It is July, 2000 Richard Dutcher, the man who pioneered "Mormon Cinema" with his film "God's Army" is MISSING and PRESUMED DEAD!! Three amateur Mormon Filmmakers: Judy Shumway, Peter ... See full summary »
It is July, 2000 Richard Dutcher, the man who pioneered "Mormon Cinema" with his film "God's Army" is MISSING and PRESUMED DEAD!! Three amateur Mormon Filmmakers: Judy Shumway, Peter Beuhmann and Kevin Evans individually set out to make their first feature-length films to take Dutcher's place as the next "Mormon Spielberg". Who will win? Who will lose? Who will find Richard? And does EVERYONE WANT RICHARD FOUND!!? These questions and many laughs are sure to be found in the movie "THE WORK and THE STORY" COMING SPRING 2003. Written by
Nathan Smith Jones
Richard Dutcher donated the 16mm film stock to make the movie. This is the same stock (three years-old) that God's Army (2000) was going to be shot on, had Dutcher not found the financing to shoot on 35mm. See more »
The Work And The Story takes real movie director Richard Dutcher who did a breakout film for the LDS with God's Army into gentile audiences. Dutcher followed that up with Brigham City which was a decent effort. But this Mockumentary of the disappearance of Dutcher and the possibility of foul play leaves one asking just what did I see?
To be sure this was not a Dutcher film, but it certainly got his imprimatur when he played himself in it.
Dutcher is the colossus of the LDS cinema, equivalent of Cecil B. DeMille in the old Hollywood studio days or as he's called her the Mormon Stephen Spielberg. But the idea of there being more concern over who will take his place in the Mormon Cinema Firmament is a bit much to be asked to swallow.
A few interesting characters are followed and documented in their quest for Mormon cinema glory. Some really interesting egos are not mixed all that well with talent to match. But the comedy left me cold. This Mockumentary style worked so much better for the LDS film Sons Of Provo.
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