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Sent on Mormon-News: 22Jan02
By Kent Larsen
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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


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