LDS Film Festival

Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 at 10:00am

SCERA Center for the Arts
745 South State Street
Orem, UT 84058

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The 20th Annual LDS Film Festival

Envision. Create. Illuminate.

Festival is Live and In Person


Clarke Grand Theater

10:00am: Short Film Program 1 Replay (no Q&A)

The Treasure in the Hills - While playing in the forest, three young kids stumble upon a man they think is Indiana Jones and they soon find themselves on a hunt for buried treasure. Directed by Braxton Paas. (15min)

Through Darkness I See You-Torn from her family at the age of 4 Eugenea, a Metis teen living in foster care, takes matters into her own hands, to find her stolen family.Directed by Jesika Kula (9m)

The Happiest Years - A young Mormon finds the true meaning of being a missionary where he least expects it. In Spanish directed by Alejandro Carranza Valenzuela. (11 min)

Love and Joy - After dropping her daughter off at her ex-husband's for Christmas, a loving Mom searches for joy in her absence. Directed by Michelle Bossy (15min)

No Daddy Daughter Dance - A daughter tries to get in her father's good graces after she is grounded from daddy daughter dance. Directed by Kody Newton and Jared Stull. (18min)

11:45am: Short Film Program 2 Replay (no Q&A)

Lost in Fading Memories - When a young couple faces their tumultuous relationship from their past, they must let go of their memories in order to move on before it leads them to more sorrow. Directed by Marlon Gonzalez. (11min)

Sounds European - This five-part dance film explores five cities (Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, and Vienna) through original soundscapes and choreography. The featured sounds were recorded on site in their highlighted cities. Directed by McCall McClellen (Also in the Music Video Category) (12min)

Mabel and George - A gregarious husband re-enacts a moment in time with his beloved wife, who suffers from dementia. Directed by Nathan Steve Smith. (9min)

Second Home Daycare - A new hire at a daycare clashes with the disciplinary methods of the head teacher. Directed by Spencer Coakwell. (17min)

Forgive Me, Father - The year is 1966. Germany is divided. Not far from East Berlin, 10-year-old Thomas plans his escape, which radically changes not only his life but also that of the border guard Johannes Bauer. Through his inner conflict between morality and conviction, the framework of his world view begins to collapse. Directed by Jona Schlosser. (21min)

1:30pm: Short Film Program 3 Replay (no Q&A)

The Castle - A depressed woman seeks to live in a world of color and acceptance by returning to her homestead, a black castle. Animation directed by Anne Poon (6min)

The Bright Side of Darkness - As newlyweds Robert and Cynthia reminisce about their romantic beginnings something seems... amiss. Re-living the past isn't enough, but before they can move into the present, they must confront a dark and painful truth. Directed by Jack Savage. (15min)

Samskara - An abstracted film to contribute to the fight against racism. As an immigrant I have experienced it first-hand. This film showcases the beauty and richness of humanity. Nine cultures unite to make art. The dancers will tell you what brings humanity together. We must come together. Directed by Angela Rosales Challis. (8min)

Angels in Every Storm - When the Germans mount an air attack on their quiet village, fourteen-year-old Agnes and nine-year-old Ollie are separated from the rest of their family as they are shuttled to supposed safety with a friend of their grandfather's. As weeks turn into months at a red cross refugee camp the children wonder if they will ever see their mother, father, and grandfather again. But with Christmas coming, Agnes does her best to help Ollie hold on to hope—and soon the two of them gain a deeper understanding of the meaning of Christmas. Directed by Brad Johnson (30min)

Black Bear - Black Bear aims to challenge the stereotypes and educate audiences on the symptoms and struggles of OCD through our protagonist Riley, and his road to recovery. Directed by Peter Paton. (11min)

The Stranger - When one man helps a stranger, who he finds along his daily walk, he learns how doing small, simple, and meaningful acts of kindness make all the difference. Because the stranger is more than he seems. Directed by Kurt Hale (10min)

3:20pm: Short Documentary Program 1 Replay (no Q&A)

Journey of Discovery: The Happy Factory - The heart-warming story of a factory making toys for underprivileged children from all over the world. Directed by E. Hunter Hale. (19min)

When Shadows Hint Death - The story is about men who are the last of a dying breed. It is simultaneously forlorn and beautiful. More and more, living as a cowboy is a choice. Ultimately it is a tale of the American West - rugged individualism that burns bright but fades away as no man and no culture truly stand the test of time. Directed by Adam Smith (16min)

Skaterhood - Three women who show the strength, power and perseverance as they navigate the world of skateboarding and motherhood. Directed by Sophia Maria. (25min)

5:00pm: Short Documentary Program 2 Replay (no Q&A)

One By One - Can one person make a difference when thousands are left homeless? Ron Batt hopes so. After hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico in 2017 Ron left his home in Utah to go serve the people impacted by the category 5 storm. We go inside the homes of several families who have been impacted by the kindness of strangers. Directed by Angie Denison (22min)

The Latter-day Saint Image in the British Mind - This documentary reveals how the LDS Church went from being initially well accepted, to being despised and causing riots and demands for Churchill to expel them, and on to today when they are again being well accepted. There are now over 186,000 LDS members residing in the UK, including leaders in industry, the arts and members of Parliament. There are now two LDS Temples in the UK. Directed by Martin Andersen. (28min)

The Most Beautiful Trail in America - In pursuit of his bucket list aspirations, a retired 64-year-old sets out to bikepack across the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango on his mountain bike. Directed by Dave Baumann and Davis Yates. (23min)

Showhouse II

12:00pm: Once I Was A Beehive Special Program
3:00pm: Mission Stories: A New Anthology Series
4:00pm: Against a Crooked Sky Tribute to Lyman Dayton
8:00pm: Award Show


Each Program: $8.00
Festival Pass: $50.00
Friday Pass: $20.00
Saturday Pass: $20.00

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