16TH LDS FILM FESTIVAL 2017
MARCH 1-4, 2017 | SCERA CENTER, OREM


FEATURE FILMS

Tickets for all events are available 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).


Love Everlasting

Drama, 94 minutes, color, 2016
Facebook Page: Love Everlasting
Writer, Director: Rob Diamond; Producer: Rob Diamond, Michael Andrew, Dallon Smith; Executive Producer: Joshua Pearson, Doug Smith; Director of Photography: Lars Lindstrom; Production Designer: Thayne Wheeler; Original Score: Josh Debney; Editor: Sam Bauer, Lars Lindstrom; Costume Design: Nancy Cannon; Casting Director: Jeff Johnson.
Cast: Lucky Blue Smith, Christie Burke, Emily Procter, Shawn Stevens, Landon Henneman, Garet Allen, Austin Grant, Gabe Eckert.

Synopsis:
Bridger Jenkins, a senior in high school, is an outsider with hidden scars and a lifelong dream to see the ocean. Living in poverty, his mother has done everything in her power to give her son a good life, but their world is once again turned upside down when Bridger's abusive stepfather threatens their lives. On the road with only 197 dollars to their name, Bridger and his mother embark on the journey of a lifetime. But a series of obstacles foil their plan and they end up stuck in the middle of nowhere - a small town that will prove to change their destiny.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Wednesday, March 1, 7:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre


The Last Descent

Drama, 105 minutes, color, 2016
Official Website: The Last Descent
Writer, Director: Isaac Halasima; Producer: Bryan Fugal, Aaron Stephenson; Director of Photography: Isaac Halasima; Production Designer: Scott Nystrom; Original Score: Matt Cropper, Kalai; Editor: Isaac Halasima.
Cast: Chadwick Hopson, Alexis Johnson, Landon Henneman, Jyllian Petrie, Jacob Omer, Mason D. Davis, Ben Lokey.

Synopsis:
When John Edward Jones climbed down into the Nutty Putty Cave in November of 2009 he wasn’t prepared for the adventure ahead of him. As he explored a lesser-known area of the cave, he slid down into a narrow impasse 10 inches high and 18 inches wide. The unique topography and geological makeup of Nutty Putty cave created intense difficulties for the rescue team that risked everything to save John’s life. Over 150 feet below the surface, a unique friendship is formed as John and his rescuers share their lives, loves, losses and dreams. As the rescue attempt proceeds John unfolds the turns in his life that show what is most important, and he tells the story of a love worth risking everything for.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Saturday, March 4, 7:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre


Story Tellers

Drama, 68 minutes, color, 2017
Director: John Lyde; Writer: Joshua French; Producer: John Lyde, Paul D. Hunt; Executive Producer: Ron Brough; Director of Photography: Airk Thaughbaer; Original Score: James Schafer; Editor: Airk Thaughbaer.
Cast: Jasen Wade, Joshua French, Cameron Asay.

Synopsis:
One cold night in the Utah Territory, three opinionated men find themselves sharing a campfire as they tell tales, swap insults, and expound on their personal philosophies. Join Porter Rockwell, Mark Twain, and J. Golden Kimball for an entertaining and enlightening evening with three of the most colorful characters of the Old West.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Saturday, March 4, 3:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre


The Laughter Life

Documentary, 76 minutes, color, 2016
Writer, Director, Producer: Jeff Werner, Juliet Werner; Director of Photography: Jeff Werner, Juliet Werner; Original Score: Robert Werner; Editor: Jeff Werner.

Synopsis:
The Laughter Life goes behind the scenes of the popular sketch comedy series, Studio C, and explores the creative process and tensions that arise for various cast members who must balance their moral and religious beliefs with the mandate to be always funny. See Mallory, Matt, Jason, Jeremy, Whitney, and the others in an intimate and personal way, never before seen.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Saturday, March 4, 3:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Waffle Street

Drama/Comedy, 90 minutes, color, 2015
Official Website: Waffle Street
Director: Eshom Nelms, Ian Nelms; Writer: Autumn McAlpin, Ian Nelms, Eshom Nelms; Producer: Autumn McAlpin, John J. Kelly, Brad Johnson; Executive Producer: Steven A. Lee, Michael McAlpin; Director of Photography: Johnny Derango; Production Designer: Lauren Spalding; Original Score: Will VanderWyden; Editor: Traton Lee; Make-up: Tara Starling; Hair: Charlene Johnson; Casting Director: Ronnie Yeskel, Jeff Johnson.
Cast: James Lafferty, Danny Glover, Julie Gonzalo, Dale Dickey, Marshall Bell, Ernie Lively, William Knight, Adam Johnson, Aubrey Reynolds, Yolanda Wood, Michael Flynn.

