Thursday, January 21, 2010

LDS Film Festival Starts Tonight!

For those of you who haven't heard, didn't know, or need more information, the 9th Annual LDS Film Festival gets underway tonight at the SCERA Center in Orem. I love this event and I'm doing a lot more this year than in the past. Here are all the whats, whens, wheres and whos. I should think the hows and whys would be fairly obvious. :)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Eden Comes to (or Leaves?) DVD

I know you're all thinking that every word out of my fingers for the next few months will be all about the LDS Film Festival next week, but you're wrong. As exciting as that is (I'm getting involved in the volunteer effort for the event this year), I have another piece of upcoming Mormon cinema to announce.

LDS "film" has long included filmed versions of stage productions, the most obvious example of which is the decades old but still ubiquitous Saturday's Warrior. In this tradition, I'm excited to announce the soon-to-be-released DVD version of Mahonri Stewart's Farewell to Eden, which my production company has been asked to produce. While it is extremely low budget, I have been fortunate enough to enlist the help of very talented and experienced people who are willing to work for love of the work more than the money. This adds to the already impressive abilities of the cast, technical crew, writer, and director.

To be clear, this is a recording of a live performance with an audience. Although it's much more complex than simply pointing a camera at the stage, the production value is limited by certain restraints inherent to the nature of this format. Nevertheless, we think it will be worth seeing - for the play if not for our work on it.

For now, the only way to get a copy of this disc is to buy it (cost: $15) at one of the live performances taking place over the next week and a half - starting tonight. I'm posting the flyer for the show below so you can get the details. As interest and resources dictate, other options for purchase can be made available.