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- American Mormon: Documentary by Daryn Tufts and Jed Knudsen. People say the darndest things about Mormons! In the tradition of The Mouths of Babes, intrepid interviewer Daryn Tufts (The Singles Ward) tours the country documenting the hilarious misconceptions people have about Latter-day Saints. From New York to Los Angeles, this sidesplitting collection of man-on-the-street interviews helps answer the question: What in the world do people think of us? It will be released on DVD and VHS Sept. 6, 2005, through Excel Entertainment and Deseret Book.
- American Mormon in Europe: Daryn Tufts and Jed Knudsen flew to Rome, Italy, on October 17, 2005, to film a sequel to American Mormon. This time they found out what people in different countries know and think about the Mormons, and they also talked to LDS people to find out what it's like being a Mormon in Europe. This documentary was filmed throughout Western Europe, including Rome, Paris, London, and Berlin. The documentary also includes hilarious and touching looks into the experiences of being LDS outside of the United States. LDS interviews include the first LDS Patriarch in Rome, Italy, and an LDS family that lived in East Berlin before and during the historic fall of the Berlin Wall. "American Mormon in Europe" is longer and more in-depth than the original because it explores the humorous and spiritual experiences of Latter-day Saints, and takes some time to visit sites of LDS history in Europe, including the oldest LDS chapel on Earth. The DVD will arrive September 26, 2006, through Excel Entertaimment and Deseret Book.Three trailers now available on American Mormon. As of 9/13/2006, DVD is available for pre-sale.
- Anxiously Engaged: Formerly titled "Piccadilly Cowboy" A romance about Carson Wells, a Montana cowboy living in England; filmed entirely in the United Kingdom; starring Bro. Jaelan Petrie ("Handcart", "Missy"); directed by Bro. Tyler Ford (M.A. London Film School); produced by Daniel Shanthakumar; musical score by legendary LDS composer Alan Hawkshaw. Others in the cast are Sophie Shaw, Tom Butcher, Kate Foster-Barnes, Gwyneth Powell, James Greene, Daniel Rabin, and Ian Bustard. The teaser can be seen on their production website at Piccadilly Cowboy. World Premier was at LDS Film Festival at the Scera Center in Orem, Utah, January 21, 2006. As of 6/14/2006, Ford reports "Piccadilly Cowboy" will be heading to the St. Petersburg Film Festival in Russia June 23-29. The festival's official website is at www.filmfest.ru. As of August 12, 2006, Ford reports "PC" will be riding out to Reno, Nevada, for the Tahoe International Film Festival Friday, August 25, 2006, at Squaw Creek Resort. Release in London March 16, 2007; Utah release Provo/SLC March 23, 2007. DVD Release from Excel Entertainment August 14, 2007.
- Beauty and the Beast: A Latter-day Tale: Candlelight Media Group has just completed production on a modern, LDS-adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast.” Based on the original 1700s fairytale, the romantic film stars Summer Naomi (Passage to Zarahemla) and Matthew Reese (Tears of a King). “Beauty and the Beast: A Latter-day Tale” was directed and produced by Brian Brough. It was also produced and written by Brittany Wiscombe. The film stars a wonderful supporting cast, including Matt Bellows, Lindsay Bird, Caitlin Meyer, Debbie Ellis and Dan Larsen. This new version of “Beauty and the Beast” tells the story of Belle (played by Naomi), who tries to save her father’s job after he breaks a work of art at the Beast’s mansion. The Beast (played by Reese) is the handsome and wealthy Eric, who through a series of tragedies and choices has become bitter about life and God. DVD released May 22, 2007.
- Believe: formerly titled "The Impossible Dream;" written and directed by Loki Mulholland; filmed in Salt Lake County and Utah County; made in cooporation with Kaleidoscope Pictures ("Jack Weyland's Charly"); producers: Russ Kendall (1st assistant director/UPM for "Charly") and Micah Merrill; cinematography by Ryan Little (The Singles Ward; The R.M.; The Home Teachers; Saints and Soldiers); Production Designer Anne Black; Editor Ethan Vincent; Composer Aaron Merrill. Cast includes: Larry Bagby, Lincoln Hoppe, Steve Anderson, Ann Bosler, Brian Clark, Britani Bateman, Danor Gerald, Jeff Olson, Craig Clyde, Jodi Russell, Vanessa DeHart, Jansen Davis, Lori Rees, Maclain Nelson, and Curt Dousett. Special Guests: Graham Russell (lead singer of Air Supply) and Troy Dunn. The film follows Adam Pendon, a struggling laid-off steel mill worker, who unwittingly rises to fame and fortune in the ranks of multi-level giant, Believe Industries. Through Adam, enter the mysterious and hilarious world of MLMs and the people who inhabit them. "Believe" is the ultimate multi-level marketing mocumentary. Release Date: April 20, 2007.
- Blacks in the Scriptures: This 2 DVD set contains lecture style scriptural presentations by Darius Gray and Marvin Perkins on: Blacks in the Bible; Skin Color; Curses; Equality; Priesthood. Blacks in the Priesthood Release date: September 25, 2007.
- Church Ball: comedy about Church basketball leagues where the battle on the basketball court is of mythic proportions--an underdog story about the misfit Mud Lake Ward hoops team that enters a tournament in the hopes of toppling the mighty Crystal Hills Ward. Directed by Kurt Hale and produced by Dave Hunter from HaleStorm Entertainment; $1 million budget. Script by John Moyer ("The Singles Ward", "The R.M."). Cast includes non-LDS Hollywood actors: Fred Willard ("Bewitched," "Anchorman," TV's "Everybody Loves Raymond"), Clint Howard ("Cinderella Man," "Apollo 13"), Gary Coleman (TV's "Diff'rent Strokes," Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jr., son of the basketball legend, and Andrew Wilson, older brother of Luke and Owen ("Fever Pitch"). Cameos by Mark Eaton, Hot Rod Hundley, and Utah radio personality Jimmy Chunga. MPAA Rating: PG for mild language and some rude humor. Theatrical release March 17, 2006. DVD now available.
- Clean Flicks Documentary: In production. This documentary deals with the rise and fall of Clean Flicks, the lawsuit from the Director's Guild of America led by Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Robert Redford, and Steven Soderbergh, the LDS culture that spawned the industry, and the stores that are still operating. The film features frank discussions with local Clean Flicks owners like Daniel Thompson and Ray Lines as well as with Hollywood heavy-weights like Michael Apted and Steven Soderbergh. Directed by Joshua Ligairi and Andrew James. Co-Produced by William Rowan, Jr. and Xavier Gutierrez. Beachfire Pictures and Icarus Arts & Entertainment. As of June 9, 2008, Clean Flicks is in it's first stages of post-production. Editing, score, and animations have begun. The film will be submitted to the 2008 Sundance Film Festival this September.
- The Dance: A new romantic comedy from Michael Flynn, the producer of “The Best Two Years” began principal filming April 24, 2006, in SLC and then onto Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. Flynn is also a lead actor in the film and brings back KC Clyde and Scott Christopher from “The Best Two Years.” They will play leads against newcomer Kari Hawker,(“Jack’s Law”) from Holladay. Other cast members include Joyce Cohen, Monique Lanier, Frank Gerrish, Jeff Johnson, and 10-year-old Stefania Barr. Her role as Ally in the film is already being hailed as a break-through and guaranteed to melt hearts. Written and directed by McKay Daines, it is based on an award-winning Carol Lynn Pearson play, with an LDS flavor and should appeal to all ages. The story follows the intertwined romantic stories of three couples living in the Harvard University Cambridge area and takes place all in one evening. Ron Hill is the director of photography; Ben Lokey the choreographer; John Lyde Editor, and original music by Sam Cardon. The Dance was well received when it was screened three times at the 2007 LDS Film Festival Jan 17-20. Release date April 6, 2007. DVD release September 25, 2007.
- Diantha's Crossing:Diantha’s Crossing is the story of Diantha Clay – a composite of LDS pioneer women. The story is a fictional presentation based upon a stage production, originally written and performed by BYU professor Barta Heiner. The filmed version has been adapted for the screen by Tom Russell, BYU professor of media arts.
The project included the efforts of over 70 students, accumulating approximately 10,000 hours work experience. Diantha’s Crossing is basically a student film. Students, almost exclusively, served as department heads – solely responsible for design, cinematography, editing, etc.
As the Saints in Salt Lake City prepare to abandon the city by order of President Young in 1858, Diantha makes her preparations. But just as she prepares to leave, she witnesses the mistreatment of a young, expectant mother. The young mother and her husband are not members of the Church and are simply passing through on their way to California. The husband abandons his wife and Diantha takes her in. The film joins the story inside Diantha’s cabin as she cares for the unconscious woman. Diantha fears the return of the husband as well as the arrival of the Army, but she continues her care of the woman, assured that some of the men will return as soon as they’ve helped move others to Cedar City. Shown at the LDS Film Festival January 24, 2009, at the Scera Center for the Arts.
- Divine Comedy: Break the Mold Pro Tour: On sale now at Deseret Book and BYU Bookstore is "Divine Comedy: Break the Mold Pro Tour" DVD. Filmed by some of the best LDS filmmakers in Utah, this comedy sketch show is a awesomely, tubularly, wickedly, spentacular, wonderific, alluring, sweetious good time! This sketch comedy group has been selling-out audiences in Utah County for years. This is their first DVD. Check out the cover art at their website.
- EMMA SMITH; My Story:: A feature film is being produced by The Joseph Smith Jr & Emma Hale Smith Historical Society and Morning Dew Entertainment. Written by Gary Cook and directed by Gary Cook & T.C. Christensen. Executive Producers are Steven A. Lee, Michael Kennedy, and Paul Savage. Producers are Ron Munns and Gary Cook. Gracia Jones (Emma's great-great granddaughter, and noted author) is the historical consultation to make certain the production is as accurate as possible. The film tells story of Emma Smith as she reflects on her life. Beginning with her childhood, we learn about the world that molded Emma into the woman she would ultimately become. The film follows Emma up through her final years in Nauvoo providing insight into this amazing woman's complicated life. The film stars Katherine Nelson Thompson as Emma Smith, and Patricia Place as the elder Emma Smith Bidamon. The film also features Nathan Mitchell as Joseph Smith, Tayva Patch as Lucy Smith, and Rick Macy as Joseph Sr. The film first showed in January at the 2008 LDS Film Festival at the Scera Theater in Orem. It is being distributed by Candlelight Media Group and priemered in Sandy, Utah, April 10, 2008. It opened in Utah and Southern Idaho April 11, 2008. See the trailer at EmmaSmithMovie: All proceeds from the film will go to support the programs and activities of the The Joseph Smith Jr & Emma Hale Smith Historical Society. Release date April 11, 2008.