Synopsis:
Waffle Street's riches-to-rags tale is an adaptation of James Adams' 2010 memoir of the same name, which chronicles the financier's foray into the food industry. After being laid off at the hedge fund where he worked, and further jaded by his culpability in the crisis, Adams chooses to work at a popular 24-hour diner where he claims "most of his financial knowledge has been gleaned." Offering a fresh take on the fallout of corporate greed, Adams' is a tale of the redemption and unlikely friendship found under the tutelage of Glover's character Edward, the best short-order cook in town.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Friday, March 3, 7:30 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Peace Officer

Documentary, 109 minutes, color, 2015
Official Website: Peace Officer
Director: Scott Christopherson, Brad Barber; Writer, Producer: Scott Christopherson, Brad Barber, Dave Lawrence; Executive Producer: Scott Christopherson, Brad Barber, Dave Lawrence, Sterling Van Wagenen, Roger Fields, Marcy Garriott, Clark Lyda, Julian Acosta, Jared Harris, Cole Webley; Director of Photography: Brad Barber, Scott Christopherson; Original Score: Micah Dahl Anderson; Editor: Renny McCauley; Additional Editor: Josh Gibson; Assistant Editors: Jared Jakins, Josh Weathers, Sharon Bahr, Scott Christopherson; Additional Camera: Jared Jakins, Kelyn Ikegami, Jesse Myrick, Rob Nyland.

Synopsis:
William “Dub” Lawrence was a former sheriff who established and trained one of Utah's first SWAT teams, only to watch in horror as that same unit killed his son-in-law in a controversial standoff years later. In Peace Officer, Dub, driven by an obsessive sense of mission, uses his investigative skills to uncover the truth about that incident and other officer-involved shootings in his community, while tackling larger questions about the changing face of police investigations nationwide.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Thursday, March 2, 7:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre


Magellan

Drama/Sci-Fi, 101 minutes, color, 2017
Official Website: Magellan
Director: Rob York; Writer: Scott Baird, Rob York; Executive Producer: Kynan Griffin, Jason Faller, Kevin Carvell; Director of Photography: Elliot York; Original Score: Nathaniel Drew; Editor: Rob York; VFX Supervisor: Ryan McCalla; Post Sound: Joseph Belliston; Colorist: Jaaron Eller.
Cast: Brandon Ray Olive, K. Danor Gerald, Whitney Palmer, Matthew Mercer, Nicola Posener, D.L. Walker.

Synopsis:
After NASA picks up a trio of mysterious signals from within our own solar system, astronaut Roger Nelson is dispatched on a multi-year solo mission aboard the Magellan spacecraft to investigate the sources. What he discovers will change our understanding of science and our place in the universe, but the journey will have lasting consequences on Nelson and the wife he left behind.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Friday, March 3, 6:45 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre


626 Evolution

Drama, 78 minutes, color, 2017
Kickstarter: 626 Evolution
Director, Producer: John Lyde; Writer: Larissa Beck; Executive Producer: Jason Faller, Kynan Griffin; Original Score: James Schafer.
Cast: Danielle Chuchran, Ruby Jones, Michael Flynn, Andy Jones.

Synopsis:
Hunted by government agents and constantly assaulted by a cartel of vengeful thugs, an amnesiac known only as “626” searches for her true identity while protecting a teenage girl who shares her superhuman combat skills; but when 626 uncovers the horrifying truth about her past, she must infiltrate enemy headquarters to expose a corporate conspiracy that threatens the free world, before she and her companion are silenced forever.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Saturday, March 4, 7:15 pm, Scera Showhouse II


The Uncomfortable Truth

Documentary, 86 minutes, , 2016
Writer, Director: Loki Mulholland; Producer: Loki Mulholland, Tyson Maughan; Executive Producer: Loki Mulholland, Jeanne Luckett, Robert Hansen, Nate Tolman; Director of Photography: Tyson Maughan; Original Score: Roger & Melanie Hoffman; Editor: Loki Mulholland.
Cast: Loki Mulholland, Luvaghn Brown, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland.

Synopsis:
Loki Mulholland, the son of famous Civil Rights Icon, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, grapples with his family's deep roots in racism as he unearth's his family's history and the truth behind their slave-owning past. Together with Luvaghn Brown, a Freedom Rider and Civil Rights Activist, Loki explores the United States' institutions of racism that continue to haunt our country today through his very personal journal. The Uncomfortable Truth is an unapologetic film that lays bare what we all need to understand about each other with an open and honest dialogue on race and society.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Friday, March 3, 4:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre


The Mormon Connection

Documentary, 72 minutes, color, 2017
Director: Brandon C.W. Johnson, Cody Myers, Wendall Strong; Editor: James Astle, Wendall Strong.
Cast: Brandon C.W. Johnson, Cody Myers, Wendall Strong.

