8TH LDS FILM FESTIVAL 2009
JANUARY 21-24, 2009 | SCERA CENTER, OREM


SPECIAL SCREENINGS

Tickets for all events are available beginning Monday, January 12, at 801-225-ARTS, online at scera.org or at the door. Click here for admissions information.

All events are open to the public and take place at the SCERA Center for the Arts in Orem (745 South State Street).


Changed Forever: The Nauvoo Pageant Experience

Documentary, 31 minutes, color, 2008
Rating: G
Production Company: Changed Forever
Director
: R. Lawrence Porter; Producer, Editor, Director of Photography: R. Lawrence Porter; Original Score: David Zabrinski, Ross Boothe.
Cast: The 2007 Nauvoo Pageant core and family casts.


Synopsis:

The film documents the year-long process of casting and putting on a major pageant. More importantly, lives are changed and by applying the same principles of sacrifice, service, no backbiting, and missionary work we can be changed no matter where we are. This is a short version of a longer 105 minute film.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Thursday, January 22, 2:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theater


Janie Thompson: Performance of Faith

Documentary, 54 minutes, color, 2009
Rating: Not Rated
Director: Lauren Moss; Director of Photography: Paul Taylor; Original Score: Nate Drew; Editor: Lauren Moss.
Cast: Janie Thompson, Betsy Bailey, Randy Boothe, Janielle Christensen, Newell Daley, Bob Engemann, Karl Engemann, Cynthia Fuentes, Sandi Griffiths, Bob Lee, Bonnie Lee, Norm Nielsen.

Synopsis:
Janie Thompson, founder of the BYU "Young Ambassadors" and the "Lamanite Generation," had no aspirations to become the beloved teacher and friend that she is to scores of former BYU students. She loved to perform and had a promising singing career, but the Lord had another path for her. Janie has become legendary for her work at BYU where she instilled in her many students, her “kids”, the importance of upholding their standards and their faith in God. Janie’s emphasis on not just their technical excellence, but on living their religion, has been a blessing to her students throughout their lives. And for the many students she touched and the thousands of lives influenced by the performing groups she started, Janie Thompson has exemplified a life rooted in and guided by faith in the Lord.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Thursday, January 22, 2:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theater


Love Letters of Joseph and Emma

Documentary, 60 minutes, color, 2008
Rating: G
Production Company: Love Letters of Joseph and Emma

Director: Ron Brough; Producer: Ron Brough, Rachel Langlois, Jacob Hoehne, Daniel Hollister ; Director of Photography: Norman Bosworth and Ty Arnold; Editor: Daniel Hollister.
Cast: Featuring Commentary by: Richard L. Bushman, Claudia L. Bushman, Angela Eschler, Arnold K. Garr, Steven C. Harper, Gracia N. Jones, William W. Slaughter, Paul Thomas Smith, Anita Stansfield, Liz Lemon Swindle, Michael K. Winder, Mary Jane Woodger.

Synopsis:
A touching glimpse into the hearts of the founder of the LDS Church and his elect lady, Love Letters of Joseph and Emma explores Joseph and Emma Smith's close partnership as it takes a look at their personal correspondence to each other. This compelling documentary tells the love story of Joseph and Emma with the help of more than a dozen historical experts, artwork from Liz Lemon Swindle and other artists, historical imagery, on-location cinematography of Church history sites, and dramatic readings from the couple's cherished letters.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Thursday, January 22, 2:30 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Picturing Joseph

Documentary, 48 minutes, color, 2008
Rating: Not Rated
IMDB Link: Picturing Joseph
Director: Nick Galieti; Writer: Nick Galieti, Bret Eborn, LeGrand Baker; Producer: Nick Galieti, Bret Eborn; Executive Producer: Bret Eborn; Original Score: Mark Henry, Jonah Lai; Editor: Nick Galieti.
Cast: LeGrand L. Baker Patrick Bishop Ken Corbett Ted Gibbons Steven C. Harper S. Michael Tracy.


