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of Latter-day Saint and/or Utah
Film Personalities


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Melissa Pace
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband, actor Rob Diamond. Also credited as: Melissa Pace-Diamond. Actress. Had a small role as a nurse in the Latter-day Saint-themed direct-to-video film "Only Once" (1998). Small roles in the films "Nobody's Baby" (2001), "Meet the Deedles" (1998), and Scott Featherstone's "Same River Twice" (1996). Small roles or bit parts in the TV movies "A Crime of Passion" (1999), "Murder at 75 Birch" (1999), "No Laughing Matter" (1998), "Mother Knows Best" (1997/I), "Dying to Belong" (1997) and "Beyond Suspicion" (1993). TV guest appearances on "Walker, Texas Ranger" and "Touched by an Angel."
Gene Pack
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Radio disk jockey and part-time actor. Small roles in the feature film "Footloose" (1984), the TV movie "In the Line of Duty: Siege at Marion" (1992) and the direct-to-video movie "Promised Land" (1988). Voice work for the PBS documentary "Promontory" (1990). KUER (FM 90 radio) bio (
Gene Pack, Arts and Culture Producer

Gene has been at KUER since it went on the air in 1960. In fact, he was around a few years before that--helping get the station established! He says he must have "just been in the right place at the right time," because he loves what he does and feels lucky to be a part of KUER. Outside the station, Gene enjoys acting, and has been involved in hundreds of productions all over Utah. Look closely the next time you watch "Footloose," Gene's sitting right next to John Lithgow in the town council scene--honest

Joe Pack
Freestyle skier who grew up in Park City, Utah. Graduated from Park City High School in 1996. Along with snowboarder Ricky Bower, Pack is the subject of the documentary "Pipe Dreams" (2002), about his quest to compete in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. The film was made by fellow Park City High graduates Enzo Mileti and Adam Hull. The film premiered at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in January 2003.
Dennis Packard
Latter-day Saint. Faculty member at Brigham Young University (BYU). Producer for the PBS specials "Thanksgiving of American Folk Hymns" (1994), "Songs of Praise and Remembrance: A Memorial Day Celebration" (2000) and "Easter Song: A Musical Celebration of Creation" (1999), featuring the choirs and orchestra of Brigham Young University. Co-author of "The Whole Performer: Experiencing Shakespeare at BYU Through Language, Performance, and Video" (1995 International Conference on Teaching Shakespeare through Performance. National Council of Teachers of English. Louisville, Kentucky, March 1.) Founded the LifeSong project that currently seeks funding for a motion picture production. Gave a presentation at the 2nd LDS Film Festival held in Provo, Utah in November 2002.
Kelly Packard
Latter-day Saint. Actress. Born 29 January 1975, Glendale, California. Birth name: Kelly Chemane Packard. Best known for playing lifeguard "April Giminski" on the immensely popular synicated TV series "Baywatch" (1997-1999). Reprised that role in the direct-to-video movie "Baywatch: White Thunder at Glacier Bay" (1998) and the TV movie "Baywatch Blast" (2002). Before "Baywatch" she played "Tiffani Smith" on the TV series "California Dreams" (1992). In 2001 she hosted "Beaches of the World" on the Travel Channel. Since 2001 she has been the co-host (with Dean Cain) of the TV series "Ripley's Believe It or Not." Major supporting roles in the films "Little Bigfoot" (1997), "The Killing Point" (2002) and "Mind Wars" (2001). Small role in the major feature film "Autofocus" (2002) as Richard Dawson's girlfriend. Small roles in "Get Your Stuff" (2000) and "And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird" (1991). TV guest appearances include: USA High; Boy Meets World; Step by Step; Blossom; Baywatch; The Wonder Years; Search Party; What a Dummy; Living Dolls; Fear Factor.
Laurie Packard
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Film student at the University of Utah. Director of the environmental documentary "Just One Dam Minute," which was shown in 2002 at the Fine Arts Auditorium in Salt Lake City as part of "Persistent Visions," a collection of short Utah-made films.
Meredith Ryan Packer
Latter-day Saint. Born 19 December 1983. Singer (lyric soprano) and actress. Major supporting role in her trainer Dean F.H. Macy's TV musical "One Christmas Eve" (2002). Sang on ABC Christmas Eve Special, 1996. Studied dance at the New Hampshire Dance Institute. Featured on the "One Christmas Eve" soundtrack and another CD, "Love One Another", both available for purchase through major online retail outlets. Has appeared onstage in musicals, including: HMS Pinafore, An Annie Review, Godspell, Wagon Wheels West, and The Wizard of Oz. Roles in dramatic plays, including: To Kill A Mockingbird; Tempest; A Midsummer Night's Dream; The Hobbit; The Hunting of the Snark. Has sung as a soloist in concerts at The Arts Center at Keene State College, Colonial Theatre in Keene, Lucy Hurlin Theatre, Rivermead Centre and Carnegie Hall.
Kelly Padovich
Sometimes credited as: Joseph Kelly Padovich; Joseph Padovich. Transportation coordinator for "A Voice from the Dust," a series of feature films based on the Book of Mormon. Driver whose credits include the feature films "Dangerous Game" (1993) and "The Fabulous Baker Boys" (1989). Bio from the project website (
Contemporary filmmaking, with its high demand for many different locations such as A Voice from the Dust: Journey to the Promised Land requires exceptional logistics in the movement of people and equipment to accommodate a strict schedule. Padovich's extensive experience has put him in a variety of demanding locations, and includes transportation work on: Amistad, Waterworld, Vegas Vacation, Monkey Bone, Inventing the Abbotts, The Insider, The Magnificent Seven, Blackwood, and The X Files.

Rick Page
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Filmmaker. Company: Trackster Pictures, Inc. Writer/producer/director of the short film "Alyson's Closet" (1998). Producer/director of the short (16 min., 39 sec.) film "Water with Food Coloring" (2001) which competed in the 2002 Utah Short Film & Video Festival and in other festivals. The film, written by Luke Schelhaas, is described thus: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, unless you're an actor - in which case it's entirely up to the casting director." Directed the short (16 min., 40 sec.) film "Flushed Away," which competed in the 2002 Utah Short Film & Video Festival, and is described thus: A spoofy little goof based in part from the real movie, and in part from true life events. Second unit director of photography and first assistant camera for the TV movie "Book of Days" (2003). Has worked as a cameraman for numerous feature films and TV movies (most made in Utah), including: Mummy an' the Armadillo (2003); Clay Pigeons (1998); Mannheim Steamroller: Christmas Live (1997); The Rage (1997); The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997); Chloe's Blanket (1996); Same River Twice (1996); Wish Upon a Star (1996); Invasion of Privacy (1996); Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story (1996); Unforgivable (1996); Face of Evil (1996); Riders of the Purple Sage (1996). First assistant camera for the TV series "Touched by an Angel." First assistant camera: "b" camera for the TV series "Promised Land" (1996). Second assistant camera: "b" camera for the TV series "Extreme" (1995).
Brett Palmer
Utah-based actor who had a major supporting part in the Feature Films For Families (FFFF) direct-to-video film "In Your Wildest Dreams" (1991). Starred in the classic Church film "The Gift" (1977), made at BYU. Major role in the TV movie "Out of Annie's Past" (1995). Smaller roles in: "Tripwire" (1990), "Guardian of the Wilderness" (1977), FFFF's "Split Infinity" (1992), and the TV movie "It Was Him or Us" (1995). Stage work includes playing "Fyedka" in Fiddler on the Roof at Tuacahn, 2000.
Clint Palmer
Latter-day Saint (non-churchgoer). Served a full-time mission in Philadelphia. Palmer was "a fervent believer until the age of 30, when he finally lost his virginity" (The Observer, Sept. 21, 2003). Senior Executive Vice President of Wembly Hall Theatre Company. Producer and lead actor in the independent feature-length film "Abby Singer," much of which was filmed at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Palmer plays a "schizophrenic Mormon casting director from Salt Lake City who goes to the Sundance Film Festival and decides to commit suicide." Bio from Wembly Hall website (
Clint Palmer graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Arts from Utah State University in 1997, and then interned at the prestigious Maine State Music Theatre Company. Clint has been working for over ten years performing in the theatre and in film, having worked with many directors including Anne Bogart and Danny Glover. From 1998 to 2002 he was a member of the Actor's Gang in Salt Lake City, Utah. Clint has performed in local and national advertising for companies, including a national ad campaign for Sprint. Clint has been working full time as an actor since November 2001 and is currently starring as Curtis Clemens in Ryan Williams' film, ABBY SINGER, which will be premiering at Slamdance 2003 Film Festival. In 2002, he worked at the Sundance Filmmaker's Lab with Robert Redford and John Turteltaub. Clint is also a screenwriter and has written several scripts for the Wembly Hall Theatre Company including: DUPLICITY, BODY ART, and SHAKESPEARE MURDERS, all co-written with Ryan Williams. Clint has also taught acting at a local talent agency and was an instructor with the Actor's Gang. Clint helped finance and produce ABBY SINGER and EDGE RUNNING.