- The Errand of Angels: Writer/director/producer Christian Vuissa will premier his movie "The Errand of Angels" at the LDS Film Festival 2008, January 18, 2008. Synopsis: Rachel Taylor comes to Austria to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She begins her journey with high ideals and low language skills. Through her challenges with the culture, the cuisine, and a companion from another place, she is able to find meaning behind the very beliefs she has set forth to share. From happiness to sadness to anger to peace, with enough awkwardness along the way to keep us laughing, the film explores Rachel's growth as she finds love for those less lovable and learns the true purpose of her mission. Cast includes: Erin Chambers, Rachel Emmers, Bettina Schwarz. Heidi Johnson also produces with Vuissa; Executive Producers include Mark Johnson, Ian Stong, Julie Stong, Brent DeWitt, Shelly DeWitt, and Farrel M. Smith. Director of Photography Brian Wilcox; Production Designer Joshua Ligairi; Story Heidi Johnson; Original Score Robert Allen Elliott; Editor Ludwig Einklang. Film festivals that will screen "Errand of Angels" Spring of 2008 are the Thunderbird Film Festival April 11, 2008, WorldFest Houston International Film Festival April 15, 2008, and Fallbrook Film Festival April 27, 2008, at the Mission Theatre in Fallbrook, California. TEOA has also been invited to screen at the BYU Women's Conference Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 7 p.m. in the Tanner Building. Excel Entertainment is proud to distribute TEOA. Theatrical release August 22, 2008.
- Extraordinary Measures: A feature-length documentary about an LDS family and their experience with a father and son grappling with brain damage premiered at the San Francisco DocFest in 2007. Travis Sutton is the producer and director. "My greatest fear in life was having a handicapped child," says Laraine Sutton as she reflects on the birth of her seventh son, Thad, who was born with a severe birth defect, which would render him dependant upon full-time care for the length of his life. "As a family, we were faced with a decision--we could either pull togehter or fall apart," adds Trent (brother #6). So begins this journey through the life of one family as they navigate the challenges and joys associated with raising a child who has multiple handicaps. "I think Thad brought into our lives a sense of purpose because we were forced to do things we had never done before." continues Laraine. But could these experiences prepare the family to face the uncertainy and fear brought on by another crise, 30 years later, when Tom (Laraine's husband) suffers a sudden heart attack which causes significant brain damage? Check out the website Extraordinary Measures
- Familiar Spirits: After a successful screening at the LDS Film Festival in January 2007, the producers of the LDS indie horror flick Familiar Spirits are working on finalizing a DVD before pursuing commercial distribution. Shot on an ultra-low budget, Familiar Spirits concerns a lost girl who befriends a ghost in a dark forest, only to eventually discover that she did not survive an accident and is herself, therefore, also a spirit. In spite of its horror genre, the movie aims to be family-friendly and the script is imbued with LDS theology. Featuring Shanda Crapo, Sarah Bell (Vampire Chicks With Chainsaws), Larry Laverty (Legacy), and Kathy Peterson. Written and directed by Perry Shumway. Familiar Spirits
- For Tom and all Eternity: directed by Dan Harville; starring Drew Martin, Peggy Matheson and Penny Harville. Self-described "menace-to-society" laments that "Finding an eternal mate shouldn't take an eternity", but ignores clues leading him to the right woman because of his dark obsession for a girl he knew in the 7th grade. "For Tom and All Eternity" is around 98 minutes in length and is looking for distribution. Contact Dan Harville, c/o Mormon Cinema, Inc., P.O. Box 11, Rodessa, LA 71069 or e-mail email@example.com
- Forever Strong: Champions of Highland: Producer Adam Abel and Director Ryan Little have teamed up again (“Saints and Soldiers”) to produce an inspirational drama about Larry Gelwix (coach of Salt Lake City’s Highland rugby team who has won 16 National Championships) and a Seattle-area youth who transferred reluctantly to Highland in 1994 from a rival team—only to face his former teammates later in the championship game. Screenwriter Dave Pliler built his fictionalized movie around real events. Little states they have taken creative license here and there, but it's a true story. The plot involves Rick, a troubled teen who is sentenced to a juvenile detention center in Utah, where he meets a counselor (Sean Astin from “The Lord of the Rings”) who gets him a tryout with the Highland team. Under the tutelage of Gelwix (Gary Cole--Will Farrell’s dad in “Tallageda Nights”) Rick turns his life around in time to face his old team, which is coached by his disapproving father. Gelwix is a consultant on the film and has supplied more than a dozen of his players as extras. Little says, “This movie is about Gelwix’s philosophy of teaching boys to be champions--not just in rugby--but in life.” Other actors in cast include: Sean Faris as Rick Penning (“Yours, Mine and Ours,” “Sleepover”); Neal McDonough as Coach Penning ("Flags of Our Fathers," "Minority Report," "Band of Brothers"); Max Kasch as Griggs ("Greatest Game Ever Played," "Holes"); Nathan West as Q ("Miracle," "Bring it On"); Arielle Kebbel as Emily ("Grudge 2," "Be Cool"); and Larry Bagby. Crew members include: Director of Photography, T.C. Christensen; Line Producer, Steven A. Lee; Editor, John Lyde; Production Designer, Geary Sivertsen; Costume Designer, Anna K. FindlayPremiers at LDS Film Festival, January 16, 2008. Theatrical release September 26, 2008.
- God's Army:"God's Army Deluxe Edition": The phenomenally successful movie is back in a new, expanded, 2-disc deluxe DVD edition. Loaded with special features and never-before-seen footage.
- Gordon B. Hinckley: A Giant Among Men A biopic written, directed, and filmed by T.C. Christensen. This is the first film to dramatize how President Hinckley was prepared by the Lord from his youth. From boyhood lessons, to tender moments with his mother in their library, to overcoming rejection in the mission field, you will feel the warmth that endeared him to so many later in life. In the railroad yard, behind a typewriter, and hand-in-hand with Marjorie, the love of his life, Gordon B. Hinckley grew to become a giant among men. Released November 2008.
- Happy Valley: Documentary directed and produced by Ron Williams along with Co-Director Dan Barnett; Editor Ben Unguren. One miracle after another occurs through the passion of one full time single father whose original intention was to reunite his 12 year old daughter with her addicted mother. Deep in the heart of Utah, commonly referred to as "Happy Valley," residents enjoy one of the lowest crime rates, highest literacy and language fluency--even the most jello consumption accross the nation. Yet under the flossy exterior of this beautiful community, there are less popular categories that Happy Valley contends in but doesn't advertise, including prescription drug abuse, double the national average of anti-depressant drugs, even suicide. In Happy Valley at least one teen per week dies from drug overdose. Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff calls the film "an honest, must-see experience." Premiere showing January 17, 2008 at the LDS Film Festival in Orem at the Scera Theater. Theatrical release March 28, 2008. Check out Happy Valley the movie to see the trailer.
- Helmuth Hubener biopic: critically acclaimed filmmakers Ethan Vincent and Matt Whitaker (graduates of BYU film school) are working on a feature film biopic about Helmuth Hubener, the German Latter-day Saint teenager who opposed Adolf Hitler during World War II; Whitaker made the fascinating documentary about Hubener, Truth and Conviction (available on video/DVD). As of May 1, 2007, word was received that the film crew will be heading to Europe to start filming in September 2007. They are working to get $12 million in financing.
- Journey of Faith:> Documentary five years in the making at locations in Israel, Jordan, Yemen, Oman, and Guatemala. Director Peter Johnson worked with BYU Professor of ancient scripture, S. Kent Brown, to record what scholars believe is the probable route followed between 600 BC and 589 BC by ancient inhabitants of Jerusalem who traveled to the Americas, as documented in the Book of Mormon. It was shown during Education Week at BYU August 15-19, 2005. Film funded by private donors through BYU Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS). The film is distributed by Amalphi. Order DVD at Deseret Book. Journey of Faith:.
- Liken the Scriptures: Lightstone Studios, co-owned by Ken Agle, Dennis Agle, Aaron Edson, and Craig Brooksby, is on a roll. They have been churning out the musical series “Liken the Scriptures” on DVD’s since 2003. They have four DVD’s in the series released, and two more will be ready for release in the next few months. “Liken the Scriptures” is a series of scriptural stories which have been put in the creative context of a young boy’s or young girl’s imagination—then combined with music to teach spiritual lessons. They both educate and entertain children and adults of all ages. (One unique thing about these productions is that they must conform to the "For the Strength of Youth Pamphlet.") “Nephi and Laman,” “Ammon and Lamoni,” “David and Goliath,” and “Alma and King Noah’s Court” are the four DVDs already released and can be ordered on their website at www.likenthescriptures.com.“The First Christmas” came out November 2005. March 2006 was the release of “The Story of Esther.” Other new releases available now--in 2007-- include “Samuel the Lamanite” and “Daniel and the Lions Den.”
- Los Mormon Boys: Documentary by Dave Lindsay and Jason Conforto. In the 1960's, a group of LDS missionaries in Argentina spent one year of their missions as full time members of a band called Los Mormon Boys. It is estimated that they played for over six million people in concerts, dances, and on every television and radio station in the northern half of Argentina. This documentary explores the incredible impact Los Mormon Boys had ont he people of Argentina, the members of the band, and the growth of the LDS Church.
- Mario's Conviction: One Man's Journey from Mafia to Mormon: Documentary by Avalanche Studios. Director: Jason Conforto; Producer: Dave Lindsay; Executive Producer: Lyle Mortimer; Director of Photography: Dave Lindsay; Original Score: Taylor Griffin; Editor: Jason Conforto, Dave Lindsay; Co-Producer: Jason Conforto, Dean Hale; Historical Advisor: Scott M. Burnstein; Title Design: Brent Barson. Cast: Narrated by Frank Gerrish. Synopsis:
Mario Facione lived a life a crime and master-minded several scams for the Detroit Mafia. But after a series of life-changing events, he wanted out. He’d soon discover that the only thing harder than working for the mob is getting out alive. "Mario’s Conviction" is the amazing true story of one man’s journey to change his life, without losing it. Shown at the LDS Film Festival January 22, 2009.
- Mobsters and Mormons: from HaleStorm Entertainment; Screenplay written by John E. Moyer (writer of "The Singles Ward", "The R.M.", "The Home Teachers"); Moyer also directs, marking his directorial debut. The story of a dysfunctional mobster family placed in the witness-relocation program among an all-Mormon community in Utah. Filmed in Springville, Utah, cast members include Mark DeCarlo, Jeanette Puhich, Clayton Taylor, Scott Christopher, Britani Bateman, Olesya Rulin, Jan Broberg Felt, and John E. Moyer as Agent Tuttle. Mobsters and Mormons won Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Actress at the Spudfest Film and Music Festival, August 20,2005. Released September 9, 2005. Now on DVD.
