LOS MORMON BOYS
Directed by: Dave Lindsay, Jason Conforto
"Los Mormon Boys" is a documentary about a band by the same name, made up entirely of full-time LDS missionaries in Northern Argentina in the 1960s.
According to the film, the band toured the country full time, playing all over the place, and appearing on every radio and television station in the area.
The filmmakers interviewed Ronald Stone, who presided over the mission, and all the members of the band, even a couple who have since become inactive.
The documentary provides a detailed account of the band's formation and the experiences of its members . It also incorporated original recordings of the band's music throughout, which is a nice touch.
One of the strongest areas lay in the amount of humorous laugh-out-loud moments.
For example, one former member talked about the challenge to be as spiritual in the band as they would be doing normal missionary work.
"It's a little tough to be playing 'Tequila' in an enthusiastic manner," he said. "It's not like singing a hymn."
But they talk about using the song to explain the Word of Wisdom, saying that even though they sing that song, they don't actually drink any tequila or other alcohol.
The documentary is full of light-hearted moments and the tone is mostly upbeat, even as the former members reminisce about some of their challenges.
After the showing at the LDS Film Festival, the filmmakers said they originally wanted to turn the story into an actual movie but didn't have enough money, so they opted for a more cost-effective documentary.
It's just as well. The story lends itself better for a documentary format.
It's more interesting and entertaining the way it is.