The LDS Movie Competition continues to evolve.
On the finish of final yr’s occasion, longtime proprietor and administrators Kels and Stephanie Goodman handed the keys over to new house owners Marshall and Michelle Moore. And when the curtains fall on this yr’s occasion, which runs from March 2-5 on the SCERA Heart in Orem, the Moores will rechristen it because the Zion Worldwide Movie Competition.
“One of many fundamental the reason why Kels is stepping down is as a result of he’s a filmmaker by commerce,” mentioned Michelle Moore. “What I really like about taking up the pageant is that it freed Kels as much as go in and make another movies, though he remained on as our programmer this yr.”
The Moores have been enthusiastic about working the pageant for a few years, mentioned Marshall Moore, vice chairman of operations on the Utah Movie Studios, situated at Quinn’s Junction.
Utah Movie Studios can be the pageant’s fundamental sponsor.
“Kels had talked with us about taking up for the previous three years, however I form of put a cease to it for a few years for plenty of causes,” Marshall mentioned. “One was I didn’t suppose Kels was actually prepared to present it up. However final yr, I actually felt it was time.”
Satirically, when Michelle agreed to take over the pageant, Marshall was nowhere to be discovered.
“You realize the film ‘We Purchased a Zoo,’ the place Matt Damon buys a zoo after which tells his household? I form of did that to Marshall,” Michelle mentioned.
The Moores mentioned the title change will assist clear up some misunderstandings in regards to the pageant, which was based in 2001 by Australian filmmaker Christian Vuissa.
“When final yr’s pageant ended Michelle despatched out a survey and requested the movie neighborhood and those that attended what they thought,” Marshall mentioned. “We determined to vary the title, based mostly on the suggestions we obtained from the surveys.”
Michelle mentioned some filmmakers didn’t suppose they may enter their challenge into the pageant, as a result of they weren’t members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is the place the LDS a part of the title is derived.
The phrase Zion, alternatively, has many connotations, based on Marshall.
“One of many definitions we selected was ‘gathering place,’” he mentioned. “So this can be a gathering place for filmmakers, for folks of all faiths and concepts.”
“Our purpose is to search for largely G-, PG- and a few PG-13-rated movies, and we have now a judging standards the place we search for movies with good manufacturing worth, good content material that doesn’t embrace gratuitous nudity, violence and swearing,” Michelle mentioned.
Whereas the Moores additionally search movies which can be good for households, additionally they don’t wish to draw back from “hard-hitting matters and numerous topic issues,” based on Michelle.
“We really feel the slate this yr encompasses so many various conversations we’re already having in the neighborhood and households,” she mentioned. “We’ve got discovered movies that can nonetheless uplift and encourage but additionally keep it up these dialogues that we must be having.”
This yr’s pageant will start with Isaac Halasima’s “Waterman,” a documentary in regards to the late, legendary Hawaiian and surfer Duke Kahanamoku, produced partly by Woodland resident Chet Thomas. (See accompanying story). And all of the movies fall into 5 completely different classes — options, documentary movies, quick movies, documentary quick movies and music movies, Michelle mentioned.
“One of many hardest selections was deciding which movies to point out,” she mentioned. “The standard of the movies for this yr’s pageant was wonderful, and I can’t wait to see them on the large display.”
A few of this yr’s different screenings embrace Nathan Florence’s documentary “Vivid Spark: The Reconciliation of Trevor Southey,” which is in regards to the homosexual artist and human rights activist who was as soon as a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Bryce Clark’s “Mission Tales,” a set of quick movies impressed by true tales of Mormon missionaries; and Maclain Nelson and Stephen Shimek’s comedy, “As soon as I Was Engaged,” Marshall mentioned.
“One other one I’m enthusiastic about is ‘Lucy and Whitney,’ made by Parker Gehring, a Brigham Younger College movie division graduate,” he mentioned. “It’s about two sisters rising up within the church. One is married and one shouldn’t be married and the way their dynamic modifications. Parker filmed it in his hometown in Washington and did a masterful job.”
Marshall can be trying ahead to screening Dante Luna’s documentary “The Sandlot Eternally,” which chronicles the twenty fifth anniversary of David Mickey Evans’ 1993 coming-of-age story, “The Sandlot,” which culminated in Salt Lake Metropolis with a reunion of the forged on the sandlot.
Michelle, alternatively, can’t wait to share Ok. Danor Gerald’s comedy drama, “Grandpa’s Loopy.”
“Gerald is a filmmaker who can be certainly one of our board members,” she mentioned. “If there’s a film that you must convey your children to and have enjoyable with, that is this film.”
Whereas the Moores already know the jury winners of this yr’s pageant, the viewers awards will probably be tallied up all through the pageant and introduced the night of Saturday, March 5.
“That is one thing our attendees will probably be part of,” she mentioned. “We’ll go out ballots once they are available after which accumulate the ballots once they depart.”
The pageant may even supply 10 free panel discussions which can be scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Michelle mentioned.
Panelists will embrace filmmakers, movie critics and members of the Utah Movie Fee, to call a couple of, and matters embrace the strategy to reviewing a movie, how one can construct a resume that can open doorways within the movie trade, and the state of the movie trade, she mentioned.
“I believe we introduced collectively core illustration of those completely different areas of the trade who will open up their playbooks and inform the dos and don’ts of how one can get began in a selected discipline within the trade,” Michelle mentioned. “All the panelists are donating their time and data to additional educate folks.”
The Moores sit up for seeing how their movie pageant will evolve going ahead.
“A movie pageant creates a chance for us to essentially deal with the filmmakers, the tales they inform and discover an viewers so extra folks can turn out to be extra aware of these specific tales that can hopefully encourage, entertain, uplift, all of these feelings you search if you’re in a theater,” Michelle mentioned. “We’re pouring our hearts and muscular tissues into this. We’re happy with the place issues have gone in a brief time frame and excited to see the place issues go sooner or later.”