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


SPECIAL SCREENINGS

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).


A Small Change in Kangakamo Kenya

Documentary, 26 minutes, color, 2016
Official Website: A Small Change
Director: Sam Anderson; Producer: Jeff Matthews; Executive Producer: Burt Matthews, Steve Littlefield; Director of Photography: Trevor Parker; Editor: Trevor Parker.

Synopsis:
The village of Kangakamo has seen little change since Kenya gained independence in 1964. The village has grown to 2000 people and still has no electricity, no piped water, none of the conveniences of most modern nations. They also have no school. Their children must walk miles to the closest, overcrowded schools. Learning of their struggle, Grant Victor Cares teamed up with Koins For Kenya, raised funds, constructed a school building with outhouses, and sent a team to handover the facilities and celebrate with the villagers of Kangakamo.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Saturday, March 4, 12:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre


Conflicted Felons: Kickbacks

Comedy/Web Series, 19 minutes, color, 2016
Facebook Page: Conflicted Felons
Director: Nick Ritter; Writer: Jacob Gibson, Nick Ritter; Producer: Matthew Siemers; Executive Producer: Jeff Parkin, Tom Lefler, Kyle Stapley; Director of Photography: Wesley Bowen; Production Designer: Ian David Hawkes; Original Score: Brian Casey Lee; Editor: Josh Chappell.
Cast: Morgan Gunter, Jacob Baird, Andrea Peterson, Monica Moore Smith, John Hinckley, Theodore Killinger.

Synopsis:
Four unlikely felons are sentenced to two years of community college.

Screening:
Friday, March 3, 1:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Hidden in the Heartland: The Great Earthquake

Documentary, 23 minutes, color, 2016
Official Website: Hidden in the Heartland
Director, Producer: Kels Goodman; Producer: Kels Goodman; Original Score: Paul Cactus-Jack LeMarr; Editor: Bradley Olsen.
Cast: Mark Gordon, Debra Hatfield.

Synopsis:
When you peel back the pre-Columbian history of the United States, you might just find The Book of Mormon. In this episode of season one of Hidden in the Heartland, archeological and historical evidence shows that before the great earthquakes of California, an even greater earthquake rocked the heartland of America in 1811 and 1812, with the epicenter found on a little-known fault-line known as New Madrid, Missouri. Could this earthquake match that of the earthquake spoken of in the Book of Mormon? Other topics include ancient smelting and ancient history of Nauvoo.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Thursday, March 2, 2:30 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Risking It All

Comedy, 13 minutes, color, 2015
Production Company: Sneak on the Lot
Director: Darrin Fletcher, Chet Thomas, Marco Bottigilerri; Writer: Mike Chenoweth, Darrin Fletcher; Producer: Darrin Fletcher, Chet Thomas; Director of Photography: Tony Cucchiari; Production Designer: Steve Christensen; Editor: Lance Stubblefield, Todd Deeken; Associate Producer: Mike Chenoweth.
Cast: Rachel Knoll, Jake Olsen, Phil Austin, Jack Cuerenton, Adam Johnson, Kate Orsini Phillip Mauradkhanian.

Synopsis:
A young fiancé takes her husband-to-be to meet her incredibly odd family, in order to be welcomed in but to do so they must join in on the families Friday night strange tradition of dressing up as histories largest dictators and battle it out in a game of Risk.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Saturday, March 4, 9:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre


Searching For Gardy (The Abolitionists)

Documentary, 48 minutes, color, 2017
Official Website: The Abolitionists Movement
Director, Producer: Darrin Fletcher, Chet Thomas; Writer: Mike Chenoweth, Darrin Fletcher, Chet Thomas; Executive Producer: Gerald R. Molen, Darrin Fletcher, Chet Thomas, Tim Ballar, Ryan F. Welch; Director of Photography: Tristan Whitman; Original Score: Tim Jones; Editor: Luke Jensen.
Cast: Tim Ballard, Guesno Mardy, Dutch Turley.

Synopsis:
Searching for Gardy is the dramatic episodic sequel to The Abolitionists. This film follows Operation Underground Railroad as they follow the trail in search for a young boy, Gardy, who was abducted from a Mormon church in Haiti. Additionally, filmmakers Darrin Fletcher and Chet Thomas will show two short films (Heroes and Zero Point) that were made over the last 15 years as part of a summer workshop for high school teachers from around the country to train them how to be better teachers of film. One of these films won the Short Film Competition at the LDS Film Festival in 2002.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Friday, March 3, 2:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre


Step Larpers: A Quest for Unity

Drama/Comedy, 24 minutes, color, 2016
Production Company: Step Larpers
Director: Josh Wagner, Mia Alban; Writer: Josh Wagner, Mia Alban, Fiona Hodgson; Producer: Fiona Hodgson, Josh Wagner, Mia Alban; Executive Producer: Kim Dominguez, Mark Dominguez; Director of Photography: Riley Weston; Production Designer: Miranda Spaulding, Logan Lorenc; Original Score: Micah Dahl Anderson, DeadMeat; Editor: Riley Weston; Special Effects: Brendan Wilson.
Cast: Fiona Hodgson, Collin Peacock, Miranda Spaulding, Logan Lorenc, KC Fralick, Madison Zeman, Yuuki Miller, Jovanie Silva, Kat Nathan, Jake Barber, Jackson Hays, Isaac Dominguez, Cody Phelps, Miranda Lorenc, Austin Edwards.