Hubbel Palmer
Latter-day Saint. Film student at Brigham Young University (BYU). Had a supporting role as "Collins" in the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Pride and Prejudice: A Utah Comedy" (2003). Director of the short film "Hoagies" (2001). Co-writer of the short film "Logjammin'" (2002). Stars in the first-billed role in the short films "Hoagies" (2001) and "Jip" (2001). Wrote 4 screenplays which competed in the 2002 LDS Film Festival. 3 were short screenplays: "Ladybird Johnson," "Rainbows with a Great Circumference" (co-written by Tim Skousen), plus an untitled script (or perhaps the title of the script is a question mark ("?"). The fourth was a feature-length screenplay: "Something That Happened," which won 3rd place in the feature-length division, competing against 24 other entries which were accepted for competition. "Rainbows with a Great Circumference" and "?" both received Honorable Mention in the competition. Palmer's film "Hoagies" (2001, 7 minutes, color) competed in the 3rd LDS Film Festival (Jan. 2004) and was described thus: "Two guys talk about online dating and other hot topics."
Geoffrey Panos
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Also known as: Geoffrey G. Panos. Wrote the story and co-wrote the screenplay (with Matt Whitaker) for the Latter-day Saint-themed World War II movie "Saints and Soldiers" (2003).
Marielos Pantelakis
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Costume designer for the direct-to-video movie "The Crow: Salvation" (2000), the TV movies "Every Woman's Dream" (1996) and "Unforgivable" (1996), and the film "Chloe's Blanket" (1996). Wardrobe supervisor for the movie "Unhook the Stars" (1996).
Alexa Pappas
Had a small supporting role as "Marissa" and as a "Small Girl" in the Feature Films For Families video "Secret of Treasure Mountain" (1993). Daughter of Terri Pappas, who was the Production Manager and Associate Producer on the film.
Terri Pappas
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, Bruce Hamme. Sometimes credited as: Terri Hamme; Terri Pappas Hamme; Terry Pappas. Second assistant director on the Feature Films For Families (FFFF) videos "Split Infinity" (1992), "The ButterCream Gang" (1992), "Rigoletto" (1993) and "Seasons of the Heart" (1993). Also the casting director for "Seasons of the Heart", "The ButterCream Gang" and "Split Infinity." Production manager and associate producer on the FFFF video "Secret of Treasure Mountain" (1993). Production coordinator for the Church-produced film "Nora's Christmas Gift" (1989). Unit production manager on "Same River Twice" (1996). Associate producer and production coordinator of the TV movie "Money Plays." Extras casting coordinator for the Hollywood studio movie "Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers" (1988), which was filmed in Utah.
Latter-day Saint (non-practicing as an adult). Born in 1984 in San Diego, California. According to she was raised as a Latter-day Saint but left the faith. Made at least 19 pornographic videos in 2002 and 2003, with titles such as "Backseat Driver 15", "Barely Legal 23", "Bring'um Young 9" and "Breakin' 'Em In 2."
Anne Kathryn Parma
Latter-day Saint. Born in California. Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Also known as: Anne Kathryn 'Kate' Parma; Kate Parma; Kathryn Parma; Anne Parma. Had a small role as "Wanda Brown" in the Utah-themed HBO movie "Shot in the Heart" (2001). Small role as "Ruth Phelps," sister of the title character in the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The R.M." (2003). Kate has also appeared in several industrials films for companies that include Nu-skin and Novell, and had guest roles on the television series "Touched by an Angel" and "Everwood." Appeared in the Disney movie "Go Figure" and a television PSA ad for the Foundation for a Better Life "Including Others."
Lester Park
Latter-day Saint. Produced and directed the first-ever commercial feature film specifically made for Latter-day Saint audiences: the ill-fated and much-forgotten "Corianton" (1931). He is the grandfather of celebrated science fiction author Orson Scott Card. Profile Page
Patrick H. Parker
Latter-day Saint. Cinematographer. Filmmaker who, along with Christopher S. Clark, made the 42-minute dramatic film "Amidst the Gateway," which premiered at the 2nd LDS Film Festival, held in Provo, Utah in November 2002. The spiritual film is described thus: "A young man comes to see his true self by remembering his golden, yet gloomy youth." The filmmakers conducted a question and answer period along with their special screening at the Festival. Parker and Clark form the company Lumasion Media, located in their two home studios in Holladay, Utah. The company does multimedia work, including corporate video, commercials and wedding video. Their services include: Day-Shoots/Hourly Shoots; Editing/Post-Production; 3D Animation; Digital FX/Compositing/Title Sequences/2D Animation; Duplication; DVD Authoring. Their clients include: Ivory Homes: Utah's Number One Home Builder; Salt Lake City Community College; Utah League of Credit Unions; and Treehouse Museum of Holladay and Orem. Website:
Zane Parker
Lives in Grantsville, Utah. Also known as: Zane G. Parker. Actor. Played the incarcerated father of the main character in the Leucadia/Red Rock TV movie "Windrunner" (1995), written by Mitch Davis and directed by William Clark. Played the sheriff in "Address Unknown" (1997). Small or bit parts in: Clay Pigeons (1998); The Undercover Kid (1996); Earthbound (1981); Money Plays (1997); Unforgivable (1996). Voice work for the PBS documentary "American Prophet: The Joseph Smith Story" (1999).
Tena Parker-Liddiard
Lives in West Jordan, Utah. Also known as: Tena P. Liddiard; Tena Parker; Tena Parker Liddiard. Key hair stylist and makeup artist for the Feature Films For Families videos "Secret of Treasure Mountain" (1993), "The ButterCream Gang" (1992) and "Seasons of the Heart" (1993) and Lee Groberg's documentary "Treasure House: The Utah Mining Story" (1995).
Jeff Parkin
Latter-day Saint. Co-producer, along with Reed McColm, of the TV movie "Cab to Canada" (1998).
Steven Parmley
Also credited as: Steve Parmley. Assistant camera for the short film "Joseph Smith: The Man" (1980), directed by T.C. Christensen and produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Production manager for the award-winning short film "The Pump" (1988), directed by T.C. Christensen. Credited with additional photography for the short film "Mouths of Babes" (1980), directed by T.C. Christensen.
Lloyd Parry
Lives in Kaysville, Utah. Also known as: Lloyd E. Parry. Bit part as a fisherman in the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Jack Weyland's Charly" (2002).
Pete Parsley
Geologist and experienced miner. Works for Nelson Construction, based in Boise, Idaho. Has vast experience and knowledge of geology as well as Environment Impact Studies (EIS/NEPA), mining procedures and reclamation practices. Past activities include employment with USMX, Inc., Tenneco Minerals Co., Echo Bay Mines and Newmont Mining Corp. Plays a gold panner in Lee Groberg's documentary "Treasure House: The Utah Mining Story" (1995).
Celia Partham
Based in central Utah. Sometimes credited as: Celia Thomas. Hair/make-up artist. Credits include "Sandlot", Sundance Film Festival, Vidal Sassoon commercial.
Lara Pastor
Set dresser and assistant hair/make-up artist for the award-winning BYU student film "The Snell Show" (2002). Also was an extra in "The Snell Show." Had a bit part as a mariachia players in the award-winning BYU student film "Roots & Wings" (2002).
Martin Patch
Latter-day Saint. Sometimes credited as: Marty Patch. Graduate from Brigham Young University (BYU) with a degree in film studies. Son of actress Tayva Patch. Director of the short film "4:53" (2001), which competed in the 1st LDS Film Festival held in Provo, Utah in 2001, and went on to tour worldwide as part of the "Best of Festival" program. Key grip for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The R.M." (2003). Electrician for the KBYU PBS documentary "The Call of Story" (2002). Chief Lighting Technician (Gaffer) for the award-winning short film "Roots & Wings" (2002). Grip for the KBYU dance film "Woman, the Pioneer" (1997), a tribute to Latter-day Saint pioneer women. Technical crew for the KBYU documentary "Letting God Have His Way: A Conversation about C.S. Lewis" (1999).
Richard Patch
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Provo, Utah. Grip/electric swing for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The R.M." (2003), for which Martin Patch (his brother?) was the key grip.
Tayva Patch
Latter-day Saint. Born and raised in Winslow, Arizona. Lives in Provo, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Tayve Patch. Came to Provo to attend Brigham Young University, where she met and married her husband, Brian Patch. Received an Associate of Arts Degree in 1975 and returned to study at BYU in 1990, twice winning that school's Best Actress award. She served extensively in community theater work as an actress and costume designer, and served for two years with the Audio-Visual Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She is best known for playing the FBI agent from Manhattan ("Meredith") in Richard Dutcher's critically-acclaimed Latter-day Saint-themed thriller "Brigham City" (2001). Soon thereafter she appeared in a major supporting role as the mother of the lead character in the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Out of Step" (2001). With her roles in "Brigham City" and "Out of Step," Tayva Patch is the only actress to best cast in major roles in more than one Latter-day Saint-themed feature film (although many male actors can claim that distinction). Her first role in a major studio release was in Blair Treu's "Little Secrets" (2002), distributed by Columbia TriStar. She played the mother of the male lead actor's character. She also had major roles in the short films "4:53" (2001, directed by Martin Patch), "Happy Go Lucky" (2000) and the Church video "The Woman at the Well." She had a small role as Mary Magdalene in the big-budget Church-commissioned 70mm film "Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd" (2000). Also had small roles in the TV movies "Before He Wakes" (1998), "Not In This Town" (1997) and "Unabomber: The True Story" (1996). Voice work for the PBS documentary "Trail of Hope: The Story of the Mormon Trail" (1997). TV guest appearance on "Touched by an Angel." She and her husband have four children.
Elias Pate
Latter-day Saint. Filmmaker based in Utah County. Elias Pate, Bryan Young and Paul Green form the upstart film production company "Shinebox Motion Pictures." They have worked closely with feature filmmakers Kels Goodman and Rocco DeVilliers. Pate is the co-writer an co-director of the feature film "Missy," produced by Kels Goodman in 2000. Was the producer of the low-budget independent projects "Infidelity" (2002) and "Domestic Dispute" (2001). Worked as a grip on Goodman's first feature film, "Y2K: A Comedy" (2001). Assistant director on Kels Goodman's Latter-day Saint-themed epic film "Handcart" (2002). Pate is currently working (or not) as writer/director of a new film: "Luke Warm." Bio from Shinebox website (
Elias Pate, 21, the third and final founding member of Shinebox Motion Pictures has been a capable artist in all mediums since his hands could hold a pencil. He's been involved in writing projects with Bryan since 1997 and then the two penned their first feature together, and then co-directed it when they were just 18 years old. He lives in Orem, Utah with his wife, Michelle, and his two children, Olivia Amidala and Vincent.
Yes, he named his daughter after Darth Vader's wife.
Stephen Pate
Transportation coordinator or captain for the PBS documentary "American Prophet: The Story of Joseph Smith" (1999), Scott Featherstone's independent feature film "Same River Twice" (1996) and the movie "Outta Time" (2002), which was filmed mainly in San Diego, California.
Brian Patrick
Lives in Utah. Associate Chair and production head of the Division of Film Studies at the University of Utah. Director of Burying the Past, a 98-minute documentary about the Mountain Meadows Massacre and contemporary descendents of the people involved, which premiered in February 2003. Bio from faculty page (
Brian Patrick holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Ohio University School of Film. He has been producing films and videos for over 30 years, several of which have won major festival awards and have seen national television distribution.

