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January 21, 2008


It was good to know you thought through the issue you had of the reality in the film. I think the most wonderful aspect of the film, that you didn't address, was that it truly held the spirit of Sister missionary work. Christian's movies are beautiful and edifying. I also liked how you addressed the issue of the financial responsibility of filmmakers. Sometimes I think filmmakers are so eager to achieve national success that they through caution to the wind and try to spend every dime they can get their hands on. So it was nice for the festival's founder to be an example of great film making and production budgeting. I think this is was one of the best Mormon films that has been made.

I just want you to know that I really appreciated your reviews and hope you don't mind that I linked to them from my blog. I really enjoyed your insights, esp. regarding your conversations with your teenage son about racism and drugs. That's what the best films do for us: get us thinking and talking, becoming more engaged in the world around us.

I think it's interesting that it takes a movie about sister missionaries to really get to the heart of the inter-personal conflicts. If there's such a thing as a feminist reader of Mormon cinema, she/he could go at length about the domestic-ness of this film (sure, there are lush panoramas and landscapes, but the action takes place in living rooms and doorsteps). Men were (almost) entirely absent from the screen here.

I really liked how sealed off the film was, that is the character's problems and trials were directly related to their surroundings and happenings than baggage. In some films, this would have felt contrived or false. Here it rang true, and suggested with great hope that it's who we are now that's useful to God's Kingdom. I find it particularly powerful that such a film resonated clearly to me, a male, non-RM.

Do you know when these movies will be released in theater and/or DVD? I'm kicking myself that I wasn't able to attend the festival.
Did you see the Emma Smith movie or the documentary on the Pratts? As a Church history buff, those caught my eye, but I didn't know what the quality level would be.

I can't wait to see this film. I don't live in Utah and just heard about it after the festival. But it sounds VERY similar to my experience as a sister missionary in Austria. I would watch it for the scenery alone, but a great story line is keeping me in suspense as well.

If you find yourself...

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