10 notable films from LDS Film Festival

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  • southern son SHARPSBURG, MD
    Jan. 23, 2012 8:26 a.m.

    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!

  • Dadof5sons Montesano, WA
    Jan. 21, 2012 11:53 a.m.

    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.

  • southern son SHARPSBURG, MD
    Jan. 21, 2012 10:41 a.m.

    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!

  • Firefly123 Mapleton, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 12:45 p.m.

    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?

  • Kjirstin Youngberg Mapleton, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 12:28 p.m.

    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.

  • southern son SHARPSBURG, MD
    Jan. 20, 2012 9:23 a.m.

    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?

  • iscorefilm Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 3:34 p.m.


    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.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 3:01 p.m.

    @Wayne Rout

    The 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.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Jan. 19, 2012 2:19 p.m.

    Nice article. I'm glad these films exist. I wish they were better supported by everyone.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 1:50 p.m.

    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!"

  • Rachel Brutsch Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 12:11 p.m.

    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).

  • willow Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 11:34 a.m.

    What about 17 miracles? The best LDS film ever made!

  • iscorefilm Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 11:13 a.m.

    Southern Son, I always want to see these things be on that kind of scale and budget. I'm completely with you there!

  • Thinkman Provo, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 9:59 a.m.

    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?

  • ciaobello Concord, CA
    Jan. 19, 2012 9:40 a.m.

    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.

  • southern son SHARPSBURG, MD
    Jan. 19, 2012 8:49 a.m.

    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'.

  • JRJ Pocatello, ID
    Jan. 19, 2012 8:37 a.m.

    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.