake Bite (2004; TV); Anatomy of a Tiger Bite (2004; TV); Anatomy of a Bear Bite (2004; TV); De-Lovely (2004); Spartan (2004); Sesame Street 4D (2003); Haunted Lighthouse (2003); Natural Disasters: Forces of Nature (2003); Roar: Lions of the Kalahari (2003); Dark Blue (2002); 2001 MTV Movie Awards (2001). Has worked as a digital artist and/or did visual effects artist for numerous feature films and other productions, including: Vanilla Sky (2001); Life as a House (2001); Back to the Future... The Ride (1991); Ocean Oasis (2000); The Way of the Gun (2000); 2000 MTV Movie Awards (2000; TV); Amazing Journeys (1999); Siegfried & Roy: The Magic Box (1999); The West Wing (1999; TV series); Inspector Gadget (1999); T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous (1998); Doctor Dolittle (1998); From the Earth to the Moon (1998; series); Meet the Deedles (1998); The Big Lebowski (1998); Desperate Measures (1998); Starship Troopers (1997); Air Force One (1997); Turbulence (1997). Created DVD menus for: Independence Day special edition; Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones; Star Wars; The Empire Strikes; Return of the Jedi; Terminator 2: Judgment Day - Extreme DVD; Terminator 2: Judgment Day - The Ultimate T2 DVD. Used Electric Image software to create many of these advanced DVDs, which were among the best-selling DVDs in history. Website:
Bill Barber
Latter-day Saint. Story consultant, assistant director, art director and stunt double for the award-winning short film "A Truce with Death" (1993). "A Truce with Death," which is based on a true story about Latter-day Saint pioneers, was directed by Bill Shira. Barber was also the producer, art director and star of "The Butterchurn" (1995), a short film directed by Shira. Also painted the paintings shown during the film's opening credits. Assistant props for the Feature Films For Families videos "Rigoletto" (1993) and "Seasons of the Heart" (1993). Set decorator for the Latter-day Saint-themed KBYU film "Eliza and I" (1997), which was directed by Richard Dutcher. Assistant set decorator for the big-budget 70mm film "The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd" (2000), produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Painted many original paintings for Lee Groberg's PBS documentary "Treasure House: The Utah Mining Story" (1996).
Brad Barber
Latter-day Saint. Currently lives in California. Previously lived in Provo, Utah while he was a film student at Brigham Young University (BYU). Originally from Tennessee. Cinematographer of the documentary "The Family Factor: A Global Family Portrait" (2002). Director of "Inspire or Damage" (2001), which received the Best Documentary Award at the Utah Short Film and Video Festival, 2002. The short (6 min., 34 sec.) film is described thus: "Travis considers his future as a director fresh out of film school while fighting government corruption." Director of many other short films, including: Very Reason for Living (2001); Get (2001); Prices and Qualities (2000); Peter and John (2000); Silly Talent (1999). Director of the feature-length documentary "Troy Through a Window" (2002), about his GLBT brother, Troy. Director of the short documentary "How to Lawn Bowl" (2003, 5 minutes, b&w), which competed in the 3rd LDS Film Festival (Jan. 2004) and was described thus: "Three short films serve as lawn bowling lessons - featuring Marion, Vernon, and Arden. Each one shares a unique perspective on the unpredictable throws and curves of life." Film editor, assistant editor, and one of the camera operators for the KBYU documentary "The Best Crop: A History of Orchard Farming in Orem, Utah" (2002).
Justin "JB" Barber
Also credited as: Justin Barber; J.B. Barber. 2nd assistant camera operator for the short film "A Truce with Death" (1993) and first assistant camera operator for the short film "The Butterchurn" (1995), both of which were directed by Bill Shira and art directed by Bill Barber.
Keith Barber
Based in Utah County. Production assistant. Credits include: "Walker Texas Ranger", "Terror In The Family", "American Gothic", "Avenging Angel."
Matt Barclay
Lives in Provo, Utah with his wife Virginia. Props for Lee Groberg's documentary "American Prophet: The Story of Joseph Smith" (1999).
Harv Barenz
One of six camera operators credited in Tanner Christensen's "making of" film included on the DVD release of T.C. Christensen's "Bug Off!" (2001). Appears briefly on screen in "Bug Off!" as a passerby and as a member of the alien council.
Matthew Barker
