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An incredible 25 days plus 342 generous Backers, and the next phase of Mormon Movie is now funded! THANK YOU to all who supported us. While feature-length documentaries do not cost $25k, this funding is crucial to forward movement of project. We are exhausted, encouraged, excited – and ready to make this film.
“If you’d told me 16 years ago (after I’d just left the Mormon church) that I’d someday intimately engage the religion within a documentary, AND direct that film with the same people who’d just produced Hoop Dreams, I’d have called you crazy. Ideas for Mormon Movie emerged after Christmas a few years ago. As a gift for my siblings, I’d ordered VHS copies of a film my mother starred in at 19 years old. We laughed over the film’s B-Movie qualities, but I had a lot of questions about how and why that film was made. And, here we are.” – Xan Aranda, Director/Producer
Mormon Movie / Working Title
Inspired by religious educational films her mother starred in while a student at Brigham Young University during the 1960s, director Xan Aranda (Andrew Bird: Fever Year) revisits her ancestral religion (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) through the lens of two Mormon classics: a black-and-white Western portraying an historic clash between Mormon colonists and Pancho Villa in Mexico, and a jewel-toned yet tragic cautionary tale about marriage and doubt. As deeper threads of LDS belief are explored, Xan navigates the controversially clean-cut community she left behind – and her family’s spiritual fate beyond death.
Documentary in production with Kartemquin Films.
Estimated release: 2015 | Estimated length: 90 min.