Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Mormon Film Festival

i want to figure out a way to have a mormon film festival in my neighborhood this year.  with the popularity of the Book of Mormon the Musical and a mormon presidential candidate ... this might be a fun time to explore other mormon art.

they say that art is truth and truth is art.  i've always believed that if any church were to be "true" it would have the best art.  i've hoped that the mormons could pull their art up by their boot straps the way they did their business (@MittRomney -- not in a dick way, just in a super successful way.  we all know that a real mormon would not fire people, but train them up in the way they should go ...)

i was talking to some politico-neighbors and showed them this list of LDS films that the church (namely dagen's dad, Emmy and Academy Award Nominated Director Keith Merrill) produced.  just this would be enough, but then you find these, what some are calling "propaganda parody".  i'm wondering if the Capitol Hill Ward shouldn't give the district a run for their money by partnering with some art houses and charging people to see this "Propaganda Parody".  Let the missionaries be there and answer all the questions any vistor might have.  Maybe we could have some of the films show at the temple visitor center?

here are links to dagen and keith's films:
Amazon -- academy award nomination
The Wild West -- 1993 Emmy nomination
Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd -- 2000 church production for proselyting during the olympics


check out some of these "propaganda parodys":

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This page only has INFORMATION about LDS videos: films made by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.To purchase LDS videos, including the widest selection of films and videos about Latter-day Saints, including movies such as "God's Army", "The Singles Ward", and "The Other Side of Heaven," visit your local LDS bookstore, or you can order online from LDS Video.
LDS Video stocks a complete line of retail-available Church-made videos in its Church Distribution videos and DVDs section.
To purchase Church-made videos ONLY, you can visit any Church Distribution center. Many can be borrowed from your local meetinghouse library.

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LDS Videos

Sampling of Films Produced by the institutional Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

This is not a complete listing of LDS videos or "Church videos." This listing is primarily focused on films that are dramas, fiction, or otherwise have a strong narrative component, even if they are educational in purpose. There are, of course, many other videos not listed here that are purely educational or instructional in content.
  • The First Vision
  • Called To Serve
  • Easter Dream
  • Labor of Love
  • Nora's Christmas Gift
  • Mr. Krueger's Christmas
  • On The Way Home
  • Our Heavenly Fathers Plan
  • Prodigal Son
  • Together Forever
  • Voice From The Dust
  • How Rare a Possession
  • What Is Real?
  • The Lamb of God
  • Legacy
  • Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd
  • Ancient America Speaks (1974)
  • Are You Listening? (1971)
  • The Restoration of the Priesthood (1982)
  • Of Heaven and Home (1963)
  • The Search for Truth (1962)
  • The Three Witnesses (1968)
  • Of Heaven and Home (1963; 30m:09s, a BYU production)
  • Worthy to Stand (1969)
  • Latter-Day Saint Leaders: Past and Present (1948)
  • Joseph Smith: The Man (1980)
See also: Church-produced films made by Wetzel O. Whitaker 