Utah-based actor. Supporting role in Blair Treu's "Wish Upon a Star" (1996). Bit part as a cop in the TV movie "Halifax f.p: Hard Corps" (1994).
Scott Barnard
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Videographer/cinematographer.
George Barnes
Born 11 November 1890, Utah. Died 18 November 1949, Hollywood, California. Birth name: Caleb George Barnes. According to IMDb, George Barnes died in 1949, but appeared in a minor role as "Sam" in the independent film noir film "South Beach" (1992), about two ex-football players turned private eyes, and as a jury member in the TV movie "Extralarge: Black Magic" (1991). How he acted in 2 movies 40 years after he died is not explained. There is probably an error in the database.
Spencer Barnes
Make-up designer for the award-winning BYU student film "The Promethean" (2003). One of three makeup artists/hair stylists for the award-winning BYU student film "Roots & Wings" (2002).
Suzanne Barnes
Lives in Sandy, Utah. Actress and model who now works primarily as a cosmetic artist. Helped do makeup for the performers during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Has appeared in many Utah-made films. Previously worked in the Los Angeles area. 3rd billed role in the B-movie thriller "Girls Nite Out" (1984). Supporting roles in the TV movies "Mortal Fear" (1994) and "Beyond Suspicion" (1993). 4th billed role in the family film "Clubhouse Detectives" (1996). Supporting role in the Feature Films For Families movie "Address Unknown" (1997). Supporting role in "Heaven or Vegas" (1997), directed by Gregory C. Haynes. Supporting role as Chelsee Bando in the computer games "Under a Killing Moon" (1994), "The Pandora Directive" (1996) and "Tex Murphy: Overseer" (1998). Small roles in Utah-made feature films "The Paper Brigade" (1996), directed by Blair Treu, and "Same River Twice" (1996), directed by Scott Featherstone. Also appeared in "Voyager from the Unknown" (1982), "Hello Again" (1987), and "The Children" (1980). TV guest appearances include: The Fall Guy; The A-Team; Knight Rider; Voyagers!; CHiPs.
Dan Barnett
Film student at Brigham Young University (BYU). Director of the student film "Postcards from the Place in France," which competed in BYU's 2003 Final Cut film festival and was selected as one of the top three films by the audience vote. Second assistant camera for the BYU student film "Unfolding" (2003). Grip for the BYU student film "The Promethean" (2003).
Brian Barney
Lives in Sandy, Utah. Videographer.
Lynda Barney
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Alpine, Utah with her husband, Larry Barney. She and her husband friends and neighbors of Herb Christensen, the executive producer of the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Jack Weyland's Charly" (2002). The Barneys became important investors in the film. Lynda also has a small role in the movie, as "Sister Johnson." She can be seen in the ward Relief Society, garden party, and graveside scenes. An somewhat experienced actress, she has also appeared in several other movies that have been filmed in Utah. She has also appeared on episodes of the TV series "Touched By An Angel."
Matthew Barney
Ethnic Mormon. Born 25 March 1967 in San Francisco, California. Grew up in a predominantly Latter-day Saint region of Idaho. Graduated from Yale University. Art film writer/director/star. Has garnered much critical acclaim, but is unarguably one of the strangest directors working today. Has frequently used Latter-day Saint and Utah motifs in his films, including beehives, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and famous Mormon historical figures. Writer/director of a series of non-narrative films: Cremaster 3 (2002); Cremaster 2 (1999); Cremaster 5 (1997); Cremaster 1 (1995); Cremaster 4 (1994). Played the part of Gary Gilmore in "Cremaster 2," and cast Gilmore biographer Norman Mailer as Harry Houdini. Small role in one movie not his own: "The Krays" (1990). IMDb: "His girlfriend actress/singer, Bjork, is expecting their first child in September 2002."
Justin Barrett
Latter-day Saint. 3D character animator. Associate of Applied Arts degree in Computer Animation from Art Institute of Seattle, 2000. From 2001 to 2003 worked at Big Idea Productions in Lombard, IL, where he was a character animator for VeggieTales and 3-2-1 Penguins! videos, and the feature film "Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie." Lead animator at DPS in Newark, NJ, from 2003-2004. Currently working as an animator at Reel FX Creative Studios in Dallas, TX. Also did modeling, layout animation and lighting for the animated videos "The Star of Christmas" (2002), "The Ballad of Little Joe" (2003) and "An Easter Carol" (2004). Animator for the direct-to-video/DVD movie "G.I. Joe: Valor Vs. Venom" (2004). Website:
