15TH LDS FILM FESTIVAL 2016
MARCH 2-5, 2016 | SCERA CENTER, OREM


THURSDAY, MARCH 3

Tickets for all events are available 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).


12:15 pm | Special Screening
Scera Xango Grand Theatre

Life Under The Horseshoe
Documentary, 25 minutes, color, 2015
Director: Matt Duhamel


The Deacon
Documentary, 57 minutes, color, 2015
Director: Brandon Crow


Click here for film synopses.


12:30 pm | Special Screening
Scera Showhouse II

Submariners
Documentary, 60 minutes, color, 2015
Director: Parker Davis


The Other Side of Pride
Documentary, 15 minutes, color, 2015
Director, Producer: Robert Starling


Click here for film synopses.


2:30 pm | Feature Film:
8Stories
Scera Xango Grand Theatre

Drama/Comedy, 130 minutes, color, 2015
Facebook Page: 8Stories
Director: Stephanie Fowers, Sandra Barton; Writer: Stephanie Fowers; Producer: Stephanie Fowers, Jacqueline Fowers, Sandra Barton; Executive Producer: Stephanie Fowers, Sandra Barton; Director of Photography: Jacqueline Fowers; Original Score: Jessy Kaye, Empire King, Kevin MacLeod; Editor: Stephanie Fowers, Jacqueline Fowers; B Camera: Nate Nielsen; Make up: Vanae Morris; Sound Operator: Mike Millen.
Cast: Drew Brock Baker, Mary Etuk, Aisha Garcia, Sterling J. Evans, Ben Jarvis, Elizabeth Montgomery, DL Walkr,Paul Wuthrich, Robert Andrus,Emily Ann Roth, Carolyn Crow Koskan, Gary Brookins, Jill Adler, Demietrius Daniels, David Bodtcher, Justin Leavitt, Josh Petersen, Marilee Hunsaker Crockett, Vivian Mathias, Mary Seager, Cameron Reynolds, Avery Pizzuto, Flo Donelli,Cherie Rodecker Groll, Joshua Pope, Tyson Whitney, ScoobyDude, Winston the cat.

Synopsis:
8 strangers stuck in an elevator 8 stories high. Living in a crowded New York City apartment does not mean getting close to the neighbors. During the hectic Christmas season, the residents go about their lives while an old widower sits alone in his living room reading a card that says his son won't be coming home for Christmas. Meanwhile a dancer packs up her ballet shoes to give up on her dreams in the big city. A financial consultant can't commit to a relationship. An artist attempts to patch up his relationship with his daughter. A washed up journalist can't find the right story. And three students more concerned with popularity than making friends walk into an elevator. 8 Strangers are about to find out what being a true neighbor means.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Thursday, March 3, 2:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre


2:30 pm | Special Screening
Scera Showhouse II

Back Up the Mountain
Documentary, 20 minutes, color, 2015
Director, Producer: Jon Smith


The Making of Back Up the Mountain
Documentary, 17 minutes, color, 2015
Director: Kjae Barbadillo


Beyond the Veil: Alberta's Story
Drama, 20 minutes, color, 2015
Director: A.J. Moss


An Ensign to all Nations
Documentary, 20 minutes, color, 2015
Director: Eric Bunch


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5:00 pm | Short Film Competition
Scera Showhouse II

A compilation of short films by LDS filmmakers:

Western Sunrise, Drama
Solar, Drama
A Camera Story, Drama
Listen, Darkling, Drama
Far From You , Drama
Light, Music Video
Sirens' Call, Drama
The Sun is Heavy, Documentary
Brother's Keeper, Drama
The Paradox, Drama/Sci Fi
White WIngs, Drama

Click here for short film synopses.


5:15 pm | Feature Film:
In Utero
Scera Xango Grand Theatre

Documentary, 84 minutes, color, 2016
Official Website: In Utero
Director: Kathleen Gyllenhaal; Producer: Stephen Gyllenhaal, Matthew Brady; Executive Producer: Steven Koch, Thomas Lee Wright; Director of Photography: Bennett Cerf; Original Score: Pinar Topak; Editor: Kinga Orlikowska; Associate Producer: Ashley Tsai.
Cast: Gabor Matè, Rachel Yehuda, Thomas Verny, Moriah Thomason, Bernard W. Bail, Catherine Monk, Anne Hirsch, Amelia R. Gavin, Ludwig Janus, Loren Weiner, Ursula Volz-Boer, Domenico Nesci.

Synopsis:
In Utero is a cinematic rumination on what will emerge as the most provocative subject of the 21st Century – life in the womb and its lasting impact on human development, human behavior, and the state of the world. Epigenetics, Alice In Wonderland, The Matrix, scientists, psychologists and doctors converge to prove that we are not what we think we are. In Utero brings together for the first time convincing data that explains why some of us face challenges from the start while others thrive. Prepare to be surprised, intrigued, but no longer baffled by what the future holds for yourself, your loved ones, and the human race.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Thursday, March 3, 5:15 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre


7:30 pm | 24-Hour Filmmaking Marathon:
Short Films Made in Only 24 Hours
Scera Showhouse II

Don't miss the screening of the Annual 24-Hour Filmmaking Marathon this year. We will screen all films that were made in only 24 hours a week prior to the festival. An amazing line-up of 4-minute short films awaits you, including submissions from Norway and Spain.

The theme this year was Wonder, the object a magnifying glass, and the dialoge line I can't believe... The winners of the marathon will be announced at the award ceremony on Saturday, March 5, at 8:30 p.m.

Screening:
Thursday, March 3, 7:30 pm, Scera Showhouse II


7:30 pm | Feature Film:
Downwinders: Did the Government Kill John Wayne?
Scera Xango Grand Theatre

Documentary, 87 minutes, color, 2016
Official Website: Downwinders
Director, Producer: Tim Skousen, Tyler Bastian; Director of Photography: Munn Powell; Original Score: Tim Skousen; Editor: Tim Skousen.

Synopsis:
Downwinders is a documentary about the victims and survivors of nuclear fallout in the American Southwest and beyond during the 1950s and 60s when the US government was testing nuclear weapons in the Nevada Desert. The documentary also covers the possibility that one of those victims was John Wayne, who was in the area at the time filming the ill-fated film The Conqueror. In 1980, it was revealed that 41% of the film's cast and crew had contracted cancer, many of them already dead from the disease. The film covers the history of the testing, its effect, and the people who fought to end it.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Thursday, March 3, 7:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre


9:30 pm | Feature Film:
Mr. Dungbeetle
Scera Showhouse II

Comedy, 100 minutes, color, 2016
Official Website: Mr. Dungbeetle
Writer, Director: Thomas Russell; Producer: Jeff Parkin; Executive Producer: Scott Howe, Tom Massmann, Clay McCaw, Craig Shapiro; Director of Photography: Travis Cline; Production Designer: Jonas Sappington; Original Score: Spencer Russell; Editor: Thomas Russell.
Cast: Jay Powell, Bill Nelson, Clay McCaw, Stan Ferguson, Alex Kirry, Randy Toews.

Synopsis:
A grieving doctor goes into the mountains in search of five escaped psychiatric patients.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Thursday, March 3, 9:30 pm, Scera Showhouse II