Synopsis:

What did Joseph Smith really look like? Was his picture ever taken? Would we recognize it if we saw it? Picturing Joseph is a presentation of the forensic and historical research into the images of the prophet Joseph Smith. Be introduced to a photo supported as being a real image of the prophet ... and it doesn't look like the paintings. Based on the book Millions Shall Know Brother Joseph Again.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Thursday, January 22, 2:30 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Staying and Going

Comedy, 9 minutes, color, 2008
Rating: PG
Director: Joel Ackerman; Writer: Joel Ackerman; Producer: Jacob Schwarz; Director of Photography: Devin Graham; Production Designer: Vanessa Barney; Original Score: Stephen Nelson; Editor: Kristi Shimek; First AD: James Alexander; Associate Producer: Justin Bogh.
Cast: Don Cosney, Michael Buster, Dixie Johnson.


Synopsis:

Divorcee Cliff thinks the girl at the door is a date he forgot about. Cliff's eccentric dad thinks he should send the girl at the door away and call his ex-wife. The girl at the door thinks their bickering is hilarious.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Friday, January 23, 7:30 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Uintah United

Documentary, 57 minutes, color, 2008
Rating: Not Rated
Production Company: Uintah United
Director: Issac Goeckeritz; Writer: James Findlay; Producer: Issac Goeckeritz; Director of Photography: Issac Goeckeritz; Editor: Issac Goeckeritz.

Synopsis:
In 1922, a small Utah town was rocked with the news that Marlow J. Christensen, the local school principal, had shot and killed one of his students. The student was a member of a gang of boys who had been responsible for threatening and driving out eight prior principals. Shocked and deeply divided by the event, the community of Uintah broke apart. Uintah United tells the remarkable story of the principal’s successor, Golden Kilburn, who masterfully transformed the lives and behavior of these troublesome boys and healed a community. Narrated by Dick Nourse.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Thursday, January 22, 4:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theater


Gordon B. Hinckley: God Makes a Giant Among Men

Docudrama, 53 minutes, color, 2008
Rating: Not Rated
Official Website: Gordon B. Hinckley
Director: T.C. Christensen; Director of Photography: T.C. Christensen.
Cast: Levi Larsen, Koleman Stinger, Tamilisa Wood.


Synopsis:
From boyhood lessons to tender moments with his mother in their library, to overcoming rejection in the mission field, Gordon B. Hinckley was prepared by the Lord for his future calling.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Thursday, January 22, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Hallowed Ground Sacred Journeys: Salt Lake City - Ensign to the Nations

Documentary, 21 minutes, color, 2008
Rating: Not Rated
Official Website: Hallowed Ground Sacred Journeys
Director: John P. Starrs; Writer: John P. Livingstone, W. Jeffrey Marsh, Lloyd D. Newell, Craig James Ostler, John P. Starrs, David M. Whitchurch; Producer: John P. Livingstone, John P. Starrs; Executive Producer: John P. Livingstone, W. Jeffrey Marsh, Lloyd D. Newell, Craig James Ostler, David M. Whitchurch; Director of Photography: Scott Morgan; Editor: Sam Mangum, Mark Gillins, Steven Hayes, John P. Starrs; Associate Producer: Steven Hayes; Additional Photography: Steven Hayes, James Sherman, David Whitchurch, Craig J. Ostler, W. Jeffrey and Kathie Marsh, Robert Hall, Ray Huntington, Clayton Prete, Will Robertson, Kevin Martin, John Forbyn, Maxx Payne, John P. Starrs.

Synopsis:
A production of the Brigham Young University Department of Religious Education and starrs universal, this 20 minute sampling is from a much larger production featuring over 50 LDS Church History sites from downtown Salt Lake City. Designed by the producers to bring exciting new media-rich learning to the viewer, the pioneer history of Salt Lake comes alive in ways not previously seen. Dedicated to the memory of the Utah Pioneers who made the desert blossom as the rose…

Screenings:
Thursday, January 22, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Latter-Day Fake

Comedy, 26 minutes, color, 2008
Rating: PG
Production Company: Latter-Day Fake
Director: Jolie Hales; Writer: Chris Wiltz, Jolie Hales; Producer: Jordan Nellis; Executive Producer: Jolie Hales; Director of Photography: Ryan Creasy; Production Designer: Christopher M. Mello; Original Score: Robert Allen Elliott; Editor: David D'Avanzo.
Cast: Jackson Davis, Elizabeth Chomko, Keith Arthur Bolden, Ashley Clark, Patrick O'Connor.