Wally Barrus
Latter-day Saint. Cinematographer at LDS Motion Picture Studios for 15 years. Made 30 films, including: Man's Search for Happiness; The Three Witnesses; In This Holy Place.
Bonnie Bartlett
Script supervisor for the short film "Gold Fever" (1990), directed by Bill Shira and made largely by BYU students. As an actress has appeared in Utah film productions, including the TV movie "The Deliberate Stranger" (1986) and the movie "Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season" (1999).
Benjamin Barton
Utah-based actor. Small role as an art connoisseur in the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Jack Weyland's Charly" (2002). Small role as a barfly and a protestor in the feature film "The Crow: Salvation" (2000). Small role as a scientist in the feature film "The Core" (2003). Extra or featured extra on the TV series "Touched by an Angel", "Cover Me" and "Everwood." Appeared as a smoker in an anti-smoking TV commercial.
John Barton
Voice work for the PBS documentary "Trail of Hope: The Story of the Mormon Trail" (1997).
Marsha Barton
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Seamstress or tailor for many films, including: Money Plays (1997); The Rage (1997); Invasion of Privacy (1996); Broken Arrow (1996); Out of Annie's Past (1995); Gettysburg (1993); Benny & Joon (1993); River Runs Through It (1992); A Midnight Clear (1992).
Billy Barty
Latter-day Saint. Birth name: William John Bertanzetti. Born 25 October 1924, Millsboro, Pennsylvania. Died 23 December 2000, Glendale, California. The most famous "little person" (dwarf) actor in history. Civil rights activist. Founder of the Little People of America. Appeared in over 60 movies. Major movie roles include: Life Stinks (1991); Willow (1988); Rumpelstiltskin (1987); Masters of the Universe (1987); Legend (1985); Journey Into Imagination (1982); Under the Rainbow (1981); Being Different (1981); The Day of the Locust (1975); Pufnstuf (1970); Harum Scarum (1965). Major TV movie roles include: The Mouse and the Motorcycle (1986); Hardly Working (1980); Twin Detectives (1976); Joys (1976). Also appeared in: Radioland Murders (1994); The Rescuers Down Under (1990); The Lord of the Rings (1978); Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962); Bride of Frankenstein (1935); Alice in Wonderland (1933); Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933). Starred in numerous TV series: L.A. Heat (1996); Wildfire (1986); Ace Crawford, Private Eye (1983); Bizarre (1980-1985); The Bay City Rollers Show (1978-1979); The Redd Foxx Comedy Hour (1977-1978); The Krofft Supershow (1976-1977); Dr. Shrinker (1976); Sigmund and the Sea Monsters (1973-1975); The Bugaloos (1970-1972); H.R. Pufnstuf (1969); Club Oasis (1958); Circus Boy (1956-1958); The Spike Jones Show (1954); Your Pet Parade (1951); Ford Festival (1951-1952). Guest appearances on dozens of TV shows.
Earl W. Bascom
Latter-day Saint.
John Bascom
Latter-day Saint.
Rose Bascom
Latter-day Saint. Lead actress in the feature film "The Lawless Rider" (1954), directed by Yakima Canutt. She played "Texas Rose Bascom," in a story based loosely on her own life as a famous cowgirl and roper.
Tom Bascom
Latter-day Saint.
Weldon Bascom
Latter-day Saint. Played the sherriff in the feature film "The Lawless Rider" (1954), which was loosely based on the life of real-life Latter-day Saint cowgirl Rose Bascom.
Ronald Bass
Religious affiliation: Unknown. Not specified in biographical information. Also known as: Ron Bass. Born 26 March 1942 in Los Angeles, California. Screenwriter of "Rain Man" (1988), whose title character was based on real-life Latter-day Saint autistic savant Kim Peek. Author of the unproduced screenplay "TOTS," which features a Latter-day Saint college student as a central character. Screenwriter of "What Dreams May Come" (1998), which includes a number of elements inspired by Latter-day Saint teachings and doctrine.
Michael Bast
Latter-day Saint. Stone Forest bio:
Michael Bast, began his career in film and video production with an ambitious low budget student film called "FUNK DOWN", in which he wrote and directed. Soon following he embarked on a course into American History, particularly "THE OLD WEST", to conceptualize and direct the documentary series, "FORGOTTEN GUNFIGHTERS."