Church Distribution Titles

The list below includes the majority of currently available widely distributed video and DVD titles available from Church Distribution (the official materials distribution branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) in 2004. This represents only a fraction of all videos distributed by the Church, as older titles are continually going out of print and are no longer available to be orderd, and new titles are continually being released. Also, title which are more restricted in distribution (such as specific training videos used only by leaders or specific branches of the Church) are not listed below:
  • An Introduction to the Church of Jesus Christ (DVD)
  • Between Heaven and Earth (VHS)
  • Bible Stories for Children (VHS)
  • Book of Mormon Stories, 2 Vol. Set (VHS)
  • Book of Mormon Video Presentations (VHS)
  • Called to Serve (VHS)
  • Come Unto Me (VHS)
  • Doctrine and Covenants Stories (VHS)
  • Doctrine and Covenants and Church History: Video Presentations (VHS)
  • Easter Dream (VHS)
  • An Ensign to the Nations (VHS)
  • Family Answers: For a More Loving Family (VHS)
  • Family First (VHS)
  • Family Home Evening Supplemental Video, Vol. 1 (VHS)
  • Family Home Evening Supplemental Video, Vol. 2 (VHS)
  • Feed My Lambs (VHS)
  • Finding Faith in Christ
  • Friends to All Nations (DVD)
  • Gordon B. Hinckley: Man of Integrity, 15th President of the Church (VHS)
  • Hallmarks of a Happy Home (VHS)
  • Howard W. Hunter: Prophet of God (VHS)
  • In a Land Called Israel (VHS)
  • In the Service of Your God (VHS)
  • Joy to the World (DVD / VHS)
  • Labor of Love (VHS)
  • The Last Leaf (VHS)
  • Legacy (VHS)
  • A Legacy More Precious Than Gold: The Mormon Battalion (VHS)
  • Light of the World (VHS)
  • Lives of Service (VHS)
  • Moments from Church History (VHS)
  • The Mountain of the Lord (VHS)
  • Mr. Krueger's Christmas (VHS)
  • Music Training (VHS)
  • The Nativity - Luke II (VHS)
  • Nauvoo: A Temple Reborn (VHS)
  • New Testament Video Presentations (VHS)
  • Nora's Christmas Gift (VHS)
  • Old Testament Video Presentations (VHS)
  • On the Way Home (VHS)
  • Our Heavenly Father's Plan (DVD / VHS)
  • President Gordon B. Hinckley Speaks to Parents and Youth (VHS)
  • Presidents of the Church (3-disc DVD set)
  • Primary Video Collection (VHS)
  • The Prodigal Son (VHS)
  • A Profile of Faith (VHS)
  • Pure Religion: The Welfare Program of the Church (VHS)
  • Sharing Time with President Gordon B. Hinckley (VHS)
  • Special Witnesses of Christ
  • Strengthening Families (VHS)
  • Teach One Another (VHS)
  • Teachings from the Doctrine and Covenants and Church History (VHS)
  • Testimonies of the Presidents of the Church (VHS)
  • Together Forever (VHS)
  • A Voice from the Dust (VHS)
  • We Believe in Christ (VHS)
  • What Is Real (VHS)
  • Wives and Daughters of the First Presidency (VHS)
  • The Worth of Souls (VHS)

Some Independently Musicals Produced for Latter-day Saint Market Which are Available as Straight-to-Video Films

When Church members talk about an "LDS video," they frequently mean any video/DVD about Gospel themes and topics, made primarily for Latter-day Saints. Often the phrase "Church video" will be used specifically to refer to a film made by the Church of an official audiovisual arm of the Church, such as BYU Motion Picture Studios. But such a distinction is not always observed. Occasionally some Latter-day Saints speak or write about "LDS Videos" when they simply mean broadly available, mainstream films that generally reflect Latter-day Saint ethical values. We do not recommend this usage.
  • Saturday's Warrior (1989)
  • Polly (1992)
  • Star Child
  • My Turn on Earth (1986)
  • It's A Miracle

Some Independent Straight-to-Video Dramas Made for Latter-day Saint Market

  • Christmas Mission (1998)
  • Only Once (1998)
  • Perilous Journey (1984) - about Samuel Pucell family and handcart 1856 trek
  • The Best Two Years of My Life (taped stage play)

"Docudrama of the Restoration" video series from Living Scriptures, Inc.

  • The Trek West
  • The Mormon Battalion
  • Nauvoo: City of Joseph
  • The Heavens are Opened
  • The Handcart Pioneers
  • New York: The Church Restored
  • England: The Field is White
  • Missouri: Zion Revealed
  • Roots of an American Prophet
  • Kirtland: The Spirit of God
  • A Legacy of Faith
  • Ensign Unto All People

Some Other Films Made by the Church, or made by BYU Motion Picture Studios for the Church

  • 'Til Death Do Us Part (1960)
  • Ancient America Speaks (1974)
  • And Should We Die (1966)
  • And Should We Die (1966)
  • Are You Listening? (1971)
  • Joseph Smith: The Man (1980)
  • Latter-Day Saint Leaders: Past and Present (1948)
  • The Lost Manuscript (1974)
  • Of Heaven and Home (1963)
  • The Restoration of the Priesthood (1982)
  • The Search for Truth (1962)
  • The Three Witnesses (1968)
  • Windows of Heaven (1963)
  • Worthy to Stand (1969)

Feature Films with Major Latter-day Saint Characters" web page created 9 February 2001. This page (LDS Videos / LDSVideos / LDS Video) split from original pages on 19 October 2004. Last modified 22 February 2005.

1 comment:

christine said...

I'm totally game to assist in planning this. It would be great!!