Synopsis:

When catastrophe strikes Jack’s independent film set, he suddenly finds himself in desperate need of funding, and he’ll do anything to get it... even if it means pretending to be a Mormon. Upon finding an ad for an LDS artists grant, Jack, much to the dismay of his roommate Troy, quickly “Mormonizes” himself and sets off to be interviewed. Everything goes according to plan until Jack meets someone who threatens to throw a wrench in the works.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Friday, January 23, 11:30 am, Scera Xango Grand Theater


The Up Beat

Documentary, 57 minutes, color, 2008
Rating: Not Rated
Official Website: The Up Beat
Director: Brandon Smith; Producer: Brandon Smith, Andrew Kirk; Original Score: The Slackers, Hepcat, Lord Creator, Swim Herschel Swim, Stretch Armstrong, My Man Friday; Editor: Brandon Smith; Still Photograhy: Raquel Goncalves, Dustin Blad.

Synopsis:
The Upstarts, a ska band from Salt Lake City, Utah, is getting ready to release their debut album. There's only one problem: There isn't much of a ska scene these days. This hasn't always been the case. In the 90's, Utah experienced an explosion of ska comparable to Los Angeles and Boston. The Up Beat traces the history of ska and the influence the genre has had on the Utah music scene.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Thursday, January 22, 9:45 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre


Mormon Myth-ellaneous

Comedy/Documentary, 60 minutes, color, 2008
Rating: G
Production Company: Mormon Myth-ellaneous
Director: Brad Barber, Jacob Hoehne; Writer: Shawn Rapier, Brad Barber, Jacob Hoehne; Producer: Jacob Hoehne, Vaughn Armstrong, Kelly Fisher; Executive Producer: Ron Brough; Director of Photography: Travis Cline; Original Score: Michah Dahl Anderson; Editor: Q. Bryce Randle;
Art Director: Jeremy Ames.
Cast: Shawn Rapier, Dixie Johnson, Richard Holzapfel, Eric Eliason, Paul Skousen, Quint Randle, Chris Bigelow, Richard Bushman, Deacon Scott Dodge, Jerry Borrowman, Ken Baldridge.

Synopsis:
Did Elvis read the Book of Mormon? Why are the Three Nephites always hitch-hiking? Are whales living in the Great Salt Lake? Was Yoda really based on a Mormon Prophet? Elevator shafts in the Salt Lake Temple? Underground tunnels at Temple Square? A swearing Apostle? Take a comical jaunt to unlock the hidden mysteries of Mormon urban legends, faith-promoting rumors, and curious facts and fallacies. Hang on tight and enjoy a fast-paced, fun ride and who knows, you may even learn a little something.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Friday, January 23, 11:30 am, Scera Xango Grand Theater


Cosmo: The Quest

Comedy, 24 minutes, 2008
Rating: Not Rated
Official Website: Cosmo: The Quest
Director: Alan Seawright; Writer: Alan Seawright, Ryan Croker; Producer: Alan Seawright, Megan Seawright; Executive Producer: David Almodova, Bill Hoops, David Eberhard; Director of Photography: Stephen Aldridge; Production Designer: Jason Komm; Editor: Alan Seawright; 1st Assistant Director: Loren Micalizio.
Cast: Cosmo, Matt Meese, Rick Macy, David Eberhard.


Synopsis:

Everyone's favorite mascot must save Cougartown from the evil clutches of BCS.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Friday, January 23, 11:30 am, Scera Xango Grand Theater


Pornography, Confronting the Addiction

Documentary, 35 minutes, color, 2008
Rating: Not Rated
Official Website: Pornography, Confronting the Addiction
Director
: Brandon Kowallis; Writer, Producer, Editor, Director of Photography: Brandon Kowallis; Original Score: Joshua Creek (Quint Randle, Patricia Smith, Jeff Hinton), Brandon Kowallis, StockMusic.net; Assistant Director: Michelle Kowallis, Lee Christensen, Jamie Goodloe, Nina Fryer; Grip/Gaffer: John Fryer, Thorpe Cox, Brad Goodloe, Brandon Keyes, Jamie Goodloe, Amy Nielsen Cox; Sound/Mic: John Fryer, Brad Goodloe, Kory Kowallis.
Cast: Bob Lanoue, Taylor Moulton, Elizabeth Abbott, J.C. Shipp, Carolyn Lundberg, Davis Lundberg, Christian Lundberg, Linda Eyring.