- Money or Mission: A new movie from John Lyde is based on an article from the Ensign Magazine with the same name. As Patrick Gill prepares to serve a mission, he is offered his dream job--a manager at the local skateboarding shop. Now Patrick is faced with the hard decision of taking the job or serving a mission. Written and Directed by John Lyde (Take a Chance); starring Nick Whitaker (Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration), Sheryl Lee Wilson (Take a Chance), and Rick Macy (Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration). Dhylan Meyer will be playing the role of Max, Patrick's little brother. The 35 minute film will be distributed on DVD August 29, 2006, by HaleStorm Entertainment. Premier in Utah, August 29, 2006. at the Noni Theater in Provo at 7 p.km. Money or Mission
- Murder of the Mormon Prophet: Documentary in current production, based on the book by the same name. It deals with the events coming up to the martyrdom of Joseph Smith, only it is more specifically a treatment of the history and actions of those who killed the prophet. The material suggests that the events leading up to the martyrdom were not simply a random act of mob violence, but a calculated and premeditated murder. Produced by Nick Galieti. Director: Legrand L. Baker, Brent A. Eborn, and Nick Galieti. It will go straight to DVD.
- New York Doll: Documentary about the late Arthur "Killer" Kane, a recovering alcoholic who has became a devout Latter-day Saint and then reunited with members of the legendary punk rock band he belonged to in the 1970s: the "New York Dolls." Competed in the Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival, January 2005. Film made by a predominantly LDS film crew, led by director Greg Whiteley. Was entered at the Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF) June 16-26, 2005. Check out new weblink posted 11/12/05. DVD April 4, 2006.
- Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons: Previously titled "The Eleventh Hour Laborers." Few people, Mormon and non-Mormon, are aware that there has been an African American presence in the LDS Church from its earliest days, that the vanguard company of Mormon pioneers included three “colored servants” who were baptized Mormons, and whose descendants remained active in the Church for several generations. This documentary talks about that little-known legacy, and confronts the hard issues which surfaced in the most turbulent years of the Civil Rights Movement, when the Church restricted its priesthood from those of African descent. It discusses how that restriction was lifted and what the lives and challenges of the modern Black Mormon pioneers are. The project is headed by Margaret Young and Darius Gray, authors of several award-winning books and articles about Black Mormons, and by Danor Gerald, a promising new filmmaker. Executive Producer is Richard Dutcher; Editors are Jim Hughes and Danor Gerald. "Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons" is sponsored by Independent Feature Productions, which makes all donations tax-deductible. See trailer at Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons Premiere at LDS Film Festival January 18, 2008 at the Scera Theater in Orem. Scheduled for release Summer of 2008.
- One Good Man: Formerly entitled A Father in Israel. Christian Vuissa wrote and directed this story of a happily married father of six children who is suddenly bombarded with one major event after the other. Then he gets called to be the bishop of his ward. He ends up having to rescue those around him. The father is played by Timothy Threlfall. Father in Israel premiered January 18, 2009, at the LDS Film Festival at the Scera Fine Arts Center in Orem.
- One Man's Treasure: Drama/Comedy/Missionary; Director, DP, Editor: John Lyde; Producers: John Lyde and Brian Brough; Executive Producer: AJC Pennyworth; Writers: Sally Meyer and Craig Clyde; Original Score: Robert Allen Elliott. Cast: Darin Southam, Charan Prabhakar, Paul Hunt, Dustin Harding, Chantel Flanders, Shalaina Fotheringham. Synopsis: Four elders and two sister missionaries are transferred into a small suburb of Philadelphia. The area has not had missionaries for several years and success looks to be difficult. But all this changes when the missionaries discover a journal that takes them on an adventure to discover a missionary treasure. Shown at the LDS Film Festival January 24, 2009. DVD release March 31, 2009.
- Only A Stonecutter: Director T.C. Christensen is releasing "Only a Stonecutter," the inspirational story of pioneer John Rowe Moyle on DVD in time for Christmas 2008. Moyle is best known as the stone mason who carved "House of the Lord, Holiness to the Lord" on the outer wall of the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The film "Only a Stonecutter," which will be released in stores Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, also portrays the stories of Moyle immigrating to the United States, crossing the plains in the first handcart company, settling the City of Alpine, and then walking from Alpine to Salt Lake 22 miles once a week for decades to work on the Temple even after he lost a leg. A free DVD has been donated to each descendant of Moyle still living in Alpine City. Those descendants can pick up their copy of the film at the Alpine City Hall.
- Passage to Zarahemla: Author Chris Heimerdinger has made a feature length film based on his popular book--"Passage to Zarahemla." It is about contemporary people traveling to Book of Mormon times. The cast includes: BYU graduate Summer Naomi Wood as SaKerra; 11 year old Brian Kary as Brock; Alex Petrovich ("Bold and Beautiful") as bad guy Hitch; Bryce Chamberlain ("The RM" "The Book of Mormon Movie") as Grandpa Lee; Bruce Newbold as Uncle Drew; and Jan Broberg Felt ("Everwood" "Baptists at our BBQ") as Aunt Corinne. Heimerdinger is directing the movie himself and also composing some of the music. He will also have a supporting role on screen. John Lyde (editor of "Mobsters and Mormons," "Outlaw Trail," and writer/director of "Take a Chance") is doing the final edit on the film. An unpredicented 185 special effects scenes were created by Stephen Sobisky, (formerly of Dreamworks) now with Utah based Sandman Studios. The premiere was October 12, 2007. As of November 1, 2007, Heimerdinger announced that there will be additional theaters added: November 2, 2000, Elko, Nevada; November 9, 2007, Mesquite, Nevada; and November 9, 2007, Preston, Idaho. After the beginning of the year, P2Z will be released in Seattle, Las Vegas, Rexburg, Pocatello, and Boise, Idaho, Anchorage, Alaska, Oahu, Hawaii, and Cody, Wyoming. DVD release June 3, 2008.
- Picturing Joseph: Nick Galieti wrote, directed, and produced this documentary based on the book Millions Shall Know Brother Joseph Again. The basis of the documentary is a presention of the forensic and historical research into the images of the prophet Joseph Smith. In the end there is a proposed photograph taken of Joseph Smith before he died and to some, they find it to be a real image of him. To others it does not match what they are accustomed to seeing from the other paintings, but the information takes you through the history of Joseph's paintings and some of the events that were used to determine the authenticity of the photography. The DVD can be ordered at Amazon.com/Picturing Joseph
- The Pratt Brothers: Builders of Zion: 2008 Stuart Heimdal directed, produced, and wrote the music for this 113 minute documentary. Paul R. DeBry wrote the screenplay and was the Executive Producer. Narration by Lloyd Newell ( the voice of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's "Music and the Spoken Word"); Artwork Glen Hopkinson; Musical Arrangement by Roger Hoffman and W.E. Peterson. Features Susan Easton Black, Joseph Fielding McConkie, Karl Ricks Anderson, Robert Grow, David Whittaker, Matthew Grow, Jenny Hale Pulsipher, Stephen Pratt, Paul R. DeBry, Glenn N. Rowe, and Ernest Robison. Synopsis: From humble beginnings, the Jaret Pratt family struggled for survival. Time would reveal their importance as missionaries, apostles, seventies, and faithful Latter-day Saints. This incredible family has left a legacy of faithfulness, obedience, and honor. Their stories will live on as we share them and remember "The Pratt Brothers: Builders of Zion."
- Rescued: Candlelight Media Group presents "Rescued" starring Jaci Twiss, Shea Potter, and Matthew Reese as three coworkers who get stranded on an island after a business flight gone wrong. As they survive together, a love triangle emerges, and Megan (Twiss) starts to see the importance of being true to yourself and what matters most. The film is directed by Brian Brough, and produced by Brough and Brittany Wiscombe, and written by Wiscombe. It will be on DVD April 29th. See Rescued Movie for the trailer and more!
- Scripture Bugs: A 3-D animated musical adventure about Noah, an eight-year-old boy with an adventurous imagination. Spending his time in the backyard, he has made friends with six quirky and amusing bugs who play with him and offer support through learning important lessons. After playing football one afternoon, Noah's confidence wavers because he feels slower and less coordinated than his crawly peers. His father pulls him aside and tells him the biblical story of Moses. Noah and the bugs take on the roles of the story and his imaginary quest shows Noah the power of finding your own talents and worth in any situation. Written and directed by producer/songwriter Aaron Edson, Scripture Bugs combines the musical talents of David Osmond, Jessie Clark Funk, Jericho Road, and many others. It will be released on DVD August 12, 2008 by Excel Entertainment.
- Return with Honor: A Missionary Homecoming: formerly entitled "The Return" is a romance/drama/comedy directed by Michael Amundsen; written and produced by Tracy Garner. A returning missionary (Javen Tanner) anxious to reunite with his long time sweetheart-fiancee (Joey Jalalian), awakens from a near fatal accident with the new priority of saving his wayward mother. Cast also includes: Tayva Patch, Raymond Zeiters, Keri Hatfield and Tracy Garner. Co-produced by Kenneth Garff, James W. Broughton, and Steven A. Lee; Executive Producers M. Kathryn Anhder and Ruanne McArthur; Associate Producer Dusty Dukatz; Director of Photography Kenneth Garff; Art Director Lana Daniels; Musical Score Rich Ragsdale. Official website: www.SeeTheReturn.com. Paradise Road Productions. World premier was January 21, 2006, at LDS Film Festival in Orem, Utah, at the Scera Center. Opening February 24, 2006, at Coral Cliffs Cinema 8 in Hurricane, Utah for 4 weeks. Eddie Esplin on MormonCinema.com stated, "Return with Honor" is a film that provokes reflection without shocking and delicately wears its tender side on its sleeve with an edge that stays with you long after you leave the theater. As of 5/3/2007, Tracy Garner reports that "Return with Honor" made the official selection of the Worldfest International Film Festival in Houston,Texas, and won the GOLD REMI award in the Dramatic Feature Film Category. There were over 500 feature films submitted and only 56 chosen to screen. Also, as far as he knows, "Return with Honor" will be the first "LDS Feature Film" to be selected to play at the NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL, this July.(2007) Theatrical release September 14, 2007. DVD release December 4, 2007.
- Singles 2nd Ward: The follow-up to 2002's "The Singles Ward;" John Lyde has just finished the editing as of 9/13/2007. Dave Hunter and Kurt Hale will executive produce. Kirby Heyborne stars along with Erin Chambers. The original cast returns in this hilarious sequel of marital proportions. Dalen (Kirby) has finally met the girl of his dreams. Christine (Erin) is everything Dalen has ever wanted: sweet, simple, and devoted to the gospel. Too bad his future in-laws are anything but! The original gang is back for the celebration five years in the making! Preorder yours now at Deseret Book DVD Release December 11, 2007.
- Sons of Provo: Confidential: A new documentary about the Mormon Boy Band is to be released this spring along with a new album. John Lyde recently finished the editing. Now on DVD at www.deseretbook.com
- States of Grace: Richard Dutcher's film "States of Grace" was scheduled to be shown in Los Angeles the week of June 16th. DVD release October 10, 2006.
