16TH LDS FILM FESTIVAL 2017
MARCH 1-4, 2016 | SCERA CENTER, OREM


SHORT FILMS

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).


Believe: The Michael Ethington Story

Documentary, 14 minutes, color, 2017
Director: Jake Featherstone; Producer: Emily Featherstone; Director of Photography: Jake Featherstone, Sam Featherstone, Scott Featherstone; Original Score: Michael Ethington; Editor: Jake Featherstone.
Cast: Michael Ethington, Julie Ethington, Taylor Ethington, Coleman Ethington, Preston Ethington, Jill Steele, Terry Taylor, Deanne Ethington, Guy Randle, Ryan Geertsen, Bryce Craven.

Synopsis:
Michael Ethington is an LDS piano musician who was diagnosed with ALS several years ago. The film documents his diagnosis and his family's enduring hope despite an uncertain future.

Screening:
Thursday, March 2, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Counting My Lucky Stars

Drama, 15 minutes, color, 2017
Facebook: Counting My Lucky Stars
Director: Sue Rowe, Moises Lemus; Writer: Sue Rowe; Producer: Ryan Piccolo, Sue Rowe; Executive Producer: Bill Van Sickle, Sue Rowe; Director of Photography: Josh Rowley; Production Designer: Sue Rowe; Original Score: Larry Bagby; Editor: Josh Rowley, Moises Lemus, Darren Barker.
Cast: Larry Bagby, Sue Rowe, Nick Conte, Bryce Bishop, Miah Green, Whitney Palmer.

Synopsis:
A musician living on the road ends up missing more than just his notes... his path to stardom starts to feel like an empty stage even with a full audience. He is determined to find his happiness on the road to success without a family weighing him down.

Screening:
Friday, March 3, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Home

Drama, 12 minutes, color, 2016
Director: Ben McPherson; Writer: Ben McPherson, Matt Redhawk; Producer: Brad Skaar; Executive Producer: Matt Redhawk; Director of Photography: Jade Warpenburg; Production Designer: Ben McPherson; Original Score: Lisle Moore; Editor: Ben Mcpherson.
Cast: Alli Whiteman, Josephine Keefe, James Pendleton, Ron Weaks, Randy Benda.

Synopsis:
A woman and her family must make a journey through a newly destroyed world to find her father who has prepared for the worst.

Screening:
Saturday, March 4, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


radio-head

Drama, 10 minutes, color, 2016
Production Company: radio-head
Director: Davi Silveira; Writer: Dolores Rogers; Director of Photography: Davi Silveira; Original Score: Courtney Grace.
Cast: Luke Shuck, Dolores Rogers.

Synopsis:
With his life falling apart, Charles finds himself with a condition that mends his broken spirit.

Screening:
Thursday, March 2, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


The Art of Reconnecting

Documentary, 6 minutes, color, 2016
Director: Nate Christofferson; Original Score: Mojo Handful; Editor: Nate Christofferson.
Cast: Nora Ballantyne.

Synopsis:
Nora Ballantyne relates her experience dealing with betrayal by creating art. She helps her class experience emotional healing through artistic expression.

Screening:
Friday, March 3, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


The Traveler and the Devils

Animation, 3 minutes, color, 2016
Writer, Director: Andy Peterson; Original Score: Toby McClure, Cody McClure; Narrator: Felix Hoo; Animator: Andy Peterson.

Synopsis:
Based on a Chinese fable, this is the story of a traveler to a distant country who sees devils among the inhabitants, and wonders how righteous or wicked the people of the country must be. But appearances can be deceiving.

Screening:
Saturday, March 4, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


The So Called Laws of Nature

Experimental, 6 minutes, , 2016
Director: Scott Cook, Sara Coray; Writer: Shayla Bott; Producer: Shayla Bott, Karen Jensen; Director of Photography: Justin Ahlmann; Original Score: Troy Sales; Editor: Justin Ahlmann; Choreographer: Shayla Bott.
Cast: Nicole Heddens, Myles Woolstenhulme and BYU Ballet Department.