Professor Patrick has taught film/video production at five universities including the University of Utah for over 20 years. During this period, he developed and taught couses in film/video production, film history survey (documentary, experimental, animation), and film directing. He is currently producing a feature-length documentary about the legacy of the Mountain Meadows Massacre---a historical event that took place in Southern Utah in 1857.

Joan Patrick
Latter-day Saint. Canadian actress best known for her role as "Susan Deigh", the receptionist on the TV series "Dr. Kildare" (1961-62). Major role in the B-movie "The Astro-Zombies" (1969). Small roles in the movie "Lover Come Back" (1961) and the TV movie adaptation of "Death of a Salesman" (1966). TV guest appearances include: It Takes a Thief; Burke's Law; Get Smart; I Dream of Jeannie; Perry Mason.
Hyrum Patterson
Born 20 April 1973, Bountiful, Utah. Lead role in the low-budget independent feature-length film "Green" (1999), a chronicle of Phoenix young adults tripping on bad acid. The film is also known as "Green (a k a Whatever)." "Green" won awards at the Newport Beach International Film Festival, the Phoenix Film Festival, Valleyfest Film Festival, and the Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival. Patterson was working in a coffee shop in Town & Country Village where "Green" writer/director Karl Hirsch did much of his writing. Hirsch told the Arizona Republic: "Hyrum had the look and attitude I was after, so I asked him to do the part. I was taking a chance on a guy who had only acted in high school. But he was also taking a big chance on me." Hirsch made "Green" using a cast and crew made up largely of people he knew from when he was in the film program at Scottsdale Community College. Patterson later was a supporting actor in "Killer Bud" (2001), which was also directed by Hirsch. "Killer Bud" was an R-rated direct-to-video comedy and was also a low-budget poduction, but had a bigger budget than "Green." Patterson was the property production manager for the independent direct-to-video feature-length film "Just One Night" (2000).
Jim Patterson
Lives in Kamas, Utah. Transportation coordinator or driver for the movies "A Midnight Clear" (1991) and "Ski Patrol." On production staff for the TV series "Ned and Stacey" (1995).
Palmer Pattison
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Also known as: Palmer S. Pattison. Sound designer for T.C. Christensen's direct-to-video movie "Bug Off!" (2001). Post production sound for the direct-to-video movie "Someone Was Watching" (2002), produced by Lee Groberg. Has worked for the Osmond Studio in Orem, Utah.
Trae Patton
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Still photographer. Website: Bio from his website:
I carry a background in marketing and public relations yet I have always had a passion for photography. I continually have a desire to learn and push myself in the photographic field. I have narrowed my field of study over the years to commercial product and people photography as well as more recently television and film production photography.

My clients have included Iomega, Microsoft, Novell, Intel, Ask, CBS Television, NBC Olympics Inc, AMC Networks, Caroline Film Productions, William Morris Agency, the Ford Agency, and numerous national and international publications and magazines.