Synopsis:
"The rumors of the Necromancer's return are true." Gasp. Kevin cannot believe it. This is going to be the greatest LARP ever! Not only will he get to save Remgard but he'll also finally be able to bond with his new step-sister, Bailey. But Bailey plays sports, and medieval role-play isn't really her thing. Can Kevin and Bailey stop the Necromancer, save Remgard, and become a family?

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Saturday, March 4, 1:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Among Thieves

Drama, 14 minutes, color, 2013
Production Company: Sneak on the Lot
Director, Producer: Darrin Fletcher, Chet Thomas; Writer: Aimee Parrot, Antonio Gangemi; Director of Photography: Chris Saul; Production Designer: Steve Christensen; Editor: Lance Stubblefield, Todd Deeken; Associate Producers: Mike Chenoweth, Debra Wycoff.
Cast: Kimberly Dollar, Will Beinbrink.

Synopsis:
An ambitious female reporter has the scoop of her career when she lands an interview with the world's best known thief, but the tables are turned when she discovers that the thief is the other half of her split personality.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Saturday, March 4, 9:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre


Heroes

Drama, 10 minutes, color, 2015
Production Company: Sneak on the Lot
Director, Producer: Darrin Fletcher, Chet Thomas; Writer: Mike Chenoweth, Darrin Fletcher; Director of Photography: Tristan Whitman; Production Designer: Steve Christensen; Editor: Todd Deeken, Darrin Fletcher; Associate Producer: Mike Chenowes; Production Coordinator: Jared Crossley ; Gaffer: Drew Galbraith.
Cast: Griff Furst, Brady Dylan, Rachel Noll, Chet Thomas, Amiah Katherine Miller, Tray Warner, Dusty Mack.

Synopsis:
A bullied young boy reluctantly goes to school where his super cool, fighter pilot father shows up for career day, altering forever the way his fellow students view him.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Friday, March 3, 2:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre


Nephite Explorer: The Praying Indians

Documentary, 31 minutes, color, 2016
Official Website: Nephite Explorer
Director: Ryan Fisher; Producer: Ryan Fisher.

Synopsis:
Nephite Explorer is an investigative television show, normally aired on KJZZ-TV. Its focus is on the pre-Columbian history of the United States, namely possible links to Book of Mormon history. In Nephi's vision of the establishment of America, he sees a Gentile come unto his people in the promised land. In The Praying Indians, Ryan Fisher covers the possibilities.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Thursday, March 2, 2:30 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Over the Hill Dunker

Documentary, 30 minutes, color, 2017
Production Company: Kaluna Productions
Director, Writer, Producer: Andy Nicholson; Director of Photograhpy: Drew Nicholson, Jeff Nicholson; Editor: Andy Nicholson, David Skousen, Jeff Nicholson.
Cast: Andy Nicholson, Jordan Kilganon.

Synopsis:
What if you wanted to be in your first slam dunk contest but you are 44 years old, just 5'11" and have only dunked a handful of times in your life? Over the Hill Dunker is a new documentary following an "old" man's quest to fulfill a lifelong dream. Can you really do anything you want if you work hard enough?

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Saturday, March 4, 12:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre


Robert Service's Tales of the North

Comedy/Animation, 41 minutes, color, 2016
Director: G. Logan Dellinger; Writer, Producer: Chad Carpenter; Executive Producer: Karen Carpenter; Director of Photography: Mackenzie Banbury; Production Designer: Dan Blair, James Rosenthal; Original Score: Don Ong; Editor: Andrew Phillips; 1st AD: Kitty Mahoney; Sound: Jeremy Blake; 1st Ac: Carl Webber.
Cast: Randall McNair, Lara McAllister, 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. Polar fleece, poetry and cartoons have never been funnier together.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Saturday, March 4, 1:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


The Benevolent Boys

Comedy, 36 minutes, color, 2016
Official Facebook Page: The Benevolent Boys
Writer, Director: William McAllister; Producer: Kirby Saxton; Executive Producer: Kim Dominguez, Mark Dominguez; Director of Photography: Morgan Taylor; Production Designer: Emma Muller, Miranda Spaulding; Original Score: James Houtz, DeadMeat; Editor: Carlos Perdomo; Unit Production Manager/1st Assistant Director: K.C. Fralick; Gaffer: Gillian Hannah; 2nd Assistant Director: Tyler Stevens.
Cast: Kirby Saxton, Taylor Stoddard, Jackson Hays, Ian Monsen, Austin Payne, Rocio Fernandez, Jim Snyder, Topher Rasmussen.

