By Kent Larsen
Dutcher to Film Joseph Smith Movie in Palmyra
ROCHESTER, NEW YORK -- LDS filmmaker Richard Dutcher's planned film on the
life of Joseph Smith will be filmed on location in Palmyra, says a news
report on Rochester's WHEC TV10. Dutcher announced last week that his
upcoming film project would be a biography of Joseph Smith with a budget of
$10 million, significantly larger than the budgets of his previous films.
In his news conference announcing the film project, Dutcher did say that he
would film in New York, as well as in Canada and the mid-west. The Zions
Film press release and wire service reports have led to coverage on the
project in news media nation wide and around the world, including newspapers
in the UK and in Australia.
According to the Rochester news report, at least one LDS missionary serving
in Palmyra isn't so sure that the project is a good thing, but the comments
of that missionary, Elder Jerry Hess, sounded like he was unfamiliar with
Dutcher, "What I would be opposed to is if it was for profit, and there were
activities involved in it that would not necessarily portray the accurate
events as they transpired," Hess told WHEC. He added, "I'm just a little
curious about why someone would come in and want to possibly tell the same
story we tell."
But the report says that Palmyra Historian Bonnie Hays is pleased at the
idea, believing it will add to the material available about this history of
The news report says that the LDS Church has 8,000 members in the greater
Rochester area, including Palmyra.
Movie to be filmed in Palmyra
Rochester NY WHEC TV10 23Apr01 A2