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LDS Film Festival on Tour

PROVO, UTAH -- Now that the First LDS Film Festival has successfully been launched at the end of last year it will go on a national and international tour with screenings in Chicago and California, as well as in Utah. And with a tour that will continue until September 2002, other national and international venues are being planned.

The first venues are already scheduled. The tour starts in Provo with two free screenings at the new Provo City Library at Academy Square. It will then move on to Chicago and California. Academy Award winner Kieth Merrill ("Legacy," "Testaments") will host a screening near Sacramento, California, at the beginning of March followed by a panel discussion. Requests to show the festival are coming in from as far as Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico. The tour will continue until September 2002.

The "Best of 2001" program contains twelve short films by young LDS filmmakers including the winner of the Lightbox Award "The Wrong Brother" by Chris Bowman. A jury and the audience of last year's festival selected the films based on originality, intelligence, authenticity, spirituality and artistic proficiency. The program includes comedy, drama, animation, documentary and experimental films. For more information, go to:

Finalized Festival Tour Dates

The tour program is offered to high schools, university campuses, libraries, wards, stakes, institutes, media arts centers museums and independent theaters across the country and abroad.

If you are interested in bringing the "Best of 2001" program to your city, stake or ward, contact us at For more information, go to:

The following tour dates have been finalized:

Wednesday, FEBRUARY 6 - 6.00 p.m.
Provo, Utah - Provo Library at Academy Square
Free Admission

Saturday, FEBRUARY 9 - 11.00 a.m.
Provo, Utah - Provo Library at Academy Square
Free Admission

Friday, FEBRUARY 15 - 7 p.m.
Chicago, Illinois - Chicago 8th Branch (YSA)
Free Admission

Saturday, FEBRUARY 23 - 8.00 p.m.
Rancho Cucomonga, California - Chaffey College Institute of Religion
Free Admission

Monday, MARCH 4 - 7.00 p.m.
Citrus Heights, California (North of Sacramento) Mesa Verde High School
This event will be hosted by Academy Award winner Kieth Merrill; some of the filmmakers will be present for a panel discussion after the screening.

Saturday, JUNE 1 - 7.00 p.m.
Bristol, England - Bristol Stake Center
Free Admission


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