He has also worked on corporate videos of many clients under the direction of producer GIL HOWE. These include the following:
- D.O.T.S

Michael Bast in his Directing debut calls on stories from his father's knee for inspiration and guidance. "Ever since I was six years old I can remember my father telling me of the constant gunfights and murders that took place on the actual doorstep of my ancestors in Northeastern Arizona in the late 1800's. But, I never knew the magnitude of the bloodshed until I began researching the Pleasant Valley War". A family feud between friends and business partners that resulted in the death of over 40 people. One of the participating families lost four brothers and a father in a two month span. "The amount of hatred and vengeance is horrific to imagine, the deeds done by both factions display man's worst hour".

The Pleasant Valley War has long since been left in the shadow of other happenings in the Old West like "The Shootout at the OK Corral" or the famous Hatfield and Mccoy feud. One historian compared the Hatfield and Mccoy feud to a school yard fight in comparison to the Pleasant Valley War. The Pleasant Valley War delayed Arizona Statehood for 20 years says historian.

Michael Bast was born and raised in Arizona. While traveling overseas to Spain he met Carlos Luaces, they became friends; this eventual evolved in Carlos being executive producer of the project.

Noah Bastian
Latter-day Saint. Born: 26 August 1979, San Jose, California. Birth name: Noah Dale Bastian. Played the part of "Chad Linus," one of the stars of the MTV "boy band" movie "2gether" (2000), and the subsequent "2gether" TV series. Small role in "Johnny Tsunami" (1999). IMDb: "First acting job was a national ad for IOMEGA [based in Roy, Utah], disk drives. His character was Johnny Crash, an all American goof-up. The ad was that if Johnny was your son and played on your computer you had better have a back-up drive."
Britani Bateman
Latter-day Saint. Actress who made her feature film debut in the lead role in the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The R.M." (2003). She played "Kelly Powers," the daughter of a General Authority, who becomes romantically involved with the movie's title character. Previous to starring in "The R.M." she appeared in lead roles industrial films for Nu Skin and North West Airlines. She also appeared in a Japanese music video, and in industrial films for Melaleuca, Siggraph, and Denny's. She had a regular role as "Nicole Stevens" on the Japanese TV sitcom "Sweet Seasons." She has had a guest role on the TV series "Touched By An Angel." She has appeared in commercials for clients such as Bonneville Communications, Toyota, Disney Channel, One World Online, R. C. Willie, Health Rider, and Breathe Easy. She has appeared on stage in Miss Saigon on the 2nd National Broadway Tour. She has also appeared on stage in Dear World as Nina (with famed actress Maureen McGovern) at Sundance, as "Nancy" in Oliver (opposite famed actor Christopher Lloyd), and as Genevieve in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (also with Maureen McGovern). Her voiceover work includes "Life Line" for PBS, digital business card for Morinda Tahitian Noni, lead singer for Disney's "Part of Your World," and work for ESPN and First National Bank. She has also worked as a model for print advertising.
J. Bateman
Composer for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Saints and Soldiers" (2003). Bio from "Saints and Soldiers" website (
J Bateman produces music for his production company, Artist Point Productions. He has produced several international bset-selling fitnes albums. His original compositions can be heard in video games, radio advertisements, film and TV. He has composed and produced music for ESPN, NASCAR, HealthRider, NordicTrack, and Billy Blanks' TaeBo. J has also produced the chart-topping debut album of the popular Brazilian band, 'Herois Do Dia.' He has been on several major international tours as both a sound engineer and a guitar player. J holds a music degree in Sound Recording Technology from Brigham Young University where he was a Dean's Scholar. He was also the top graduate of his class at The Recording Workshop in Ohio. J recently teamed with MJ Productions to produce the acclaimed regional touring production of Evita.

