OREM — The LDS Film Festival returns to Orem’s SCERA Center for the Arts Monday, Feb. 26, through March 3. Now in its 17th year, the festival’s program has continued to expand. This year’s events feature a mix of full-length films, documentaries, short films, animated films and music videos.
Not every film has explicitly tie-ins to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That being said, many of them do. Here’s a look at some of the most Mormon stuff coming to this year’s festival.
“The Other Side of Heaven” 15th anniversary: Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. OK, so it’s been 16 years since this one came out, but who’s counting? The dramatic retelling of emeritus LDS General Authority Seventy Elder John Groberg’s mission to Tonga became an unlikely hit after its release in late 2001. It was also one of Anne Hathaway’s first feature films.
“Unlocking the Mystery of the Two Prophets: Revelation 11”: Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 3:30 p.m. Revelation 11, which prophesies of two prophets being slain in the streets, is well known within Mormondom. In this film, filmmaker Hannah Stoddard posits that the scripture might actually refer to the lives of Joseph and Hyrum Smith.
“Scripture Kids”: Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. As part of the festival’s animation/web video program, “Scripture Kids” features five children imagining themselves in various Book of Mormon stories.
“Mystery Stone”: Thursday, March 1, at 3:30 p.m. “In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” Well, yes, but certain scholars contend this wasn’t the Old World’s first contact with the New World. “Mystery Stone” examines archaeological and DNA evidence suggesting a much longer history between the two civilizations.
“Here’s Brother Brigham”: Thursday, March 1, at 5 p.m. Longtime Utah actor James Arrington has done a few one-man shows over the past 40 years. One of them, “Here’s Brother Brigham,” features Arrington as Brigham Young. The new film captures Arrington’s final performance as the second Latter-day Saint prophet.
“Carthage”: Friday, March 2, at 4 p.m. In “Carthage,” director John Lyde dramatizes the final hours in the lives of Joseph and Hyrum Smith. Lyde is known for his editing work on “Riot” (2015) and “Forever Strong” (2008).
“Trek”: Friday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. One of the more buzzed-about LDS films recently, “Trek” has its premiere at the LDS Film Festival. The comedy examines the Mormon tradition of youth handcart treks through the eyes of an LDS teen named Tom. But like all Mormon youth treks, it’s not all fun and games, and the group’s faith gets tested.
If you go …
What: The LDS Festival
When: Feb. 26-March 3
Where: SCERA Center for the Arts, 745 S. State St., Orem
How much: $8 for individual screenings, $18-$25 for all-day passes, $50 for a full festival pass, at ldsfilmfest.com