- Suits on the Loose: A New Harmony Pictures Production; Written, directed, and produced by Latter-day Saint Hollywood insider Rodney Henson; Executive producers: George Dayton, Kurt Hale, Dave Hunter (all of HaleStorm); musical score by Alan Williams; Director of Photography Barry M. Wilson; Co-producer and film editor David Broberg; Co-producer Kelly Moran-Brown. Starring Brandon Beemer, Ty Hodges, Sean Weiss and Jason Winer; Cast also includes: Fred Dryer; Allison Lange; Charles Napier and Robert Prosky. Suits on the Loose is the story of two delinquent teens, Justin and Ty, and their breakout from a desert survival camp. Scrapping their military fatigues, they pose as conservative missionaries in the small town of New Harmony. With the camp's General Wilkins closing in, Justin and Ty try to map out their ultimate escape. However, they are so embraced by the town, that getting away does not come easy. Filmed early in 2004 in Los Angeles w/SAG actors. VISIT THE WEBSITE at www.suitsontheloose.com to register for a chance to win a FREE iPOD Nano! "Suits on the Loose" had its World Premiere the opening night of the 5th Annual LDS Film Festival, January 18, 2006, at 7:30 p.m. at the Scera Center in Orem. Release to Utah theaters February 3, 2006; Idaho theaters February 17, 2006. SUITS ON THE LOOSE is now available on DVD! ORDER NOW AND SAVE 30% at HaleStorm
- Tears of a King: A new Elvis movie began shooting September 1, 2006, in Orem, Utah, directed by Rob Diamond who also wrote the screenplay. "Tears" is being produced by 7 Films 7 of Salt Lake City in association with Matthew Reese Films of Orem. The producers are Diamond, Joshua Pearson, and Kels Goodman. Reese is the executive producer. Co-Producers are Rhet Marsing and Bob Conder. The background story goes like this: A "Book of Mormon" studied by Elvis before he died was given to the LDS Church by members of the Osmond family, who received it from a woman named Cricket Butler, a friend of Elvis', who gave the "Book of Mormon" to him in the months preceding his death. The book was subsequently returned to Butler by Elvis' father, Vernon, two days after Elvis' death. Much of his life and career are retold in flashback sequences. Elvis will be portrated by Matt Lewis (Legends in Concert, Las Vegas), LDS actress Erin Chambers (Jodi in "Heber Holiday", lead role of Sister Taylor in "Diary of a Sister Missionary") plays the part of Priscilla Presley. Robert Starling is associate producer. Tara Starling is the makeup artist. A trailer is available on YouTube. As of 5/15/2007 Robert Starling reports they are finishing some re-shoots of key scenes on "Tears." Starling is producing and directing a companion documentary tentatively called "Peace in the Valley," which will be on the "Tears" DVD but which will be distributed as a stand-alone 1-hour TV special. This documentary will provide the eyewitness accounts and the visual "proof" of Elvis' true spiritual nature, and his study of the BOM and the LDS Church. December 20, 2007 was the theatrical release at the Scera Theater in Orem, Utah. Featured at the 2008 LDS Film Festival, January 17 and 18, 2008.
- This Divided State: Minority Films; A raw and riveting examination of the heated "red versus blue" rift in the nation, "This Divided State" begins in September 2004 with the presidential election fast approaching and the State of Utah ready to declare itself "Bush Country" once again. However, this complacent state of Republican majority was rocked when Utah Valley State College announced that liberal filmmaker Michael Moore would speak on their campus two weeks before the election. Within 24 hours of the announcement, a media frenzy descended upon the school as angry community members and religious leaders shouted protests, pointed fingers, and quoted Mormon scripture. Some even claimed Moore's arrival would bring the Apocalypse! Directed by Steven Greenstreet; Assistant Directors Elias Pate and Bryan Young; Production Manager Michelle Pate. Filmmakers edited 76 hours of raw footage down to 88 minutes. Limited theatrical release started in SLC July 2005, then spread across the country. Check website for complete list of theaters. It was at the Vancouver International Film Festival September 29th through October 14th. DVD was released nationwide September 27, 2005. 82% Rotten Tomatoes rating with 22 reviews.
- Time Out for Women: Volume 1: Excel Entertainment and Deseret Book are releasing this DVD which boasts highlights of the women's event that have toured in 38 cities across the country. Presenters include: Michael McLean, Cherie Call, Hilary Weeks, Sheri Dew, Jane Clayson Johnson, Mary Ellen Edmunds, Chris Stewart, Richard Holzapfel, Robert Millet, and Virginia Hinckley Pearce. "This is big for women who, for whatever reason, cannot attend the events," said Randy Davis, General Manager, Excel Entertainment Group. "The messages are inspiring to all women; we are glad to bring it into their homes." Order from Deseret Book Release date October 2, 2007.
- Treasure in Heaven: Formerly entitled John Tanner: A Life of Consecration. As the director of such films as The Touch of the Master’s Hand, Praise to the Man and Gordon B. Hinckley: A Giant Among Men, and the cinematographer of The Work and the Glory, Forever Strong and The Testaments, T.C. Christensen has touched the hearts of millions of Latter-day Saints with his exemplary filmmaking. Now he shares the incredible true story of a man who had everything he wanted, but discovered something greater in sacrificing all for the building of the Kingdom. Treasure in Heaven is the true story of John Tanner, a wealthy New York landowner and convert to the Church who in 1834 sold his properties to assist the Church. He freely gave all he had, giving us an example of generosity and consecration in serving the Lord. The DVD is now in stores and available wherever LDS products are sold.
- Turn Around: An inspiring movie based on the story of Alma the Younger. The story of "Turn Around" is about Sara (Jaci Twiss) who is at the top of her game. She has the chance to be chosen for an elite summer tennis program, but her hopes are dashed unexpectedly by the one person no one likes--Colton (Jordon Sorenson). Colton is at the bottom of life, constantly leading others away, hurting people, giving no one respect, and making fun of other teens for going to church. But then his parents pray for some intervention in his life. When he’s partying one night, Colton ends up in a car wreck with Sara, and goes through an experience that changes him. But facing life after you’ve done everything wrong can sometimes be the hardest step, and Colton must find a way to prove to everyone—especially to Sara—that he’s changed. Director Brian Brough also is the producer along with Brittany Wiscombe who also wrote the screenplay. Times and places for showings are September 17 - 20, throughout the day at 5 Star Cinemas - Magna; Gateway 8 - Bountiful; Showcase 6 - Taylorsville; Spanish 8 Cinemas - Spanish Fork; September 17 and 18 at 7:30 pm
Jordan Commons in Sandy; September 21 - 27, and daily showings at the Orem Scera. See the trailer at "Turn Around"
- Witness of the Light: A Photographic Journey in the Footsteps of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A new feature-length DVD by Scot Facer Proctor is an epic photographic journey into the life of Joseph Smith from Sharon to Carthage. Drawing upon more than 30 years of research and photography, Proctor's life-long passion has been to recapture and make vivid the scenes of the Restoration--not through re-enactments but by taking viewers to the authentic places where the spirit of the events still lingers. Originally it was a multi-media fireside on the Prophet Joseph--a two-hour show using some of Proctor's best photos of the Church historical sites and telling the most compelling stories of the Prophet Joseph. It was shown in literally hundreds of stakes across the United States. Music by Merrill Jenson ("Legacy", "Testaments", & the Church's new Joseph Smith movie) with guitarist/musician Michael Dowdle. Kieth Merrill's review said, "I was fascinated by facts, reflections, and anecdotes I've never known." Pre-order your DVD for a significant $18.30. The "first printing" is also a significant 5,000 copies, but they will press plenty more. It was released December 2005 with an initial showing in Palmyra, New York, on Friday, November 4, 2005.
- Wolfman's Cabin: Student filmmaker Gideon Oakes from BYU-Idaho is in post-production on a feature-length film loosely based on a local legend in Rexburg, Idaho. Legend has it that a man went insane and killed his family in the mountains of Eastern Idaho nearly a hundred years ago. They say he returns to his cabin each year on the anniversary of the murders. The film follows four college students from BYU-Idaho who decide to investigate the legend. What they discover, nobody can predict. Buffalo Rock Productions From his website--as of January 27, 2006--Gideon reports that his production crew is currently fine-tuning the film. When it is completed, in a few months, it will go onto the festival circuit and be released on DVD.
- The Work and the Glory: American Zion: Sequel to "The Work and the Glory;" “American Zion” unearths the gripping tale of the passion, in the face of cruel intolerance, which eventually spurred the colonization of the West. Very few people know of the injustices inflicted by the government against a group of its own citizens who wanted only to exercise their First Amendment rights. Directed by Sterling VanWagenen, co-founder of the Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival, the cast includes Sam Hennings (“The Aviator”), Brenda Strong (“Desperate Housewives”), Eric Johnson (“Smallville”), and Jonathan Scarfe (Steven Spielberg’s “Into the West”). Filmmakers include Academy Award-nominated producer Scott Swofford (“Mysteries of Egypt”); Director of Photography Reed Smoot, winner of the Kodak Vision Award; and entrepreneur, and Executive Producer Larry Miller, owner of the Utah Jazz NBA basketball team. Filmed entirely on location in Tennessee. Based on the second book in the 9 volume historical series by Gerald N. Lund, Vineyard Productions, along with Vineyard Distribution, released the film nationwide October 21, 2005. DVD release May 9, 2006.
- The Work and the Glory 3: A House Divided: Filmed consecutively with "The Work and the Glory 2: American Zion"; based on Gerald Lund's third book, "The Truth Will Prevail;" focuses on the years 1836-1838. This is the last film of the trilogy. Distribution by Excel Entertainment. Release date in Utah, Thanksgiving 2006. Idaho release February 2, 2007 DVD released May 2007.
Other Already Released DVDs
by Latter-day Saint/Mormon Filmmakers
- The Adventures of Food Boy: Director: Dane Cannon; Writer: Marc Mangum; Producer: Marc Mangum, Sam Mangum, Melissa Brady; Executive Producer: Marc Mangum; Director of Photography: Ryan Cannon; Production Designer: Justin Partridge; Original Score: Bill Wandel; Editor: Sam Mangum.
Cast: Lucas Grabeel, Brittany Curran, Kunal Sharma, Jeff Braine, Noah Bastian, McCall Clark, Ryne Sanborn, Curt Dousett, Michael Buster, Joyce Cohen, Anne Sward, Chris Miller, David Morgan, Craig Everett, Sila Agavale, Paul Etuk. Synopsis: Ezra (Lucas Grabeel/High School Musical 1, 2 & 3) discovers he has a unique ability to make food appear in his hands. Ezra quickly uses his new super powers to impress his friends and to become popular around school for the first time in his life. His life gets turned upside down when he can’t control his gift and turns his high school into a major food fight zone. While coping with his disintegrating life, Ezra must decide whether he will give up the food gift forever or if he will embrace his new identity and become Food Boy. Shown at the LDS Film Festival January 24, 2009, at the Scera Center.