Synopsis:
It is the 1990s. Phil, Stew, Hulme, and Winnings are four friends frustrated with the way the bullies at their school treat others. Obsessed with the '80s and its teams of heroes these four have seen countless times (The Monster Squad, The Goonies, The Ghostbusters, The Ninja Turtles, etc.), the friends decide to form a squad of their own: The Benevolent Boys. Using Hulme's computer equipped with some newfangled thing that probably won’t catch on, known as the “internet”, The Benevolent Boys set up a website to lure in the bullies and avenge their school.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Friday, March 3, 1:00 pm, Scera Showhouse II


Hanneli & Anne

Docudrama, 25 minutes, color, 2016
Director, Producer: Ali Barr, Sally Meyer; Writer: Sally Meyer; Executive Producer: Melissa Cannon Roberston; Director of Photography: Ebrahim Gaehini; Original Score: Stefania Barr; Editor: Stefania Barr; Co-Executive Producers: Chipper Meyer, Casey Robertson, Andrea J. Curtis; Co-Producers: Stephanie Broschinsky, Stefania Barr, Brian D Sullivan, Reyes Mabasa.
Cast: Camrey Bagley-Fox, Avery Pizzuto, Karen Baird, Nicola Posener, Karlee Broschinsky, Abigail Scott, Andrew Fernuik, Steve Lesser, Carla Cochran.

Synopsis:
Best friends since kindergarten, Anne Frank and Hanneli Goslar grew up in Amsterdam as World War II was spreading across Europe. This film depicts the telling of their story before the war and the miracles that led them to find one another again at the fences of Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp. In spite of the danger, they met three times before Anne's death, proving the power of friendship is greater than the Nazi empire based on fear and hate.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Saturday, March 4, 12:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre


The Next Door

Neo-Noir, 35 minutes, color, 2016
IMDB Link: The Next Door
Director: Barrett Burgin; Writer: Barrett Burgin, Jarom McDonald; Producer: J. Celene Anderson, Barrett Burgin; Executive Producer: Barrett Burgin, Ted Burgin, Daniel Kesler, Chris Lunsford; Director of Photography: Andres B. Villalba; Production Designer: Kyler R. Sommer; Original Score: Sam Clunie; Editor: Spencer Coakwell; Assistant Producer: Garrett J. Helgesen; Production Coordinator: Jess Burgin; Director of Visual Concept: Erik Robinson.
Cast: Mason D. Davis, Austin Grant, Alexander Woods, Paris Warner, Michael Flynn, Morgan Gunter.

Synopsis:
Two Mormon missionaries become concerned when someone they teach goes missing. As they search for the answers, they find themselves plunged into a world of danger and deceit.

Screening:
Saturday, March 4, 9:30 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre


Zero Point

Adventure, 22 minutes, color, 2014
Production Company: Sneak on the Lot
Director, Producer: Darrin Fletcher, Chet Thomas; Writer: Mike Chenoweth, Darrin Fletcher; Director of Photography: Tristan Whitman; Production Designer: Steve Christensen; Editor: Lance Stubblefield, Todd Deeken; Associate Producer: Mike Chenoweth; Sound Design: Palmer Pattison.
Cast: Anthony Turpel, Kelly Fitzgerald, Justin Lawrence, Demarius Mack, Andy Scott Harris, Asia Schneider, William Mahoney, Bart Johnson, Rachel Noll.

Synopsis:
A group of genius kids discover the power of zero gravity and are chased by governments from around the world, bent on capturing them and taking their experiment.

Screening:
Friday, March 3, 2:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre


Phoenix Inc.

Drama, 29 minutes, color, 2017
Writer, Director, Producer: Brian Randall; Director of Photography: Steven Bills, Brian Randall; Original Score: Nathaniel Drew; Sound Design/Audio Recording: James Hepworth.
Cast: Jacob Squire, Adam Argyle, Charla Cochran, Aubrey Bench, Corey Sondrup, Nathaniel Drew, Vivian Mathias.

Synopsis:
An ambitious man in a failing marriage who feels trapped by his life is considering ending his life, when he is approached with a unique offer. A mysterious group known as Phoenix Inc. offers to help him to fake his death and get a fresh start on a new life. His journey ends in the way he least expects.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Thursday, March 2, 2:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre


Wild Grass

Drama, 27 minutes, color, 2016
Production Company: Wild Grass
Writer, Director: Alan L. Foote; Producer: Alan L. Foote, Sandra Foote; Executive Producer: Alan L. Foote; Director of Photography: Richard LeBaron; Editor: Richard LeBaron; Lighting/Sound Engineer: Tony Beatty; Drone Pilot: Tony Beatty; Wardrobe/Makeup: Sandra Foote.
Cast: Wyatt Santiago Guzman, Tysen Bang, Dan Fowlks.

Synopsis:
No tall tales of knights in shining armor. No epic battle scenes. No magical witches or 007 stunts. This presentation is about life and probably more about life than folks really like to talk about. Wild Grass is a metaphor, a tribute, and a dedication to all those who suffer chronic pain and to those who care for them.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Screening:
Thursday, March 2, 2:00 pm, Scera Xango Grand Theatre