DESERET NEWS/OREM — A record number of feature films are scheduled to screen at the 15th annual LDS Film Festival, which will kick off next week on Wednesday, March 2, and run through Saturday, March 5.

“This year clearly shows how the LDS film community continues to grow in diversity and strength,” said Christian Vuissa, founder and director of the LDS Film Festival, which is a place for filmmakers who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to showcase their work. “We are seeing an increase in films that can compete in the international marketplace. What began as a unique LDS-centric film community now offers films with more universal themes and content.”

The festival program, announced Feb. 22, includes 18 feature-length films that are 75 minutes or longer, more than 30 short films that are 20 minutes or shorter, two dozen special screenings that are up to an hour long, a dozen homemade shorts that are 5 minutes or less, and the 24-hour Filmmaking Marathon. Read more at the Deseret News>>>>

PHOTO CREDIT: Henry Ian Cusick, right, stars as Chris Williams in the true story “Just Let Go,” a feature film that premiered with a national Night of Forgiveness on Sept. 28, 2015. It will be screened as part of the 2016 LDS Film Festival which is March 2-5, 2016. (Provided by Excel Entertainment)
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Below is a list of films in which many CFAC alums, faculty, and current students are involved with in the 2016 LDS Film Festival. These are partial credits, to see full credits and the times the films are showing, visit: www.ldsfilmfestival.org.
  • Singing With Angels: Directed and produced by Brian Brough; Cast, Anne Sward
  • Submariners: Directed by Parker Davis
  • The Other Side of Pride: Directed and produced by Robert Starling
  • The Sun is Heavy: Directed by Jared Jakins
  • Downwinders: Did the Government Kill John Wayne?: Directed and produced by Tim Skousen; DP, Munn Powell
  • Mr. Dungbeetle: Directed by Thomas Russell; produced by Jeff Parkin; DP, Travis Cline; Production Designer, Jonas Sappington; Cast, Stan Ferguson
  • Six Till Engaged: Directed by Stephen V. Nelson
  • Masque: Directed by Robert Hatch
  • Infinite Gift: Directed and produced by Robert Hatch
  • Paradise High: Written by Will McAllister; cast, Patrick Newman
  • The Journey Home: Directed by Garrett Batty
  • That Old Familiar Spirit: Directed by Hunter Phillips
  • The Surface: Directed and written by  Willem Kampenhout
  • Mine: Directed and written by Nick Dixon
  • Just Let Go: Directed by Patrick Parker; written by Vance Mellen; produced by Dan LaPray
  • Joan of Arc: Produced by Scott Swofford; DP,Ryan Little; editor, Tanner Christensen
  • The Abolitionists: Produced and written by Chet Thomas; DP, Tristan Whitman
  • Mythica: The Necromancer: Directed and edited by A. Todd Smith; written by Jason Faller and Justin Partridge; executive producer, Jason Faller, Kynan Griffin, Casey Wilson; cast, Davey Morrison
  • Special Sneak Preview: DP,  Joel Remke
  • Hidden in the Heartland: Directed and Produced by Kels Goodman
  • Lovestruck! The Musical: Directed by Gary Groth
  • The Architect: Directed by Chad Gravallese
  • Adam and Eve: Produced by Davey Morrison; cast, Becca Ingren and Davey Morrison
  • Chile Fields: Directed by Rhonda Gray
  • Elephant and Friends: Directed by Shane Lewis
  • Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made: Directed and produced by Tim Skousen and Jeremy Coon; DP, Tim Irwin
  • Christmas Eve: DP, Ty Arnold; co-producer Steve Lee; cast, Jon Heder
  • Dudes and Dragons: Directed and written by Maclain Nelson, produced by Stephan Shimek and Kristi Shimek; DP, Cammon Randle; production designer, Jonas Sappington
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