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


FILMMAKER PRESENTATIONS

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).


Christian Vuissa

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


Women in Film

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


Rob Diamond

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


Gil Aglaure

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


T.C. Christensen

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


Michael Flynn

Michael is an accomplished actor, director, writer, and producer (The Best Two Years, Midway to Heaven), who is working on a new project that is currently in the development stage. The screenplay attempts to dig deeper into the life of several LDS youth and explores issues that many Church members find difficult to discuss. In this presentation, Michael hopes to have an open discussion about his project and the value of films that address taboos in our culture.

Time:
Saturday, March 4, 12:00 pm, Scera Room 201


John Lyde

John is the director of multiple films that were filmed in Utah over the last few years, including Miracle Maker, Christmas Oranges, The Christmas Dragon, and You’re So Cupid. He’s one of the most efficient and productive filmmakers in Utah, directing several films a year. This year’s festival premieres five of his films (Mythica, Story Teller, 626 Evolution, Baby, and The High Road). John will talk about his formula of making movies that are financially successful (and are fun to make).

Time:
Saturday, March 4, 1:00 pm, Scera Room 201


Darrin Fletcher, Chet Thomas

Darrin and Chet founded Sneak on the Lot many years ago to educate high school teachers about filmmaking in a hands-on setting. The idea is to help teachers turn classrooms into a Hollywood studio and produce more than great movies. Engaged students are engaged learners, and providing opportunities for creativity and self-expression are paramount for young students. Successful filmmakers themselves (The Abolitionists), Darrin and Chet will talk about their unique educational program and their own approach to filmmaking.

Time:
Saturday, March 4, 2:00 pm, Scera Room 201


Lyman Dayton

Lyman is a veteran director and producer of family-friendly films, including Where the Red Fern Grows (1974), and Against a Crooked Sky (1975). He recently returned to filmmaking with the feature film Drop Off, the story of three young boys who find a million dollars and struggle to decide what to do with the money. Lyman will talk about his experience developing and directing Drop Off and about what has changed in the film industry over the last few decades. He is joined by BYU philosophy professor Dennis Packard.

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


Sterling Van Wagenen

Excel Entertainment presents:
Hollywood Insider: Conversations with Film Industry Leaders

Sterling is an accomplished producer, writer, and director. He is a co-founder of the Sundance Film Festival and a founding executive director of the Sundance Institute. Sterling directed The Work and the Glory II and III and produced multiple films, including the Academy Award winning The Trip to Bountiful, co-produced with Horton Foote. He currently teaches Film at the University of Utah and is a partner in the Los Angeles based production company Pearl Farm Entertainment. Sterling will share his vast knowledge about filmmaking and the film industry.

Time:
Saturday, March 4, 4:00 pm, Scera Room 201


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, family films competition, and 24-hour filmmaking marathon will be announced at an informal come-together. Admission is free.

Click here for a list of awards and prizes.

Time:
Saturday, March 4, 9:00 pm, Scera Room 201