11TH LDS FILM FESTIVAL 2012
JANUARY 25-28, 2012 | SCERA CENTER, OREM


FEATURE FILM PRESENTATIONS

Tickets for all events are available beginning Monday, January 16, 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).


Redemption (aka For Robbing the Dead)

Drama, 105 minutes, color, 2011
Facebook Page: Redemption
Writer, Director: Tom Russell; Producer: Courtney Russell, James Alexander, Asia Stryker; Executive Producer: Russell Judd, Mark Eddy, Tom Lefler, Bill Nelson; Director of Photography: Derek Pueblo; Production Designer: Jennie K. Brown, Whitney Donald; Original Score: Spencer Russell; Editor: A. Todd Smith.
Cast: John Freeman, Margot Kidder, Barry Corbin, Rance Howard, Jon Gries, David H. Stevens, Larry Thomas, Edward Herrmann.


Synopsis:
How do you forgive the unforgivable? A true story of conflict and compassion, Redemption follows the story of Henry Heath, a lawman on the western frontier in 1862. After the grieving sheriff buries his only child, he learns that Jean Baptiste, an impoverished French immigrant, has been robbing the graves of the recently deceased. Torn between duty, outrage, and guilt about his own past, Heath becomes Baptiste’s only defense against the bloodthirsty contempt of the community and the brutal isolation of the inhospitable Antelope Island where Baptiste has been exiled. Through his reluctant service, Heath is forced to examine his own beliefs about mercy, justice, and redemption. Can Heath show compassion and forgiveness toward the man who seems the least deserving of Christian love?

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Wednesday, January 25, 7:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II
Saturday, January 28, 9:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre


Unicorn City

Comedy, 96 minutes, color, 2011
Rating: PG
Official Website: Unicorn City
Director: Bryan Lefler; Writer: Adrian Lefler, Bryan Lefler; Producer: Adrian Lefler, Courtney Russell; Executive Producer: Ken Bretschneider, Tom Lefler; Director of Photography: Brandon Christensen; Production Designer: Whitney Donald; Original Score: Emily Hope Price; Editor: Bryan Lefler, Jared Cook.
Cast: Devin McGinn, Jaclyn Hales, Jon Gries, Matt Mattson, Steve Berg, Missy Hill, Clint Vanderlinden, and Kevin Weisman.

Synopsis:
Voss entices local gamers to create a utopia to impress a potential employer, but paradise is disrupted when his nemesis lays claim to the city and Voss’s true love. Unicorn City is a hilarious, epic tale for anyone who wants to become what they pretend to be.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Friday, January 27, 7:30 pm, Scera Showhouse II
Saturday, January 28, 10:00 am, Scera Showhouse II


The Letter Writer

Drama, 86 minutes, color, 2011
Production Company: The Letter Writer
Writer, Director, Producer: Christian Vuissa; Executive Producer: Derek Marquis, Scott Swofford; Director of Photography: David Skousen; Production Designer: Bruce Wing;
Art Director: Mark Mullins; Costume Designer: Jyllian Petrie; Original Score: James Schafer; Original Songs: Micah Dahl Andersen; Editor: Ludwig Einklang, John Lyde.
Cast: Aley Underwood, Bernie Diamond, Pam Eichner, Kylee Thurman, Stella McComas, Nicholas Neve, Curt Doussett.


Synopsis:
Maggy Fuller, a rebellious teenager, receives a life-affirming letter from an unknown source. When Maggy is able to track down the writer of the letter – an old man in a rest home she has never met – she decides to become a letter writer herself by being the old man’s apprentice.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Thursday, January 26, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II
Saturday, January 28, 7:30 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Two Brothers

Documentary, 80 minutes, color, 2011
Official Website: Two Brothers
Director: Rick Stevenson; Writer, Producer: Rick Stevenson, Kevin Klar.
Cast: Sam Nelson, Luke Nelson.