Synopsis:
Pornography, Confronting the Addiction follows an addiction, from the initiation of the addiction, through the moment when an addict finally begins to seek help. The story is real and is told through interviews with both addicts and spouses of addicts, and through dramatic illustrations. An experienced marriage and family therapist specializing in pornography addiction, talks about the current problem with pornography and how exposure to pornography can have a negative impacts on it’s viewers. The film also addresses the steps needed to begin the recovery process.

Screenings:
Friday, January 23, 12:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Virtue and Vice

Drama, 18 minutes, color, 2008
Rating: Not Rated
Director
: Robert Owen; Writer, Producer, Editor: Robert Owen; Director of Photography: Robert Owen, Robert Casey.
Cast: Robert Owen, Brittny Owen, Lezlee Burnell, Chris Miller.


Synopsis:

Watch as a couple desperately struggles to overcome a spouse's pornography addiction.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Friday, January 23, 12:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


The Lighted Candle Society

Documentary, 16 minutes, color, 2008
Rating: G
Official Website: The Lighted Candle Society
Director: R. Lawrence Porter; Writer: Justin Hart, R. Lawrence Porter; Producer: Justin Hart; Director of Photography: R. Lawrence Porter; Editor: R. Lawrence Porter.

Synopsis:
The Lighted Candle Society is the nationwide community of concerned citizens dedicated to the eradication of pornography. This video details the battle of pornography against our society and what our group is doing to combat it.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Friday, January 23, 12:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


To Lose, to Love, and to Be Free

Documentary, 26 minutes, color, 2008
Rating: Not Rated
Director, Producer: Josh Wagner; Executive Producer: Brad Barber; Director of Photography: Nathan Lee, Rebecca Potter, Josh Wagner; Original Score: Marvin Santiago, Roberto Torres con Charanga de la 4, Elvis Crespo, Frankie Ruiz; Editor: Seth Estrada, Josh Wagner; Transcription: Raven Alard, Brandon Pipkin, Liz Stubbs, Jamie Wagner; Post Sound: Cody Brown; Production Sound: Jamie Wagner.

Synopsis:
After experiencing trials as big as the revolution initiated by college-chum Fidel Castro and as intimate as the collapse of the marriage to the sweetheart of her youth, Gladys Alard learns that only by losing everything can she truly love and experience physical, mental, and spiritual freedom. This 81-year-old Cuban refugee defies stereotypes with her active lifestyle and skillful salsa dancing. But her abundant life came at a price.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Friday, January 23, 2:30 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Chante Wouden: Faith and Miracles

Documentary, 27 minutes, color, 2008
Rating: Not Rated
Production Company: Chante Wouden: Faith and Miracles
Director: Manju Varghese; Writer: Manju Varghese; Producer: Manju Varghese, Chantelle Squires; Executive Producer: Sterling Van Wagenen, Rob Sibley; Director of Photography: Cole Webley, Chantelle Squires, Manju Varghese; Original Score: Sam Cardon; Editor: Chantelle Squires; Assistant Editor: Manju Varghese; Artist: Rusty Gregory.

Synopsis:
Chante Wouden: Faith and Miracles is the story of a two time cancer survivor who discovers that her battle for life is not over. After struggling with and overcoming cancer twice by the age of 17, Chante thought that life has dealt her all her bad cards, that is until she finds herself in the hospital once again at the age of 27. Having to look death in the face, Chante reflects on her youth and how far she has come.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Friday, January 23, 2:30 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Brasil Doce Lar

Documentary, 26 minutes, color, 2007
Rating: Not Rated
Official Website: Brasil Doce Lar
Director: Adam Anderegg; Writer: Russ Kendall, Alex Dantras, Adam Anderegg; Producer: Russ Kendall, Alex Dantras; Executive Producer: David Beck; Director of Photography: Brian Wilcox; Original Score: Sam Cardon.