Synopsis:
A girl lands in a post-apocalyptic world finding herself amongst a population of desert dwellers. An encounter reminds her of a past world.

Screening:
Saturday, March 4, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


The Split House

Animation, 5 minutes, black, 2016
Official Website: The Split House
Director: Annie Poon; Original Score: Annie Poon, Peter Pezzimenti, Grey Day Eggs.

Synopsis:
A woman tumbles into her subconscious to discover healing and hope. This film portrays my experiences as a person with Schizzoaffective Disorder.

Screening:
Friday, March 3, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


íCava, Relojero!

Drama/Experimental, 5 minutes, color, 2017
Writer, Director, Producer: John Rowland; Director of Photography: John Rowland; Editor: John Rowland; Assistant Director: Louis Siemons, 
Talyn Behzad, Xinjie Yuan.
Cast: Eric Leckman, Gabrielle Neafsey.

Synopsis:
A man. A woman. A key. A clock.

Screening:
Thursday, March 2, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Baby

Comedy, 5 minutes, color, 2016
Production Company: Mainstay Productions
Writer, Director, Producer: John Lyde; Director of Photography: John Lyde; Production Designer: John Lyde; Original Score: James Schafer; Editor: John Lyde.
Cast: Michaela McAllister, Lawson Rockwood.

Synopsis:
Baby. Babysitter. Stroller. What could go wrong?

Screening:
Saturday, March 4, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Concussion

Drama/Documentary, 7 minutes, color, 2017
Writer, Director, Producer: Stefania Barr; Director of Photography: Stefania Barr.
Cast: 
Ali Barr, Lindsey Watson, Oakley Hill, Chase McKnight, Lauren Ziaks, Melinda Roalstad.

Synopsis:
Concussion depict’s the filmmaker’s personal experiences following a traumatic brain injury caused by a car accident during her junior year as a film major. Plagued with chronic pain, nausea, and confusion, Stefania started the documentary while still reeling mentally and emotionally.  This film chronicles part of her process over the first year of recovery and how she had to re-gain her balance and overcome the stress of physical and mental changes in her search for proper therapy to restore hope and return to film school a year later. 

Screening:
Thursday, March 2, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Memories of Angels

Experimental, 9 minutes, color, 2016
Writer, Director: Caroline Prohosky; Producer: Melissa Marquez; Director of Photography: Eric Pasternak; Production Designer: Bryce Bollick; Editor: Peter Walton; Choreographer: Caroline Prohosky.
Cast: Stefani Mortensen, Allie Limas.

Synopsis:
A gentle picture of a woman with cancer.

Screening:
Friday, March 3, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


My Place in the Lineup

Drama/Experimental, 20 minutes, color, 2016
Writer, Director, Producer: Steven D. Falatea; Director of Photography: Steven D. Falatea; Editor: Steven D. Falatea.
Cast: Steven D. Falatea.

Synopsis:
An intimate peek into my heart, my family, my childhood, and the beautiful Pacific Islands I call home. My dad passed away about eight years ago, leaving my mom, my three siblings, and me behind; without getting to say goodbye. This is everything I wish I could tell him...everything that I one day will. This is my story. This is my truth.

Screening:
Friday, March 3, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Robert Service's Tales of the North

Comedy/Animation/Puppetry, 12 minutes, , 2016
Production Company: Robert Service's Tales of the North
Director: G. Logan Dellinger; Writer: Chad Carpenter; Director of Photography: Mackenzie Banbury; Original Score: Jon Ong; Editor: Andrew Phillips; Assistant Director: Kitty Mahoney; Sound: Jeremy Blake.
Cast: Cast: Randy McNair, Lara McNair, Mark Dickerson, Chad Carpenter, Evan Carson, Zack Lanphier.

Synopsis:
The poetry of the "Bard of the Yukon" presented in a hilarious mix of puppets and animation. Enjoy some of Robert Service's most famous poems as they come to life in a way never before seen, animated by internationally syndicated cartoonist Chad Carpenter. This short excerpt from the featurette includes "The Shooting of Dan McGrew."