Keith Paugh
Latter-day Saint. Served a full-time mission in Venezuela. Director of the 12-minute drama/comedy film "Variations on a Theme" (2002), which competed in the 2nd LDS Film Festival, held in Provo, Utah in November 2002. The film is described thus: "A fresh look at how a young man who has been hurt in past relationships is reluctant to try again." "Variations on a Theme" was selected for inclusion in the LDS Film Festival's touring "Best of 2002" program. Director of the short documentary "The Right Occasion" (2002, 3 minutes, color), which competed in the 3rd LDS Film Festival (Jan. 2004) and was described thus: "Music, art, and the people thereof; a documentary about a time period in Provo." Director of the short experimental film "Two Homes" (2003, 7 minutes), which competed in the 3rd LDS Film Festival and was described thus: "The drive in between where I live."
Cinco Paul
Latter-day Saint. Graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinema in 1993 with a degree in screenwriting. Screenwriter of Disney's controversial feature comedy "Bubble Boy" (2001) and the hit Disney family comedy "The Santa Clause 2" (2002), starring Tim Allen. Co-wrote "Bubble Boy" and "Santa Claus 2" with his writing partner, Ken Daurio. In late 2002 Daurio and Paul made the short film "Special," based on a script they wrote in 1999. Cameo appearances in "Bubble Boy" (2001) and "Dude, Where's My Car?" (2000). With Daurio he is currently writing "Let It Rain," a live-action musical with singing dogs for Disney and Jim Henson Pictures. Bio from (
Cinco Paul was born in Phoenix, Arizona. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale University in 1986 with a degree in English. He moved to Southern California in 1991 and received a fellowship grant to attend the screenwriting program at USC. Prior to writing "Bubble Boy", he worked on the Warner Bros. animated film "Cats Don't Dance" [as a writer of additional screenplay material].

Mr. Paul and his wife are the parents of three children. They live in the Los Angeles area.

Chris Paulos
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Company: Spy Hop Productions in Salt Lake City, Utah. Paulos began his filmmaking career at the age of nine with independent short films such as "The Utah Weed Eater Massacre" and Ninja Fury." These first forays into cinema were inspired by a behind-the-scenes experience on the big-budget Hollywood feature "Desperate Hours, starring Mickey Rourke, which was filmed on location in Federal Heights. The young Paulos spent days sweeping up spent shell casings from blanks used by the automatic weapons in the movie. The menial labor inspired him to pursue a career behind the camera. While in high school he persuaded some teaches to let him make films rather than write papers, resulting in classroom screenings of films such as "Tres Hombres De La Mancha" and "The Odyssey: A Musical." Paulos enhanced his production experience by working as a production and location assistant on various local commercials and made-for-TV movies made by Telescene Inc. and Caroline Pictures.

After graduating from high school, Paulos earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Southern California in Film Production and Communication. While living in Los Angeles, Paulos made sixteen student films on Super 8, 16mm and video. Two of his first student films earned a position in the "Best Of" reel for USC 's Film Department in 1999 and Paulos was given an Honor's Internship with Miramax Studios. This internship led to a fulltime assistant position for Quentin Tarantino and Lawrence Bender at A Band Apart Productions. Here, Paulos was involved in several productions, including "Anna and The King", "Knock Around Guys", "The Mexican", "Traffic" and more. Paulos gained experience in making commercials and music videos while working at Moxie Pictures, an L.A.-based production company. Here he worked with directors such as Todd Phillips, Dan Levinson and Paulostopher Guest, making commercials for McDonald's, Virgin, Kinko's, Pepe Jeans and Cheez-its.

Spy Hop Productions lured Paulos away from Los Angeles in 2001. Since then he was worn several hats including that of an instructor, Director of Outreach and Distribution, Director of Film and Video Production and Director of Apprenticeship Program. He teaches all advanced level film production courses and manages the majority of film and video projects at Spy Hop Media Studios. When not making films, Paulos enjoys the outdoors, reading, the occasional video game and restoring vintage automobiles.

Producer the Dalai Lama's Utah Lecture (presumably meaning he produced the video of the event). Producer/director of the short film "Expression" and the feature film "The Job." Website:

Joseph Paur
Latter-day Saint. Actor. Lead role as "Mr. Ribaldi" in the Feature Films For Families video "Rigoletto" (1993), written and directed by Leo D. Paur. Major role as "Lamonah" (the 6th-billed role) in the Church-produced 70mm film "Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd" (2000). Small role in the FFFF video "Split Infinity" (1992). Had a small role as an opera singer in the feature film "The Man from Elysian Fields" (2001), which starred Mick Jagger, Andy Garcia and James Coburn.
Leo D. Paur
Sometimes credited as: Leo Paur. Writer of the Feature Films For Families videos "Rigoletto" (1993), "Secret of Treasure Mountain" (1993) and "Split Infinity" (1992). Also wrote for the animated TV series "Transformers" (1984-1987). Director of "Rigoletto" (1993), which is considered by many to be the best film produced by Feature Films For Families. Author of the book How to Teach Your Children to Say No to Drugs and Keep Their Friends, Paramount Books, Utah, 1992.
Robert Paxton
Latter-day Saint. Screenwriter of the Lyman Dayton direct-to-video film "Second Chance" (1996). Writer of the TV series "No Adults Aloud" (1994). Excerpts from AML-List autobiography (
I've been married to Tryn (maiden name Peterson) for eight years and we have two exasperatingly charming boys: Robbie (Robert III) age 4, and Morgan (20 months). I am the second of 12 children and my father was a career Army officer. In fact, he blessed me at church and then returned to Vietnam. I was born in Granger Utah (now West Valley City), and have lived in Arlington, VA; San Antonio, TX (twice); Salt Lake City; Augsburg, Germany; Yuma, AZ; and in and around Killeen, TX. I also spent one summer in Northern California, on the East Bay, selling insulation. I went to BYU for a year, then served a mission to Belgium, Brussels, spending most of my time in France, then back to BYU, where I majored in English with a foot constantly in the theatre department. We married just before our Senior year, during which I took a playwriting class from Tim Slover and determined to pursue a career in playwriting. I was accepted to the MFA program at UNLV, but opted to stay at BYU for an additional year so that Tryn could earn an MA in English. I was able to tailor a program to my interests, so I also picked up an MA during that year. Then we moved to Las Vegas for three years, where her MA allowed her to teach at UNLV and provided me reduced tuition and fees. At UNLV, under the tutelage of Jerry Crawford and Davey Marlin-Jones, I began exploring overtly LDS material in my plays. Both professors initially encouraged me to resist that tendency, worrying I would waste my talents writing the "official" Church line. Jerry finally decided I had to write what was inside me, and Davey directed my thesis play What Wondrous Things, a comic treatment of Nephi going back for the brass plates. It went over well, though some critics indicated they couldn't identify whether it was supportive of or critical of the source material.

In the summer of 1992 I wrote and performed a one man show called Brother Joseph, and was subsequently commissioned by Doug Stewart and the Heritage Arts Foundation to write the original play UTAH! After graduation we moved to St. George, where I accepted a job as Director of Theatre Programs for the Tuacahn Center for the Arts. In 1995, with the gala opening of the facilities, I directed the Mormon Arts Symposium, which gathered over 200 LDS artists in various disciplines for two days, and inaugurated the annual Mormon Arts Festival.

A year ago, after spending more time doing accounting than art, and out of concern for the future of the festival, Doug and I both resigned from the Heritage Arts Festival and created the Mormon Arts Foundation to sponsor the annual festival. Since then I have drawn a part-time salary as Director of the Mormon Arts Festival, and supplemented it with outside writing, directing, and acting.

