The Mitt Romney documentary “Mitt"
Just six days after the premier of "Mitt" at the Sundance Film
Festival it became available on Netflix Streaming. The Mitt
Romney documentary, directed by Greg Whiteley who brought us the
wonderful documentary "New York Doll" in 2005 the story of
Mormon convert Arthur "Killer" Kane, of the rock band The New
Following his bid to win the U.S. presidency, most Americans
believed they knew Mitt Romney. With unprecedented access, this
documentary tracks Romney from 2006 and his first effort to win
the Republican nomination, through the 2012 elections, revealing
the man behind the sound bites in an authentic view the public
rarely glimpsed during the media frenzy of a national campaign.
Gordon B. Hinckley: Honoring the Life and Legacy of a
Filled with interviews, historic
photos and archival footage, this documentary pays tribute to
the late Gordon B. Hinckley, who served as president of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1995 until his
death in January 2008. The film features Hinckley's personal
reflections on the moments that defined his faith and includes
interviews with family, friends and colleagues sharing loving
memories of the late LDS president.
This Henry Hathaway-directed drama
examines how the Mormons settled in what would become Salt Lake
City, now the home base of their church. Tyrone Power and Linda
Darnell play two of the faithful who leave Illinois at the
urging of Mormon church founder Joseph Smith (Vincent Price).
When Smith is killed, Brigham Young (Dean Jagger) leads the
flock west, where they discover a hostile land, a harsh winter
and a mountain of difficulties.
The sleepy Utah town of Brigham is
shaken to its core when local sheriff and Mormon bishop Wes
Clayton (Richard Dutcher, who also wrote and directed) finds a
California woman dead by her car. With the help of his young
deputy (Matthew A. Brown), his trusty secretary (Carrie Morgan)
and a retired sheriff (Wilford Brimley), Wes leads the
investigation, fearing that the perpetrator may be a Brigham
Rick (Sean Faris) is a star player
on his dad's rugby team until a DUI lands him in a reformatory.
While he's serving his sentence, tough rival coach Larry Gelwix
(Gary Cole) allows him to play for his team, which helps Rick
straighten up his act. Upon his release, however, Rick becomes a
pariah to his former teammates and even his father when he
refuses to divulge Gelwix's strategies. Sean Astin co-stars in
this inspiring true story.
My Girlfriend's Boyfriend
My Girlfriend's Boyfriend written by Daryn
Tufts, a Mormon, and also the director of An
American Mormon in Europe.
My Girlfriend's Boyfriend
also received positive critical reviews from several local
critics, including The Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News,
Salt Lake City's two major newspapers.
My Girlfriend's Boyfriend
In the spirit of the classic Mormon
movie From the Mouths of Babes, filmmakers Daryn Tufts and Jed
Knudsen prod the minds of everyday men and women on the street,
asking them to share their perceptions -- and misconceptions --
about Mormons. The result is an eye-opening collection of
hilarious short interviews, which ultimately reveals that
there's much more work to be done when it comes to educating the
public about the Latter-day Saints.
American Experience: The Mormons
Documentarian Helen Whitney directs
this fascinating PBS presentation exploring the history and
influence of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
one of the fastest-growing religions in the United States whose
reach extends worldwide. Touching on all aspects of this complex
and sometimes controversial religion, Whitney gains access to
Mormon archives and captures candid interviews with church
supporters, opponents and historians.
Emma Smith: My Story
As her adopted daughter listens, an
aging Emma Smith (Katherine Thompson) reflects on her rich life,
particularly the events that led to her courtship and marriage
to Joseph Smith (Nathan Mitchell), founder of the Mormon Church.
From her childhood with a strict father to her husband's
martyrdom to her later years in Nauvoo, Ill., the biopic offers
keen insight into the life of this key figure in Mormon history.
The R.M.: Special Edition
From director Kurt Hale comes this
genial Mormon comedy chronicling the travails of Jared Phelps
(Kirby Heyborne), a young missionary returning home to Utah
after his two-year stint in Wyoming. Expecting to pick up where
he left off and to reap the rewards of his dutiful service,
Jared instead finds himself jobless and dumped by his longtime
girlfriend. Will the attentions of a fetching coed (Britani
Bateman) begin to change Jared's fortunes?
In this lighthearted romantic
comedy, 27-year-old Mormon comedian Jonathan Jordan (Will
Swenson) finds himself at a crossroads after his wife dumps him.
Spiritually disillusioned in the wake of his divorce, Jonathan
leaves the fold but changes his tune when he meets pretty Cammie
Giles (Connie Young), the local flock's singles activities
director. Helmed by Kurt Hale, the film features cameos by
quarterback Steve Young and cager Danny Ainge.
Fred Willard stars as a bishop
intent on pulling together a winning team for his
soon-to-disappear church basketball league in this comedy from
Mormon filmmaker Kurt Hale. Included among the players on the
ragtag squad are an Uzbek immigrant, an overweight baker and
(most oddly of all) the diminutive Gary Coleman, who serves as
the center for the team.
It's Latter-Day Night Live
This performance video spotlights
the rollicking humor of cutups Michael Birkeland, Jeff Birk,
Adam Johnson, Shawn Rapier and David Nibley as the five
jokesters come together for a memorable evening of comedy the
whole family can enjoy. In between the witty stand-up routines,
the show is peppered with amusing skits. Bonus material includes
behind-the-scenes footage, the featurette "Fun with Chunga" and
After busting out of a desert
survival camp, wayward teens Justin (Brandon Beemer) and Ty (Ty
Hodges) steal a car belonging to two Mormon missionaries and don
their clothes for a foolproof getaway. But when they pass
through a police roadblock, the cops insist on escorting them to
a town that's been awaiting their religious services. Can they
pull off the biggest lie of their lives and keep the real
missionaries from showing up?
This droll mockumentary with a
Mormon twist chronicles the ups and downs of Everclean, a Utah
trio led by egotistical Will Jensen (Will Swenson) and his
hotheaded brother (Danny Tarasevich). The loss of the group's
third member sends the siblings in search of a replacement; they
settle on callow Kirby Laybourne (Kirby Heyborne) -- who soon
ends up in the midst of a fraternal power struggle. Can the band
reach the top before their egos explode?
Tartan (Dan Merkley), a 29-year-old
single Mormon man, moves to a new town to put some distance
between himself and his mother, who wants nothing more than to
marry him off to a nice girl. His adopted community, Longfellow,
is half Mormon, half Baptist -- and full of conflict between the
two groups. Tartan soon meets the fetching Charity (Heather
Beers), and the two team up to plan an All-Faiths Barbecue to
end the town's long-standing feud.
A battle with an obstinate commode
is among the wacky mishaps in this amusing Mormon comedy
directed by Kurt Hale. Though home teacher Greg Blazer (Michael
Birkeland) would rather stay planted in front of the tube on
Sunday watching gridiron action, his gung-ho ministering
companion, Nelson Parker (Jeff Birk), drags Greg off to fulfill
their monthly obligation. But what ensues instead is a day
fraught with fiascos
Leaving her Mormon roots behind in
Utah to study dance in New York City, Jennifer (Alison Akin
Clark) is blinded by bright lights, disappointment and the glare
of romantic love. Will she have to abandon everything she
believes in -- including her faith -- to be happy? She makes a
new best friend, Paul (co-writer Michael Buster), who was also
raised as a Latter-Day Saint. But Jennifer's eye is trained
squarely on a Gentile (Jeremy Elliott)