Screening:
Saturday, March 4, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Stand Your Ground

Horror, 4 minutes, color, 2016
Writer, Director, Producer: Jared Stull; Director of Photography: Brandan Fisher; Editor: Brandan Fisher.
Cast: Zoe Kelly, Holland Stullave.

Synopsis:
A girl will go to extremes to protect her younger sister from the dangers of the world. 

Screening:
Thursday, March 2, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Alma 43: The Battle of Jershon

Drama/Comedy, 7 minutes, color, 2016
Writer, Director: Cardon Ellis; Producer: Cardon Ellis, Matt Pearson; Executive Producer: Scott Harries; Director of Photography: Matt Pearson; Original Score: Rhett Nelson; Editor: Matt Pearson.
Cast: Adam Domingo, Dillon Sarmiento, Jake Fuller, Evan Miller, Alex Haslam, Cardon Ellis.

Synopsis: 
A young boy scout, Dillon, and his troop do not want to read their scriptures. Their teacher encourages them to open their imaginations and read the scriptures as though they were in the middle of the action. Alma 43 gets really interesting that way...

Screening:
Thursday, March 2, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Molt

Comedy, 6 minutes, color, 2016
Writer, Director: Ammon Miller; Producer: Lindsay Kampenhout; Director of Photography: Wes Bowen; Production Designer: Emma Meurs; Original Score: Jill Boyd; Editor: Ammon Miller.
Cast: Dalila Gonzales, Todd Paul Brown, Monica Moore Smith.

Synopsis:
A tarantula-turned-human applies for a social security number.

Screening:
Friday, March 3, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Star Wars Generations

Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Family, 5 minutes, color, 2016
IMDB Link: Star Wars Generations
Director: Don Bitters; Writer: Todd Blood, Jason Tobias, Don Bitters; Producer: Todd Blood, Jason Tobias, Jack E. Curenton; Executive Producer: Lucas Solomon, Christopher Jennings, Eric Edmonds; Director of Photography: Andrew Jeric; Production Designer: Todd Blood; Original Score: Matt Parra, John Williams; Editor: Don Bitters; Art Direction: Cathy Blood; Set Decoration: Todd Blood, Cathy Blood, Libby Blood, Lauren DeSantis, Jason Tobias; Prop Master and Droids: Mike Senna.
Cast: Jack E. Curenton, Jentzen Ramirez, Jason Tobias.

Synopsis:
A young boy and his Grandfather use their imagination to take us back to a galaxy far, far away.

Screening:
Saturday, March 4, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Moment of Anger

Drama/Comedy, 20 minutes, color, 2016
Facebook Page: Moment Of Anger
Writer, Director: Eric C. Player; Producer: Eric C. Player, Kanarose Oonhateparuk, Matthew Nanamura; Executive Producer: Eric C. Player; Director of Photography: Adrian Sierkowski; Production Designer: Karen Anderson Sporck; Original Score: Dolli Grace, Cordwood, All Star Trio; Editor: Eric C. Player, John Baldino.
Cast: Gary Klavans, Stefanie Halstead, Chelsey Rojas, Bruce Allen Green, Glenn Edwards, Elizabeth Keele, Samantha Timmerman, Edward Lessa Rojas.


Synopsis:
A man who throws away the best thing in his life (his woman) in a fit of immature emotion, and then spends the rest of the day wishing he had her back.

Screening:
Thursday, March 2, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Penrose

Drama/Experimental, 6 minutes, color, 2016
Production Company: Penrose
Writer, Director, Producer: Brett Alan Calkins; Executive Producer: Jeff Parkin; Director of Photography: Dhane Taylor; Sound: Britany Toolson.
Cast: Steve Lesser.

Synopsis:
Is there ever an escape? Gary is trapped. He struggles over and over again to escape his confinement.