- Baby Boomerang: Before their third bombing mission over Germany the crew of the Boomerang prayed under the wing of the aircraft. It was then that the pilot, Charles Arnett, knew he wasn't coming back. He went anyway. His son, Mark Arnett, spent 14 years making a documentary of how his dad was shot down over German, spent eleven months as prisoner of war, and returned home to marry the girl he had only met three times. But Mark could never seem finish the documentary. In March of 2008, Mark's father passed away. He finished it in a week. Written, directed, filmed, and edited by Mark William Arnett. Baby Boomerang has won multiple film festival awards. Most recently, "Best Documentary USA" at the International Christian Film Festival. Released November 4, 2009 (the week before Veteran's Day.
- Beneath: Directed by Dagen Merrill, Kieth Merrill’s son, is in final post production (January 2006) for Paramount/MTV. It is produced by LDS Producer Chris Wyatt and non-LDS producer Sean Covel (two of the three producers for “Napoleon Dynamite.”) Out on DVD.
- The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: feature film being produced by Jerry Molen; adaptation of the popular book by Barbara Robinson, which has been read by more Sunday School teachers to their classes than just about any other book which is absolutely not part of the official Church curriculum.
- Broken Hill: The producers of successful cult film Napoleon Dynamite hope to repeat its success with their new South Australian movie "Broken Hill." The family drama, described as Billy Elliot in the Outback, was shot around Adelaide over a seven-week period. The movie follows a talented, teenage composer living in outback Australia who dreams of getting into the prestigious Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Director Dagen Merrill; Producer Chris Wyatt; Starring Alexa Vega from the "Spy Kids" films and Oscar winner Timothy Hutton. Release in Australia August 15, 2009 and in selected theaters in the US September 11, 2009.
- A Christmas Wish: Formerly Root Beer Christmas. Lifetime Network shows this at Christmas time. The story is about having hope. It is about a family that is down and out at Christmas time and a whole town comes together to change their lives.
- Down And Derby: Coming to stores nationwide January 24, 2006, is the DVD of "Down and Derby," a comedy about Cub Scouts, Pinewood Derby cars, and over-zealous/competitive dads, starring Greg Germann, Lauren Holly, and the late Pat Morita. Bonus materials include: History of the Pinewood Derby, Interview with Pinewood Derby founder Don Murphy, Exclusive coverage of the Hollywood premier, Deleted scenes, and Free collector's patch for the first 25,000 copies sold. Pre-order at website listed.
- Dragon Hunter: Writer, Director: Steve Shimek; Producer: Jake Sorensen, Timothy Gutierrez; Executive Producer: Maclain Nelson, Jason Faller; Director of Photography: Cole Webley; Production Designer: Tatiana Taylor; Original Score: Tom Shimek; Editor: Kristi Shimek; 1st Assistant Director: Michelle Mikami; Visual Effects: Rob Field, Matt Hoffman, Mikhail E. Merkurieff; Unit Production Manager: Katy Baldwin. Cast: Maclain Nelson, Erik Denton, Kelly Stables, Orlando Seale, Isaac C. Singleton Jr., Slate Holmgren, Jake Suazo, Adam Johnson, Jason Purdie, David Morgan, Newell Alexander, Reese Purser, Brad Johnson, Brian King, Derrik Shakespear, Trevor Winn. Synopsis: Orphaned as a baby when his parents were killed in a vicious orc attack, Kendrick of Elwood was raised by his elder brother, Darius. Though only nine at the time, Darius devoted his life to Kendrick's care and to purging orcs from their land. As Darius grew into a great warrior, he sheltered Kendrick from all possible harm. Now, after years of absence, a new danger emerges, more lethal than the threat of orcs or men. Reports of dragon attacks spread like wildfire through the panicked land. In memory of his mother's prophesies of a mighty Dragon Hunter in their bloodline, Darius leads Kendrick on a perilous journey to the castle of Ocard - the Dragon Hunter training grounds. Will dragons completely decimate the countryside? Only the Dragon Hunter will decide!
- The Eleventh Hour: An action thriller starring Matthew Reese ("Beauty and the Beast"), Jennifer Klekas ("White on Rice"), K. Danor Gerald ("High School Musical 2"), Sarah Bell ("Vampire Chicks with Chainsaws),Adam Abram ("The Collectors"), Joel Bishop, David Nibley, Won Choi, Scott Chun, and Nathan
White. Synopsis: After years as a prisoner of war, Michael Adams, a former Navy SEAL, is trying to live a normal life. However, his life is turned upside-down when his estranged wife has a bomb implanted into her skull to assure Michael will assassinate U.S. Senator Mason Chambers. Now Michael has less than 12 hours to kill Chambers, or the bomb will detonate. The movie is action-packed with incredible fight sequences. John Lyde wrote, directed, produced, and was the editor. Premieres at the LDS Film Festival January 18, 2008 at the Scera Theater in Orem. DVD released September 30, 2008.
- Everything You Want: Feature film directed by Ryan Little (“Saints and Soldiers”) had it’s Utah Premier at the 5th LDS Film Festival at the Scera Center in Orem, Utah, January 20, 2006. Abby’s long-time friend, the perfect and delectable Sy, has been her strength since childhood. When Abby meets Quinn, she faces a choice between the perfect Sy and the flawed but genuine Quinn. (Based on a BYU stage play) No plans for a theatrical release. Buena Vista Home Entertainment (Disney) has picked it up for television. Check out the new website Everything You Want DVD and soundtrack released April 25, 2006.
- Evil Angel: Richard Dutcher is doing the principal photography on a supernatural thriller for six weeks in SLC. Filming began October 2, 2006. The film stars Richard Dutcher and Ving Rhanes ("Mission Impossible III," "Pulp Fiction"); Kristopher Shepard, Ava Gaudet and (High School Musical's) Bart Johnson, there are Dutcher alumni actors like Chris Kendrick (Brigham City), Desean Terry (God's Army), Jacque Gray (God's Army), Lucas Fleischer (State of Grace), LaMont Stephens (States of Grace), jj Boone (States of Grace), Rachel Emmers (States of Grace), and Leonard Kelly-Young (Falling). The film's official site Evil Angel Movie is up and running, but the IMDb site IMDb has more information. Legendary cinematographer Bill Butler ("Jaws" "Grease") is the director of photography. It is produced by Dutcher and Utah Entrepreneur Rick Koerber. The line producer is Jeff Miller. Plans are for a Halloween release.
- Expiration Date: Black comedy with no LDS ties except that Rick Stevenson has an LDS wife. This film was shown at the LDS Film Festival January 23, 2009 at the Scera Center. It has won prizes in over 40 film festivals--with the LDS Film Festival as number 84. Clean, wholesome and funny made the editor include it here. It can be purchased on DVD from Amazon.com. Director: Rick Stevenson; Writer: Hamish Gunn, Rick Stevenson; Producer: John Forsen, Rick Stevenson; Executive Producer: David Fulton, Patrice Auld; Director of Photography: Bruce Worrall; Production Designer: Charlie Armstrong; Editor: Mark Fulton; Composer: BC Smith. Cast: Robert Guthrie, Sascha Knopf, Dee Wallace, David Keith Synopsis: Charlie Silvercloud III has a problem. His father and grandfather were both killed by milk trucks on their 25th birthdays, and Charlie is about to turn 25. He has accepted his fate and is going about shopping for caskets and returning his library books when he meets a girl who won't let him die in peace.
- Five Days of Fire: Formerly entitled "Hidden Soldiers" had its theatrical debut January 26-27, 2007, at the American Family Entertainment Center in Rexburg, Idaho. Sold out performances for each showing made budding Mormon filmmakers from Madison High School and BYU-Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho, very pleased with the reception of their 80 minute feature length film. Written and directed by Mason Stoddard and Max Daines, seniors at Madison High School worked with Schyler Porter and Piers Tueller, freshmen at BYU-Idaho who are producing the film. Although amateurs, Stoddard and Daines were winners at the 2006 Mad Cat Film Festival at Madison High School with their 10 minute shorts entitled "Pocket Watch," and "The Evacuee" respectively. Stoddard, along with another filmmaker, Nic Mosely, took the overall best film at the 2006 Kiwanis Teen Film Festival for "Pocket Watch," and won $1000 and training in film techniques at the film school in Driggs, Idaho, run by Dawn Wells, of "Gilligan's Island" fame. "Five Days of Fire" is set in World War II and follows a U.S. platoon that crosses into enemy territory to secure a German scientist. Captain Casdorph (Schyler Porter) must lead a group of men that is becoming increasingly divided. As the enemy attempts to impede their progress from the outside, the platoon becomes torn apart from the inside. One of the soldiers, Jimmy Pratt, (Taylor Barton) must overcome his fear of death to complete the mission. What started as a short high school movie has become one of the biggest feature length films that Eastern Idaho has produced. Created by teenagers with little experience, and an even smaller budget, "Five Days" exceeds the limits of independent filmmaking. The film received assistance with costuming and props from Shane McCann, who also worked on the film "Saints and Soldiers." McCann said, "I'm in charge of uniforms and equipment to make sure it's all accurate and authentic--down to the way they carry their guns." McCann has a military museum in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Others in the cast are Bennett Briggs, Levi Price, Taylor Barton, Devon Marrott and Rob Page. The filmmakers have plans to submit "Five Days of Fire" to as many film festivals as possible in 2007.
- The Forgotten Carols: A timeless classic, Michael McLean's The Forgotten Carols have been enjoyed by sold-out audiences nationwide. Now you can feel the warmth of the Christmas spirit from the stage performances in your own home on a DVD. The Forgotten Carols tells the story of a nurse whose empty life is changed when a new patient recounts the story of Christ's birth as told by little known characters in the nativity story. The accounts from the Innkeeper, the Shepherd and others help her discover what the world has forgotten about Christmas, and open her heart to the joy of this special season. Featuring the McLean family together on one stage! Distributed by Excel Entertainment; Release date November 6, 2007.
- Friends for Life: -- Flynn-Daines Productions, LLC has just completed Friends for Life, the third feature film they have made in Utah over the last 18 months. It is one of twenty feature films they are slated to make over the next five years in association with Grizzly Adams Productions. Friends for Life was filmed entirely in Utah using Utah cast and crew. Michael Flynn and McKay Daines are the producers. Michael Flynn also plays Jim Crawford a a retired lawyer who, after losing his wife, finds four wolf cubs who have been orphaned. He raises them to maturity – with the help of an angel – and at the same time confronts and defeats the plans of an unscrupulous land developer who wants to ruin the quaint mountain town that Jim calls home. Jimmy Chunga (Forever Strong, Heber Holiday) plays Ralph the archangel. Also starring in the film are Connie Young (Singles Second Ward), Tayva Patch (Return with Honor. Brigham City) and David Nibley (The Best Two Years, High School Musical). Michael Spence directed and Ron Hill was the Director of Photography as he was on the Flynn-Daines Productions of Heber Holiday and The Dance. Mark Nelson edited the film as he did Heber Holiday and Merrill Jenson (Out of Step,The Testaments, Legacy) is composing the soundtrack. The wolves and grizzly bear were trained for by the world famous Utah trainers Doug and Lynne Seus (Dr. Dolittle 2, The Bear, Evan Almighty) The film will be released on DVD for Thanksgiving 2007 nationwide and internationally by Grizzly Adams Productions.