I write out of a sense of enjoyment and mission, and I write plays and screenplays because I tend to see stories in a dramatic form, though there are some stories I want to eventually tell which demand a prose format. I direct plays out of economic necessity and because I enjoy it. Some plays beg me to direct them and others to perform in them. I perform out of pure passion for the boards. And I occasionally read dramatic theory and history out of curiosity and love of the art form.

This summer I produced and directed a show in Northern Utah, wrote a commissioned work about Geronimo, and am now directing a production of Doug Stewart's Star Child as an independent project. My other plays include Heir to the Covenant, about the introduction of polygamy in Nauvoo, which was read in the 1995 Utah Shakespearean Festival new plays series; a Lyman Dayton film called "Second Chance"; a one-act published in Inscape (1991) called "A Sense of Things"; Fair Play, which placed in the Mayhew playwriting contest in 1990; and several other miscellaneous, negligible, or in-progress works.

David Payne
Latter-day Saint. Film student at Brigham Young University (BYU). Production assistant for the Christian Vuissa's short film "Roots & Wings" (2002). Caterer for the short film "The Snell Show" (2002). Created the "Final Cut Trailer" shown during BYU's Final Cut film festival in 2003. Co-production designer for Vuissa's short film "Unfolding" (2003). Also appears on screen as an extra in "Roots & Wings" and "Unfolding."
Edward John Payne
Latter-day Saint. Born at Lake Arrowhead, California. Attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University (BYU). Lives in Bountiful, Utah. Produced and written several Church videos and advertisements while he worked at Bonneville Communications. Then worked as a free-lance filmmaker, producing projects for First Security Bank and the University of Utah. Produced the Olympic Bid for Salt Lake City for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. For several years now he has produced the longest running broadcast television program in history, "Music and the Spoken Word", and General Conference broadcasts for the Church. His current title is Senior Manager of the Audi-Visual Department under the direction of the First Presidency.
Marvin Payne
Latter-day Saint. Actor, playwright, songwriter and composer. Veteran of numerous stage and film roles in Utah. TV guest appearance on "Touched by an Angel." Wrote and performed in dozens of audio tapes in his various series: Scripture Scouts, The Allabouts, and Alexander's Amazing Adventures. Perhaps best known for playing the father in the video adaptation of "Saturday's Warrior" (1989). Top-billed star of the short films "A Truce with Death" (1993), which is about Latter-day Saint pioneers, and "Gold Fever" (1990), both of which were directed by Bill Shira. Also, had the lead role as "Everyman" in the Church video "Man's Search For Happiness" (1986). Has appeared in other Church videos, including major roles in "Easter Dream" (1990), "How Rare a Possession", and Making Cookies." Star of the "Lorenzo's Songbook" videos for the Latter-day Saint market, and the video "Road to Riches" (2001). Top-billed star of "A Truce with Death" (1993), a short film about Latter-day Saint pioneers which won a Crystal Heart Award. Payne also composed and conducted the musical score for "A Truce with Death," which was directed by Bill Shira. Payne was also the composer for two other short films directed by Shira: "The Butterchurn" (1995) and "Gold Fever" (1990). Along with the Osmond brothers he was a songwriter for the movie "Where the Red Fern Grows" (1974). Major acting roles in the direct-to-video feature films "Horse Crazy" (2001), "Pure Race" (1995). Major roles in the TV movies "My Life as a Babysitter" (1990; Disney); "A More Perfect Union: American Becomes A Nation" (PBS; 1989); "The Secret of Lost Creek" (1992; Disney); "It Nearly Wasn't Christmas" (1989); "America: the Dream Goes On." Small role in the Church-produced 70mm film "Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd" (2000). Small roles in other productions, including the TV movies "Ancient Secrets of the Bible" (1992); "Deliver Them from Evil: The Taking of Alta View" (1992); and "The Witching of Ben Wagner" (1987). Writes a regular column for Meridian Magazine called "Backstage Graffiti." Author of the musical The Planemaker. Website:
Sam Payne
Latter-day Saint. Actor and singer. Son of Utah stage and film veteren Marvin Payne. Moves to St. George, Utah in 1995 to teach seminary. Stars as the wise teacher in Michael Mills' short film "He Took My Licking" (2001), sold in Latter-day Saint Christian bookstores. Payne also wrote and performed the music for the video. Provided the voice of "Plague" in the Swan Animation series "The Princess and the Pea Chronicles" (2003). Second boom operator for the short film "Gold Fever" (1990), starring Marvin Payne. Bio from his website,
Born in Provo to a couple of folk singers and raised in the shadow of the Wasatch Mountains, Sam Payne's earliest childhood memories include falling asleep in his attic bedroom to the strumming of his dad's guitar and the bowing of his mom's fiddle downstairs. He grew up to study jazz and theater in college, which took him to stages from West Coast Universities to the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. He is an accomplished actor, and has authored plays for children and adults. Payne currently writes and performs with a number of projects, including the locally acclaimed Sam Payne Trio, a hot Jazz quintet appropriately entitled "The Utah Jazz," and as a solo folk act. Mr. Payne is married to his high-school sweetheart, Kristie Lott, and together with their three sons, Skyler, Caleb, and Seth (along with Pete the beagle), the couple resides in the shadow of the Red Hill, in the heart of St. George's historic district, one good sniff away from the Pizza Factory.

The press has said of Sam Payne's music: "Payne is one of those few musicians who can successfully combine both songwriting and stage performing. He can write poignant and meaningful lyrics, combine them with a melodic hook, and perform them in a voice that makes you want to close your eyes and drift away."

Skyler Payne
Latter-day Saint. Lives in St. George, Utah. Son of singer/actor Sam Payne. Grandson of singer/actor Marvin Payne. Provided the voice of "Fearless" in the Swan Animation series "The Princess and the Pea Chronicles" (2003).
Stacy Pearce
Production assistant for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The Singles Ward" (2002).
Emily Pearson
Latter-day Saint. Sometimes credited as: Emily Pearson Fales. Daughter of famed Latter-day Saint author Carol Lynn Pearson. Previously married to actor/playwright Steven Fales. Graduated from Brigham Young University in 1989. Associate producer of the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The Work and the Story" (2003), directed by Nathan Smith Jones, starring Jones and Richard Dutcher. Small role (as "Kathleen") in Richard Dutcher's acclaimed Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Brigham City" (2001). Emily Pearson was profiled in the article "Of Aspiring Actors" by Sue Bergin, BYU Today, Jan. 92, page 23. Emily Pearson and her mother co-authored the children's books Fuzzy Red Bathrobe (2000) and Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed (published by Gibbs Smith).
Carol Lynn Pearson
Latter-day Saint. Award-winning author, lyricist and playwright. Screenwriter for the classic Church-produced video "Cipher in the Snow" (1973). Lyracist for the Latter-day Saint-themed musical "My Turn on Earth" (1986), which was filmed and made available as a video. Writer/lyracist of the inspirational musical "A Time to Love" (1987), also available on video. Writer and sole performer of the play "Mother Wove the Morning" (1992), available on video and popular in Feminist circles. Recipient of a special AML (Association for Mormon Letters) Award, granted "for her sustained and distinguished contributions, over two decades, to a variety of genres--the novel, the short story, poetry, drama and musical drama, humor, and the essay, all of which reflect the ethos of a thoughtful and committed Latter-day Saint." Bio (
Carol Lynn Pearson is a well-known writer in a variety of genres. The unlikely area of poetry provided her first major success. Well over 250,000 copies of her poetry books have been sold and poems have appeared in literature books as well as Ann Lander's column. A book that brought major recognition in a different way is "Goodbye, I Love You", the story of her life with her husband, a homosexual man struggling with the conflicts this brought to his life and marriage. After twelve years and four children, the couple ended their marriage and vowed to remain good friends. Six years later, in Carol Lynn's home, where she was taking care of him, Gerald died of AIDS. Believing their story could help many others, Ms. Pearson decided to tell it. The book made her a popular guest on such shows as "Good Morning, America," "Oprah," "Sally Jesse Raphael," and was featured in "People" magazine and "Woman's Day." She has also written educational motion pictures and children's plays, two commissioned by Robert Redford's Sundance Theatre, "Don't Count Your Chickens Before They Cry Wolf" and " I Believe In Make Believe." Her most recent project is a one-woman play which she wrote and performs, "Mother Wove The Morning," in which she portrays sixteen women throughout history in search for the female face of God. Ms. Pearson received her BA and MA degrees in Theater at Brigham Young University in Utah, where she twice received the "Best Actress" award. She lives and works in Walnut Creek, California.

