9TH LDS FILM FESTIVAL 2010
JANUARY 20-23, 2010 | SCERA CENTER, OREM


FILMMAKER PRESENTATIONS

Tickets for all events are available beginning Monday, January 11, 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).


Dennis Agle

Dennis is the co-director of the popular Liken films, a series of children’s movies based on scripture stories as seen through the imagination of a child. Liken films are live-action musicals, along the lines of Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The newest Liken production, Jonah & the Great Fish, will be produced as a stage musical first, and simultaneously filmed and edited for DVD distribution. Dennis will talk about this new process of making films for children, and also share his insights into how to best distribute a film for a wider audience.

Time:
Friday, January 22, 11:00 am, Scera Room B1


Kels Goodman

Kels directed and produced Handcart, released in 2002 as one of the first theatrically released LDS films. He is also the creator and producer of the Will It Blend video series, one of the most successful ad campaigns on the internet with over 200 million views. Recently, he is finishing up his newest film The Last Eagle Scout, due out in theaters September 2010. Kels will talk about the production of his newest film and his approach to marketing and distributing films.

Time:
Friday, January 22, 12:00 pm, Scera Room B1


Joshua Ligairi, Andrew James

Joshua and Andrew are the directors of Cleanflix, a documentary film that premiered last September at the Toronto International Film Festival. Cleanflix raises questions about artistic vision, consumer rights, film ownership, and self-censorship as it follows the sanitized movie industry from inception to collapse. The two documentary filmmakers will talk about the long process of making a feature-length documentary and the art of being fair and balanced in looking at a controversial issue.

Time:
Friday, January 22, 1:00 pm, Scera Room B1


Dave Boyle

Dave is the writer and director of White on Rice and Big Dreams Little Tokyo. Both films are playing at this year's LDS Film Festival. With two feature films under his belt, the 27-year old is one of the most promising LDS filmmakers working in the industry today. Dave, who served his LDS mission in Japan, will talk about his process of writing and directing independent films and his plans for the future. He will also discuss his unique grassroots distribution approach.

Time:
Friday, January 22, 2:00 pm, Scera Room B1


Jeff Parkin, Jared Cardon

Jeff and Jared are the filmmakers behind the web series The Book of Jer3miah, a "spiritual thriller" created by BYU students in 2009. The twenty episodes of the first season follow Jeremiah, a BYU freshman, as he begins to learn of his unknown heritage and becomes embroiled in a conspiracy that will threaten his life. The New York Times called the series "tight and suspenseful" and NewTeeVee rated it as one of the Top 10 web series of 2009. Jeff and Jared will offer insights into the collaborative process of making a web series with students from BYU.

Time:
Friday, January 22, 3:00 pm, Scera Room B1


Dagen Merrill, Chris Wyatt

Dagen is the director and Chris the producer of Broken Hill, the first film released from the Audience Alliance Motion Picture Studios. The film has played at numerous festivals and has garnered praise and awards throughout the world. Chris is also one of the producers of Napoleon Dynamite and has now worked with several LDS directors on their first feature film projects. They will talk about the special development process of Broken Hill and the adventure of making a film "down under."

Time:
Friday, January 22, 4:00 pm, Scera Room B1


Script Workshop

Festival founder and filmmaker Christian Vuissa will introduce this year's winners of the 7-page script competition and talk about the festival's mission to support writers and filmmakers in their storytelling quest.

Tom Morrill, producer of BYU-TV's Writer's Block series, will also be present and talk about his experience in working with young screenwriters and the collaborative process from script to screen.

The filmmakers of the 7-page scripts will screen their films and talk about their collaboration with the writers. The writers of the scripts will also be present and are possibly joined by the writers of the latest Writer's Block scripts.

Everyone is invited to participate and join the discussion.

Time:
Saturday, January 23, 10:00 am, Scera Showhouse II


Maclain Nelson

Maclain has made himself a name as an actor and producer of independent feature films. His resume includes films like One Good Man, Dragon Hunter and Moving McAllister. He recently finished principal photography on his directorial debut, titled Immortality Bites, a vampire comedy, in which he also stars in. Maclain will talk about his passion for filmmaking and what he learned as a first-time director.

Time:
Saturday, January 23, 12:00 pm, Scera Room B1


Michael Flynn

Michael is one of the most renowned actors living in Utah today. He is also the producer of The Dance and The Best Two Years, one of the most successful and beloved films among Latter-day Saints. Recently, he has been working on adapting several books into films, including Anita Stansfield's First Love and Forever, Dean Hughes' Midway to Heaven, and Carolyn Pearson's A Stranger for Christmas. Michael will talk about the unique development process from book to screen.

Time:
Saturday, January 23, 1:00 pm, Scera Room B1


Dave Hunter, Craig Clyde

Dave is the producer of Singles Ward, The RM, and several other Halestorm productions of recent years. Recently, his production company Stone 5 Studios and distribution arm Halestone Distribution have emerged again with several new productions, including the 2009 release of The Wild Stallion, a film directed by Craig. Dave has teamed up again with Craig for the production of A Root Beer Christmas, which will premiere this Christmas. Dave and Craig will discuss their new approach to film production and distribution.

Time:
Saturday, January 23, 2:00 pm, Scera Room B1


Dennis Packard, Lyman Dayton, Joe Pia

Dennis is a professor at BYU and has established Campus Studios in 2007, a web-based corporation developed to promote thoughtful movies. He was the producer of Fire Creek, the first BYU-produced theatrical release. Recently, Dennis has teamed up with veteran filmmaker Lyman Dayton, producer of the 1974 classic Where the Red Fern Grows. Dennis and Lyman are working closely with Joe Pia, an entertainment attorney in Salt Lake City. The three are currently collaborating on several new projects, called the Masterpiece Film Initiative, which will heavily involve BYU and UVU students in the financing and production process. Dennis, Lyman, and Joe will discuss their unique model and how it can benefit everyone in the LDS filmmaking community.

Time:
Saturday, January 23, 3:00 pm, Scera Room B1


Steven A. Lee, McKay Daines

Steven and McKay have both had an impact within the LDS film community. Steven was the line producer of Forever Strong and Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration, and one of the executive producers of Emma Smith: My Story. McKay has written and directed The Dance and Heber Holiday (aka Shooting Star), and was a producer on Friends for Life. The two have now teamed up to produce a science-fiction fantasy film currently titled Dragon Fire. Production starts in February, and the film is being directed by Ryan Little, director of Forever Strong and Saints & Soldiers. Steven and McKay will outline how they develop a product for a world-wide audience and what it takes to compete in these bigger markets.

Time:
Saturday, January 23, 4:00 pm, Scera Room B1


Award Ceremony

The LDS Film Festival awards a number of prizes and honorable mentions to honor and recognize filmmakers. The winners and honorable mentions of the short film competition, 24-hour filmmaking marathon, and 7-page script competition will be announced at an informal come-together. Admission is free.

For the fourth time, we will also recognize two individuals with special honorary awards. The Pioneer Award honors a filmmaker who has prepared the way with his or her pioneering efforts in filmmaking. The Visionary Award is given to a filmmaker who has been a visionary influence for the LDS film community and whose work has been an inspiration to other filmmakers.

Click here for a list of awards and prizes.

Time:
Saturday, January 23, 9:45 pm, Scera Showhouse II