Synopsis:
At the turn of the century, award winning filmmaker Rick Stevenson decided to track the lives of 100 children for the next 5000 days. Two Brothers follows two of those children, Sam and Luke Nelson, in a surprisingly candid journey through time involving their adolescent struggles with brotherhood, depression, peer pressure, forgiveness and growth in their Mormon faith. As a Protestant Christian, Stevenson got a front seat view of this oft misunderstood religion. The result is a compelling, eye-opening account growing up in American today.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Friday, January 27, 12:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre
Saturday, January 28, 2:30 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Corianton: A Story of Unholy Love

Drama, 107 minutes, black/white, 1931
Director: Wilfrid North; Screenplay: Wilfrid North; Producer: Lester Park; Director of Photography: George Peters, Walter Strenge; Production Designer: Joseph Physioc; Original Score: Edgar Stillman Kelley; Editor: Russell Shields.
Cast: Eric Alden, Theo Pennington, Alis Frost, Emil Yousoff, James Phillips, Charles Edwards, Reginald Barlow, Herschel Mayall, H.H. McCullum, Ignacio Martinnetti, Joseph Smiley.


Synopsis:
In this film adaptation of a novella by Brigham H. Roberts and the subsequent 1933 play based on incidents in the Book of Mormon, Corianton, son of Alma, serves a mission to the Zoramites, and is compromised by the harlot Zoan Ze Isobel. However, he repents of his fall to temptation and, in the film's climax, fights the Zoramites, who attack Zarahemla.

Introduction from and Q&A with BYU Motion Picture Archivist James D'Arc.

Screening:
Saturday, January 28, 2:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre


Paladin: Dawn of the Dragon Slayer

Drama/Fantasy, 95 minutes, color, 2011
Rating: PG-13
Facebook: Paladin: Dawn of the Dragon Slayer
Director: Anne Black; Writer: Anne Black, Kynan Griffin, Justin Partridge; Producer: Kynan Griffin, Jennifer Griffin, Justin Partridge; Executive Producer: Maclain Nelson, Jason Faller; Director of Photography: Ty Arnold; Production Designer: Justin Partridge; Original Score: Panu Aaltio; Editor: Kohl Glass.
Cast: Richard McWilliams, Nicola Posener, Philip Brodie, Ian Cullen, Adam Johnson.


Synopsis:
Will and his father live a simple and pastoral life in the mountains, unconcerned with the goings-on of the neighboring lowlands. When Will's father is killed by a dragon, Will must journey down the mountain and use a mysterious family connection from years earlier to start squiring for Sterling, a once-wealthy land owner and knight. Unwelcomed for his backward, mountain ways, Will is put to work on the struggling farm. He soon befriends Sterling's headstrong daughter Kate, and the two of them begin working together to uncover the secrets of their families' connection and to prepare Will for his final battle with the dragon, in which he will avenge his father's death and prove himself a man.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Thursday, January 26, 9:30 pm, Scera Showhouse II
Friday, January 27, 9:30 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Boy With Blue

Drama/Experimental, 93 minutes, color, 2012
Director: David Liddell Thorpe; Writer: Matthew Greene; Producer: David Liddell Thorpe, A Cory Anderson, Jared Cook, Amanda Cook; Executive Producer: David Liddell Thorpe, A Cory Anderson; Director of Photography: Derek Pueblo, Scott Winn; Production Designer: Amanda Cook, Tess Kelly; Editor: David Liddell Thorpe.
Cast: David H. Stevens, Kymberly Mellen, Ben Isaacs, Heidi Anderson.


Synopsis:
This powerful emotional drama was shot in just 24 hours. Four years after a horrific accident, Alex and Jackie Orton struggle to keep their worlds from falling apart. When an unwelcome visitor from the past reveals a secret they never imagined could possibly be, the couple's marriage and all that they thought they knew comes into question. Boy With Blue is the emotional journey of a couple coming to terms with a harrowing loss, and finding redemption through unimagined blessings.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Thursday, January 26, 2:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre
Saturday, January 28, 12:15 pm, Scera Showhouse II


The Measure of a Man

Drama, 113 minutes, color, 2011
Production Company: The Measure of a Man
Director: Elizabeth Waite, Andrew Waite; Writer: Elizabeth Waite; Producer: Andrew Waite; Executive Producer: Gregory Waite, Kenneth Krauss; Director of Photography: Justin McAleece; Original Score: Briana Sorkin-Lee; Editor: Kim Freels.
Cast: Jarin Stevens, Jennica Schwartzman, Jules Hartley, Gabriel Myers.


