By Zion Films Press Release
Anticipation High Surrounding Release of Next 'Mormon Film'
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Anticipation is high surrounding the release
of the latest "Mormon film" from the director of the independent hit
film GOD'S ARMY. Richard Dutcher's latest film, BRIGHAM CITY, will
open in select theaters nationwide on April 6. The world premiere
will be held in Salt Lake City on April 4.
In a departure from promotions for Dutcher's previous film, there are
no planned public screenings of BRIGHAM CITY. A handful of select
press screenings will take place approximately a week before the film
opens. GOD'S ARMY was screened to the public sometimes up to a month
before the movie opened in a town.
Dutcher has only revealed that BRIGHAM CITY is a whodunit, a murder
mystery set in the small (fictional) Mormon town of Brigham. Dutcher
has also been quoted as saying that the murder mystery only serves as
the skeleton of the plot, and that the meat of the story is in how
the deeply religious and sheltered characters in the film deal with
the horrific crime.
During filming in Mapleton, UT last October, cast and crew members
reported that access to the script was extremely limited. Actors
were only given those pages of the script that contained their
scenes, and most of the crew were not told how the film would end.
"I have two theories about who the murderer in the movie is," says
Jack North, an actor and longtime resident of Utah who plays a
supporting role in BRIGHAM CITY. "I'll just have to see it when it
comes out in theaters to know if I'm right."
Secrecy surrounding the film has only heightened interest. Thousands
of new visitors daily are visiting the movie's official web site
Dutcher plays the county sheriff (and Mormon bishop) who discovers
and must investigate the murder. Also returning to the screen is
MATTHEW A. BROWN, better known for his starring role as Elder Allen
in Dutcher's film GOD'S ARMY. Brown plays Dutcher's young deputy.
BRIGHAM CITY is as yet unrated by the MPAA. Some close to the film
are speculating that the nature of the subject matter may possibly
lead to the film being given a controversial PG-13 rating.