Some Utah-related film items

Some very funny Utah-based filmmakers have created a mockumentary called “Stalking Santa,” in which a man sets out to prove the existence of Santa Claus. It’s in the style of “Best in Show,” “Waiting for Guffman,” and so forth, and it’s smart, clever, and Christmasy.

It’s played at a few film festivals so far (and gotten rave reactions), but it doesn’t have a firm theatrical release date yet. (I marked it Nov. 1 because our database requires that SOME date be entered, and I’m guessing that’s about when it will be.) I’m reviewing it now because I think it’s good and I want to add my small voice of support.

Also, as mentioned in the review, a lot of the people in the film are friends of mine. I tried to remove myself from that as much as possible when I watched it, and the review reflects what I honestly think. If I didn’t really feel the movie was good, I wouldn’t have reviewed it at all. My friends have certainly done a lot of projects in the past that I never mentioned here, for exactly that reason….

The film’s official site is here.

Meanwhile, “The Work and the Glory: A House Divided,” part 3 in the series of films based on Gerald N. Lund’s historical fiction series about the early days of the LDS Church, opened in Utah last November. I believe it’s actually still playing on a few screens there. It didn’t expand northward until last month, when it played for a couple weeks at a Portland theater, where I was finally able to see it. My review is here.