Dave L. Peck
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Dave Peck; David Peck. Film crew member. Lighting director for Joseph Osborn's low-budget feature film "No Dogs Allowed" (2002). Gaffer for "Friends & Lovers" (1999). Gaffer and additional camera operator for "The Rage" (1997). Best boy electric for the TV movie "In the Blink of an Eye" (1996). Lamp operator for the feature film "Dumb & Dumber" (1994). Steadicam operator for the feature film "New Nightmare" (1994, a.k.a. "A Nightmare On Elm Street 7"). Electrician for "Neon City" (1992). Driver for the Church-produced film "Nora's Christmas Gift" (1989).
Greggory B. Peck
Lives in Utah County. Also credited as: Greg Peck; Greggory Peck. His film production company, Bristone Films, is in Provo, Utah. Married to writer/producer Lisa J. Peck. Producer of the Latter-day Saint-themed direct-to-video films "Only Once (1998) and "Christmas Mission" (1999). Producer of the feature film "Cowboys and Angels" (2000). Producer of the claymation epic "The Minister." Was a camera operator (alongside Rocco DeVilliers and Doug Fowkes) for the video taped version of the Latter-day Saint-themed one-woman musical "Polly" (1993).
Lisa J. Peck
Latter-day Saint. Married to film producer Greggory B. Peck. Producer/screenwriter of the Latter-day Saint-themed direct-to-video film "Only Once" (1998). Executive producer of the feature film "Cowboys and Angels" (2000), which won the Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Film Festival. Author of many books: Nauvoo Magic; Dangerous Memories; More Precious Than Diamonds; Life with the Kids; Lovin' for a Lifetime; The Challenge for Brittany; What About Me?
Norman Peck
Born in Salt Lake City. Actor in "Hello Sister" (1930); "The Vagabond Lover" (1929); "Publicity Madness" (1927).
Rick Peebles
Lives in Utah. G/E swing for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Brigham City" (2002). Grip for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The Singles Ward" (2002).
Kreg Peeler
Latter-day Saint. Hometown: Mountain Center, California. Lives in Provo, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Craig M. Peeler; Kreg Peeler. Student at Brigham Young University. Art department intern for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The R.M." (2003). Sound designer for the KBYU documentary "The Best Crop: A History of Orchard Farming in Orem, Utah" (2002).
Larry Peer
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Provo, Utah with his wife, Janet. Faculty member at Brigham Young University (BYU). Executive director of the American Conference on Romanticism. Was a presenter at the LDS Film Festival held in November 2002 in Provo, Utah, where he participated in a forum titled "Fantasy and Reality in LDS Media." As a presenter he had been invited to discuss the roles of reality and fantasy in Latter-day Saint media past, present, and future.
Nikola Peisley
Voice work for the PBS documentary "Trail of Hope: The Story of the Mormon Trail" (1997).
Brad Pelo
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Alpine, Utah with his wife Melody. Executive producer of the feature film "The Legend of Johnny Lingo" (2003), an update of the classic Church video "Johnny Lingo." The new feature film was directed by Steven Ramirez and produced by Jerry Molen and John Garbett, all three of whom are Latter-day Saints who had previously worked on the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The Other Side of Heaven." Pelo is the founder and CEO of NextPage, a company based in Lehi, Utah with 160 employees that develops software for peer-to-peer networking of file servers. Pelo was previously the CEO of Bookcraft, a major book publisher in the Latter-day Saint market. Pelo left Bookcraft when the company was purchased by its competitor Desert Book in the late 1990s. Pelo was also one of the founders of Provo-based Folio Corp., makers of electronic publishing tools. Pelo and his wife were profiled by KSL broadcaster Carole Mikita when they adopted two children from Khazakstan (one of whom needed surgery to correct a birth defect), adding to their seven biological children. Bio from "The Legend of Johnny Lingo" publication:
Brad Pelo has made a career out of envisioning and then launching successful ideas. While still a teenager, Pelo launched his first successful business and was labeled a "teen tycoon" in stories appearing in many national publications, including The New York Times, Success, and McCalls. He founded and led both Folio Corporation and NextPage, Inc. and has headed a multimedia publishing company. In 1994, Pelo received a Telly Award for writing and producing Information Democracy, a short film featuring the award-winning actor James Earl Jones. Two production companies call Brad founder, and in recent years he has teamed up with leading filmmakers to bring audiences both educational and entertainment productions.

Michaelene Pendleton
Lives in the Moab, Utah area. Production assistant for the movie "Passion in the Desert" (Roland Films), the TV movie "Riders of the Purple Sage" (VHC Prod.) and commercials, including one for Busch (AMS Productions). Pendleton is the co-author of Prehistoric Indians: their cultures, ruins, artifacts and rock art. Salt Lake City: Wasatch Publishers (1979). Also that author of science fiction stories, including: "Sardines"; "Professionals"; "Soulkeeper"; "Under the Tattoos"; "Rising Star"; "Corona Heat." Her story "Dealer" appears in M. Shayne Bell's award winning anthology Washed by a Wave of Wind. Although most of the authors with works in this anthology are Latter-day Saints, Pendleton is not.
Richard Penrod
Lives in Hooper, Utah with his wife Donna. Birth name: Richard L. Penrod. Art director for the Latter-day Saint-themed direct-to-video movie "The Shadow of Light" (2002). Set dresser for the TV movies "The Maldonado Miracle" (2003) and "Right On Track" (2002). Swing gang for the TV movie "The Poof Point" (2001) and the film "Partners in Crime" (2000). Set dresser for Blair Treu's feature film "Little Secrets" (2002).
Maria Perez
Latter-day Saint (convert). Also credited as: Agustina Perez. Screenwriter and producer of the award-winning short film "Roots & Wings" (2002), directed and also produced by Christian Vuissa. The film is about a Mexican immigrant and devout Catholic whose wife and daughter become Latter-day Saints. Although fictional, the film is based in part on the experiences of the author and the director as converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Catholicism. Perez won the Best Screenwriter award at BYU's Final Cut film festival (2002) for "Roots & Wings." The film also won the top general prize, the Audience Award. "Roots & Wings" later won the Best Director and Best Screenplay awards at the prestigious Eclipse Film Festival, held in St. George in November 2002.
Richard Perkins
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Film editor. Assistant editor for 8 episodes of the TV series "Beverly Hills, 90210" (1994-1995). Assistant editor for the TV series "JAG." Assistant editor for the TV movies "Code Name: Wolverine" (1996), "Home Invasion" (1997), "A Glimpse of Hell" (2001) and "Live From Baghdad" (2002).
Anne Perry
Latter-day Saint (convert). Born 28 October 1938, London, England. Birth name: Juliet Marion Hulme. Celebrated, best-selling mystery novelist. Author of the novel The Cater Street Hangman, which was a adapted into a 1998 TV movie. Director Peter Jackson, who directed "The Lord of the Rings" (2001), directed a feature film called "Heavenly Creatures" (1994) which depicted events in Perry's early life (before she changed her name). Academy Award-nominated Kate Winslet (best known for "Titanic") played the young Anne Perry. Perry has stated that the movie is not an accurate depiction.
Douglas C. Perry
Latter-day Saint. Also credited as: Douglas Perry; Douglas Colton Perry. Married to songwriter Janice Kapp Perry. Producer (along with his wife) of the Latter-day Saint-themed musical "It's A Miracle," which in 1984 was taped and made into a video sold in LDS bookstores. Executive producer (along with his wife) of the Latter-day Saint-themed one-woman musical "Polly," which in 1993 was taped and made into a video sold in LDS bookstores. "Polly" was written by his son Steven Kapp Perry.
Janice Kapp Perry
Latter-day Saint. Married to Douglas C. Perry. Popular songwriter, particularly of songs popular among Latter-day Saints, including commercially available songs as well as songs in the hymn books of adults and children. Her songs are featured in the soundtracks of the feature films "Rat Race" (2001), "The Singles Ward" (2002), and "The R.M." (2003). Producer (along with Joy Saunders Lundberg and Douglas C. Perry) of the Latter-day Saint-themed musical "It's A Miracle," which in 1984 was taped and made into a video sold in LDS bookstores. Executive producer (along with Douglas C. Perry) of the Latter-day Saint-themed one-woman musical "Polly," which in 1993 was taped and made into a video sold in LDS bookstores. "Polly" was written by her son Steven Kapp Perry.
Rob Perry
Craft services for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Handcart" (2002).
Steven Kapp Perry
Latter-day Saint. Playwright/lyricist of the Latter-day Saint-themed musical "Polly" (1992), which was filmed and is sold in Latter-day Saint bookstores on video. Website: Bio (
Steven Kapp Perry is a songwriter and playwright whose musical adventures include everything from singing the National Anthem at Wrigley Field for the Cubs to leading the music in LDS General Conference and singing Mozart from atop the altar in Notre Dame in Paris.