Harley Bates
Lives in Moab, Utah with his wife Lorrine. Head animal wrangler whose credits include commercials: Lone Star (Deaton Flanigan); Marlboro (RSA-USA); Levi Commercial (Spots Productions).
Rebecca Batt
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Associate producer and production manager. Project coordinator for the Utah Cultural Center. Associate producer for the feature film "Look Who's Talking Now" (1993). Production associate for the TV series "America's Most Wanted" and "The Leeza Show," and for commercials for clients such as Chevy Trucks. Production coordinator for the feature film "The Arrival" (1996), and for commercials (including Lincoln-Mercury).
Garrett Batty
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Provo, Utah. Producer and editor of "ShortEnds TV," a program on WB30 (Utah) featuring short films. Set decorator, property master and visual effects supervisor for the direct-to-video movie "The Shadow of Light" (2002). Worked on numerous documentaries, promos, spots, and trailers for KBYU Television. Assistant editor for the KBYU documentary "Letting God Have His Way: A Conversation about C.S. Lewis" (1999).
Joseph Batzel
Latter-day Saint. Born 17 September 1948, Pittsburgh, Pennysylvania. Lives in Brigham City, Utah. Also credited as: Joe Batzel. Previously lived in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, where he was a drama teacher at Pryor Junior High School. Had a supporting role in Craig Clyde's family-friendly independent film "Dumb Luck" (2001). Batzel portrayed early Church leader Heber C. Kimball in Lee Groberg's PBS documentaries "American Prophet: The Joseph Smith Story" (1999) and did voice work for Groberg's PBS documentary "Trail of Hope: The Story of the Mormon Trail" (1997). IMDb bio (,+Joseph):
Born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and traveled throughout the U.S. and Morocco as a youth. His father was an Air Force Sergeant so he was constantly moving. He is part Italian and part German. He attended Choctawhatchee High School in Florida. He made his debut as a professional actor in a P.B.S movie called Passionate Pilgrim where he played Ben Jonson. He made his first breakthrough in a small role in Species. He has now worked in Film, TV, voice-over and stage. He is also a freelance professional theater director. Has been an educator for 25 years. Was born with paralysis of right arm but still became professional actor and tennis instructor.
Excerpt from newspaper article (
Batzel began his acting career at Okaloosa-Walton Community College in several musicals and other productions. He then went on to Brigham Young University, where he was a graduate assistant and had leading roles in many productions. He also appeared in summer stock shows, where he portrayed Capt. Von Trapp in "Sound of Music" and Jigger in "Carousel."

Local theater goers will probably remember him best as Tevye in Stage Crafters production of "Fiddler on the Roof," which he also co-directed. He performed in and directed other Stage Crafters productions. Last year, he played the role of Samuel the Prophet in the PBS presentation of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at Christmas. He also has appeared in motion pictures.

Currently, he is teaching drama at Box Elder High School in Utah, and he spends his summers at various teaching assignments in theater all over the U.S. Batzel and his wife, the former Alice Smith, have two children. His parents, Phyllis and Jack Batzel, still live in the local area.

Bio from Action Acting (
Joseph A. Batzel was born in Pittsburgh, PA and eventually made his home in Fort Walton Beach, FL. He attended Brigham Young University on a theater scholarship where he studied Theatre and Cinema and in 1976 received a Master's degree in Theater and Cinematic Arts. Mr. Batzel has been an educator in stage, film, and television for 26 years. He has worked as a professional actor, director, and casting director on over 250 major projects including features, television, industrials, stage, and voice over. Mr. Batzel travels extensively throughout the United States presenting workshops at various conferences and is presently working for Utah State University as an adjunct professor where he teaches Film, Creative Arts, and Public Speaking. His credits include Species, Dumb Luck (WB), Lamb of God, Passionate Pilgrim (PBS) and the newly released Sacred Stone produced by Lee Groberg.