Synopsis:
Wayne and Evelyn Beck are called to serve on 5 different occasions in the exotic country of Brazil. Together with their children they come to love and embrace the community and culture of their new home away from home.

Screenings:
Friday, January 23, 2:30 pm, Scera Showhouse II


The Long Look On Life

Documentary, 57 minutes, color, 2008
Rating: Not Rated (for mature audiences only)
Director: Michael Paul; Director of Photography: Randahl Hagen; Original Score: The Devil Whale, Substratum, Benton Paul; Editor: Michael Paul; Cinematographers: David Coles, Tanner Ham.

Synopsis:
First time filmmaker Michael Paul, discovers a makeshift homeless shelter run by a drug addict struggling with his own schizophrenia. Paul traces the lives of three addicts and comes to a deeper knowledge about both them and himself.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Saturday, January 24, 9:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theater


Shots Fired

Documentary, minutes, color, 2008
Rating: Not Rated
Production Company: Shots Fired
Director, Producer: David Burnell; Writer: David Burnell, Ryan Gorley, Robert Owen; Executive Producer: David Burnell; Director of Photography: Robert Owen; Original Score: Kevin Jackson; Editor: Robert Owen; AD: Ryan Gorley.

Synopsis:
How does law enforcement prepare for shootings? Hear the first person account of one of the most successful takedowns in police history. The Trolley Square shooting lasted about six minutes from the time the 911 call went out and officers had secured the threats. Look into the minds and methods used by law enforcement on our city streets. Watch these incredible warriors share their insights, stories and real life training footage.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Friday, January 23, 9:45 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Reserved To Fight

Documentary, 77 minutes, color, 2008
Rating: Not Rated
Official Website: Reserved To Fight
Director: Chantelle Squires; Producer: Chantelle Squires, Manju Varghese, Coby Broyles; Executive Producer: Sterling Van Wagenen; Director of Photography: Coby Broyles, Manju Varghese, Chantelle Squires; Original Score: Sam Cardon; Editor: Genea Gaudet; Associate Producer: Paul Reickhoff.

Synopsis:
In May 2003, Fox Company of Marine Reserve Unit 2/23, returned home from front-line combat in Iraq. Reserved To Fight follows four Marines of Fox Company for four years through their postwar minefield of social and psychological reintegration into civilian life. The return to their communities proves as formidable a battle as the more literal fire fights of previous months. Living among loved ones who don't yet understand them and how they have changed, contending with a media focused on the politics rather than the human experience of war, and suffering from a psychological disorder that is difficult to acknowledge, these young veterans grapple to find purpose and healing.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Friday, January 23, 9:45 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Demographic Winter: Decline of the Human Family

Documentary, 54 minutes, color, 2008
Rating: Not Rated
Official Website: Demographic Winter: Decline of the Human Family
Writer, Director, Editor: Rick Stout; Producer: Barry McLerran, Rick Stout; Executive Producer: Steven E. Smoot; Director of Photography: Rick Stout; Original Score: Arlen L. Card, Merrill Jenson.
Cast: Various scholars from top institutions world wide.


Synopsis:

For decades, the developed world has been concerned about overpopulation. Actually, however, for the last 50 years, a quiet, unnoticed mega-trend has been occurring: human fertility has actually declined by 50%. And the consequences include major social and economic problems--including the housing crisis / financial crash of 2008, which was predicted by this film. Top scholars from around the world (including a Nobel-prize-winning economist) were interviewed...and the verdict is in: a Demographic Winter is going to chill the human race. This film was screened in the US Senate in 2008, in various European government agencies, and in universities and think tanks world wide, and is scheduled to be shown to the European Union this March. It has been translated into Russian, Romanian, Portuguese, Spanish, and English Subtitles, and will shortly be available in German and French as well.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Saturday, January 24, 1:45 pm, Scera Showhouse II