As part of Peace Mountain MediaWorks, he helped create "The Scripture Scouts," "Alexander's Amazing Adventures," and "The Allabouts" with his co-writers Marvin Payne and Roger & Melanie Hoffman. He has written projects for National Geographic, Prime Recordings, Deseret Book, and other companies.

He is also a volunteer for Reach the Children, a non-profit organization providing education, nutrition, and vocational training. Learn more at

His 9 albums of original music are: Newlight, Message In Motion, Far Into the Heart, From Cumorah's Hill, Polly--a One-Woman Musical, Come to the House of the Lord, This Is Jesus, The Trail of Dreams, Reason to Sing -- The Best of Steven Kapp Perry. And the most recently released: Another Testament -- the Book of Mormon Witnesses of Jesus Christ.

Steve loves music, cream cheese on bagels, his wife Johanne, and whichever of their four children slept through the night.

John Perryman
Utah-based actor. Bit parts in: The Darkling (2000); Neon City (1992); War and Remembrance (1988); P.K. and the Kid (1987); Triplecross (1985); Ninja III: The Domination (1984); Single Bars, Single Women (1984); Footloose (1984); On the Nickel (1980). TV guest appearances on at least 2 episodes of "The Waltons." Lead man (art department) for the movie "P.K. and the Kid" (1987).
Josh Persoff
Previously lived in Utah. Sometimes credited as: Joshua Persoff. Worked in the art department on films made in Utah, including working as set dresser for "Just Like Dad" (1996) and "Unhook the Stars" (1996), and assistant prop master for the TV movie "Divided by Hate" (1997). Also set dresser for films made in Los Angeles: "Thursday" (1998, starring Aaron Eckhart), "Suicide, the Comedy" (1998), "Max Keeble's Big Move" (2001) and "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" (1999). Art director for Tracey D'Arcy's short film "Another Life" (2002), also made in Los Angeles, which is apparently where Persoff lives now.
Charlie Peters
Born in Salt Lake City. Raised in Los Angeles. Writer of Music From Another Room (1998); Krippendorf's Tribe (1998); My Father the Hero (1994); Passed Away (1992); 3 Men and a Little Lady (1990); Her Alibi (1989); Tickets, Please (1988); Hot to Trot (1988); Blame It on Rio (1984); Kiss Me Goodbye (1982); Paternity (1981). Director of "Music From Another Room" (1998) and "Passed Away" (1992). Executive producer of TV movie "Tickets, Please" (1988).
Tony Peters
Lives in Layton, Utah. Storyboard artist. Credited with rigging for the Latter-day Saint-themed KBYU film "Eliza and I" (1997), which was directed by Richard Dutcher.
Alan Petersen
Voice work for the PBS documentary "Trail of Hope: The Story of the Mormon Trail" (1997).
Anthony R. Petersen
Latter-day Saint. Wrote the feature-length screenplay "High Maintenance," which competed in the 2002 LDS Film Festival.
Brian Petersen
Latter-day Saint. Graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU) in 2000. Second assistant director on the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Brigham City" (2001). He also appears briefly on screen as an FBI agent. Second assistant director for the feature-length comedy "Napoleon Dynamite." Director of the short film "Closure" (2001), which won 2nd place at the International Young LDS Film Festival in 2001.
Heather Petersen
Latter-day Saint. Production assistant for the "Late Show with David Letterman." Graduate of Brigham Yount University. Article: "Letterman's Top Two," by Scott Tiffany, BYU Magazine, Spring 1998.
Kari Petersen
Lives in Utah. Credited as "Assistant to Mr. Treu" (the director) in the Leucadia film "Wish Upon a Star" (1996). Also has a supporting role on screen in "Wish Upon a Star." Small acting role in the independent film "Clay Pigeons" (1998).
Lori Petersen
Latter-day Saint. Utah-based film editor. Has worked on many films for Feature Films For Families. Editor of the direct-to-video movies: Address Unknown (1997); Just in Time (1997); The Undercover Kid (1996); Rigoletto (1993); Seasons of the Heart (1993); The ButterCream Gang (1992). Editor for the TV series "Promised Land" (1996) and "Just in Time" (1988). Assistant editor for: Coyote Summer (1996); The Paper Brigade (1996); Just Like Dad (1995); Wish Upon a Star (1996); Breaking Free (1995); Windrunner (1995); Neon City (1992); Secret of Treasure Mountain (1993). Visual effects editorial coordinator on "The X-Files" movie (1998).
Stewart Petersen
Latter-day Saint. Actor. Perhaps best known to Church members for his starring role as Joseph Smith in the Church video "The First Vision." Major or starring roles in a number of family-friendly films, mostly produced in Utah: Rivals (1979); Pony Express Rider (1976); Against a Crooked Sky (1975); Seven Alone (1974); Where the Red Fern Grows (1974). Major role in the TV movie "Stranger at Jefferson High" (1981). Major role in the 45-minute film "The Skating Rink" (1998), directed by Larry Elikann.
Aaron W. Peterson
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Writer, producer and director of "A Girl Named Alice" and "The Lush Life."
Alan Peterson
Alan Peterson is a Utah-based actor. It is not clear if all of the credits listed in this IMDb entry are his, or they are mixed with the credits of another actor with a similar name.
Craig Peterson
Latter-day Saint. Producer for "A Voice from the Dust," a series of feature films based on the Book of Mormon. Bio from the project website (
Peterson brings his expertise in marketing and product development to the core management team. With an MBA in product innovation, he has pioneered extremely profitable marketing and distribution systems for artistic products in niche markets. Peterson's proven business acumen and artistic sensibilities will be brought to bear on the logistical innovations necessary to create and distribute the epic great motion picture A Voice from the Dust: Journey to the Promised Land.

Brandon Peterson
Utah filmmaker. Made the 8-minute film "The Fast and the Furious Bicycle Style," shown at the "Works From Along the Wasatch Front" screening in Salt Lake City, Utah in October 2002.
Daniel Peterson
Latter-day Saint. Writer of the video documentary "Evidences of the Book of Mormon", which is sold in Latter-day Saint bookstores.
Dennis L. Peterson
Lives in Park City, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Dennis Petersen; Dennis Peterson. Gaffer for at least 12 feature films and TV movies, including: Absence of the Good (1999); Murder at 75 Birch (1999); Divided by Hate (1997); Hearst Castle: Building the Dream (1996); Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993); Rolling Stones: Live at the Max (1991); Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter (1991); Blind Witness (1989); Russkies (1987); The Wraith (1986); Door to Door (1984); Cujo (1983);The Avenging (1982). Has worked frequently with famed cinematographer Reed Smoot. Chief lighting technician for the feature films "Drive Me Crazy" (1999) and "Truth or Consequences, N.M." (1997). Best boy for Kieth Merrill's feature film "Windwalker" (1980). An electrician for "Mr. Krueger's Christmas" (1980), which was directed by Kieth Merrill and produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Forrest B. Peterson
Latter-day Saint. Co-author of Evolution and Mormonism: A Quest for Understanding (Signature Books). Bio from book page (
Forrest B. Peterson is an award-winning writer and movie producer. In 1990 his Trouble in Oz won five Crystal Reel prizes from the Florida Film Festival. His church duties have included elders quorum president and gospel doctrine teacher.

Joan Speakman Peterson
Latter-day Saint. Also known as: Joan Peterson; Joan Speakman. Currently working as the casting director fir Gary Rogers' Book of Mormon movie project. Bio from that project (
Joan Peterson has been in the film industry in Salt Lake for the last five years. Joan is a former talent agent and has worked with a variety of talent representing them to producers and directors for work in films, television shows, and commercials both locally and nationally. You will find some of her talent in projects such as "Testaments", "Touched By An Angel", and most recently, many of her talent star in the film "Charly."

Joan left the agency side of the film industry to open up her own casting company "Starlight Creative Media" working with companies such as Bonneville Productions, Motivfilms, and Comsic Pictures.

Although Joan spends most of her time behind the camera, she can be found playing the role of The Judge in the soon to be released movie "Day Of Defense". Joan is also the afternoon host of Utah's top Sunday radio show "Sounds of the Sabbath" on KOSY106.5.

Kelly Peterson
Credited with the special effects work for the award-winning short BYU student films "Roots & Wings" (2002) and "Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath" (1997). Mentioned by the directors in the "special thanks" section of the closing credits of "Roots & Wings" and "The Wrong Brother" (2001). Did the special effects for the Latter-day Saint-themed KBYU films "Woman, the Pioneer" (1997) and "Eliza and I" (1997). Special effects for the KBYU documentary "Letting God Have His Way: A Conversation about C.S. Lewis" (1999). Did opticals for the BYU/LDS Motion Picture Studio film "Fourth Witness, The Mary Whitmer Story" (1996).
Michael "Mikey" Peterson
Latter-day Saint. Born 20 August 1982, Provo, Utah. Birth name: Michael Vincent Peterson. As a child actor, starred in the Latter-day Saint market children's videos "Lorenzo's Songbook, Vol. 1: The Discovery" and "Lorenzo's Songbook, Vol. 2: The Spyglass." Small roles in Blair Treu's direct-to-video film "The Paper Brigade" (1996) and the Feature Films For Families video "Split Infinity" (1992).
Nicholas Peterson
Latter-day Saint. Also credited as: Nicholas Nephi Peterson; Nick Peterson; Nich Peterson. Director whose animated short films have been screened in numerous festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW, and have been shown on television both domestically and abroad. Writer, producer, director, cinematographer and editor of the acclaimed 7 min. stop motion animation film "MuM" (1999) which can be viewed at: He also directed the short film "Cookies for Harry" (2001), which can be viewed at: "Mum" and "Cookies For Harry" both competed at the 3rd LDS Film Festival (Jan. 2004). "Cookies For Harry," a 5-minute dark comedy, is described thus: "What does a fly, a dying old man, and his wife have to do with cookies?" "MuM" was described thus: "Doubts simmer as a young bride, already wearing her dress and veil, reflects on who she is and where her life is going. Is she doing the right thing? Can she escape if she isn't?" Set decorator for the award-winning short film "More" (1998). Currently in pre-development stages on a feature-length film that he wrote with another Latter-day Saint. [Note: This Nicholas Peterson is NOT the same person as electrician Nick Peterson of Park City.]
Nick Peterson
Lives in Park City, Utah. Electrician credits include the TV movies "Absence of the Good (1999), "Divided by Hate" (1997) and "Clubhouse Detectives" (1996). Also electrician for "Nora" (i.e., "Nora's Christmas Gift," produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?).
Rod Peterson
Story consultant for the classic Church video "The Mailbox" (1977), made at BYU and LDS Motion Picture Studio.
Ryan Kenneth Peterson
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Make-up artist.
Zina Peterson
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband, author Ron Woods. Participated in a panel discussion ("Fantasy and Reality in LDS Media") at the 2nd LDS Film Festival, held in Provo, Utah in November 2002.
Jaelan Petrie
Latter-day Saint. Utah-based actor. 1st-billed star of Kels Goodman's Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Handcart" (2002). One of the stars of "Missy" (2000), an independent science fiction film produced by Goodman. Star of "Domestic Dispute" (2002), a short independent film also made by the Shinebox Productions folks who made "Handcart" and "Missy." Minor role as an anti-Mormon mugger who attacks in missionaries in John Lyde's direct-to-video film "The Field is White" (2002). Veteran of numerous stage productions at Utah Valley State College (UVSC), where he is a student.
Joel Petrie
Latter-day Saint. Born 28 July 1983 in Cardston, Alberta, Canada. Lives in Orem, Utah. Film editor and production assistant for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Handcart" (2002), which stars actor Jaelan Petrie in the lead role. As an actor he Joel Petrie had the lead role in the short film "The Redemption," directed by Dave Skousen and made as part of the 24 Hour Filmmaking Marathon competition during the 2002 LDS Film Festival. Petrie also had a bit part in the ShineBox Motion Pictures film "Sea Angel" (2003), starring Jaelan Petrie. Assistant director for the ShineBox feature-length film "Missy" (2000). Petrie was the pyrotechnics expert for "Sea Angel" and for John Lyde's feature-length direct-to-video/DVD martial arts action adventure film "The Collectors" (2003). Also had a bit part in "The Collectors."
Mike Pettingill
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Along with five fellow Boy Scouts, he made the short (21 min., 20 sec.) film "Root Beer Runners," which was shown at the 2003 Utah Short Film & Video Festival. The film is described thus: Written and produced by 16- and 17-year-old scouts in North Salt Lake's Troop 679 to fulfill several requirements of the cinematography merit badge, this film is a spoof of movies about rum running during Prohibition. Smokey and the Bandit meets the Cops TV show with root beer as the banned substance.
Dale Pettit
Latter-day Saint. Born in Utah. Lives in West Valley, Utah. Also credited as: Dale Petit. Martial arts instructor. Founder of the InterAmerican Kenpo Karate Association (IAKKA). Has worked as a stunt man in some movies, including the action film "China O'Brien" (1990), which was filmed in Utah.
Roger Pettit
Latter-day Saint. Born in Utah. Lives in West Valley, Utah. Also credited as: Roger Petit. Son of occasional stunt man Dale Pettit. Has worked as a stunt man in at least one movies: the action film "China O'Brien" (1990), which was filmed in Utah.
Nathan Petty
Latter-day Saint. In November 2001 he was a senior majoring in English and business at Brigham Young University-Hawaii (BYU-H). He was also the photo editor for Ke Alaka'i, the university newspaper. He served as the cameraman for Chris Cowden's low-budget film "Kevin and Jay" (2001), made by BYU-H students. Cowden said, "It is great to be working with someone with as much professionalism and expertise as Nathan" (Ke Alaka'i, 14 Nov. 2001). Was also a camera operator for the Hawaiian PBS program "The Birthing of Iosepa" (2002), about Latter-day Saint Polynesians.

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