While the Sundance Film Festival gets all the press, Utah County is also home to the LDS Film Festival. I reviewed the schedule, and thought I would point out a few films that sound interesting at the Scera Theater in Orem, Utah.
Wednesday – Opening night
7 pm – The Playbook
It’s the story of a dad coaching a basketball team. Honestly, it didn’t jump out at me, but it’s the only film playing that night.
2:30 pm – Murder of the Mormon Prophet
The trailer looks interesting. It’s supposed to tell about the death of Joseph from the point of view of the mob.
4:30 pm – Larry Gelwix: No Regrets
This is a true story of Larry Gelwix, coach of the Highland Rugby Team. The story was a dramatized in a movie called Forever Strong (available on Netflix) that came out in 2008. It looks like the new movie is more of a documentary.
7:30 pm – Resistance Movement
A dramatization of the story of Helmuth Hübener, among the youngest German resistance fighters in World War II.
9:30 pm – First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Liberty
Documentary discussing the First Amendment for religious liberty. The trailer is available on the PBS website.
9:30 pm – Nitro Circus
The synopsis says they jump a school bus. I’m wondering if it is Napolean Dynamite-type humor.
Noon – Ephraim’s Rescue
Director TC Christensen (who directed 17 Miracles) will show 20 minutes of scenes from his new movie due to come out this summer.
2 pm – An Ordinary Hero
This is the true story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, a white southern girl who was sent to death row in Mississippi for her part in a sit-in for Civil Rights.
So, that’s what I’m interested in. Please post reviews here if you see these movies.
While we’re at it, let’s talk about Mormon movies in general. I know that it seems cool to slam Singles Ward, but I loved that movie. I’m also a fan of Richard Dutcher movies: God’s Army, States of Grace.
On the other hand, The Home Teachers, Down and Derby, and Church Ball were absolutely dreadful. Can you comment on specific LDS-themed movies?