The 2011 LDS Film Festival is going on now through Saturday January 29, 2011, and is marking its 10th anniversary.  It is also the 6th year the festival will take place at the historic Scera Center for the Arts in Orem, Utah.

Click here  for information, schedule and special events during the festival.  A list of feature film screenings is below.

In its first ten years, the LDS Film Festival will have screened approximately 200 feature films and special screenings, 300 short films, and 400 24-hour marathon films, with a total attendance of close to 40,000 visitors.

Tickets for all events are available beginning Wednesday, January 12, 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).


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Feature Films at the 2011 LDS Film Festival

Meridian includes this list available from the LDS Film Festival website to give readers a sense of the film production currently happening in the LDS market.

The Book of Life

Poetic romantic comedy, Italy, 115 minutes, color, 2010
Production Company: The Book of Life
Writer, Director: Marco Lui; Producer: Marco Lui, Audience Alliance Pictures; Executive Producer: Marco Lui; Director of Photography: Giuseppe Bilotti; Production Designer: Marco Lui; Original Score: Massimo Ferrari-Paolo Tosi; Editor: Marco Lui.
Cast: Marco Lui, Alice Risolino, Sarah Colombini, Luca Savian, Walter Peraro, Gabriele Gentile, Italo Panone.

Synopsis:
This is the story of a man, who before he is born wants to become a teacher. But, in the heavenly school of teachers, he falls in love with a girl that never smiles. To win her heart, a friend suggests that he should make her smile…but the time to be born suddenly comes for the teacher. On earth, he will have to win her heart again, with a flower and a smile.

Q&A with the US associates of the Italian filmmaker after the screening.

Screenings:
Thursday, January 27, 4:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre

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 Joseph Smith and the Golden Plates

Drama, 102 minutes, color, 2011
Teaser Trailer: Joseph Smith and the Golden Plates
Writer, Director, Producer: Christian Vuissa; Executive Producer: Andreas Vuissa, Rocco Maglio, Christian Vuissa, Farrell M. Smith; Director of Photography: Ty Arnold; Production Designer: Curtis McOsker; Art Director: Whitney Donald; Costume Designer: Sonja Nelson; Make-up/Hair: Laurie Vukich; Original Score: James Schafer; Editor: Ludwig Einklang.
Cast: Dustin Harding, Lindsay Farr, Michael Flynn, Matthew Bellows, Steve Wallace, Geoff Hansen.

Synopsis:
In 1827, Joseph Smith, Jr., was only 21 years old, when he claimed to have received a prophetic calling to translate ancient scriptures that would soon be published as The Book of Mormon. Less than three years later, he founded The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that today has grown to be the 4th largest religious denomination in the United States. The film follows Joseph’s early adult years and portrays the events that lead up to the publishing of The Book of Mormon and the founding of a new world religion. The film also details Joseph’s personal life and his desire to find forgiveness, acceptance and salvation from God.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Saturday, January 29, 7:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II

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My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend

Love Story, 88 minutes, color, 2009
Rating: PG
Official Website: My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend
Writer, Director: Daryn Tufts; Producer: Rick McFarland, Alyssa Milano; Executive Producer: Nate Jones, Joe Pia, Sonja Suarez Carey; Director of Photography: Brandon Christensen; Production Designer: Kenneth Hill; Original Score: Sam Cardon; Editor: Rick McFarland, Jenirae Reynolds, Ethan Vincent.
Cast: Alyssa Milano, Christoper Gorham, Beau Bridges, Michael Landes, Carol Kane, Tom Lenk.

Synopsis:
Jesse is a sassy, intelligent woman who has yet to find “Mr. Right”—until she bumps into Ethan, a writer pushed to the edge of despair after having another novel rejected by publishers. For Jesse, the encounter offers more than a chance to inspire the artist in Ethan again. It also opens a new, romantic chapter in her life… with one huge complication. Moments after meeting the perfect guy for her, Jesse meets Mr. Perfect— Troy, a confident and successful advertising executive who makes almost every moment elegant and romantic. Soon Jesse is in over her head and grappling with the ultimate romantic paradox: what does a girl do when she meets “Mr. Right”… after already meeting the right guy? My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend is a classic love story turned upside down, a romantic comedy that blends a warm sincerity with fresh, stylized storytelling and some very big surprises.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Friday, January 28, 7:30 pm, Scera Showhouse II

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The Flyboys

Adventure, 122 minutes, color, 2008
Rating: PG-13
Official Website: The Flyboys
Director: Rocco DeVilliers; Writer: Jason DeVilliers, Rocco DeVilliers, Richard Dutcher; Producer: Rocco DeVilliers, Dan Urness; Director of Photography: Jim Orr; Original Score: Lisle Moore; Editor: Rocco DeVilliers.
Cast: Jesse James, Reiley McClendon, Stephen Baldwin, Tom Sizemore, J. Todd Adams, Dallen Gettling, Jennifer Slimko, Robert Costanzo, Harrison Young, David Stevens.

Synopsis:
Two boys from a small town find their courage tested when they accidentally stow away aboard an airplane owned by the mob.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening. Director Rocco DeVilliers will give a special Behind-the-Scenes presentation and discuss in detail how the exhilarating and breathtaking action sequences where filmed.

Screenings:
Friday, January 28, 7:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre

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A Christmas Wish

Drama, 92 minutes, color, 2010
Trailer: A Christmas Wish
Writer, Director: Craig Clyde; Producer: Bryce Fillmore; Executive Producer: Dave Hunter; Director of Photography: Brandon Christensen; Production Designer: Lee Steadman; Original Score: Russ Whitelock; Editor: John Lyde.
Cast: Kristy Swanson, Ed Herrmann, Tess Harper.


Synopsis:

Martha Evans has been abandoned by her ne’er-do-well husband, who took all their cash and left her homeless and virtually destitute with her two daughters and stepson. Martha leaves town in hopes of finding a job and a place to stay. She finally finds a job at a sleepy rural diner, formerly famous for its home-made root beer. But with her car broken down and the bills piling up, it looks like it’s going to be a bleak Christmas for the Evans family. However, there are warm hearts working behind the scenes that ultimately make this the happiest holiday of Martha’s life — a real answer to her prayers…

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Thursday, January 27, 7:30 pm, Scera Showhouse II

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HottieBoombaLottie

Comedy, 80 minutes, color, 2009
Rating: PG-13
Official Website: HottieBoombaLottie
Writer, Director: Seth Packard; Producer: Ben Lakey; Director of Photography: Travis Cline; Production Designer: Bruce Wing; Original Score: John Swihart; Editor: Seth Packard.
Cast: Seth Packard, Lauren McKnight, Matthew Webb, Shay Williamson, Pam Eichner, Trace Williamson.

Synopsis:
Trapped in Utah with an overbearing mother and an older brother bent on sabotaging his entire life, teenage Ethan channels all his ambitions into a deluded obsession with uber-hottie Madison Sweet.

Meanwhile, his cousin Cleo seems to want to be closer than just family.


Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Saturday, January 29, 7:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre

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Much Ado About Nothing

Comedy, 67 minutes, color, 2010
IMDB Link: Much Ado About Nothing
Director: Brandon Arnold; Writer: Matt Thomas, Brandon Arnold; Producer: Matt Thomas, Kelly Rice; Executive Producer: Brandon Arnold; Director of Photography: Josh Sumsion; Production Designer: Ashley Murphy; Original Score: Eric Robertson, The Binary Boiz; Editor: Vermeer Sarnsen, Josh Bennett, Alek Sabin, Dylan Griffin, Jonas Hanspach; Costume Designer: Isabella Cowgill.
Cast: Jake Larrabee, Robin Noble, Jimmy Cudahy, Brighton Metz.

Synopsis:
The dashing Benedick and friends arrive at Messina High school just in time to rescue the mired theatrical production of Romeo and Juliet: Apocalypsis. In the process, everyone falls in and out of love, and many hi-jinks ensue, all under the overzealous watch of the school’s AV club. A modern day adaptation of Shakespeare’s play with a cast and crew comprised entirely of students from East Hollywood High School in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Screenings:
Saturday, January 29, 5:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre

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Jonah and the Great Fish

Musical, 86 minutes, color, 2011
Official Website: Jonah and the Great Fish
Writer, Director: Dennis Agle Jr.; Producer: Kenneth Agle; Executive Producer: Craig Brooksby, Sonja Brooksby; Director of Photography: Roderick A. Santiano; Production Designer: Doug Ellis; Original Score: Aaron Edson (Music), Masa Fukuda (Score); Editor: Dennis Agle Jr.
Cast: David Osmond, Katherine Nelson, Brian Allred, David Ray Burton, Korianne Orton Johnson, J. Michael Bailey, Jeremy Hoop, Summer Sloan, Jared Young, Jason Celaya.

Synopsis:
After her family moves to the city, Chloe finds her new school to be a scary place where she doesn’t fit in. When her father tells her the Bible story of Jonah, Chloe uses her imagination to bring the adventure to life as a colorful musical, complete with a nervous prophet, rival gangs of Ninevites who happen to be amazing dancers, a hearty band of Spanish mariners, a troubled King and Queen, a pair of lovable fish named Humphrey and Chum, and a trio of singing crustaceans called the ‘Crabelles.’ As Chloe likens the story to her own life, she discovers there are no misfits in God’s plan.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Saturday, January 29, 3:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre

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The History of Homefront: The Early Years 1972-1985

Documentary, 85 minutes, color, 2011
Writer, Director, Producer: Kevin Kelly; Director of Photography: Dale Green; Editor: Wayne Nilsson, Drew Duncan, Eric Kunz.

