So loved "The Best Two Years". What happened to "Down and
Derby"? If I saw it daily, it wouldn't be too often. Laugh, laugh, laugh.
And where is "The Other Side of Heaven"? Also a great movie.
It would be nice to see the era of the Title of Liberty from the Book of Mormon
made into a true, high quality, Peoples Choice,Oscar contending, epic motion
picture on the scale of Lord of the Rings. That era,starting with the Republic
founded by Mosiah is very much akin to our Founding and the events following
right up to the present, they looking to the first coming, we to the second. The
Book of Mormon was compiled for our time. The monies and talent are out there to
produce it. For those that have ears to hear.. What a 'missionary tool'.
I just saw Emma Smith My Story last month and enjoyed it so much. I learned more
of Emma and her remarkable life with the Prophet.
What about Brigham City or even Brigham? Both very different flicks but both
very well done. Brigham City I thought was Richard Dutcher's best film.I saw Brigham in a theatre when I was a young impressionable Mormon boy
and was shocked by what happened to the children at Haun's Mill. I think if I
remember correctly that the guy who played Grizzly Adams played Brigham Young?
Southern Son, I always want to see these things be on that kind of scale and
budget. I'm completely with you there!
What about 17 miracles? The best LDS film ever made!
A lot of films that have been mentioned in other comments never screened at the
LDS Film Festival and so weren't eligible for the list. "17 Miracles"
was screened at the festival in 2011, but it was only 25 minutes long and still
a work in progress; it was not yet the full-length feature film that came to
theaters last summer.I agree, though, that there have been a lot of
great LDS-related movies released that were never screened in the festival, and
several that were but aren't on the list. It's nice to have so many inspiring
and thought-provoking movies. I also love the ones that point out or put a funny
spin on some of the unusual aspects of Mormon culture (Kurt Hale's "The
R.M." and Andrew Black's "Pride and Prejudice" come to mind).
This is hilarious. I've seen a number of these films and they all have something
in common--they're lousy. The best are mediocre.The last one I saw
was "One Good Man." We didn't last 15 minutes before the family in
unison said "Turn it off!"
Nice article. I'm glad these films exist. I wish they were better supported
@Wayne RoutThe reason they're not supported is simple. The public
usually wants a quality production. And if I'm paying my hard-earned $8 on a
film, it better be worth it.Nearly all of the LDS films produced to
date haven't been of a sufficient quality to be worthy of anyone's $8. Even the
best haven't been--and the public agrees.To be honest, they're
dollar movie quality. And I mean a dollar for the whole family.
MapleDon,I agree. A lot of people tend to think that it's a simple
matter of what people want... action and effects like tron, pirates, and harry
potter, vs 'typical utah movies'. We need more interest stories and better
quality work put into them. Budgets and green screens don't make a film. There
are plenty of high-budget flops and low budget successes to prove that point.If I fork out the money to go to a theater, I want a quality film.
iscorefilm: Thanks for your input!. I had a brief correspondence with President
Kimble in the late 1970's on the subject. It was a dream and desire of his to
make The Book of Mormon into a credible motion picture.With the technology
available today, there is no viable excuse not to make a portion of it(like the
Title of Liberty era)into a sweeping epic of monumental proportions.In lieu of
that, I have begun dedicating my paintings to The Book of Mormon,with a focus on
that era, and America's Founding.What an awesome battle spectical it would be to
see the 2000 Striplings slamming into the rear of the Lamanite armies in that
wonderfully described flanking move to save Helaman's hard pressed forces,Moroni
in humble prayer presenting the Title to Heavenly Father, the mighty Teancum
staging his night raid on the Lamanite leader, the valiant Nephite soldiers in
winter quarters similar to Valley Forge, and so much more!!....Maybe someday?
Not all of the films screening this year were ultra low budget, and are
contenders with many in theaters today. Strong, professional actors like Margot
Kidder, Ed Hermann, Holly Lynch, Dean Cain and John Savage are in films showing
at next weeks festival. Remember Jon Gries, the hilarious "Uncle Rico"
on Napoleon Dynamite? Wait until you see him as a LARPer in the side-splittingly
hilarious comedy, Unicorn City, which introduces several newcomers you will now
be seeing in many more films. The Last Eagle Scout is a comedy with a serious
question about our eroding freedoms in our current "politically
correct" society. Have you heard of Two Brothers? It's a fascinating
documentary by a protestant filmmaker who found their story so compelling, he
turned his project into a full-length film.If you love movies, but
have never been to a film festival, you owe it to yourselves to go. It's
close-Orem Scera Theaters. It's inexpensive-you can go to one event or buy full
day or full event passes. It's fun-nothing is cooler than standing around making
small talk with a director, producer, or star. Google LDSFF 2012 and it will
pop right up.
The thing everyone needs to know about festivals, is they are starting blocks
for future filmmakers, directors and stars. People who attend are able to meet
and question these people before they become so famous they are no longer
accessible. The LDSFF is well-organized and this year includes live music with
some of the best musicians anywhere. "Southern Son" and
those complaining about not having a high quality film made from a compelling
part of the Book of Mormon need to pull up your socks and pray. One is in the
works, and you won't be disappointed. President Kimball's vision is about to be
realized. (Still in the screenwriting phase, but hopefully complete by 2013 or
early 2014.) Where can we see your artwork, Southern Son?
Firefly: Tried to get you some info on my site but violated the monitor rules.
Sorry, my bad.Hope you have success with the film endeavor. The world needs to
have a high quality,realistic and believable version of some aspect of The Book
of Mormon. Hopefully it will revolve around the Title era since that is so
relevant to today.People would identify with it.Make President Kimble proud!
As a Navy Vet I am still waiting for a LDS film titled Gods Navy! I am tired of
this blatant bias towards the Army. This was done in all joking.
Dadof5sons: As a Navy vet(67-69)from a Navy/Marine family, you have my
sympathy!Even The Book of Mormon is silent on any sea battles,just references to
sea trade and exploration. I'm sure there is some Latter-Day Saint, high seas,
Navy tale out there that should be told.Would a Marine be a fair trade off?
After all, they're half swabby half grunt!