Colleen Baum
Had the lead role as The Mother in Matthew Janzen's award-winning BYU student film "The Salesman" (1999). Has appeared on stage in many Utah theatrical productions. Currently (2002) works as the production coordinator for Utah Symphony & Opera. Bio from the program notes for the Plan-B Theatre's production of The Laramie Project (
(Actor) is excited to make her Plan-B debut. Recent credits include the 7th Annual Egyptian Shorts and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Egyptian Theatre Company), King Lear (Pioneer Theatre Company) and Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) and Blood Brothers (Old Lyric Repertory Company). Colleen holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Utah State University and an MA in Theatre for Young Audiences from Brigham Young University. Member of Actors' Equity Association.

Andy Bauman
Lives in Park City, Utah. Made the short (9 min.) narrative film "11-05-02," which was shown at the 2003 Utah Short Film & Video Festival. The film is described thus: "A true dreamer takes us through a typical day finding loneliness, heartbreak, triumph, and love at first sight with every girl he sees, but this day things may have actually changed for the better." Director of the short (12 min., 15 sec.) film "Recoil," which competed in the 2002 Utah Short Film & Video Festival. The film is described thus: Loosey based on Max Paynei, one almost super hero man, against all odds, avenging his loved ones death in anyway necessary.
Mike Bauwens
Lives in Park City, Utah. Stunt double.
Michael F. Bavota
Latter-day Saint. Born in Baltimore, Maryland. Lives in San Antonio, Florida (near Tampa). Also credited as: Michael Bavota; Chef Bavota. Website: Biography he provided:
Michael F. Bavota / Chef Bavota is a freelance writer living in Tampa, Florida. He began his writing career in 1979 with various children's stories, newspaper feature articles and publications in trade magazines. In 1983 he won honorable mention in the Writer's Digest Annual Fiction Contest, placing 23rd out of more 6,500 entries.

Michael's knowledge of seafood and experiences with the United States Department of Commerce-National Marine Fisheries Services has lead him to be published by national business trade magazines, including Seafood Business, Supermarket Business, The American Seafood Institute Report and The Shelby Report.

His first book, Seafood Lover's Bible, a 200-recipe seafood cookbook, was published in April 1999 by Clear Light Publishers and is a publisher's best seller. Michael has recently completed his first fiction novel entitled, Spirit of the Everglades, a story about the Florida panthers. This book was released August 2004.

Michael F. Bavota is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature, Writer's Digest School, The Advanced Writer's Workshop, and The Elements of Effective Writing. He attended Morgan State University and currently has more than 200 columns and articles in print. Michael was born in Baltimore, Maryland.

Chef Bavota is an entertainment / educational chef and has performed at numerous supermarket grand openings. He was the featured show on Cruise West's Alaskan Cruise in 2002 and 2003. His new show, The Chef Bavota International Cooking Show, being produced by EscapeTV is currently in post-production.

Adam Baxter
Wayne Baxter
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife Erin. Best Boy for Blair Treu's feature film "Little Secrets" (2002). Construction foreman for the TV movie "No Laughing Matter" (1998). Lead person for "The Rage"(1997). Production designer for the short film "Alyson's Closet" (1998). Electrician for the independent film "Just a Dream" (2001), directed by Danny Glover.
Lorette Bayle
Lives in Utah. Segment producer for the Vineyard Productions documentary video "Backstage at the Ballet" (1995) executive produced by Scott Swofford and produced by Allan Anopol in Salt Lake City, Utah. Art department coordinator for the Feature Films For Families video "Secret of Treasure Mountain" (1993). Is this the same Lorette Bayle graduate from the California Institute of Arts (Valencia, California) whose feature-length directorial debut was the documentary "Conversations With Nickle," which was picked up by HBO in 2002?
Corbin Bayles
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Director of the short (8 min., 33 sec.) film "Left," which competed in the 2002 Utah Short Film & Video Festival. The film is described thus: "Left v. : to go or depart from; to remain behind; to abandon; forsake."

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