Screening:
Friday, March 3, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


The High Road

Drama, 12 minutes, color, 2017
Director: John Lyde; Writer: Joshua Michael French; Producer: John Lyde; Director of Photography: Airk Thaughbaer; Original Score: James Schafer; Editor: Airk Thaughbaer.
Cast: David DeVilliers, Christian Ganiere, Stephanie Breinholt, Scott Christopher, Greg Larsen.

Synopsis:
The Kirkwoods are part of the ill-fated Willie Handcart Company. James, 11, is left in charge of his brother Joseph, 4. In late October, they ascend Rocky Ridge. Everyone had almost nothing to eat for days. It is snowing. They walk all day, and Joseph’s shoes wear out. His feet are numb, and he falls down, unable to move, so James picks him up. They fall behind the main group, but James never gives up. In 27 hours, the company travels 15 miles. When the boys finally arrive at camp, James gently sits his little brother down, then, not saying a word, collapses and dies, having given all for his brother and the Lord.

Screening:
Saturday, March 4, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Do You Believe?

Documentary/Experimental, 9 minutes, color, 2016
Director: Wendy Santiano; Director of Photography: Roderick A. Santiano; Editor: Wendy Santiano, Rod Santiano.

Synopsis:
People were asked to share their feelings on Jesus Christ... without saying a single word.

Screening:
Saturday, March 4, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Frankentine

Animation, 1 minutes, color, 2017
Director: Roy Forbes; Producer: Dani Kassander.

Synopsis:

Screening:
Thursday, March 2, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Undertow

Drama, 17 minutes, color, 2016
Official Website: Undertow
Writer, Director: Shelly Brandon; Producer: Dezi Barr, Pam Eichner; Executive Producer: Mary Louise Shoemaker; Director of Photography: Denver James Harward; Production Designer: Shelly Brandon; Original Score: Nate Fenwick-Smith, Jeff Bayless; Editor: Holly Tuckett.
Cast: Pam Eichner, Lynn Swenson, Ingrid Iverson, Zach Vance.

Synopsis:
A visual and emotional journey through depression.

Screening:
Friday, March 3, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Honorably Released

Documentary, 15 minutes, color, 2016
Director: Jessica Bowles; Producer: Dr. Quint Randle, BYU School of Communications; Director of Photography: Jessica Bowles; Original Score: Ethan Jacobsen; Editor: Lindsey Bushman, Jessica Bowles.
Cast: Rachel Morrow, Rian Gordon, Mark Gordon, Nicole Shepherd, Savannah Johnson, Casey Treu, James Usevitch, Dr. Kris Doty, Bishop Scott Bean.

Synopsis:
"Because I was an early returned missionary, I felt ashamed and guilty, and I felt like I had failed my parents more than anything." Rachel Morrow is just one of thousands of missionaries who have returned home from their missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints before her assignment was complete. Even though these missionaries are given honorable releases, affirming that their service is exemplary, many of them feel devastation and failure from finishing in a way that they had not planned.

Screening:
Thursday, March 2, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Limitless

Documentary, 20 minutes, color, 2017
Director: Allison Foster; Producer: Melissa McPherson; Director of Photography: Cyrus Christensen; Editor: Raquel Kimball.
Cast: Emma Tenney, Chad Tenney, Sarah Tenney, Maddison Tenney, Brynn Tenney, Landon Tenney, Livingston Tenney, Becca Foster, Thomas Saunders, Leslie Beus, Jennifer Anglen, Nicole Meibos, Drake Wycherley, and Nate Wycherley.

Synopsis:
"She'll never be able to walk and she'll never be able to talk," said a Doctor to the parents of infant Emma. Watch how a little girl set out to prove the world wrong and make her own happily ever after.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Saturday, March 4, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Undesirables

Animation, 5 minutes, color, 2016
Director: Angela Rosales Challis; Character Design: V. Sears; Skies: Lya Young; Sound: B. Measels.

Synopsis:
This cut out traditional animation depicts the life of Manu and his little sister. These street kids, ignored by society, do not have access to education and need to steal to eat. They are labeled "Undesirables."