Synopsis:
After tragic beginnings, Donald Bailey achieves the quintessential American Dream. Traversing the dust bowl from Oklahoma to California during the Great Depression, his optimistic demeanor and strong drive help him achieve success. This is an inspirational true story of a man who left an indelible mark on his large posterity, singing his way through life and passing on for generations the true measure of a man.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Thursday, January 26, 4:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre
Saturday, January 28, 4:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre


Elizabeth's Gift

Drama, 85 minutes, color, 2012
Director: Rob Diamond; Writer: Rob Diamond, Kristina Rising, Troy Hinckley; Producer: Rob Diamond, Troy Hinckley, Nyk Fry; Executive Producer: Howard Hayes, Ed Fasy, Peggy Fasy, Steven Simmons; Director of Photography: Nyk Fry; Production Designer: Maynard Nohow; Original Score: Troy Hinckley; Editor: Nyk Fry.
Cast: Kari Hawker, Paul Hunt, Savanna Lewis, Brianna Pattison, Steven Simmons, Jason Manning, Ed Fasy.


Synopsis:
When a precious little girl dies tragically of a rare heart condition, her loving parents are left to pick up the pieces of their once perfect life. In a sequence of miracles, an angel guides their way to another little homeless girl on the streets and the fight to get her away from the clutches of the films villian, Paulie will prove to reunite a family once again and heal their broken hearts.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Saturday, January 28, 7:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre


Stand Strong

Drama, 91 minutes, color, 2010
Official Website: Stand Strong
Writer, Director: Amy Kenney; Producer: Shawn Kenney; Director of Photography: Roderick A. Santiano; Original Score: Russ Whitelock; Editor: John Lyde.
Cast: Chris Steele, Alison Trouse, Jon McKenzie, Shelby Smith, Sachary Platt, Aura Kenney, Nathan Dobbin, Charlotte Sheffield, Davynee Smith, Alex Gilson, Stacey Turner, Bryce Bishop, Dave Young, Tamara Resendes, Bryan Moss, Stephanie Goodman, Ricky Egan, David Peterson.


Synopsis:
Matt Webster measures his success by his possessions. Though he appears to have it all, pride of ownership does little to fill the void of a purposeless life. Broken relationships, isolation and pain for himself and his family, are the result of his pride and selfishness. Through a series of financial and family crises, Matt and his family are stripped of all they own and are humbled enough to learn what success is really all about.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Thursday, January 26, 7:30 pm, Scera Showhouse II
Saturday, January 28, 10:00 am, Scera Xango Grand Theatre


The Last Eagle Scout

Drama/Comedy/Social Satire, 110 minutes, color, 2012
Official Website: The Last Eagle Scout
Director: Kels Goodman; Writer, Producer: Kels Goodman, Danna Tanner; Executive Producer: Kels Goodman; Director of Photography: Tahlee Booher; Production Designer: Clark Shafer; Original Score: J Bateman; Editor: Kels Goodman.
Cast: Nick Whitaker, Jaci Twiss, Andrew Cotrill, Dallin Boyce, Scott Christopher, Chris Laird, Michael Flynn.


Synopsis:
In the not-so-distant future, society has allowed political correctness to go beyond the point of the absurd. For years the Boy Scouts have been under the government microscope and finally have been mandated to close their doors for good. Boy Scout Cliff Elliot stirs the pot as he tries to cling to the last shreds of patriotism and earn his Eagle Scout Award. In this dramedy, watch as Cliff jumps through ridiculous hoops, avoids the bumbling antics of government cronies, and tries to escape murderous plots against him, as he sets out to accomplish what he sees as the ultimate honor—becoming the Last Eagle Scout.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Friday, January 27, 7:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre
Saturday, January 28, 12:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre




Sweetwater

Drama, 105 minutes, color, 2011
Production Company: Sweetwater
Director: Brian Skiba; Writer: Kim Hughes; Producer: Laurie Love, Dominic Ross, Brian Skiba; Executive Producer: Cody Jones, Kim Hughes, Kent Hughes, Kim Jones; Director of Photography: Joe Passarelli; Production Designer: Chris Henry; Original Score: Olympia DeCarlo; Editor: Brian Skiba.
Cast: Holly Lynch, Dean Cain, John Savage, William Katt, Ashley Wilkerson, Michelle Rene.


Synopsis:
The story of two childhood friends who have grown apart and are suddenly thrust back into each other’s lives when a parent develops cancer. They join forces to find the cure but soon realize their lives are danger if they expose the truth. This film is supported by an all-star cast including William Katt (Greatest American Hero, Carrie, House), Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Out of Time, Ripley’s Believe It or Not) and John Savage (The Deer Hunter, The Godfather: Part III, Fringe).

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Thursday, January 26, 9:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre
Friday, January 27, 9:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre