By Preston Hunter
LDS Director Ryan Little Working On New Feature Film 'Out of Step'
DALLAS, TEXAS -- What did "Elder Kinegar" do after his mission? He wrote and
starred in an LDS dance film set in New York City: "Out of Step." The movie
already has a professional official website at
http://www.outofstepthemovie.com and principle photography has already
"Out of Step" tells the fictional story of "Jenny Thomas," a Mormon girl
from a small town in Utah pursuing her dreams of becoming a professional
dancer. After being accepted to a prestigious dance program Jenny finds
herself alone and overwhelmed in New York City. The film combines high
energy dance and cutting edge music with comedy, romance, drama, a
traditional quest and very untraditional characters.
The screenplay for "Out of Step" was written by actor/writer Michael Buster,
who may be best known as the AWOL "Elder Kinegar" from Richard Dutcher's
independent hit "God's Army" (2000). Buster's script was based on an
original story by Willow Leigh Jones.
Michael Buster also stars in "Out of Step" as "Paul Taylor," a witty New
York City filmmaker who befriends Jenny soon after she arrives in New York.
Like Jenny, Paul is a Latter-day Saint, but as he begins to have feelings
for her, she falls in love with David Schrader, a musician. David does not
share Jenny's religious or cultural background, yet he seems to be the man
of his dreams. "David" is played by actor Jeremy Elliott, who has previously
starred as Jacob in "The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd" (2000),
directed by Academy Award-winning director Kieth Merrill. Jeremy Elliott
also plays "Sam" (the male lead) in "Charly," the upcoming feature film
directed by Adam Anderegg from the best-selling Jack Weyland novel.
Jenny's parents are played by Tayva Patch and Rick Macy, who have previously
starred together (although never before playing husband and wife) in Blair
Treu's "Secret Keeper", Dutcher's "Brigham City" and Merrill's "Testaments."
Simply listing this incredible cast should make it clear that "Out of Step"
is a "must-see" film.
But perhaps the most compelling aspect of the film is its director:
Canadian-born prodigy Ryan Little.
Although "Out of Step" is his first feature film as director, Little's name
is already known to film fans.
Little was the director and producer of the independent short "The Last Good
War" (14 min.), which in 1999 won both the Jimmy Stewart Crystal Heart
Memorial Award (at the Heartland Film Festival) and the Student Emmy
for Best Dramatic Film Award, awarded by the Academy of Television and Film.
"The Last Good War" is the story of two soldiers from opposite sides of the
World War II conflict who end up in the same shelter during a brutal winter
"The Last Good War" has been screened at over 20 film festivals and is
available for purchase from BYU Creative Works.
LDS Director Ryan Little Working On New Feature Film "Out of Step"
Preston Hunter 28Nov01 A2