OREM — Christian Vuissa, director and organizer of the LDS Film Festival, is thrilled with the 2015 lineup of films and programs.
"I'm really excited that we have this kind of strong program," Vuissa said. "We have a lot of cool things happening. I think this year will be really interesting."
Vuissa is not only screening two promising new films — "Freetown" from "The Saratov Approach" writer/director Garrett Batty and "The Cokeville Miracle" from director T.C. Christensen — but also bringing in presenters like author Orson Scott Card ("Ender's Game") and Jerusha Hess, co-writer of "Napoleon Dynamite" and director of "Austenland," to discuss successfully getting a book from print to film.
Also, cast members of BYUtv's sketch comedy show "Studio C" will talk about the new season of sketches Saturday, March 7, at 1 p.m. The LDS Film Festival is held at the SCERA Center for the Arts.
Several short-film programs will showcase films by young LDS filmmakers, including "White Earth," by J. Christian Jensen, a film nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary, Short Subject.
The popular 24-hour filmmaking marathon is returning, with award-winners announced during the festival. (Films were created and shot in 24 hours Feb. 20).
Vuissa is introducing an opportunity for participants to watch and evaluate a work-in-progress film called "Untitled Girls Camp Movie" Saturday, March 7, at 10 a.m.
"That's something we've been wanting to try," Vuissa said.
More than a dozen films written and produced by individual families will be screened Saturday beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Vuissa is anticipating the four-day 2015 festival will bring in larger crowds than it's seen in the past couple of years.
"The last few years I've felt we were plateauing," Vuissa said. "This year, we really have strong films and strong interest. We've never gotten so many submissions before.
"We saw it coming. We have producers who are all very promising, more repeat producers, a lot more content being produced."
Check ldsfilmfestival.org for a detailed, current schedule.
Sharon Haddock is a professional writer with more than 35 years' experience, 17 at the Deseret News. Her personal blog is at sharonhaddock.blogspot.com.