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


FRIDAY, MARCH 3

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).


12:00 pm | Presentation:
Christian Vuissa
Scera Room 201

Christian is the founder and president of the LDS Film Festival. He has also written, directed and produced several feature films, including Silent Night, The Letter Writer, One Good ManThe Errand of Angels, and Baptists at Our Barbecue. Christian will look at recent developments in the LDS film community, discuss this year's festival program, and answer questions from the audience.

Time:
Friday, March 3, 12:00 pm, Scera Room 201


12:00 pm | Feature Film:
Recommended Daily Amount
Scera Xango Grand Theatre

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


1:00 pm | Presentation:
Women in Film
Scera Room 201

Women account for 51% of moviegoers, yet they are highly underrepresented as writers, directors, and producers in Hollywood. In the LDS film community, the ratio might even be lower. What explains this discrepancy, and what particular challenges do women face in the film industry? Meet an impressive lineup of women working in above-the-line roles who have broken barriers to create inspiring and entertaining films, including Autumn McAlpin (Waffle Street), Sally Meyer (Christmas Oranges), Shelley Bingham Husk (Midway to Heaven), Sue Rowe (Counting My Lucky Stars), and Mandy Rogers (UVU Women's Club).

Time:
Friday, March 3, 1:00 pm, Scera Room 201


1:00 pm | Special Screening
Scera Showhouse II

Conflicted Felons: Kickbacks
Comedy/Web Series, 19 minutes, color, 2016
Director: Nick Ritter


The Benevolent Boys
Comedy, 36 minutes, color, 2016
Director: William McAllister


Click here for film synopses.


2:00 pm | Presentation:
Rob Diamond
Scera Room 201

Rob has been writing, directing and producing feature films for 20 years. Many of his films have premiered at the LDS Film Festival, including Wayward, Once Upon a Summer, and Tears of a King. This year, the festival shows two of his films, the opening night film Love Everlasting, and Sacred Vow. He's known for his passion and commitment to filmmaking, his talent agency Rob Diamond Talent, and his love of teaching acting in Rob Diamond’s Actors Lounge in Salt Lake City. Rob will talk about his passion for filmmaking and what he has learned about the film industry over the years. 

Time:
Friday, March 3, 2:00 pm, Scera Room 201


2:00 pm | Special Screening
Scera Xango Grand Theatre

Searching For Gardy (The Abolitionists)
Documentary, 48 minutes, color, 2017
Director, Producer: Darrin Fletcher, Chet Thomas


Heroes
Drama, 10 minutes, color, 2015
Director, Producer: Darrin Fletcher, Chet Thomas


Zero Point
Adventure, 22 minutes, color, 2014
Director, Producer: Darrin Fletcher, Chet Thomas


Click here for film synopses.


3:00 pm | Presentation:
Gil Aglaure
Scera Room 201

Gil is the owner and president of Koan, a Park City based distribution company of over 20 years. He has built a solid reputation with many producers and buyers and helps filmmakers to market their films domestically and internationally. He is also a screenwriter and producer and understands the intrinsic link between film production and distribution. Gil will discuss the key elements of what makes a film successful.

Time:
Friday, March 3, 3:00 pm, Scera Room 201


3:00 pm | Feature Film:
I Want Abs
Scera Showhouse II

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


4:00 pm | Presentation:
T.C. Christensen
Scera Room 201

T.C. is the writer and director of several LDS blockbusters (17 Miracles, Ephraim’s Rescue, The Cokeville Miracle). He is currently finishing up his latest motion picture titled Love, Kennedy, the true story of Kennedy Hansen, who was diagnosed with Batten Disease and left behind a legacy of love and friendship. Love, Kennedy will be released in theaters June 1, 2017. T.C. will show clips from the film and discuss its origin and production.

Time:
Friday, March 3, 4:00 pm, Scera Room 201


4:30 pm | Feature Film:
The Uncomfortable Truth
Scera Xango Grand Theatre

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


5:00 pm | Short Film Competition
Scera Showhouse II

A compilation of short films by LDS filmmakers:

Counting My Lucky Stars, Drama
The Art of Reconnecting, Documentary
The Split House, Animation
Memories of Angels, Experimental
My Place in the Lineup, Drama/Experimental
Molt, Comedy
Penrose, Drama/Experimental
Undertow, Drama
Undesirables, Animation
Another Time, Drama
Red Lopez, Drama

Click here for short film synopses.


6:30 pm | Live Music Event:
Sidecar Judy
Scera Lobby

Official Website: Sidecar Judy
Sidecar Judy was founded in 2015 in Salt Lake City by singer-songwriter Cammi Meitler and composer Randin Graves to bend genres and stir your emotions with unusual musical arrangements and honest songwriting. Each song on their albums Music for Humans and More Music for Humans is different, just as each human is different, but shares a common voice and honest storytelling all humans can relate to. Sidecar Judy's music is indie electro folk rock for human beings.

Showtimes:
Wednesday, March 1, 6:00 pm, Scera Lobby
Friday, March 3, 6:30 pm, Scera Lobby
Saturday, March 4, 6:30 pm, Scera Lobby


6:45 pm | Feature Film:
Magellan
Scera Xango Grand Theatre

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


7:30 pm | Feature Film:
Waffle Street
Scera Showhouse II

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


9:00 pm | Feature Film:
Mythica 5: The Godslayer
Scera Xango Grand Theatre

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


9:30 pm | Feature Film:
Sacred Vow
Scera Showhouse II

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