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


SATURDAY, MARCH 4

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).


10:00 am | LDS Film Forum:
LDS Film Forum & Panel
Scera Room 201

Mormonism on Film: Stories Told and Stories Untold

Cinematic portrayals of Mormonism go back many decades: From Vincent Price’s role as Joseph Smith in Hollywood’s Brigham Young, to the struggles of Elders Allen and Dalton in God’s Army, to a Catholic teenager stumbling into her first LDS girls camp in Once I Was a Beehive, Mormons have had many of their stories told on the big screen. But what stories remain untold? A panel of scholars and filmmakers, including Derrick Clements (The Daily Herald), Travis Anderson (BYU Philosophy Department), Arthur Van Wagenen (Excel Entertainment), Michael Flynn (The Best Two Years), and Barrett Burgin (The Next Door), will discuss trends in the kinds of Mormon stories cinema has explored already and will look ahead to what kinds of stories Mormon filmmakers working today are most interested in telling.

Time:
Saturday, March 4, 10:00 am, Scera Room 201


10:30 am | Feature Film:
The Mormon Connection
Scera Xango Grand Theatre

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


10:30 am | Family Films Competition
Scera Showhouse II

A compilation of "homemade" family films produced by families:

Monster, Comedy
Annie and the Giant Carrot, Comedy/Documentary
A Grandchild's Imagination, Documentary
The Adventures of Trixie 1949-2016, Drama/Comedy/Animation/Documenta
Wizarding Pranks, Comedy
Rimas_01, Documentary
Body Dysmorphia, Experimental
Crazy Beautiful Dream, Music Video

Click here for film synopses.


12:00 pm | Presentation:
Michael Flynn
Scera Room 201

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


12:30 pm | Special Screening
Scera Xango Grand Theatre

A Small Change in Kangakamo Kenya
Documentary, 26 minutes, color, 2016
Director: Sam Anderson


Over the Hill Dunker
Documentary, 30 minutes, color, 2017
Director, Writer, Producer: Andy Nicholson


Hanneli & Anne
Docudrama, 25 minutes, color, 2016
Director, Producer: Ali Barr, Sally Meyer


Click here for film synopses.


1:00 pm | Presentation:
John Lyde
Scera Room 201

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


1:00 pm | Special Screening
Scera Showhouse II

Step Larpers: A Quest for Unity
Drama/Comedy, 24 minutes, color, 2016
Director: Josh Wagner, Mia Alban


Robert Service's Tales of the North
Comedy/Animation, 41 minutes, color, 2016
Director: G. Logan Dellinger


Click here for film synopses.


2:00 pm | Presentation:
Darrin Fletcher, Chet Thomas
Scera Room 201

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


3:00 pm | Feature Film:
Story Tellers
Scera Xango Grand Theatre

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


3:00 pm | Feature Film:
The Laughter Life
Scera Showhouse II

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


3:00 pm | Presentation:
Lyman Dayton
Scera Room 201

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


4:00 pm | Presentation:
Sterling Van Wagenen
Scera Room 201

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


5:00 pm | Feature Film:
Modifying Reality
Scera Xango Grand Theatre

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


5:00 pm | Short Film Competition
Scera Showhouse II

A compilation of short films by LDS filmmakers:

Home, Drama
The Traveler and the Devils, Animation
The So Called Laws of Nature, Experimental
Baby, Comedy
Robert Service's Tales of the North, Comedy/Animation/Puppetry
Star Wars Generations, Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Family
The High Road, Drama
Do You Believe?, Documentary/Experimental
Limitless, Documentary
The Giraffe Who Was No Good At Gym, Comedy/Animation
No Walk in the Park , 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


7:00 pm | Feature Film:
The Last Descent
Scera Xango Grand Theatre

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


7:15 pm | Feature Film:
626 Evolution
Scera Showhouse II

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


9:00 pm | Presentation:
Award Ceremony
Scera Room 201

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


9:30 pm | Feature Film:
Moose The Movie
Scera Showhouse II

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


9:30 pm | Special Screening
Scera Xango Grand Theatre

Risking It All
Comedy, 13 minutes, color, 2015
Director: Darrin Fletcher, Chet Thomas, Marco Bottigilerri


Among Thieves
Drama, 14 minutes, color, 2013
Director, Producer: Darrin Fletcher, Chet Thomas


The Next Door
Neo-Noir, 35 minutes, color, 2016
Director: Barrett Burgin