LDS Filmmaker Draws on Mormon legends
OREM, UTAH -- A forthcoming LDS-oriented film by director Rob Sibley
includes Mormon pioneer legends woven into the plot. Sibley, who is
directing his first feature film, includes lost treasure,
disappearing wagon trains and Montezuma sending his gold to Kanab in
the film. The film was written by Sibley five years ago, and is aimed
at a general audience. "There's nothing embarrassing that makes Mom
and Dad cringe," Sibley said. "It's a compelling mystery: What
happened to the pioneers and the treasure?"
Sibley is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and as a youth was
fascinated with Church history, "We have a tie to the Book of Mormon
in the story," he said. "I have no desire to preach in my TV and
filmmaking work, but if by watching this movie people go and pick up
the Book of Mormon, my objective has been reached."
The film will be released on video soon, and Sibley has modest hopes
for it, "Mormon moviedom is in its infancy. I have no idea what the
market is. Our goal is to make the money we invested back and a
little bit more so we can continue doing this."
Director draws on local legends for inspiration
Provo UT Daily Herald pgC1 12Jan02 A2
By Karen Hoag