- Gentlemen Broncos: Director/writer Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre) and wife Jerusha Hess writer have a new comedy about a teenager who attends a fantasy writers' convention where he discovers his idea has been stolen by an established novelist.
Released Fall of 2009.
- Hands of Heaven: Three-screen multi-media presentation tells the true story of four friends who find strength through their friendships with one another. Following the death of a newborn, years of infertility challenges, divorce, and a near-drowning, these four women learn the true meaning of bearing one another’s burdens. Still images, music, and narration tell the message of friendship, service, and healing. Producer Mary Potter; Director Kathryn Turley; Screenplay by Linda Metcalf, Kim Peterson, and Kathryn Turley. Starring Lynda Roskelley, Jen Dyer, Jodie Buehner, Holly Turley; Screenings: The Palms Theatres in Las Vegas October 15, 2005; Scera Theatre in Orem, November 5, 2005. As of 2/19/2006, Kathryn Turley reports "Hands of Heaven" will be showing at BYU Women's Conference May 4, 2006, 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; Nashville, TN, with Deseret Book's Time Out for Women on June 24, 2006. DVD now available at Deseret Book. As of February 20, 2007, Kathryn Turley reports: "Our next showings are at Time Out For Women events with Deseret Book in Reno, March 10th and Pocatello, June 8th.
- HoottieBoombaLottie: A romantic comedy written and directed by "Fire Creek" star Seth Packard is, as of May 7, 2009, nearing release from Campus Studios at BYU Provo.
- House of Fears: House Of Fears is a feature length thriller/adventure produced and written by Steven A Lee and John Lyde. The film's story centers around six high school friends that sneak into a haunted house the night before it opens for Halloween, only to find that their evening of fun has turned into their worst nightmare. The film was filmed at the Rocky Point Haunted House in Salt Lake City. The film stars Corrie English (Unrest, Runaway Jury), Sandra McCoy (Cry Wolf, Cinderella Story), Michael J Pagan (Fallen, Gridiron Gang, Forever Strong), Corey Sevier (Decoys), Alice Greczyn (Dukes of Hazzard, Shrooms), and Eliot Benjamin (Forever Strong). As of October 15, 2007, it is in post-production.
- In Convenience: Sound Refuge of Rexburg, Idaho, held auditions for a new dramatic comedy they will be producing this summer (2006). It is written and will be directed by Nels Chick. Brian Carter will be the producer. "In Convenience" is about a college student named Nole who loses her financial backing shortly before she is going to graduate. To finish school, she decides to take some drastic, and not entirely legal, measures. The story takes place mostly at night at a convenience store. Producers are looking for volunteer technicians for behind-the-scenes work and extras. E-mail contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. See the trailer at In Convenience: Premiere at The Rex in Rexburg June 27, 2008, through July 1, 2008. DVD will be released July 4, 2008.
- The Jerk Theory: Light hearted comedy with a good message written and directed by Scott S. Anderson (The Best Two Years); co-writer and co-producer Abraham Taylor. Other producers include: Brandon Petersen, Jonathan Rudd, and Ryan Rudd. Starring Josh Henderson, Jenna Dewqn, Lauren Storm, and Tom Arnold, with Danny Bonaduce playing himself. Adam (Josh Henderson) is the typical nice guy. He does everything for his girlfriend Cynthia, but she doesn't appreciate it, and she kicks him to the curb for the school jerk, Marc Dixon. Lesser men would give in to their pain and self-pity, but not Adam. He decides that since girls don't want the nice guy, he'll be the jerk. It works like a charm with all sorts of girls, but Molly (Jenna Dewan) is done dating jerks, and she dumps the very tool that sold Adam's girl the year before. Release is scheduled for 2009.
- Jonah: A Great Fish Story: Based on the work of fantasy artist James C. Christensen, the enchanting story of the Old Testament prophet Jonah comes to life in this delightful, award-winning film from Ageless Animation. Directed by Chris and Nathan Smith. Distributed by Richard Dutcher's Main Street Movie Company. DVD in stores now.
- Junior's Giants: Excel Entertainment's first animated film of any kind. Junior Anderson is an elementary school student with wit, imagination, and a comically whimsical family. Together with the help of his best friend Niko, his parents, and the Word of God, Junior discovers that to defeat an evil giant, he must learn to follow the Spirit. Released September 6, 2005, on DVD.
- Justin Time: Director: Rob Diamond; Writer: Troy Hinckley, Rob Diamond; Producer: Troy Hinckley; Executive Producer: Troy Hinckley, Ryan Andersen, Kyle Bennett; Director of Photography: Jacob Brumfield; Production Designer: Thayne Wheeler; Original Score: Sam Cardon; Editor: John Lyde, Troy Hinckley; 1st AC : Scott Winn; Key Grip: Chad Busath; Location Sound : Richard Mallard lll. Cast: Chris Laird, Michael Flynn, Shareece Pfeiffer, Alyx Gaudio, Danny Trejo, Brian Wimmer, Mike Hildebrandt, Matthew Reese, Michael Christian, Roger Benally, Taylor Cummins, Dave Martinez, Alex Egbert, J. Omar Hansen, Bronzell Miller. Synopsis: Justin Time is an action-adventure film that is targeted to young adults. It is a story of a Native American boy, Justin, who was orphaned at a young age and is left a magical amulet. He soon discovers its special power, the ability to stop time, but he is blissfully unaware that others are looking for his amulet as well. They will do anything to obtain it. One of those is a beautiful girl, Angelic, and her father Michael, who is hiding a dark secret. Justin must get the pieces of the magic disc and amulet, before Michael has the chance to reunite them. Along the way Justin will meet new friends and learns what it means to become a man. Shown at the LDS Film Festival January 24, 2009.
- Killer At Large: Shinebox Media Productions. Obesity Documentary--about the rising global epidemic of obesity, from former Brigham Young University student,Steven Greenstreet and award-winning director of “This Divided State.” Executive Producers are Shawn Talbott and Timo Lahtinen. Co-producer Patrick Waldrop, and Produced by Elias Pate and Bryan Young. “The issue of obesity is absolutely staggering,” said Young. “When you think of the sheer numbers of it, more than 65% of all Americans are overweight or obese, and being overweight or obese causes problems that decrease our length and quality of life significantly. And we’re finding that there are more causes to the problem than simply the notion that Americans are eating more and exercising less.” The film features interviews and footage of numerous public figures discussing both the politics, causes and effects of obesity including former President Bill Clinton, consumer advocate Ralph Nader, filmmaker Neil LaBute, Senator Tom Harkin, Senator Sam Brownback, Governor Mike Huckabee, and a number of bestselling authors. "Killer At Large" has been submitted to a number of notable film festivals including Sundance and Slamdance. Plans are to release to theaters in 2008. For more information and to watch the trailer, visit Killer At Large
- Kosmic Karl: As a defender of the Universe, Kosmic Karl (played by Andrew Barrus) is set to take on the world’s problems, if only his Shrink can help him regain his memory. Others in the cast are John James, Valerie Hall, Rob Diamond, and Kristen Carte. Written and directed by Mark Whipple (directorial debut); Director of Photography and Editor is Gary Whipple; film score by John Ballantyne. Five years in the making, this 90 minute film, shot on 16mm film and transferred to Digital Beta, will be distributed directly on DVD and Video in September 2005. This film is suitable for all ages.
- The Letter Writer: As of 5/10/2006, Christian Vuissa’s short film "The Letter Writer" just won 2nd Place at the Spiritual Cinema Festival-at-Sea. The film also won the Gold Award at the Worldfest in Houston. “The Letter Writer” is an official selection at the following upcoming film festivals: Eugene Film Festival, Eugene, Oregon, May 12-14; Mendocino Film Festival, Mendocino, California, May 18-21; Damah Film Festival, Culver City, California, May 19-21; DeadCenter Film Festival, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, June 7-11; and ReelHeart International Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, June 26-30. Starring Bernie Diamond; Score by Robert Allen Elliott; Editing by Ludwig Einklang; Cinematography by Dave Skousen; Production Design by William C. Rowan, Jr.; Written, Directed, and Produced by Christian Vuissa; Mirror Films. Synopsis: Sam writes a warm and compassionate letter with the fervor of a true master craftsman. "The Letter Writer" captures the beauty of selfless service and love. More festivals to be announced soon.
- Minor Details: A new film by John Lyde has completed filming in American Fork, Utah, about four teenage girls who join forces to solve a mystery at the prestigious Danforth Academy. It's a teen movie, sort of like Nancy Drew, with lots of fun characters and a great story to entertain all ages. Sally Meyer and Annie Edwards are the screenwriters. It is being produced by John Lyde, Salley Meyer, Annie Edwards, and Leah Faber. The website and trailer can be seen at www.MinorDetailsthe Movie.com or IMDB Minor Details. The LDS cast includes: Kelsey Edwards as Abby, Caitlin E.J. Meyer as Paige, Dani Chuchran as Clair, Lauren Faber as Taylor, Jennette McCurdy (star of Nickelodean series iCarly. www.iCarly.com) Emma Duke as Emily, and Brady Edwards as Brad. Others of the lead cast are Savannah Jayde Gipson as Riley, Andrew Cottrill as Sean, and Elijah Thomas as Ethan. Shown at LDS Film Festival January 23, 2009. World premiere at Scera Center February 5, 2009, 7:30 p.m.
- Mr. dungbeetle A comedy/drama written and directed by Tom Russell is in post production as of January 2006. Jeff Parkin is the producer and Travis Cline the director of photography. Synopsis: Five mental patients escape a mental institution and their psychiatrist goes in search of them. Shot in Utah; "Dungbeetle" debuted at the LDS Film Festival 2007.
- Moving McAllister: Andrew Black (Pride and Prejudice) is directing this comedy. Screenplay by Ben Gourley ("Everything you Want" "Pride & Prejudice"). Cast includes: Mila Kunis, Ben Gourley, Jon Heder ("Napoleon Dynamite"), and Rutger Hauer ("Batman Begins" "Ladyhawke"), who plays McAllister. "Moving McAllister" is an on-the-road comedy that proves that a mismatched pair can find love in all the wrong places.