Synopsis:
In the early 70’s, the only substantial media outreach programming the LDS Church produced was Music and the Spoken Word, featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. In 1972, with the help of Bonneville Productions, the church launched Homefront—TV and radio public service announcements about family togetherness that became one of the longest running and the most awarded PSA campaigns in the history of advertising. Watch these timeless commercials again and hear the stories of how they were made from the creators of Homefront.

Following the screening Scott Swofford, Content Director for BYU Broadcasting, will moderate a panel of current and former Bonneville producers: Curt Dahl, Stan Ferguson, Michael McLean, Ross Richins and others.

Screenings:
Saturday, January 29, 10:00 am, Scera Showhouse II

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The Real Life Singles Ward

Documentary, 60 minutes, color, 2010
Official Website: The Real Life Singles Ward
Director: John E. Moyer; Producer: John E. Moyer, Mario DeAngelis; Executive Producer: Jason Brinkerhoff; Director of Photography: Mario DeAngelis; Editor: Brad Olsen, Mario DeAngelis, Zachary Marsh; Emma Black: Production Assistant.

Synopsis:
Everyone has a dating story. Some are good; some are bad and some a bit ugly. From first dates with crazy and creative ways Mormons ask each other out, to engagement, to marriage, to the challenges of divorce or of never being married. The Real Life Singles Ward features interviews with members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints who share their real life experiences including the hilarious, the heartfelt, and the heartbreaking, all in the pursuit of finding that special someone.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Saturday, January 29, 12:30 pm, Scera Showhouse II

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Take the Mountain Down

Musical Comedy, 85 minutes, color, 2010
Director: Steven E. Lowe; Writer: Marvin Payne, Steven Kapp Perry, R. Don Oscarson; Producer: Steven E. Lowe; Executive Producer: Sterling Van Wagenen, R. Don Oscarson; Director of Photography: Steven E. Lowe; Production Designer: Doug Ellis; Original Score: Marvin Payne, Steven Kapp Perry; Editor: Nathan Grout; Lighting Designer: Michael G. Handley; Sound Mix: Jacob Peery, Marvin Payne, Scott Sandstrom.
Cast: Lacey Williams, Marvin Payne, Tricia Storey, Robby Sorensen, Sam Payne, Kendra Lowe.

Synopsis:
The program depicts a local string band performing at a community picnic. As the band begins a break, a former band member returns after a lengthy absence. To help her realize the importance of repairing her strained relationships with family and friends, the band leader orchestrates a bluegrass retelling of the Prodigal Son.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Friday, January 28, 4:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre

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Alex Boye: Backstage Pass

Documentary, 90 minutes, color,
Production Company: Backstage Pass
Director: Jason Conforto; Producer: Dave Lindsay; Executive Producer: Dave Lindsay; Director of Photography: Paul Meyers.
Cast: Alex Boye, Mack Wilberg, Craig Jessop.

Synopsis:
Backstage Pass is the life story of British singer Alex Boye. Once a European pop star as the front man for the boy band Awesome, Boye gave up his rock-star lifestyle for his faith. This compelling documentary tells his story of poverty, being homeless, his conversion to the LDS Church, the power of music, and the path that led him to being one of the most dynamic and influential members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Saturday, January 29, 10:30 am, Scera Xango Grand Theatre

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Start With Nothing

Comedy, 64 minutes, color, 2011
Director: Susan Phelan; Writer: Karen Peck; Producer: Karen Peck; Executive Producer: Shaylin Peck; Director of Photography: Clark Cooper; Original Score: Shaun Barrowes, Barry Warner; Editor: John Lyde.
Cast: Darren Faber, John Valdez, Ceason Dorsey Elder, Brodee Ripple, Kristie Bennett, Aubrey Peck, Arthur Boyadjian.

Synopsis:
To get a date with the girl of his dreams, a high school science geek has to creatively barter in a primitive society (the drive-in restaurant where the kids from school hang out) and avoid getting demolished by jocks.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Thursday, January 27, 2:45 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre

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A Tale of Two Totters

Documentary, 77 minutes, color, 2010
Official Website: A Tale of Two Totters
Director: Andy Lorimer; Producer: Alan Hashimoto; Director of Photography: Andy Lorimer; Original Score: Ryan Conger; Editor: Andy Lorimer; Associate Producer: Laurie Lorimer; Assistant Editor: Jim Dalrymple II.
Cast: Greg Payne, Cameron Thompson, Scott Salvesen, Tanner Sears, Randy Richards.




Synopsis:

Upon graduating high school, four teenage boys set out to make their mark in the world. Their goal: set a new world record by teeter tottering for 100 hours. This coming-of-age story not only follows the process of what it takes to break a world record but also explores the challenges that face these young men as they enter the realm of adulthood.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screenings:
Saturday, January 29, 1:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre

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