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By Zion Films Press Release

New Film from Director of God's Army Gets PG-13 Rating

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- BRIGHAM CITY, the latest film from GOD'S ARMY director Richard Dutcher, was given a PG-13 rating by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) today.

"We just received final word of the rating this afternoon," said Jeff Simpson, president of Excel Entertainment Group, the Salt Lake City company distributing BRIGHAM CITY. "It is the rating we expected. BRIGHAM CITY is an intense film dealing with serious issues, and we think it raises some important questions."

BRIGHAM CITY is a murder mystery set in a small Mormon town. The MPAA told Dutcher that it assigned his film the PG-13 rating for thematic elements and for some violence surrounding plot events in the film.

Dutcher is enthusiastic about the film and believes that it will challenge audiences.

"What I love about this movie is how it shows faithful people dealing with and overcoming a tragedy," says Dutcher. "BRIGHAM CITY is a murder mystery. Murder isn't a cartoonish subject-I've tried to portray the murder that occurs in the film for what it is-a crime that directly affects people, families and communities."

"This movie taps into real emotions," says Simpson. "Richard has been very honest in his filmmaking. His movie shows how a violent crime wounds not only the victim but the whole community. He tells an intense, thought-provoking story. It is brave and well-done."

Dutcher plays Wes Clayton, the county sheriff who discovers the body of a young woman murdered near her car. His character is also a bishop in the fictional Mormon town of Brigham. Sheriff Clayton must both investigate the murder and act as spiritual advisor to the frightened town.

BRIGHAM CITY opens in select cities nationwide throughout April. The film's world premiere will take place on April 4 at the Megaplex 17 at Jordan Commons. BRIGHAM CITY opens throughout Utah, Idaho, Nevada, California and Arizona on April 6.


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