Story centers on Rick Robinson (Gourley), a lowly intern at a prestigious Miami law firm who dreams of becoming a partner one day. Eager to impress, he
agrees to help the firm’s top lawyer, Maxwell McAllister (Rutger Hauer), with a favor he really cannot afford. Just five days before the bar exam, Rick finds himself in charge of moving McAllister’s dearest possession across the country: his seductive, yet untouchable niece Michelle (Kunis). In a less than stellar moving van, the mismatched pair begins their cross-country journey. Along the way they encounter numerous obstacles and unforgettable characters, like freespirited hitchhiker Orlick Prescott Hope (Heder), who all contribute to slowing down the journey much to Rick’s dismay. However, through the experience, Rick begins to see that there’s more to life than becoming a successful lawyer. First Independent Pictures. Theatrical release date September 14, 2007. DVD release January 29, 2008.
- My Girlfriend's Boyfriend: a romantic comedy with a twist; My Girlfriend's Boyfriend is a classic love story that turns the idea of "the classic love story" upside down. It opens on a climax and climaxes on a dramatic twist. Utilizing some of the conventions of good romantic comedy, it blends warmth, heart, and sincerity with fresh, stylized storytelling to achieve something completely unique.
The film opens with Ethan, a likeable young man in the doldrums of having yet another novel rejected by a publisher. Tempted to discard his dream of becoming a writer, Ethan is saved by a chance meeting with an intelligent and sassy young woman named Miley, who inspires him to once again lift his pen and thrust ink to the page. In return, Miley, who has struggled with a past illness, is looking for a little inspiration of her own.
Ethan and Miley meet at the best possible time -- except for the fact that it also happens to be the worst possible time. Moments after meeting Ethan, Miley meets Troy, a handsome, confident, and successful advertising executive. Simply put: Troy is everything Ethan is not. Miley enjoys the originality and simplicity of her dates with Ethan and relishes in the elegant and romantic (and very expensive) dates she has with Troy.
The movie follows the two evolving relationships, giving the audience a hip twist on the kind of moments they’ve come to expect from romantic comedies. But then the story takes a turn. Both Ethan and Troy are clearly smitten, and Miley begins to feel conflicted. She can’t bear to tell Ethan about her double life and her life-threatening illness. Thinking she is sparing Ethan the heartache of ending up with a cancer victim, Miley accepts Troy’s offer to move to another state and marry him.
Ethan is devastated. In final, desperate move to win back the girl of his dreams, he decides to act. What he and Miley discover about love is what the audience ultimately discovers about the film itself -- namely, that everything is not always what it seems.
The story of a girl who meets her one true love--twice! Currently in production as of June 20, 2009; written and directed by Daryn Tufts ("The Singles Ward", "American Mormon"); produced by Rick McFarland; Munn Powell Director of Photography; Lauren Bass Casting Director, and Joseph Pia Business and Legal.
- Once Upon a Summer: Once Upon a Summer was written and directed by Rob Diamond and stars Heather Beers. DVD release date is September 29, 2009, through Candlelight Media. There will be a small theatrical release.
- The Outlaw Trail: Director Ryan Little of critically acclaimed “Saints and Soldiers” and Producer Adam Abel are taking on action-adventure in their latest venture together. Boy Scouts, bad guys, and a tie to the legendary Butch Cassidy are the ingredients. Set in 1950 in Circleville, Utah, the story is about 16-year-old Roy Parker who inherits a belt buckle from his Great Uncle Leroy a.k.a. Butch Cassidy. The buckle has a treasure map on it. Ryan Kelley as Parker said: “I get to jump on moving trains, airplanes, and moving horses. I also get to shoot guns and blow stuff up. It’s action packed, so it’s fun.” Starring as the bad guy is Bruce McGill, a Hollywood veteran of more than 80 major motion pictures. Others in the cast include Steve Anderson, Dan Byrd, James Gammon, James Karen, Arielle Kebbel, Rick Macy, Ron Melendez, Brian Peck, Shauna Thompson, and Brent Weber. Production Designer Lana Daniels; Executive producer Brad Pello; Screenwriter David Plillar; Line Producer Steve Lee; Directors of Photography TC Christensen and Gene Salvatory. Shooting wrapped November 2005. "Outlaw Trail" received the Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis, October 2006. It also had its Utah Premiere showing as the opening night film for the 2007 LDS Film Festival. DVD will be released October 16, 2007.
- Pirates of the Great Salt Lake: Blue Shift Entertainment; Kirby Heyborne stars in this feature-length comedy produced by Nathan Phillips and Christian Vuissa, who is also the production manager. Director Eric Nelson also co-wrote the script with Phillips. Heyborne plays Kirk, a twenty-something misfit who has long fancied himself as a modern-day buccaneer. Along with his sidekick Flint (Trenton James “Blind Guy”), Kirk buys some pirate gear and a little boat and sets out for adventure on the Great Salt Lake. When the pair run across an old treasure map, they must battle a wicked rival to claim the prize---which may or may not be cursed. “Pirates” also stars Larry Bagby (Saints and Soldiers) and Emily Kennard (Napoleon Dynamite’s Trish). Filming started August 2005 at Provo, Orem, Springville, the Great Salt Lake via Antelope Island, and a cave in Fillmore. (It’s not a pirate movie without a cave!) Shooting wrapped in early September 2005. Showing at the Spud Fest Family Film Festival (Take 1) April 20, 2006, in Rexburg, April 21, 2006, in Pocatello, and April 22, 2006, in Idaho Falls. Pirates of the Great Salt Lake. Film festivals entered include: Toofy FF, 9/30/06, 9 p.m. at Boulder Theater, Boulder CO; Idaho Inter.FF, 9/29/06, Egyptian Theater, Boise, ID; 9/30/06, at The Flicks in Boise, ID; UC Berkeley Pacific Film Archive Pirate Program, 10/18/06, PFA Theater, Berkeley, CA; Australian Internation FF, 10/21-30/06 at Hoyts, Melbourne Australia; Florida Pirate Festival in Clearwater, FL, November 17-19 at Coachman Park. See it February 28, 2007, at Peery's Egyptian Theater in Ogden, Utah. As of June 9, 2008, word is that Pirates will finally come out this fall. There are rumors of a limited Utah theatrical release, but the DVD, which will be distributed by the Weinstein Company, comes out in September.
- Portrait of Patriotism: Documentary takes a look at American patriotism from the perspective of numerous real citizens in central Utah and Iraq war soldiers from the Mt. Pleasant area; Stories of courage, faith, loyalty and heroism. Produced by Central Utah Filmmakers Association; Directed by Joseph L. Puente; Produced by Emilee Blackham with associate producer Dianne Blackham. DVD on sale at LDSVideo.com A portion of the proceeds go towards the restoration of a veteran's memorial in Mt. Pleasant.
- Powerless: DVD out June 12, 2007. Order here This Can Productions
- The Reunion: Now on DVD. The Reunion is a short film from director Christian Vuissa starring Bernie Diamond (Baptists At Our Barbecue), Heather Beers (Baptists At our Barbecue & Charly), and Adam Johnson (Charly) in which Sam (Diamond) learns about the importance of forgiving and being forgiven. This companion piece to Vuissa's other award winning short film starring Bernie Diamond as Sam was just released on DVD and is currently playing film festivals. Score by Robert Allen Elliott; Editing by Ludwig Einklang; Cinematography by Dave Skousen; Gaffer Ty Arnold ; Production Design by William Rowan, Jr.; Art Direction by Joshua Ligairi; Wardrobe by Mary Rhino; Written, Directed, and Produced by Christian Vuissa ; Mirror Films.
- The Sasquatch Gang: (Formerly "The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang") Written and directed by Tim Skousen,"The Sasquatch Gang" is a comedy about young, fantasy/sci-fi aficionado Gavin Gore and his friends, who stumble onto some huge footprints in the woods. A local cop, reporter, and a renowned Sasquatch authority investigate, while two of Gavin's dim-witted neighbors hatch a scheme to profit from the situation. Producers are Jeremy Coon, Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti, Mark Kassen, Adam Kassen, and Randy Holleschau. DP was Munn Powell; Edited by Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen; and the Music by John Swihart.The Cast includes: Justin Long, Jeremy Sumpter, Addie Land, Joey Kern, Hubbel Palmer, Steven Tobolowsky, Jon Gries (Napoleon Dynamite), and Carl Weathers (Rocky). Utah debut was at the 2007 LDS Film Festival. Limited release November 30, 2007, in Utah as well as NY, LA, Seattle, and Amarillo. Check out website--The Sasquatch Gang
- Scout Camp: Writer, Director: Garrett Batty; Producer: Drew Gilliland, Garrett Batty, Kirby Heyborne; Executive Producer: Drew Gilliland, Garrett Batty; Director of Photography: Jeff Lambright; Production Designer: Whitney Donald; Original Score: Micah Dahl Anderson, Alex Boyé; Editor: Mat Gerow, Connor O'Malley; UPM, 1st AD: Drew Champion; 2nd AD: Jake Van Wagoner; Associate Producer: Robert Starling. Cast: Kirby Heyborne, Shawn Carter, Tanner Mudrow, Nate Harper, Charlie Fratto, Taylor Moulton, Elijah Thomas, Parker Hadley, Curt Doussett, Starlee Holman, and Trent Krumenacher. Synopsis:
When the Fire Dragon Patrol heads to Scout Camp, they are prepared for the best week of their lives. But when the 'Spirit Stick' of Camp Rakhouta unexpectedly disappears, the entire tradition and legacy of the prestigious camp is threatened. Now the Fire Dragons, and their intrepid leader, must do whatever it takes to find the stick and restore all order to the camp, no matter the cost. "Scout Camp" is a coming-of-age comedy starring Shawn Carter (High School Musical 3) and Kirby Heyborne (Saints and Soldiers).
- Screen Door Jesus: dramatic comedy directed by Kirk Davis; starring Alaina Kalanj in the lead role; based on short stories by Christopher Cook about how religion impacts the lives of small-town people diverse in race and social class; filmed in Austin, Texas; shown at South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, TX; DVD released April 3, 2007.
- Shooting Star: (Formerly named Heber Holiday) The partying lifestyle of high maintenance LA actress, Sierra, has spun out of control, and her notorious on-set temper tantrums jeopardize her career. After an intervention led by her tough director Mac, she is whisked away to a clinic in the gorgeous Wasatch Mountains of Utah, far from the urban jungle where her every whim is catered to. Here Sierra learns some of life's most important lessons and simple pleasures. Written by McKay and Cameron Daines and directed by McKay Daines; editor John Lyde. The cast includes Torrey DeVitto as Sierra, K.C. Clyde as Tyler, Michael Flynn as Mac, Jimmy Chunga as Hound, Erin Chambers as Jodi, and Thurl Bailey as Mutumbo. Heber Holiday is repped by Quantum Releasing and is currently playing , or has been sold, in Germany, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Former Yugoslavia, and the Middle East. Peace Arch Entertainment secured the Canadian and North American rights and those theatrical, TV and cable, and DVD release dates will be forthcoming on Heber Holiday.