Synopsis:
The Mormon Connection is a documentary film which follows the experiences of a group of friends as they travel through over 20 countries relying solely on the global community of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The film seeks to highlight the global network of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Screening:
Saturday, March 4, 10:30 am, Scera Xango Grand Theatre


Modifying Reality

Animation/Documentary, 72 minutes, color, 2017
Director: Jared Jakins; Producer: Jared Jakins, Cassie Hiatt; Executive Producer: Tom Lefler, Wade Hollingshaus; Director of Photography: Jarom Cowen; Original Score: Addison Kirk, Zack Sundwall.

Synopsis:
Over the past 15 years more LDS filmmakers have entered the film industry than ever before, largely due to the unexpected success of a fledgling animation program at Brigham Young University. Since 2003, The BYU Center for Animation has won 16 student Emmys and 5 student academy awards. More importantly, the small program of roughly 70 students and 5 faculty have become a farm team for the world’s top animation and effect studios. As the accolades add up, so does the pressure on the students to succeed. Will the class of 2016 be able to continue the award winning legacy? In addition to Modifying Reality, three of the award-winning short animations - Dream Giver, Owned, and Rams Horn - will be shown in this program.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Saturday, March 4, 5:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre


Mythica 5: The Godslayer

Drama, 117 minutes, color, 2016
Official Website: Mythica 5: The Godslayer
Director: John Lyde; Writer: Kynan Griffin, Jason Faller; Producer: Jason Faller, Jennifer Griffin, Kynan Griffin; Executive Producer: Doug Pasko, Brett Bozeman, Jeff Swinton; Director of Photography: John Lyde; Production Designer: Lauren Spalding; Original Score: James Schafer; Editor: John Lyde; Sound Editor: Nate Hoffman; Visual Effects: Blufire Studios.
Cast: Melanie Stone, Adam Johnson, Jake Stormoen, Nicola Posener, Matthew Mercer, Kristian Nairn, Kevin Sorbo.

Synopsis:
As the Lich King's zombie legions ravage the world, a cursed young sorceress (Marek) embarks on a quest to obtain a weapon from the gods, with her friend Dagen, a self-serving half-elf rogue. But when she joins her sworn enemy in a desperate attempt to save the world, she must recover the good in herself before her friends are all dead, and defeat the Lich King before the gods are destroyed and the world forever enslaved.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Friday, March 3, 9:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre


Hello I Love You

Comedy, 120 minutes, color, 2017
Official Website: Hello I Love You
Writer, Director: Spanky Ward; Producer: Spanky Ward, Sue McEvoy; Executive Producer: Spanky Ward; Director of Photography: Nyk Fry; Original Score: Russ Whitelock; Editor: Nyk Fry.
Cast: Ben Jarvis, Kabrina Miller, Tony Toscano, Andy Fernuik, Elizabeth Montgomery, Weston Roberts, Scott Silver, Nathan Day, Cathleen Mason.

Synopsis:
Andy Miller has asked a large number of women he doesn't know to marry him. They said no. But Emma, a beautiful veterinary student, agrees to go on several dates with him to see if they will fall in love. Emma thinks it's a joke set up by her roommate Mandy, but it's all a reality TV show created by Andy, and Emma is the oblivious star.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Thursday, March 2, 4:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre


Sacred Vow

Drama, 82 minutes, color, 2016
Facebook Page: Sacred Vow
Writer, Director: Rob Diamond; Producer: Rob Diamond, Michael The Maven; Executive Producer: Joshua Pearson, Cal Nguyen; Director of Photography: Michael The Maven; Production Designer: Thayne Wheeler; Original Score: Russ Whitelock; Editor: Michael The Maven, Adam Pope.
Cast: Shawn Stevens, Pam Eichner, Paris Warner, Kristen Marie Jensen, Danny Shepherd, Angella Joy, Sarah Eichner, James Jamison, Craig Lindquist, Mark Allen.