Screening:
Friday, March 3, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Another Time

Drama, 7 minutes, color, 2016
IMDB Link: Autumn McAlpin
Writer, Director: Autumn McAlpin; Producer: Autumn McAlpin, Kelly Woyan Rudnicki, Christian Larsen; Executive Producer: Michael McAlpin; Director of Photography: Jordan McKittrick; Production Designer: Autumn McAlpin; Original Score: Sara Bareilles; Editor: Jordan McKittrick; 1st A.D.: Terrisha Kearse.
Cast: Julie Gonzalo, Stephen Sullivan, Jason Fox, Kathryn Jurbala, Blake McAlpin.


Synopsis:
A woman who has become lost in motherhood rediscovers her former passion. This film explores the gnawing question many creative women face: Can you have it all?

Screening:
Friday, March 3, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Emergence

Drama, 17 minutes, color, 2016
IMDB Link: Emergence
Director: Bryson Alley, Jacob Watson; Writer: Bryson Alley, Chelsea Alley, Jacob Watson; Executive Producer: Bryan Thacker; Director of Photography: Jared Fadel; Production Designer: Chelsea Alley; Original Score: Emma Sanders; Editor: Bryson Alley, Jacob Watson; Costume Design and Construction: Julie Whiteley; Propmaster: Crystal Roberts; Conceptual Art and Storyboards: Kenzie Benson.
Cast: Mickey MacEllen, Bryce Hess, David Bodtcher, Brooklyn Stevenett, Carter Peterson.

Synopsis:
Alenna, a Jedi Padawan, is blinded in an ambush designed to leave her dead. Facing inner demons and dangerous foes, she must rediscover her purpose and identity as a Jedi Knight.

Screening:
Thursday, March 2, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


The Giraffe Who Was No Good At Gym

Comedy/Animation, 3 minutes, color, 2016
Writer, Director: Brandon Arnold; Producer: Eliza Arocho; Executive Producer: Steve Ricks; Original Score: Erik Maloy; Animator: Gavin Robertson; Character and Background Design: Alycia Pace; Character Design: Sam Walker.

Synopsis:
Gym class is the worst. Especially for Giraffe. Her perfect 4.0 is riding on this one class! So frustrating.

Screening:
Saturday, March 4, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


No Walk in the Park

Drama, 19 minutes, color, 2016
IMDB Link: No Walk in the Park
Director: Peter Walton; Writer: Drew Tekulve, Peter Walton; Producer: Alexis Romero; Executive Producer: Jeff Parkin, Tom Lefler, Kyle Stapley; Director of Photography: Jarom Cowan; Production Designer: Bronte Campbell; Original Score: Richard Williams; Editor: Spencer Coakwell; Production Manager: Caitlin S. Walton; Costume Designer: Shannon McCurdy; Casting Director: Brenna Empey.
Cast: Zachari Michael Reynolds, Andrea Kile Peterson, Joshua Michael French, Liz Christensen.

Synopsis:
A mime struggles to pay his overdue rent when a street magician sets up across the street, threatening the stability of both his finances and marriage.

Screening:
Saturday, March 4, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Red Lopez

Drama, 15 minutes, color, 2016
Director, Producer: Stephen Frandsen, Hadleigh Arnst; Writer: Sally Faraday; Director of Photography: Heimo Ritzinger, David Auerbach; Production Designer: Rocky Jackson; Editor: Mark Harrington; 2nd AD: Chad Wright.
Cast: Julien Cesario, Karli Hall, Justin Campbell, Amy Arburn, Cole Palfreman, Nathan Stevens, Craig Clyde.

Synopsis:
It is 1913, in Utah, and an injured stranger comes upon an isolated cabin requesting help and food. After letting him in, a woman starts to realize something is wrong. Deputies, led by Julius Sorenson, survey the cabin, in pursuit of the stranger. They plan to flush him out and cut off his escape routes. The woman sees the deputies approaching from the front. The stranger, Red Lopez, attempts his escape. Based on a true story that sparked the biggest manhunt Utah has ever seen.

Screening:
Friday, March 3, 5:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II