- The Sinking of Santa Isabel: Director: Jacob Hamblin, Michael Hamblin; Cast: Maclain Nelson. Synopsis: The Sinking of Santa Isabel is a charming look into the life of a man attempting to recapture his childhood. Webster, 27, unemployed and recently jilted, is determined to start over. He returns home to finish a goal he made when he was twelve - live inside of a tree house, twenty-three hours a day for ninety-two days - the length of a summer. The Sinking of Santa Isabel is a sincere and damaged comedy that irresponsibly tackles issues of death, betrayal, forgiveness, and friendship - leaving us to understand that it's not always how you live but where you live that matters most. Premiere at LDS Film Festival at the Scera Center, January 23, 2009.
- Stalking Santa: Feature Christmas film is planned for a November 2006 theatrical release through Excel Entertainment. Written and co-produced by Daryn Tufts (star of "The Singles Ward" "American Mormon"), working with Director Greg Kiefer of Cosmic Pictures. It stars Chris Clark, Daryn Tufts, and Lisa Clark and is narrated by William Shatner. DVD release November 6, 2007
- Take: LDS cinematographer Tristan Whitman just finished shooting "Take" which had its world premier at the Tribeca Film Festival the first week of May 2007. Logline: The lives of two strangers—a struggling mother (Minnie Driver) and a gambling addict (Jeremy Renner)—converge in unspeakable tragedy. Years later, they must come to terms with themselves and one another. As two pivotal days, one past and one present, unfold in a non-linear mosaic, "Take" offers a powerful reflection on redemption and forgiveness. Written and Directed by Charles Oliver, who is also LDS. Featured at the LDS Film Festival January 18, 2008 at the Scera Theater in Orem. Opens in Utah September 12, 2008.
- Take a Chance: Feature length film by John Lyde tells the story of two brothers from Texas, Kirby Heyborne (The R.M., The Best Two Years, Saints and Soldiers) and Corbin Allred(Saints and Soldiers), who travel to a small town in Idaho in search of the girls of their dreams. Posing as foreign exchange students, they are welcomed into the home of a fanatical religious family only to find that one of the girls they came for won’t be home for a week. In their quest to win over their dream-girls, they learn what true love really is. Others in the cast are Dave Nibley (Best Two Years), Frank Gerrish, (Baptists at Our Barbecue), Caitlin Meyer (Pioneer Miracle), Sheryl Wilson (Book of Mormon Movie), Carrie Stringfellow (Howdy Town), RaeAnn Christensen (Vampire Chicks With Chainsaws), and Bobby Swenson (The Singles Ward). HaleStone Distribution. Website coming April 8, 2006, Take A Chance Premier Monday May 1, 2006 at Thanksgiving Point. DVD May 2, 2006. "Take a Chance will be available on Comcast on Demand on April 10, 2006. It will be on KJZZ TV on Saturday, June 10, 2006.
- Think Tank: written and directed by Brian Petersen (second assistant director for "Brigham City" and "Napoleon Dynamite", also an actor in "Napoleon Dynamite"); first assistant director: Adam Lawson (director of "Day of Defense"); starring Eric Artell ("The Work and the Story"), Brian Petersen, Aaron Ruell ("Napoleon Dynamite"), James Avery, Connor Ross, Tina Majorino ("Waterworld", "Napoleon Dynamite"), Carter Jenkins, Michael Miranda; produced by Sean Covel and Chris Wyatt ("Napoleon Dynamite", "12 Dogs of Christmas"); production design by Andrea Finn ("The First Vampire", "The Princess and the Pea"); edited by Julia Ruell; cinematography by Michael Fimognari ("The 12 Dogs of Christmas", "The First Vampire"); musical score by John Swihart ("Napoleon Dynamite"); plot outline: A group of geeks achieve their dreams and save their favorite pool hall by creating a "think tank" for super-smarties that invent the ultimate game: frictionless pool; filmed in Los Angeles; has been shown at film festivals, including FilmFest KC festival (Kansas City) and the Jan. 2005 LDS Film Festival; DVD release pending.
- The Three Stooges: Comedy; Release April 30, 2012; Synopsis: While trying to save their childhood orphanage, Moe, Larry, and Curly inadvertently stumble into a murder plot and wind up starring in a reality TV show. Directors:Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly; Writers:Mike Cerrone, Bobby Farrelly (screenplay); Starring: Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos, and Will Sasso. LDS Actor Kirby Heyborne plays Teddy.
- The 12 Dogs of Christmas: written and directed by Kieth Merrill; produced by Sean Covel and Chris Wyatt ("Napoleon Dynamite", "Think Tank") and Daenen Merrill (the director's son); executive producer: Ken Kragen; starring Jordan-Claire Green, Adam Hicks ("Down and Derby", "Titus" TV series) and John Billingsley ("Dr. Phlox" from "Star Trek: Enterprise"). Heartland Film Festival selected "The 12 Dogs of Christmas" for its special family screening and party October 16, 2005. This well received family film is about a 12-year-old during the depression of the 1930's, who is sent to live with her aunt in a small town where dogs are banned. She joins the people and pooches of the town in a war with the Mayor and town dog-catcher, and through plot twists and adventurous chases, succeeds in bringing everyone together through a spectacular finale that involved more than 100 dogs and almost as many children. Filmed in Maine in March 2004, it was released November 1, 2005, in limited theaters and world-wide on DVD. As of January 1, 2006, Kieth Merrill reports that 250,000 DVDs have been sold in 20 countries internationally and the DVD is featured at Wal-Mart Stores, Blockbuster, and other retailers nationwide. The film will be re-released every November for the next 10 years or more.
- Una Vida Mejor: Una Vida Mejor (A Better Life) is an ensemble drama that examines, from varying points of view, some of the issues surrounding illegal immigration. The film follows three families, each participating in the American experience, and each searching for their own version of the American dream. Two of the families have crossed the Mexican border illegally to enter the United States in search of a better life. What ensues is a gritty tale of injustice that leaves the viewer questioning the definitions of "victim" and "criminal." Andrew James wrote, directed, filmed, and edited this, his first feature-length film. Mike Reynolds is the producer and composer, and Jolyn Schleiffarth is the Executive Producer. UVM played at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, California and won the Special Jury Award the first week in March 2008.
- Unrest: After a brutal death in the gross anatomy lab, first year medical student Alison Blanchard must discover the truth behind her mysterious cadaver--whose spirit she's certain is in a state of unrest. When her lab partners start dying one-by-one, Alison must face her own mortality before it's too late. Starring: Corri English (Bedford Diaries), Scot Davis (Honeymoon with Mom), Joshua Alba (Alpha Dog), Jay Jablonski (Everybody Wants to be Italian), Marisa Petroro (Reno 911: Miami, Deal or No Deal), Derrick O'Connor (Daredevil, End of Days, Pirates of the Carribean; DIRECROR JASON TODD; IPSON, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER James Huntsman; AN ASGAARD ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION, shot at the VA Hospital SLC, UTAH in November 2005; DVD release March 27, 2007.
- Vampire Chicks with Chainsaws: Imagine a horror film with no swearing, sex, or nudity. Vampire Chicks fills that bill. However, it is NOT for kids. It is a horror film with chainsaws, vampires, and aliens, so it does contain some violence. This feature length film stars Adam Abram (“The Collectors”), Sarah Bell (“Familiar Spirits”), RaeAnn Christensen (“Take a Chance”), Oleysa Rulin (“Mobsters and Mormons”), Jamie Rosquist, and Jenna Linsonbee. Directed by Carlos Don Diego. All the myths about vampires are just that. Crosses, holy water, garlic—they do absolutely nothing! The only thing that can kill a vampire has been injected into Quinn, a rough and rugged hillbilly with a chip on his shoulder. Now he is wanted by both vampires and those who want to destroy them. Quinn’s only hope of survival is Karel, a renegade vampire warrior who does the unthinkable--she falls in love with him. Watch the trailer and learn more at www.vampirechickswithchainsaws.com.
- The War Within the War: Tales from the 222: Documentary from Majorscale Productions,LLC. DVD will be released October 1, 2006. Latter-day Saint members, Brady and Susan Tuckett, are the producers. In March of 2005, the 222nd National Guard Battalion was deployed to Iraq, and recently returned home without a single casualty. Beginning in the mid 1800s with the Mexican American War, this battalion has fought in 8 major conflicts including World War I, World War II, Korea - again without a single casualty. This is their story. More information about the project is available at Majorscale Productions Debuted at the LDS Film Festival 2007.
- Wild Stallion: Wild Stallion stars: Robert Wagner, Fred Ward, Connie Sellecca, Paul Sorvino and Miranda Cosgrove. You might recall Miranda, she is the Star of iCarly and is very hot right now. She has a recording contract with Sony and is doing a film with Paramount. There were those who thought the rare and beautiful wild stallion might have been sired by a famous race horse lost years earlier when a locomotive derailed in the Nevada mountains. Others whispered that it was a ghost horse stealing mares away in the night. But most didn’t believe in the stallion at all. To them it was just a myth. No
more. A figment of over-stimulated western imaginations. But for Hannah Mills (MIRANDA COSGROVE) and C.J. Adams (DANIELLE CHUCHRAN) the ‘myth’ would become as real as the wild mountain range the wraith stallion called home. LDS filmmakers include: Bryce Fillmore - Producer and Craig Clyde Writer-Director...also in the cast are KC Clyde and Corbin Allred.
"Wild Stallion" is a modern day adventure about two girls whose love for all wild creatures is tested just as their budding friendship will be. Hannah and her father Frank (FRED WARD) arrive at “Mustang Matty Steadman’s” (CONNIE SELLECCA) Bear Mountain Ranch, a spread which runs parallel to the Utah Nevada border.
Hannah, we learn, has come west from Cleveland to photograph the famous wild horses found on Matty’s ranch. C.J. is from the neighboring ranch. Although C.J. is put off by Mattie’s request to ‘babysit’ Hannah - as she calls it - she reluctantly agrees to show her around. Turns out to be one of the best decisions of her young life as the two girls become instant friends.
We discover, through the girls, the wild horses are disappearing from the range at an alarming rate. A wealthy mysterious stranger, Novak (ROBERT WAGNER), appears to be the instigator of a sinister plot to steal all the mountain mustangs. But while taking photographs of the wild herd one afternoon, the two girls - quite by accident - happen upon the mysterious "Wild Stallion!” He does exist! The girls rush home to tell Matty and her ranch hands the Brody brothers, Dallas (K.C. CLYDE) and Ty (GIB GERARD), about their discovery. Matty cautions all of them not to tell anyone about the black stallion because unscrupulous ‘mustangers’ would want the rare stallion and would stop at nothing to get him. Halestorm has secured and will be releasing the DVD of Wild Stallion October 6, 2009.
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