Synopsis:
Doug and Amber were madly in love and married during their college years. Driven by the dream of a prosperous life together, Amber worked two jobs to put Doug through school. Soon afterward, they shared in his business success and celebrated the birth of their precious, beautiful daughter. Fast forward fifteen years: Amber has continued to be committed to her husband and their marriage, but Doug has fallen into the traps of an unfaithful spouse, convincing himself that he wants more out of life. In the midst of this turmoil, tragedy strikes, but the series of events that follow offers Doug and Amber a chance to regain their love for one another that they pledged in their sacred vows fifteen years earlier.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Friday, March 3, 9:30 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Moose The Movie

Comedy, 89 minutes, color, 2015
Official Website: Moose The Movie
Director: G. Logan Dellinger; Writer: Chad Carpenter, Darin Carpenter; Producer: Chad Carpenter; Executive Producer: Karen Carpenter; Director of Photography: Michael Heath; Original Score: Jon Ong; Editor: Andrew Phillips; Puppeteer: Randall McNair; Sound Production: Jeremy Blake; Casting Director: Warren Foster.
Cast: Zach Lanphier, Dave Nufer, Joseph Le Compte, Chantel Grover, Todd Broste, AJ Seims, Nate Nicholas, Pius Savage, Randall McNair, Buster Renshaw, Rod Mehrtens, Patty Taylor, Cynthia Lee, Tom Gammill, Tom Eason, Raymond Chapman, Shane Mitchel, Wayne Mitchel, Sam Allred.

Synopsis:
When a couple of idiots from Gangrene Gulch, Alaska, accidentally awaken an ancient monster, Zach del Pollo, the new park ranger, and the beautiful librarian/coroner's assistant, Samantha Greene, find themselves hoof deep in supernatural chaos.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Saturday, March 4, 9:30 pm, Scera Showhouse II


I Want Abs

Documentary, 75 minutes, color, 2016
Official Website: I Want Abs
Writer, Director, Producer: Sergei Boutenko; Executive Producer: Roger Nielsen, Carolyn Nielsen, Nick Lassonde, Kristin Lassonde, Steve Sacks, Kelly Sacks, LaGita Aum Santi, Abish Valdez, Marc A. Granlund, Stephanie Jeffs, Andrej Mat'ko; Director of Photography: Sergei Boutenko; Editor: Sergei Boutenko; Camera: Levi Anderson, Valya Boutenko, Sergei Boutenko, Kent Romney, Kiley Pinder; Photographer: Jared Cruce.
Cast: Sergei Boutenko, John Hacker, Nic Goebeler, Robin Kigel, Kristin Cipes.

Synopsis:
After looking at countless before and after photos on the web, Sergei Boutenko becomes curious to see if he too could achieve his dream fitness goals by following a no-gimmick exercise and diet protocol. At age 30, Boutenko notices his metabolism slowing down, his weight increasing, and the temptation to get caught in life’s bad habits intensifying. Instead of yielding to these pressures, Boutenko hires a film crew and decides to use himself as a guinea pig in a fitness experiment.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Friday, March 3, 3:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Recommended Daily Amount

Documentary, 75 minutes, color, 2017
Official Website: Recommended Daily Amount
Writer, Director: Tucker T Dansie; Director of Photography: Chris Peck, Tucker Dansie; Editor: Fritz Macnamire.
Cast: Tucker Dansie, Lindsey Swan, Eric Oliver, Benjamin Bikman, Julie Metos, Chad Dansie, Alina Jameson, Britta Trepp.

Synopsis:
One man eliminates caffeine and reduces sugar to the recommended amount for 30 days to see what it does emotionally, mentally, and physically with the help of experts from the University of Utah and scientists from Brigham Young University.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Friday, March 3, 12:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre


CTU: Provo

Comedy/Action, 94 minutes, color, 2007
IMDB Link: CTU: Provo
Director: Alan Seawright; Writer: Ryan Croker, Alan Seawright; Producer: Ryan Croker, Paul D. Hunt, Jason Komm, Alan Seawright; Executive Producer: Charan Prabhakar; Director of Photography: Stephen H. Aldridge; Original Score: Adam Abram, Shaun Barrowes; Editor: Alan Seawright; Action Coordination: Jonathan Decker, Alan Seawright; Visual Effects: T.J. Packer; Sound Department: Daren Smith, Jeremy Bird.
Cast: Jonathan Decker, Alan Seawright, Charan Prabhakar, Joel Hilton, Donny Osmond, Rick Macy, Jimmy Chunga, Jenna Lisonbee, Jason Komm, Sarah Bell, William Rubio, Ryan Croker, Paul Jefferies, Matthew Stringham, Tim Whiting, Laurel Sandberg-Armstrong, Taylor Busby, Paul Hunt, Sarah Kelley.

Synopsis:
Utah's Counter-Terrorist Unit is understaffed and unprepared for an actual attack, so when eco-terrorists threaten Provo, it's up to two fans of TV's "24" to save the day. 10th anniversary screening with Donny Osmond in a guest appearance.

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Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Thursday, March 2, 9:30 pm, Scera Showhouse II